Posted by Erik Boal on February 03, 2020 at 21:23:12:
Jayda Curry scored 11 of Corona Centennial's first 13 points to build an 11-point advantage in the opening minutes and finished with 29 points to lead the Huskies to a 65-53 victory Monday at Martin Luther King in a Big VIII League first-place showdown.
Centennial (23-4, 8-1), ranked No. 14 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, halted a 17-game winning streak by No. 18 King (22-5, 8-1).
It also marked the first time Centennial won at King since a 62-50 victory Jan. 29, 2016. The Wolves had won three in a row and six of seven in the rivalry after Centennial had secured eight consecutive victories from 2013-16.
Centennial is in position to earn a share of its first league crown since 2016. It would be a share of the fourth title in a row for King, which had its 18-game Big VIII winning streak halted. King's last league loss was a 58-48 setback Feb. 7, 2018 at Centennial.
Curry, a junior, had 15 points in the first quarter to help the Huskies build a 21-9 lead. She accumulated 17 points in the first half, as Centennial held a 38-28 advantage at the break.
King, which prevailed by a 58-44 margin Jan. 17 in their first meeting at Centennial when the Huskies missed all 14 of their 3-point attempts in the second half and finished 3 for 30 from behind the arc, closed the deficit to eight points entering the fourth quarter.
But the Huskies scored six of the first nine points in the final quarter and King never threatened again down the stretch. Alexis Mead led the Wolves with 17 points.
King plays Wednesday at Corona Santiago (15-10, 4-5), with Centennial concluding its regular season at Roosevelt (19-7, 6-3).
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