Center Grove was able to match Brownsburg’s speed and athleticism Thursday afternoon, but the Trojans struggled trying to shut down the Bulldogs’ dominant inside game.
Playing in the consolation game of the Franklin Central Holiday Tournament, the Trojans’ girls squad dropped a 61-50 decision.
For the Bulldogs, senior center Stephanie Mavunga had a game-high 24 points and 20 rebounds.
“You’re not going to stop her, so our game plan was to take a gap defender and dig down while trying to get her to pick her dribble up,” said Center Grove coach Shawn Sanders. “We just didn’t have an answer for her today.”
Rebounding in general was a challenge for Center Grove as Brownsburg posted a 45-23 advantage.
“They killed us on the boards,” Sanders said. “You’re not going to win games when you have a deficit like that.”
Despite playing the Bulldogs even for most of the game, a slow start ultimately doomed the Trojans, who connected on just 17 of their 58 shots from the field.
Center Grove trailed by 10 points at the end of the game’s opening quarter.