In what doubled as the first game of 2017-18, as well as Rebecca Schemmer's initial contest as head coach of the Centralia varsity girls basketball team, Sturgeon came to town for a non-conference matchup and even went up 25-22 at halftime after the first quarter ended in a 10-10 deadlock.
The Lady Panthers responded by making some adjustments during the break that allowed them to turn the tide and take a 35-33 lead in the third. Centralia then put the icing onn this cake by outscoring Sturgeon 12-8 in the fourth to come out on top 47-41.
"We got into foul trouble early in the first half. We were very stagnant on offense to start the game but started to get into the flow of our offense as the game went on," said Schemmer. "Sturgeon is a great shooting team and a tough team to guard on the inside but our defense held on until the end."
Bringing this dream of victory to life for the Lady Panthers was Carter Simkins, who charted a team-high 13 points, Kyra Dickerson had an eight-point showing and scoring seven each were Courtney Luedloff and Olivia Eikel.
Centralia, 1-0 overall, 0-0 Clarence Cannon Conference, is at North Callaway on Sept. 28.