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February 9, 2014

Central High girls have productive road week

CENTRAL HIGH — Central High girls basketball team continues to show its improvement with a stong showing against two tough teams this week.

On Tuesday the Bronchos (5-11) scored a 35-32 victory over Class B Big Pasture (14-9) to break a four-game losing skid. It was a big win for the group, which found out Thursday it will be hosting districts against Minco (5-11) and Walters (9-9). Coach Chad Weldon hopes the team continues to get better in preparation for the playoffs.

“We’ve shown a lot of improvement and we want to keep it up going into districts,” Weldon said. “That’s a big win whenever you can beat them at their place. They were ranked almost all year in Class B, but dropped out all year.”

The Lady Bronchos got their chance to play a ranked team on Friday night and caused some problems at No. 13 Chattanooga. The underdogs came up short in a 55-48 loss. Weldon was pleased to have taken the game down to the final whistle.

“Probably the best game we have played all year, even though we lost,” Weldon said.

Weldon thinks the team is peaking at the right time. He credits part of that to the improvement of the younger players on the roster. Nine out of the 16 players on the roster are underclassmen and Weldon says they have been getting better with every game under their belt.

Freshman Brooklyn Minden and sophomore Charity Harris were two of those players that came to Weldon’s mind. He thinks Harris has become a versatile weapon for the Bronchos.

“She’s hitting the three-pointers out there for us,” Weldon said. “She’s driving and starting to realize when there’s two people on her that there’s someone open.”

Meanwhile, junior Faith Harris continues to be the team’s best offensive weapon. She scored 28 points in the game versus Chattanooga.

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