LAFAYETTE — Audrey Brown proved she isn’t just the token sister of the star player.
It’s well known that junior Sarah Brown has been the light-it-up scorer of the Centaurus lacrosse team this season. But her freshman sister isn’t too bad, either.
Each sister scored five goals Friday as the fifth-seeded Warriors walloped visiting Palmer Ridge 18-3 in Class 5A round-of-16. While Sarah Brown’s output is fairly commonplace, Audrey’s emergence is a developing story.
“I’ve been sick for a month straight and I’ve been in and out of practice,” said Audrey Brown, who has been stricken with a nasty bout of bronchitis. “I’m finally starting to feel much better, and I’m hoping to overcome my illness and peak at the end of the season.”
She is on her third and final installment of antibiotics and becoming a better varsity player on a daily basis. Of course, learning from a family member who is a gifted scorer doesn’t hurt, either.
“She’s awesome. She’s an amazing role model,” Audrey Brown said. “Every day at practice, I watch her and try to use her techniques to make me a better player.”
The Warriors (12-2) leapt to a 9-2 halftime lead and were even more dominant after intermission. Sarah Myres added three goals and two assists, Katherine Burns two goals and two assists, and junior goalie Kayli Weiss turned away eight shots to keep No. 12 Palmer Ridge (12-4) at bay.
But the story was the Browns, who also combined for three assists.
“I’m so proud of her. She’s been doing great,” Sarah Brown said. “I’m happy she’s recovered — well, still recovering — but it’s so much fun playing with her and having that sister connection.”
Centaurus presumably will play No. 4 Kent Denver in the quarterfinals, although the Sun Devils still have to defeat No. 20 St. Mary’s Academy on Saturday. Both Brown sisters were confident that the Warriors will be able to avenge a 19-16 loss to Sun Devils on March 15 if the rematch happens.
“I think that game is ours, because it’s really hard to beat a good team twice,” Audrey Brown said.
Audrey Brown’s output left her with 26 goals and 12 assists for the season. She still has plenty to go to match Sarah’s totals (66 goals, 33 assists), but the talent is starting to shine through.
“She’s killing it on the draw, she’s super fast and her shot placement has been great,” Sarah Brown said.
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Centaurus 18, Palmer Ridge 3
At Centaurus H.S.
Palmer Ridge (12-4) 2 1 — 3
Centaurus (12-2) 9 9 — 18
Goals — Palmer Ridge: Cogburn 2, Koch; Centaurus: A. Brown 5, S. Brown 5, Myres 3, Burns 2, McGiboney, Holmes, Drapkin.
Assists — Palmer Ridge: None; Centaurus: A. Brown 2, Myres 2, Burns 2, S. Brown, Drapkin, Hannigan, Coleman.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Palmer Ridge: Caves (38-13-6), Conrad 12-5-1; Centaurus: Weiss (50-3-8).