YORK — A remarkably young squad of Wilber-Clatonia girls battled every inch of the way, but came up short in C1-5 Subdistrict hoops, 53-23, against Centennial’s Broncos.
The Monday night contest in York left Wilber-Clatonia still looking for its first victory in what will go down as a 0-21 season, but give the gutsy Wolverines credit for a roster with zero seniors and only two juniors with four sophomores and five freshmen. Team Green started three sophomores and two freshmen.
The Broncos opened game scoring when Kaylee Chrisman put a miss by Elizabeth Cast into the string. Halle Holloway and Danielle Martin hit a 2-pointer each, Cast got another two with two seconds left and the first period ended with Centennial up 12-2.
A 15-7 Bronco edge in the second got a boost from bookend threes, early by Holloway at 7:38 and late by Dacee Dey in the final half-minute of the second.
The first half ended with Centennial up 27-9. It was 46-17 after three.
Holloway led all scorers with 15 points for the Broncos, who got seven from Haley Hartshorn. Eleven players scored for Centennial.
Erin Finley, a 5-3 freshman guard, paced the Wolverines with five points to which sophomore Lacy Homolka added four.
Centennial won with 12 2-pointers and seven treys, three of which came from Holloway. The Broncos were 8-14 at the line.
It was six twos, a trio of threes and 2-7 for Wilber-Clatonia.
Centennial coach Mark Ortmeier said his team was very aware of its role as the favorite in this one.
“Tomorrow” against No. 8 ranked Fillmore Central “is going to be a whole different animal,” Ortmeier acknowledged.
The coach was disappointed in how his squad started off Monday night’s game.
“We played tight, but eventually got going,” he said. “We talked about executing and, if we did, the younger kids would get to play.”
All those bench minutes, he said, were also helpful because they let the starters rest their legs. That’s especially important with the next game looming in less than 24 hours.
“We had three starters who didn’t play in the fourth quarter,” Ortmeier said.
How will Ortmeier and his Broncos approach the daunting task of going against the Panthers of FC, seeded first in the subdistrict?
“We’ve got to play better,” he said. “It’s going to be a minute at a time, two minutes at a time, a quarter at a time.”
Every possession, he said, will have to be a full-tilt battle by his squad.
Wilber-Clatonia (0-21) .............. 2 7 8 6—23
Centennial (7-15) ................. 12 15 19 7—53
W: E. Finley 1 (1) 2-2 5, B. Cerveny 1 0-2 2, W. Haufle 1 (1) 0-0 3, M. Homolka 1 (1) 0-0 3, L. Homolka 2 0-1 4, H. Kalkwarf 1 0-0 2, C. Krauter 1 0-2 2, K. Schuerman 1 0-0 2. Totals - 9 (3) 2-7 23.
C: K. Conell 1 (1) 2-2 5, Kaylee Chrisman 3 0-0 6, H. Holloway 6 (3) 0-0 15, D. Dey 2 (1) 0-0 5, D. Martin 2 (1) 0-0 5, Kelsey Chrisman 1 0-0 2, K. Obermier 1 0-2 2, H. Hartshorn 1 (1) 4-8 7. Totals - 19 (7) 8-14 53.