UTICA — When the Centerburg Trojans claimed the 2011-12 girls basketball Mid-Buckeye Conference title, the one thing they didn’t do is defeat the Utica Redskins.
On Saturday, it was Utica’s turn to go into their game leading the MBC — and Centerburg’s turn to spoil the fun.
The Trojans came into Utica High School and upset the conference-leading Redskins, 47-43, in a thrilling contest on Saturday.
“I think we’re pretty happy,” said Centerburg head coach Todd Nauman. “I’m extremely happy for these kids, especially these seniors.”
With the lead as high as five late in the game, Utica knocked it down to two with 46 seconds left when Rachel Londot scored the last points for her team. Centerburg’s Faithe Carr was fouled and converted one of two free-throw attempts. Carr then stole the ball with 10 seconds to go and was fouled on her layup attempt. One converted free throw later, the Trojans had an insurmountable four-point lead.
“Faithe doesn’t really grasp how quick she is,” said Nauman. “She’s starting to see and understand about laying off and reading the passing lane. It’s something she’s getting very good at, and she’s very good at getting on the ball.”
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