Central girls come back to top Mayfield

MAYFIELD — Three players reached double digits and a fourth just missed as Catholic Central rolled to a 58-44 girls basketball victory over Mayfield Saturday.

The Crusaders, now 10-1 and winners of eight straight, were down 22-10 after one period and trailed the Division I Wildcats by as many as 17 early in the second before cutting the deficit to six (33-27) at the break.

Christine Dombrowski powered Central’s second quarter run by scoring nine of her team-leading 15 points. Mayfield, which now stands at 4-5, got huge first half performances from Julia DeBaltzo and Katelyn Kinczel. DeBaltzo knocked down four triples and finished the initial 16 minutes with 14 markers. Kinczel, meanwhile, netted 12 points.

Central got its offense rolling in the third, outscoring Mayfield 19-5 to take the lead for good. Bella Oliver scored six for Jess Looman’s club. Grace Godich and Dombrowski contributed four each.

During the final eight minutes, the Crusaders knocked down six of eight free throws to preserve the victory.

“I’m just so proud of the way our girls fought back from that big second quarter deficit,” Looman said. “They could have easily given up but they just kept working. After the first quarter, our message to them was win the next quarter. We preached the same thing at halftime and to their credit, they responded.

“This team just never gives up. They keep working and playing hard. The start we had to the second half really gave us the spark we needed. Our defensive effort in the second half was outstanding, we did a really good job of limiting Mayfield to one shot.”

Oliver finished with 12 points for Central, which is now idle until Jan. 8 when it hosts Weir High. G. Godich contributed 10 and Tia Taglione added eight.

“We were really fortunate to have balanced scoring again,” Looman said. “We’ve come to rely on Christine for point production and it was great to see Bella come up big today.”

Central’s size advantage inside paid huge dividends as the Crusaders collected 58 rebounds. Oliver and G. Godich recorded double-doubles by hauling down 12 and 11 boards each. Brantley Turnage, who contributed seven points, and Dombrowski both recorded 10.

“One thing we stressed going in was the importance of rebounding, particularly on the defensive end,” Looman said. “The girls responded to what we asked them to do.”

Kinczel led all scorers with 17. DeBaltzo finished with 16.

“Mayfield (coached by Looman’s brother Ryan) is a fundamentally sound, well-coached team,” Central’s Looman said. “They were very hot in the first half but unfortunately their shots weren’t falling in the second half and we took advantage of that.”

Game notes:

The Wildcats rolled to a 66-20 victory in the junior varsity contest. Ashley Dearden paced the winners with 14 points. Edy Harold and Katelynn Dorsey had five apiece for the Crusaders.

Catholic Central 58, Mayfield 44

Central 10 -17-19-12 — 58

Mayfield 22-11-5-6 — 44

CENTRAL (10-1): Harold 0 0-0 0; A. Godich 0 0-0 0; Zatta 2 2-2 6; Turnage 2 3-5 7; Fayak 0 0-0 0; Dombrowski 5 4-4 15; Taglione 3 2-2 8; G. Godich 5 0-1 10; Oliver 5 2-5 12; Olszewski 0 0-0 0; DiBenedetto 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 13-20 58.

MAYFIELD (4-5): Nerone 1 1-4 3; Nicolli 0 0-0 0; DeBaltzo 4 4-4 16; Rock 1 0-0 2; Fredrickson 0 0-2 0; Edwards 0 0-2 2; Consolo 1 0-2 3; Davis 0 0-0 0; Kinczel 7 1-1 17; O’Neal 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 15 7-14 44.

3-POINT GOALS: Central (Dombrowski); Mayfield (DeBaltzo 4, Kinczel 2, Consolo); REBOUNDS: Central 58 (Oliver 12, G. Godich 11, Turnage 10, Dombrowski 10); ASSISTS: Central 11 (Taglione 4); TURNOVERS: Central 10.