After starting the 2012-13 season with nine straight wins, Centreville suffered its first defeat two days after Christmas at the Westfield Bulldog Bash. The Wildcats again take an undefeated record into winter break this week, but they won’t be playing locally. Tenth-ranked Centreville will bus down to Charleston, S.C. for the Carolina Invitational.
Behind ultra-confident floor leader and senior guard Jenna Green the Wildcats are 7-0 and scoring 66 points per game. They’ll look to build on that strong start this week.
“It will be good to see some different competition,” Green said of travelling to an out-of-area tournament. “I definitely think we need to keep working on rebounding and especially improving as a team.”
Green, a William & Mary recruit, is averaging 18 points per game and has raised her basketball IQ this season. She’s received plenty of help from senior backcourt mates Katie Blumer (10.1 points per game) and Ashley Brusick (9.8).
Guard Caroline Wakefield has chipped in seven points per game, but she does her best work playing defense.
“[Caroline] is the best defensive player in the region,” Centreville Coach Tom Watson said. “She plays like she’s 6-foot tall and every day she’s getting better.”
Green is 27 points shy of 1,000 for her career and will likely set a new school record for the Wildcats come January. Barbara Oller, a 1998 honorable mention All-Met, holds the school’s career scoring mark with 1,090 points.
Green said she’s excited as she anticipates breaking the record, but she’s more focused on doing her part to keep the team’s unblemished record intact.
“We have to keep working hard in practice and stay focused,” Green said. “We have to continue to crash the boards and run the court, because we are undersized compared to other teams.”
Eagles head to Miami
For the third time in Coach Dianne Lewis’s tenure at Edison the Eagles will participate in a holiday tournament in the Sunshine State. No. 12 Edison opens play in the Orange Bowl tournament in Miami on Dec. 27 at 9 a.m. against Miami Ferguson.
Sophomore Jada Graves shouldered much of the scoring load last season, but with senior transfers Jessica Harris (Freedom-Woodbridge) and Tatianna Torres (Washington-Lee) leading the team in scoring, Graves has served as more of a facilitator for the Eagles Edison (6-1).
“They made their way into the program to fit naturally,” Lewis said of Harris (12.7 points per game) and Torres (11.3). “[Graves] and Megan Hendrick lead us in assists, and they don’t have have as much of a scoring burden, and we’re still effective.”
The Eagles’ only loss was to No. 1 Paul VI to open the season, and they have won their last six games through selfless play. Three players are averaging double digits in scoring, while Lindsey Krisak and Graves are averaging 9.3 and 9.2 points, respectively.
Lewis feels the team can still be better defensively in off the ball situations, but that will come with more chemistry as the season progresses. . . .
T.C. Williams (2-3), like Centreville, will be playing in the Carolina Invitational, but in a different bracket. . . . No. 6 South Lakes (7-0) will play in the Ronald Curry and Boo Williams Christmas Classic in the bracket with 2013 Virginia AAA state champion Lake Taylor. Washington-Lee (0-4) and Herndon (1-5) will play in the same bracket at the Hampton-based tournament