Central Girls

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Hadley Craig will be an impact player returning for the Panthers ahead of next season.

Being on the bubble. It’s a phrase that is often tossed around during March Madness with college teams. For a majority of the season, the Central girls basketball team found themselves on the playoff bubble, ever trying to clinch a spot. But for the second season in a row, the Panthers’ bubble burst after being edged for the final spot by Ridgeview. The same happened last season when Central missed the final playoff spot by one one-hundredth of a seeding point.

“We kind of knew we were on the fence going into the last few games,” said head coach Marc Burleson. “We knew that we were on the bubble anyway and I was hoping that closing out with three wins would be enough. But when, unfortunately, it was against teams that were ranked lower than us that became the question of would that be enough to jump over Eagle Point, who was basically the next team up to vie for the final wild card.”

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