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Centennial girls continue winning ways
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Staff / Erin Gray / Centennial's Brianna Perry tries to get past teammate Elizabeth Veringa during practice.
Staff / Erin Gray / Centennial's Brianna Perry tries to get past teammate Elizabeth Veringa during practice.
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The Centennial girls’ basketball team entered the 2013-14 season coming off a breakthrough year in which it set a new school record for wins with 18.

The Lady Knights are continuing to build on their success of a year ago this season, sporting a 13-7 overall record and 6-4 mark in Region 6AAAAAA as of Tuesday.

After losing three of its first four games, Centennial bounced back with 12 wins in its next 16 games.

“We’ve done OK,” Centennial coach Robert White said. “We lost several close games that we should have won. When we play well, we are really good. We lost to North Forsyth by one on a buzzer beater and they were undefeated at the time. We’ve played well at times and we’ve played very well.”

Centennial returns most of their players from last year’s 18-7 team and features a veteran squad, with six seniors on the roster, as well as considerable depth.

“Four of our seniors have been with me all four years on the varsity, so they give us a lot of experience,” White said. “We have some good young juniors. We have a lot of people who started for us at different times – we’ve started eight or nine different people. Six different people have been our leading scorer. We’re a really balanced team.”

The Lady Knights are especially well stocked at the guard position, with 5-9 sophomore Brianna Perry, 5-9 senior Chelsea Reese, 5-7 junior Jada Triplett, 5-10 senior Becca Davis and 5-7 junior Elizabeth Veringa leading the way.

“The best attribute on our team is our guards,” White said. “We’re quick, we press a lot, we run up and down the floor. We’re a pretty aggressive team.”

Centennial is also strong in the frontcourt with 6-1 senior center Paige Elliott, a first-team All-Region 6AAAAAA selection last year.

“Paige brings a different dimension to our team,” White said. “She’s 6-1 and she’s experienced and she’s a hard matchup for a lot of team.”

With the region tournaments only a couple of weeks away, White said he is confident about where his team stands.

“I feel OK about the region,” White said. “When we get into the region tournament, I’ll feel good, because we’re going to be a team that nobody wants to play. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we’ve worked out some things and we’re starting to play better.”
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