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PARK HILLS – The Central girls basketball team achieved a 22-4 run, and senior Caitlyn Holmes surpassed 1,000 career points all in the second quarter against North County on Thursday.

Holmes recorded 10 points with six rebounds, while Sophia Horton posted a team-high 13 points to help Lady Rebels stretch their win streak to 11 games with a 51-23 victory.

Kayleigh Winch converted a quick layup on the opening possession of the second quarter, but the Lady Raiders were limited without another basket until after the break. She finished with a game-high 13 points and nine rebounds.

Holmes immediately answered by finishing a drive, and eclipsed the personal milestone while widening the lead to 12-8. She is the sixth player in the past four seasons to accomplish the 1,000-ooint feat for Central (Sydney Skaggs, Kenzie Jones, Megan Skaggs, Olivia Casey, Skyler Amonette).

Karissa Belfield notched 11 points and Amonette had nine for the Lady Rebels, while Callie Thurston paced the team with eight rebounds.

Central (17-1, 4-0) frequently trapped the ball handler to force errant passes, and denied entry passes to the North County (10-8, 2-2) post players nearing intermission.

The Lady Rebels held a 32-10 advantage at halftime after going 11-of-14 from the line in the second period, and finished 12-of-18 overall. North County made 4-of-12 chances from the stripe.

Ella Gant sank the lone 3-pointer and only basket of the third quarter for the Lady Raiders with 20 seconds on the clock to bring the score within 38-14.

Winch recorded her first points of the second half by dropping in consecutive layups off Central turnovers to begin the fourth quarter.

North County attempted to double-team along the perimeter, but Central  often located the abandoned player to create open chances at the basket.

The Lady Rebels relaxed offensively down the stretch, and maintained their sizable advantage by calmly managing the clock.

Amonette drilled her second 3-pointer with three minutes remaining to create a 48-18 edge, which urged a timeout to allow the each side's starters to rest.

Each team applied stingy interior defense during the early stages of the contest. The score was even at 2-2 through more than four minutes of action until Holmes snapped the cold spell with a pair of free throws.

The Lady Rebels began cutting to the rim late in the first, and gained a 10-6 edge on a scoop layup by Holmes with four seconds on the clock.

Central clinched a share of the MAAA Large-School title, and will test its unbeaten conference record against Potosi on Monday while North County hosts Ste. Genevieve.


Sports Reporter

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