By Zach Shugan
ROSWELL, Ga. — The Cambridge girls basketball team went on the road Tuesday night and left with a win over Centennial, 55-40. The Bears led the Knights by just one point at halftime but went on a 23-4 run in the third quarter to take firm control of the game.
Cambridge (12-6, 7-3) bounced back from losses to Sequoyah and Chattahoochee last week with the win over Centennial (2-16, 0-10), staying in third place in the Region 7-6A standings. Sophomore Jordynn Dudley led the Bears with 26 points, 20 of which came in a second-half outburst.
“Every region win is important,” Cambridge head coach Lesley Broadwell said. “We’re all trying to get in the best spot going into the tournament. We had a touch stretch of five games in seven days. I think we’re still kind of recovering from that. But we wanted to have some success and feel a little better and get going in the right direction.
Centennial took an early lead over Cambridge, as the Knights’ defense gave the Bears trouble in the first quarter.
The Bears began to crack the Knights’ iron-clad defense in the second quarter, in part by getting to the free throw line at a high rate. Dudley hit two free throws halfway through the second quarter to give Cambridge its first lead of the night, and the Bears finished the first half up by one point, 17-16.
“We just couldn’t get in transition early,” Broadwell said. “The pace was a little slower than we like. We talked about it at halftime that we would have transition opportunities if we did a good job rebounding and getting the pace of the game how we like.”
Centennial tied the game early in the third quarter on a bucket by freshman Samantha Ambroselli, but that was the last shot they would make for quite some time. Cambridge responded by going on a 23-4 run lasting into the fourth quarter, practically sealing the win for the Bears.
“[The Knights] were doing a good job,” Broadwell said. “We just had to weather that and figure out how we could take control.”
Dudley finished with a game-high 26 points, often scoring by using her athleticism to blow by defenders and drive to the basket.
“When we can play at pace, that’s where Jordynn excels,” Broadwell said. “In the open court, she’s hard to match up with for anybody.”
Senior Angelina Cofrancesco added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists for the Bears, and junior Sydney Granby had 10 points and 4 rebounds.
Cambridge hosts No. 9 River Ridge on Friday in a key game for the Reg. 7-6A standings. The Bears also have two games (Sequoyah and Johns Creek) left against teams currently in the region’s top four.
Ambroselli led Centennial with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Sophomore Ciara Ware added 10 points and 6 rebounds. The Knights have four regular season contests remaining, beginning with a road game Friday at Johns Creek.
Jordynn Dudley (So.) – 26 pts, 1 reb, 2 asst, 1 blk
Angelina Cofrancesco (Sr.) – 12 pts, 8 reb, 2 asst
Sydney Granby (Jr.) – 10 pts, 4 reb
Hailey Toeppner (Sr.) – 3 pts, 1 reb, 1 asst
Grace Barrett (So.) – 2 pts, 6 reb
Anna Hardee (Fr.) – 2 pts, 4 reb
Samantha Ambroselli (Fr.) – 11 pts, 7 reb, 2 asst
Ciara Ware (So.) – 10 pts, 6 reb
Mary Kate Kahl (Fr.) – 7 pts, 2 reb
Summer Hinkle (So.) – 6 pts, 1 reb, 3 asst
Amina Akosa (Sr.) – 4 pts, 10 reb, 1 asst, 2 blk
Reagan Higgns (So.) – 2 pts, 4 reb, 3 asst