The Centennial Knights basketball season is underway and both teams are off to a strong start! Tonight is the first home region game of the season and the annual “Schools vs Cancer” game that will donate the proceeds towards cancer research with the American Cancer Society. The games start with the varsity girls at 6:00 PM and the varsity boys at 7:00 PM. Throughout the game, those who have battled cancer will be honored and it will be a special event as the Knights take on Chattahoochee High School. Last week, both of the varsity teams traveled to Dunwoody and came home with wins.
The varsity girls were the first game and moved their record 5-0 on the season. The varsity girls team jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back, but this did not come without some adversity, most of which was self inflicted. This game was one that will ultimately help the team later in the season because while the team never trailed against the Wildcats, they had to fight through foul trouble. When asked about the game Coach Domville said that the “Team adjusted well to different lineups we haven’t played in games and different defensive looks we haven’t seen from certain teams so far this season.” In the first half, Bailey Hebermehl helped keep the Knights ahead with a few big buckets and Ariel Nathan showed her toughness as she fought through an early season back injury. The potential for this team looks strong as region play begins to pick up in the upcoming weeks.
While the varsity boys team is young and they are implementing a new system under first-year Coach Matt Barksdale, the young group is responding and fought hard in a game that came down to the final buzzer against Dunwoody. The entire game was back and forth, but Dunwoody began to pull away early in the 4th quarter. The Knights responded with some incredible and timely shots to keep themselves in the game late in the 4th quarter. With under ten seconds left to play, Logan Turner made a three-pointer to tie the game, but the Knights fouled a Dunwoody player with just seconds left. The game looked like it was over and out of reach as he went to the line and made two clutch free throws. After the free throws, the Knights inbounded the ball with 5 seconds left and Turner dribbled the ball up the court to hit another three-pointer as the clock expired to give the Knights the 71-70 win!