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Burlington Central is getting healthy and peaking at just the right time.
The Rockets will head into next week’s regionals riding a nine-game win streak after a dominating 53-32 victory over visiting St. Charles North in their season finale on Tuesday night. Sophomore Alison Colby in her third game back after missing time with a head injury and being sick had 16 points to lead the Rockets in scoring.
“That was one of our better all-around consistent games of the year,” said Central coach Mark Smith. “I thought we played well throughout. This is the time of the year when you want to be playing with a lot of confidence and I think we are. The kids are raring to go.”
After falling behind 7-4 early on Central went on a 16-2 run to pull ahead 20-9 early in the second quarter. Kayla Ross, Shelby Holt, and Camille Delacruz all had three pointers during the run.
“We have several girls who can shoot the basketball,” said Smith. “What I liked about our offense tonight was we were more patient. We didn’t just settle for any shot. We made the two or three extra passes to get a great shot.”
The Rockets (23-4) had six three-pointers in the game but it was the inside presence of Colby that was the steadying force. Colby had three baskets in the third quarter as the Rockets extended a 26-17 halftime lead to 41-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
“It’s good to be back healthy,” said Colby. “It’s been tough missing so much time. But it’s important that we are all together now to have a good flow. For the first time in a while I thought we were very comfortable seeing the open lanes and the open passes.”
Central’s defense held the North Stars (8-18) to just 12 field goals and only four three pointers.
“I thought we played really well on defense,” said Smith. “We didn’t get caught on the screens and kept them off the three point line.”
Nicole Davidson had 11 points to lead the North Stars in scoring.
“We were far from our peak tonight,” said North coach Colleen Backer. “It wasn’t our offense that was the biggest problem. It was our defense. You can’t win games if you can’t get defensive stops. Central just had a much better effort than we did tonight.”