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CENTRAL HIGH —
Bray-Doyle gave up one too many turnovers and Central High sophomore Charity Harris took advantage of it.
Trailing 31-30, Harris stepped in front of an ill-advised pass at half-court and caused pandemonium. The ball bounced like a jumping bean, first off the ref, then into the hands of the underclassman. She pulled it together and raced towards the basket thinking “don’t miss.”
“It actually came out of nowhere,” Harris said. “I didn’t know I was going to take that until she threw a terrible pass. I went to go get it and laid it up.”
It was a devastating blow for a Donkey team (6-2) which had just rallied past an eight-point deficit to start the fourth, but the game still wasn’t over.
With 3.4 seconds left, Bray-Doyle junior Ashley Nichols pulled off a screen and had a wide open three-point attempt to win the game. It clanked off the rim and Central High senior Faith Harris pulled down the rebound to give the Bronchos (2-4) the rivalry win 33-31.
The Harris sisters each had 13 points for a combined 26 of the total 33.
“I’m glad they were with us tonight,” coach Chad Weldon said. “Their ability is unlimited.”
For the Bray-Doyle girls team, it wasn’t an empty weekend. Coach Frank Moser said his team looked even better than they did in a 27-19 win at Fox on Friday.
“I was upset over last night’s win,” Moser said. “We played 10 times better tonight. Central’s a good team especially on their home floor.”
The Central High boys basketball team (4-2) echoed that message, dominating 61-31 over the underdog Donkeys. Bronchos senior John Repp flew out of the gate, scoring 10 points in the first half even through limited action.
With 4:08 left in the first quarter, Central High was leading 18-4 and both coaches emptied their benches. For coach John Nease, the dominating victory was just what he wanted to see coming of break.
“It’s always tough the first game back after Christmas break, because the kids have been scrimmaging each other and practices get long,” Nease said. “I know my boys, there’s a lot of running involved. So they kind of get sick of the practice aspect and they’re itching to get back on the court.”
Central High suffered a major blow during the break, when starting point guard sophomore Ian Hickman, who had just returned from an ankle injury, hurt his other ankle. This injury is more severe and Nease expects the best case scenario to return during the playoffs.