Late-game rallies are nothing new for State-bound Central

For the first time since 1995, Central is headed to the WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament.

The Red Raiders beat New London Saturday in overtime, 33-28. It was a comeback win– Central trailed by six points with three minutes to go. The Red Raiders played great defense and hit their free throws, which has been their formula for success all season.

“We just knew we had to have a lot of defensive pressure and we knew if we worked really hard, we could maybe get some stops and get some points on the board and at least tie it up, which is what we did,” said senior Brooke Baldwin. “We just knew we had nothing to lose so we just left it all on the court, and then we got the W.”

“That’s the way we we’ve been all year long,” said Head Coach Nahmie George. “This is a resilient team. They don’t give up. We were down six with three to go, I told them, we’ve been here before. This is kind of what we do. We get down in the fourth quarter, then we come back and find a way to claw and scratch our way to get back in the game and they’ve been a heck of a group to coach and we’re just enjoying the ride.”

The Red Raiders face DeForest Friday around 3:15 p.m. at the Resch Center.