LEXINGTON — The Centerburg Trojans are preparing to take the bright regional spotlight for the first time.
Centerburg’s opponent in today’s regional final is no stranger to the spotlight.
The Liberty-Benton Eagles have been to the state Final Four twice in the past three years, winning it all in 2010. Last year the Eagles, the top seed in their district, were upset by Genoa Area in the district semifinals, 40-35.
That means, they’re hungry.
The two teams will square off today at 1:30 p.m. at Lexington High School for the regional championship and the right to play in next week’s Division III Final Four.
The Eagles (22-2) won a state title on the shoulders of six very talented players who saw virtually every minute in every game. Of those six, only Cait Craft remains. But she is the main threat on a team that is much deeper than the team that took home the gold two years ago.
Craft (21.4 points per game, 54.3 shooting percentage) was just named Northwest District Division III Player of the Year. She and her teammate, sophomore Rachel Myers (14.1 ppg), make up the bulk of Liberty-Benton’s offense. They can score from virtually anywhere on the court. Freshman Katie Simon, at 6-foot-0, is their third threat, and tends to surprise her opponents with her ability to shoot long distance.