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LAFAYETTE – The Centaurus girls basketball team took some serious lumps while winning just five games during the 2018-19 season, but did so playing a young core in anticipation of a bright future.
That bright future might be arriving at Centaurus High sooner than expected.
On Friday night, the Warriors won 51-27 over Mountain View to emerge victorious in their third straight game. The victory marked the Warriors’ first three-game win streak in nearly two years and sent the Centaurus girls home for the weekend thinking they might have an opportunity to surprise some people this winter.
“These are our first conference games so to win these, we’re pretty excited,” Warriors freshman Laura Gensert said. “It’s a great start and it’s been fun. It’s exciting because the freshmen coming in have been playing together for a really long time and all of our team’s hard work is paying off. We’re excited about the success we’ve had so far and hopefully we can have more in the future.”
The Warriors (5-4, 2-0) pulled out to a commanding lead over the Mountain Lions (2-9, 0-2), putting together a 22-point advantage after the first quarter. They led 33-6 at halftime with Gensert, who leads the Warriors with an even 15 points per game, scoring all of her game-high 15 points before the midway break.
Warriors junior Julia Mischke (10.7 ppg) scored eight of her 13 points in the first half, and the Warriors did not allow double-digit points in a quarter until Mountain View scored 13 in the fourth frame. Since they opened the season with a 1-3 record, the Warriors have now won four of their last five games and remain unbeaten through the early part of their Northern League schedule.
“Obviously at the beginning of the season, everyone was still getting used to each other and their styles of play,” Gensert said. “Now we’re anticipating more what our teammates are going to do and finding a common subject of unity together. It’s my first year here so I’m still getting used to everything but I’m excited to see where the season takes us.”
The Warriors will get a break from conference play when they host Chatfield (5-6) on Monday night.
“We’re going to be pretty good because we have length, and I can’t teach length,” Warriors head coach Chris Mischke said. “I’m trying to get our young girls to just play hard because they’ve been thinking so much. They just need to learn how to go for it. It’s a game of mistakes and they’re going to make mistakes.
“But they’re raising their game and we’re going to get better with our confidence.”