Centurions fall to Chargers in girls matchup

Coastal Christian's Lauren Duncan shoots against Wilson Christian at the school in on Wilmington on Tuesday. (Photo by Matt Born)

At halftime, it looked as though the Coastal Christian Centurions were going to hand the Wilson Christian Chargers their first loss of the year. And then the second half started.

The Centurions were outscored 33-18 in the second half, dropping their second game in a row Tuesday night by the final of 46-38 in girls basketball action. With the win, the Chargers complete an undefeated 23-0 regular season.

The loss drops Coastal to 16-9 on the year. Before the last two losses, the Centurions had won seven in a row.

“We couldn’t get anything going, and they went on a run, and like the great team they are they were able to hold us off,” said Centurions coach Mike Scheffel.

“We went through a little bit of a drought in the second half. We had a handful of good looks. We just couldn’t get the baskets to fall.”

The Centurions were led by Nicki Huntley, who finished the game with 18 points. Lauren Duncan added 10 points.

Despite the loss, the Centurions have come a long way in the past month. They have gone from a team with a .500 record in mid-January to a team with a chance at a playoff berth.

“The girls just really stayed committed to their improvement and getting better, and the results started to come,” said Scheffel.  

“We’re hoping to get into the state tournament. This year they’ve dropped the number from 16 to 12, so out of 28 teams it’s really tough to make. I think right now we’re on the bubble and it’s up to the committee on whether or not we get in. So we’ll practice this week as normal and just hope we get an opportunity.”


On a night where Coastal Christian retired senior Nick Chase’s jersey before the game, the Centurions (13-12) picked up their fifth straight win against the Chargers in the second half of the doubleheader.

The Centurions trailed 31-27 at halftime, but outscored Wilson 13-4 in the third quarter to take over the game. They would not trail the rest of the game.

Wesley Age led the Centurions with 13 on the night, while Chase scored 12 and Alex Henderson chipped in 10.