CENTRAL HIGH — While the temperatures might be dropping outside, Tuesday night saw the Central High and Empire junior high basketball teams heat up the court inside Broncho Gymnasium.
7th and 8th grade boys and girls
In the opening game of the night, it was the Lady Bronchos getting the better of the Lady Bulldogs, winning a 31-8 decision. No other information was available.
When the boys took the floor, the Bulldogs put up a solid fight, but ultimately were defeated 30-16 by the Bronchos.
Central High held a 17-8 lead at halftime, before extending the lead to 22-12 after three complete. An 8-4 run in the fourth ensured the Bronchos win.
Keeton Sallee led Central High in scoring with 14 points on the evening, with Trenton Ferrin scoring six on the night. Bradon Martin put in four points, with Matthew Butler and Cody Hall each contributing two points.
Empire was led by Dakota Curtis with eight points in the game, followed by Colton Berry and Cale Webb each with four points.
9th grade boys and girls
There was plenty of excitement during the 9th grade girls contest.
After being tied at 19-19 during halftime, both Empire and Central High put on an offensive show in the second half, with the Lady Bronchos ultimately emerging victorious 39-36.
Despite trailing for much of the fourth quarter, CHHS managed to pull itself into the lead at the 2:32 mark of the fourth quarter at 33-32. Just 24 seconds later the lead was three points.
The Lady Bulldogs held a slim 28-27 lead at the end of the third quarter, and even managed to take a 30-27 lead with 5:24 left in the contest.
Empire’s biggest lead was four points at the 4:55 mark of the second quarter, when it led 14-10.
Charity Harris led the Lady Bronchos with 14 points, followed by Brooklyn Minden with 10 points . Kylee Sparks scored eight points on the night, with Kylee Jacobs putting in five points. Chelsea Hill also scored two points.
Empire was led by Sherre Dewey with 14 points, followed by McKenna Collins with eight points. Kaylen Crochet put in six points, with teammate Jaylene Rocha scoring four. Kamryn Brown and Lexi Newman each scored two points.
For the Bulldogs in the final game of the evening, a 2-0 lead in the early part of the first quarter was about as good as it got.
The rest of the way it was all Bronchos, as Central High raced out to a lead and never looked back, claiming a 44-24 victory.
CHHS led 25-8 at halftime, before increasing its lead to 37-13 at the end of the third.
Joseph Flood led the Bronchos with 11 points on the night, followed by Jordan Jones and John Rosenthial each with eight points. Keeton Salle and Cooper Phillips both scored seven, while Michael Mays put in two points.
Empire was led by Evan Whitt with 11 points followed by Holden Bailey with four points. Trae Sweetman, Ryley Dumas, and Mace Robinson all scored two points.