Centennial girls take quick charge vs. Gresham
6A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Mount Hood Conference
Centennial senior Ellie Basinski could not miss during a stretch of the second quarter, sparking the Eagles to a 30-18 girls basketball win at Gresham on Tuesday night.
Basinski spun one way only to find herself pinned up against the baseline, then spun the other direction only to find it blocked by a defender.
She appeared to be stuck.
Until she found a third option — straight up.
Basinski left her feet and rattled home a 10-foot jumper over a defender. She would sink another close-range bucket a few trips later, and completed her scoring spurt with a 3-pointer from the top of the arc.
It was a rush of three consecutive baskets that sent the Eagles into halftime with a commanding 15-2 lead.
"It's nice to hit a few shots in a row to create momentum," Centennial coach Jeff Stanek said. "Ellie has done that for us a few times this year and it sparks our play on both ends of the floor."
Meanwhile, Centennial came out in a zone defense that kept the Gophers away from the basket, forcing Gresham to attempt repeated perimeter shots. An early layup by Carina Flowers proved to be Gresham's only points of the first half.
"They moved the ball well and played hard, but they had a rough shooting night," Stanek said.
The Gophers made a dent in the lead when Carmen Ramseyer and Emily Goodwin each sank 3s in the third quarter.
But the comeback stalled in the fourth when the Gophers saw a pair of layups roll off the rim.
Centennial eventually grabbed a rebound, and Basinski went the other way, driving into the lane before kicking the ball out to Charlotte Marcum, who drilled a 3-pointer from the left side to double up the Gophers 26-13 with seven minutes to play.
Basinski finished with a game-high 14 points.
The Eagles got out to an early lead when Basinski hit a runner in the lane, then drove again only to dish a pass across to Angel Aluesi for an easy layup. Quynh Vu drove the right side for another layup to put Centennial up 8-2 early in the second quarter.
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