THANK YOU, SENIORS: Central Mountain Wildcats take out Shikellamy on Senior Night, 73-46

It was senior night at Central Mountain High School last night. Wyatt Bumbarger, Jusin Neff, Kyle Everhart and Brody Baker led the way for the Wilcats this year in their season seasons. Central Mountain won for the seniors last night, 73-46. (For The Express/Tim Weight)

MILL HALL- Central Mountain ended its two-game losing streak and hopped back into the win column after defeating the Shikellamy Braves on Senior Night, 73-46

Following the win- the Wildcats’ record improves to 14-6 on the season.

“I was extremely happy with the way we regrouped tonight,” Central Mountain head coach Scott Baker said. “I think we rebounded from a couple losses pretty well. It’s always nice to come home and you feel much more comfortable at home. We certainly play better at home.”

Central Mountain built an early lead when the team converted five consecutive three pointers in the opening period and closed the quarter with a 21-16 edge. Brody Baker hit three three-pointers in the opening eight minutes of the contest, en route to a game-high seven three-pointers and and 23 points. After the game, Brody spoke on how his focus on his team’s play contributed to his individual success.

“I was just trying to be a team player and make the right basketball play,” Brody said, “and tonight I was just feeling it.”

“He’s worked extremely hard,” Central Mountain head coach Scott Baker said of Brody. “I’m proud of him as a player, and of course as my son.”

The Wildcats surrendered its lead after a sloppy second quarter and headed into halftime tied with Shikellamy at 29-points apiece. In third period CM became more physical-particularly on the in-bounds pass, and tallied an 8-0 rally to put them ahead 39-31. After the game- Baker spoke on how his squad’s early surge in the quarter had less to do with in-game adjustments, but rather his players sticking to the game plan and executing assignments more efficiently.

“We didn’t think we were closing-out on their shooters quite well, and we didn’t think we were closing the traps down quite as hard as we needed to,” Baker said on his team’s performance. “We just wanted to do what we were doing better. We didn’t do anything different in the second half, we just wanted to do it better.”

“Our game plan going is was we just wanted to pressure all-night long,” Baker added. “We used our 1-2-2 press, and our 1-3-1 half court the entire night, which is the first time we’ve done that the entire year.”

Central Mountain out-scored Shikellamy 22-13 in the third period, closing the quarter with a 51-39 lead. CM began to break away in the final period with another great shooting performance, converting four three-pointers in the final eight minutes. Yash Adroja eliminated any of Shikellamy’s hope of a comeback when he drilled a three pointer to put the Wildcats ahead 63-46 with 3:30 left in the game.

Eight players recorded figures in Central Mountain’s 73-46 win, including all six of its seniors.

Brody Baker finished with 23 points, and Kyle Everhart added 18. Nicolas Carpenetti ended the night with eight points,and Justin Neff posted six. Yash Adroja posted five points, and Wyatt Bumbarger recorded another three points.

With the Win, Central Mountain ended a two-game skid, and Scott Baker was pleased with the way his team responded after a rough couple of defeats.

“To come out here with a win tonight is important,” Baker said after the win.

His son, Brody, also offered a similar statement.

“We just lost two games and it’s good to get back on track,” Brody said after the win. “Now we got to get back to work tomorrow and get ready for Huntingdon.”

Central Mountain has its regular-season finale on Friday when they host the Huntingdon Bearcats.