By Tommy Keeler Jr.
QUICKSBURG -- Katelyn Poston wasn't going to let history repeat itself.
Two years ago, Central fell to Stonewall Jackson after a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. On Friday night, the situation was the same. Trailing by three points, Stonewall Jackson's Emily Jordan got the ball and ran up to 3-point line to try to tie the game.
Poston ran over and made a perfectly-timed block to preserve a 56-53 win for Central over the Generals in non-district girls basketball action.
"All that was going through my head was do not let what happened two years ago up here happen," Poston said. "She got open. She got past one of my teammates, so I stepped up and was able to get in front of her before she gets the shot off.
"It was a big block for me. It was exciting."
"I just wanted Emily to get the ball and get down the court and try to launch something," Stonewall Jackson coach Jeff Burner said. "Poston made an incredible play. It blew my mind sitting there. The first thing she did, she landed right in my arms and I was like that was an incredible play. That was the first thing I said to her."
The Falcons struggled in the first half. Jordan scored 16 points to help the Generals take a 26-17 lead into halftime.
Stonewall Jackson's Kayla Miller played solid defense on Poston to limit her scoring opportunities, but the Falcons had other players step up in the second half.
Central senior Mary Wakeman hit three 3-pointers as the Falcons blitzed the Generals with a 14-5 run to start the second half.
"We worked more together as a team after the first half," Wakeman said. "We just got open shots and we took them."
The Falcons switched to a box-and-one on Jordan, who also got into foul trouble in the third quarter.
Central freshman Tamra Scott and sophomore Meredith Phillips each had a couple baskets to help the Falcons take a 41-36 lead into the final period.
The Generals responded in the fourth period and were able to tie the game at 44 with 3:45 left on a basket by Miller.
Scott had back-to-back baskets and Poston converted a conventional 3-point play for a five-point lead. Brooklyn Pumphrey's basket with 1:24 left gave Central a 53-46 edge, it's biggest of the night.
A basket by Miller and a 3-pointer and two free throws by Jordan helped cut the lead to 56-53 in the final seconds.
"I'm very proud of the way we played," Burner said. "We're getting better and better every day. That's the goal, to get better."
Jordan finished with a game-high 26 points.
The Falcons (3-0) were led by 17 points, six rebounds and two assists by Poston. Scott had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Wakeman had 14 points, and Plum had six points and four steals.
"I definitely think we have the opportunity to go further than we have in years past," Poston said. "And that's really something that's pushing us a lot to continue to work harder in practice, and make sure were making the most of each game and not let anything slip through our fingers anymore."
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