Swedes play ‘great half’ against Centura
It maybe wasn’t the best first quarter of basketball that Gothenburg girls coach Tim Peterson has ever witnessed but in his eyes, the Swedes played a “great first half” against a tough Centura team on Saturday.
“The girls did a good job of executing the offense,” Peterson said. “And they took some goodshots, even knocking a few down.”
But a solid first half against the once-ranked Centurians was not enough for Gothenburg as Centura notched its seventh victory of the season with a 65-26 win.
“We were right in it the first half,” Peterson said.
After trailing 20-8 at the end of the first quarter, Gothenburg pulled together and made a run at the Centurians.
At halftime, the Swedes were down only nine points 28-19.
“We had a group of girls on the floor who were doing a great job,” Peterson said. “We just kept riding them as long as we could.”
But fatigue became a factor, the coach said, in the third quarter.
“Our shooting woes came back in the second half,” he said. “When you’re not making shots and your running back on defense all the time, you get pretty tired.”
Centura out-scored Gothenburg 23-3 in the third period to put the game out of reach.
“Defensively, we packed it in on the inside and forced them to shoot from the outside,” Peterson said. “It worked in the first half.”
But in the second half Centura guard Abby Suntych hit three three-pointers to open the scoring.
“That’s a chance you take when you’re
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