Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Class 1A-I Girls: Centralia Tops Waverly for State Title

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Class 1A-I Girls: Centralia Tops Waverly for State Title

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DODGE CITY -- In a three-minute stretch, sophomore guard Katie Glatczak took over the Class 1A Division I girls state championship game.

Glatczak finished the first quarter scoring on a driving layup just before the horn sounded and then opened up the second quarter with back-to-back- 3-point baskets, giving the Panthers a nine- point lead.

Centralia rolled from then on, cruising to a 54-36 win against Waverly on Saturday at the Dodge City Civic Center, claiming its first title since 2004.

"I don't even have to coach with her (Glatczak) out there," Centralia coach Roger Holthaus said. "She understands the game. She will still make the dumb sophomore mistake, but sometimes we can just turn it over to her and she'll get it done. The one thing she doesn't get enough credit for is her defense. She is a tenacious defender and she pretty much played the whole tournament."

Glatczak finished with a game-high 22 points and helped shut down Waverly's outside scorer Bailey Massoth. Massoth averaged 20 points a game to open the tournament, but was held to just nine in the Bulldogs' loss.

The Bulldogs shot just 20 percent from the field in the first half and dug a hole too deep to climb out of.

"I knew coming in that if we didn't make shots we would struggle against their size," Waverly coach Ty Piper said. "They played good, pressure man-to-man defense at times and it took us out of what we wanted to do."

The Panthers also added a new wrinkle to their defense before the game.

"We put in a triangle-and-two in this morning because we worried about (Kendra) Henry and Massoth," Holthaus said. "We put some pressure on them early, but we played that triangle defense most of the second half and took away some things they wanted to do."

Waverly (23-3) was led in scoring by the senior Henry. Henry scored 10 points in her final game and averaged just less than 20 in the tournament. Henry sat out a majority of the second quarter with three fouls and ended up fouling out. She credited Centralia's post players Mayda Stallbaumer and Cassidy Haufler after the loss.

"We have played teams that have one good post, but we've never really played against one that has two good girls in the post," Henry said. "We weren't making our shots, which made it tough. This was my favorite group of girls and we're not a team to bicker at each other so it was still fun."

Stallbaumer, a senior, and Haufler combined for 14 points, the majority of which came in the paint.

"It could not have ended any better," Stallbaumer said. "This is the perfect ending. We were all in this together. Everybody has a role on this team and underclassmen are able to step up and fill their roles. We're just one big Panther family."

Centralia (25-1), the champions of the Twin Valley League will lose five seniors, but will return two starters next season. …

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