LEXINGTON — The Centerburg Trojans are now sailing in uncharted waters.
The team did on Wednesday what no Centerburg girls basketball team had done before — claim a spot in the regional championship game.
After falling behind by as many as nine in the first half, the Trojans came storming back in the final two periods to overwhelm the Collins-Western Reserve Riders, 43-36, in their regional semifinal game at Lexington High School.
“We basically had a little ‘Come to Jesus’ meeting at halftime,” said Centerburg head coach Todd Nauman. “I said, ‘Look, you’re either going to go out and play the way you can play, or we’re going to go home and this will be over’. So, they aren’t ready to be done yet.”
The miracle run came for the Trojans (21-4) began with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the third, when Breanna Campbell drove to the basket and hit her shot. That began a 15-2 run that also saw Carly Compton, Stacy Fielding and Mackenzie Stoyle hit shots from both short and long distance.
In that run, Stoyle had a 3-pointer on a pass from Meghan Altizer, that tied the game at 25. On the team’s next possession, she hit a jumper that gave Centerburg the lead for good.
“I have to thank my teammates for that one,” said Stoyle. “We prepare, every single one of us in practice every day. Without my teammates coming out and being positive, we wouldn’t be in that situation.”