Senior post Colleen McCormick, who missed a couple of games with a high-ankle sprain, turned in 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Knights while senior forward Emily Bucon, who made her first start since a knee injury in early January and only played about half her usual minutes, added 10 points.
Central coach Penn Kurtz had his starting lineup together for the first time since Jan. 7.
"I thought we played pretty sluggish,'' he said. "Too many turnovers and not sharp. It's always hard to come down here and play. You're riding in a car all day long. It was a tough ride getting down here with the weather. I thought Charleston Catholic played pretty well. They made a lot of shots.''
Kurtz said he hopes the Knights, who won 12 in a row before injuries started taking their toll, can get back in gear. Central visits Class AA No. 7 Sissonville (11-4) at 4 p.m. today.
"We've done pretty well so far,'' said the Central coach who guided the Knights to a runner-up finish at last year's state tournament. "We have a few tough games left. We'll see if we can't get rolling again. We've been stuck in neutral for a while.''
Palmer finished with 10 points and three rebounds for Catholic. Senior Simone Assaley (eight points and four rebounds) and Gallian (six points and four rebounds) gave the Irish a lift off the bench.
"They just played with so much heart this week,'' said Catholic interim coach Theresa O'Leary of her players' effort. "The second half they were tired and fought through it and again gave it everything they had.
"They want it. They didn't lie down and you've got to give them credit for that. We told them in the locker room these are the games that are going to make them stronger and better when it counts.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.