YORK – A 23-4 advantage in the first period pulled the chain on Tuesday’s C1-5 Subdistrict semifinal before it got started.
The Broncos of Centennial were out-everythinged by the No. 8 (Omaha World-Herald) Panthers of Fillmore Central and came up on the short end of a 64-21 score.
Fillmore Central began with a drive by Rachel Hoarty, who drew the foul, hit her free throw and posted the Panthers to a 3-0 lead with 6:30 left in the first period.
Christa Scott hit for two, Hoarty got a stickback bucket after rebounding a teammate’s missed free throw and it was quickly 7-0.
Centennial’s Haley Hartshorn hit from the baseline for Team Blue’s first bucket at 5:22. Elizabeth Cast got a two later in the period, but that was it for the Broncos in the first.
The Panthers got 2-pointers from Audrey Malone and Brooke Rasmussen, who added a plus-one to her bucket. Macy Jones, one of three Panthers in double figures, scored two of her 10 and when Christa Scott nailed a three at 1:20 of the first it was 19-4.
Scott scored 11 and Malone had a game-high 18 for the Panthers.
Malone hit for two on a backdoor, inbound play under the FC basket and Scott raced home with a layup after stealing the ball in the final 30 seconds to account for that Bronc-busting 23-4 score after one.
Centennial’s lone field goal of a second period in which the Broncos were plagued by Panther steals and transition buckets came on a slick post move by Cast. Kaylee Chrisman hit one of two free throws for Centennial, which was down 40-7 at halftime.
The Panthers scored 24 in the second half to 14 for Centennial.
The Broncos’ season comes to a close at 7-16 as the team says farewell to seniors Kaylee and Kelsey Chrisman, Holloway, Cast, Hartshorn and Shandy Butzke.
Fillmore Central will go into the subdistrict final sporting a 22-2 record.
Cast led Bronco scoring with eight points on a night that saw Centennial hit just six field goals, none from three, and go 11-20 at the line.
The Panthers’ winning bottom line was 20 2-pointers, five treys and 9-17.
Malone’s points came on four twos, a pair of threes and flawless 4-4 free throw shooting. Scott didn’t get to the line, but hit four from two to go with one three. For Jones it was two 2-pointers and a pair of threes.
Centennial (7-16) ................ 4 3 9 5—21
Fillmore Central (22-2) ................ 23 17 16 8—64
C: A. Tonniges 0 0-2 0, Kaylee Chrisman 1 2-4 4, H. Holloway 0 3-4 3, D. Martin 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Chrisman 0 2 0, E. Cast 2 4-6 8, H. Hartshorn 1 2-2 4. Totals – 6 11-20 21.
F: A. Malone 6 (2) 4-4 18, B. Rasmussen 1 2-3 4, M. Jones 4 (2) 0-2 10, L. Maloley 3 0-0 6, C. Scott 5 (1) 0-0 11, M. Poppert 1 1-4 3, R. Hoarty 3 1-1 7, C. Motis 0 0-1 0, B. Lundberg 2 1-2 5. Totals – 25 (5) 9-17 64.