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CHS Finishes Third in League

 

February 13, 2020

Gerald T. Leidy

Central's Lleyton Kling (right) attempts to control a lose ball against Tyrone on Friday night, Feb. 7. The Dragons fell short 40-23 in their final home game of the season.

The Central Dragons lost their final two Mountain League games of the season last week, dropping their record to 14-8 on the season. Central finished the year in third place in the league with a 9-5 record.

Clearfield 52, CHS 47

On Feb. 4, the Dragons traveled to Clearfield (11-8) and came up short 52-47. The Bisons took a 13-6 first-quarter lead and led 25-19 at halftime.

The second half was evenly played, and although Central cut its deficit to just one basket, Clearfield held on for the win. Central had defeated Clearfield in overtime earlier in the season.

Senior Braden Kitt paced the Central offense with 16 points, which included a perfect 5-of-5 from the foul line. Junior Hunter Klotz added 11 points and sophomore Devon Boyles also scored 11 (7-of-8 from the line). The Dragons hit a stellar 15 of 17 from the charity stripe.

Tyrone 40, CHS 23

On Feb. 7, Central hosted Tyrone in its final home game of the season. Tyrone (18-2) entered the game tied for the Mountain League lead.

The Dragons had difficulty scoring in the opening quarters and trailed 11-2 after one frame and 22-6 at intermission. The second half was evenly played (18-17 Tyrone), but the damage was done in the opening half as Central came up short 40-23.

Hunter Klotz was the only Dragon to reach double figures with 13 points. No other Dragon was able to score more than four points. Central won the battle of the boards 25-20 with Jacob Eberlin snaring six.

"It was a rough week against two of the better teams on our league," Central coach Paul Frederick said. "We started slowly against Clearfield but battle back and gave ourselves a chance to win. We were ice cold against Tyrone (9-of-35 from the field). They play strong man defense and we couldn't respond.

"On the flip side, we have 10 days or so to prepare for the playoffs and we'll play at either Tyrone or Huntingdon. Although we haven't had any success against either team, we feel we can defeat either of them if we can just execute on offense. Our defense continues to be solid."

 

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