Lady Rams notch big win over Centerville

News-Argus Staff

Winnett-Grass Range sophomore Sydney Browning (12) plays tough defense against Kendyl Chartier of Centerville during opening round action at the 8C Tournament.
Photo by Jacques Rutten

The Lady Rams of Winnett-Grass Range used a balanced scoring attack and smothering defense to claim the first mini-upset of the 8C Tournament on Thursday over Centerville, 42-34.
Centerville entered the tournament as the third seed with a 7-5 conference mark, while W-GR earned the fifth spot with a 5-7 record. But the two teams had split during the season, and this one was up for grabs from the get-go.
The Miners’ 6-3 junior Cecilia Vielle got the scoring started, but was quickly answered with a pair of long jumpers from Winnett-Grass Range senior Kita Weingart. That was how the whole first half would go, with the two teams punching and counter-punching and neither able to make a run. There were six different ties in the first 12 minutes before the Rams put together three straight baskets to take an 18-12 lead late in the second period.
The pressure kept building early in the second half, as the Lady Miners tried to keep pace with the Rams. The turning point of the game came with just over three minutes to play in the third, and W-GR leading 22-19. Junior Taylor Stahl began the run with a tough basket in the paint to put her team up by five. Moments later, junior Piper Johnson brought the Rams’ faithful to their feet with an old-fashioned 3-point play. After another Miners’ turnover, Sydney Browning capped off the period with two shots from the charity stripe to take a 29-19 lead into the final quarter.
The Lady Rams maintained a nice cushion throughout a foul-plagued fourth quarter, in which both teams spent most of their time at the line.
Johnson led all scorers in the contest with 12 points, while Browning finished with 11 and Weingart had 10. Jolma netted 4 in the win, Taylor Stahl had 4 and Kendra Murnion finished with 4.
Vielle and Payton Vining combined for 21 in the Centerville defeat. 
The hard-earned win moved the Lady Rams into the semifinals on Friday against Roy-Winifred.



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