The Springboro Panthers invaded CHS last night carrying the #7 ranking in the state according to Max Preps to take on a Centerville team looking for their first statement win of the season. A big crowd was on hand at CHS to watch these two rivals go at it and the teams certainly did not disappoint with their performances.
In the opening quarter, the teams traded blows back and forth and when the clock hit triple zero, the visiting Panthers held a slim, one-point advantage, 12-11. The second quarter was just as thrilling as the two teams played to an 11-11 draw allowing the Panthers to take a one-point lead to the locker room, 23-22. The game would change in the third quarter when the Elks came out focused and determined and shocked their visitors from Springboro with an 18-7 advantage to take a ten-point lead to the fourth quarter, 40-30. The fourth quarter was by far the most exciting of the night as the two teams turned it into an offensive show by scoring a combined 48 points. Every run the Panthers tried to make was answered by the Elks. When the clock hit triple zero, the Panthers had won the quarter, 25-23, but the Elks took the game, 63-55.
Sophomore Cotie McMahon scored the first nine points of the game for the Elks and ended up with 24 while junior Amy Velasco was simply spectacular over the final three quarters en route to a game high 27 points. That powerful 1-2 combination for the Elks was too much for the Panthers to handle.
In the opening game of the night, the freshman team remained perfect on the year with a 42-35 win and they were followed by the JV team, who won, 37-20, to also remain unbeaten.
After a day off today, the girls are right back at it tomorrow night at home and it is another huge test as defending state champion and top-ranked Mount Notre Dame visits CHS. The freshman play at 4:30, the JV at 6:00 and the varsity at 7:30.