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CC Basketball: Lady Blazers Come Back in Fourth to Top Mt. Hood

Lady Blazers Come Back in Fourth to Top Mt. Hood

Centralia scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to erase a deficit and come from behind to defeat Mt. Hood 70-62 in the Centralia Crossover NWAC women’s basketball tournament on Sunday in Centralia.

All five starters were in double figures for the Lady Blazers, led by the 13 points of Kayla Howard. Joni Lancaster and Courtney Kemble each scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Isabella Elwood scored 11 points and Kylie Smith added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Jamie Connally came off the bench and scored 11 points for Centralia.

The Lady Blazers shooting was the difference in the game, shooting 46.4 percent from the field compared to Mt. Hood converting 32.8 percent of their field goals.

Centralia led 15-12 after the first quarter, but Whatcom answered in the second quarter and led 34-32. The Saints kept the momentum going in the third quarter and led by four points going into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, Centralia shot 7 of 13 from the field while Mt. Hood converted just 3 of 11 field goals and scored just eight total points. The Blazers took the lead and made 5 of 6 free throws in the quarter to complete the win.

Centralia (6-3) has 10 days off before hosting Portland at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Saturday’s Results

Smith Leads Blazers in Win Over Peninsula

Kylie Smith posted a double-double and Centralia pulled away in the second half for a 65-55 win over Peninsula on Saturday in the Centralia Crossover NWAC women’s basketball tournament at Michael Smith Gymnasium.

Smith, a sophomore, scored 24 points on 11 of 22 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

Kayla Howard added 18 points for Centralia, which outscored the Pirates 35-24 in the second half.

Isabella Elwood added 10 points and shot 5 of 9 from the field.
Local Trio Helps LCC Past Whatcom

CLACKAMAS — Kenya Lorton, Shanay Dotson and Madison Crews each scored in double figures here Saturday as Lower Columbia beat Whatcom, 93-76, in NWAC women’s basketball action.

Lorton, a freshman from Adna, scored 13 with six assists and five steals. Dotson, a sophomore from Adna, scored 14 with eight rebounds, and Crews, a sophomore from Centralia, scored 14 with 11 assists and five rebounds.

Lorton scored 19 on Sunday in a 74-63 loss to North Idaho. Dotson added eight rebounds against the Cardinals, while Crews had six assists.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Blazers Dominate Penguins

VANCOUVER — Centralia’s Austin Curry and Marqus Gilson each recorded a double-double to help lead the Blazers to an 80-58 win over Clark in a Clark Crossover NWAC men’s basketball tournament game here on Sunday.

Gilson led all scorers with 21 points and 12 rebounds and Curry added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Taylor Peppinger also scored 15 points and Collin Prangley chipped in 14 points.

Centralia took the lead in the first half and never let go, shooting 48.6 percent from the field and outrebounding Clark 25-13 to take a 41-25 lead at halftime and allowed the Blazers to cruise in the second half.

Centralia (3-7) is back in action on Thursday, Dec. 28, facing Edmonds at 4 p.m. at the Clackamas Holiday Invitational.
Saturday’s Results

Slow Start Dooms Blazers Against Spokane

VANCOUVER — Austin Curry had his typical big game, but Centralia fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 101-90 loss to Spokane in the Clark Crossover NWAC men’s basketball tournament here Saturday

Curry scored 20 points with five assists, four rebounds and two steals on 8 of 14 shootings, and Jephthah Donkor came off the bench to go 6 of 7 from the field for 12 points with 14 rebounds.

Taylor Peppinger added 14 points and Marqus Gilson chipped in 10 for Centralia.

Spokane, however, led 57-39 at halftime and shot 16 of 32 from behind the 3-point arc. Lamar Harris led the way with 24 points on 5 of 8 long-range shooting, and Dedrick Pakootas came off the bench and hit 4 of 5 from downtown for 18 points.
Walton Lights It Up for Edmonds

LYNNWOOD — Zach Walton scored 17 points in 21 minutes for Edmonds on Sunday in a 93-75 win over Green River at the Edmonds Crossover.

Walton, a sophomore from Morton, added five rebounds. He scored 25 on Saturday in a 107-97 win over Walla Walla, and scored 29 on Friday in a win over Walla Walla. In 10 games this season, the 6-foot-6 forward is averaging 20.8 points (ninth in the NWAC) and 8.5 rebounds (fifth) for the 9-1 Tritons.


Sunday’s Results

Women’s Basketball

At Centralia

LADY BLAZERS 70, SAINTS 62

Mt. Hood 12 22 20 8 — 62

Centralia 15 17 18 20 — 70

Mt. Hood (62) — Ellett 3, Parker 4, Jackson 7, Watson 9, Collins 10, Whitney 3, Allen 20, Flemmer 2, Pritchard 4

FG: 21 of 64 — .328 FT: 8 of 12 — .666 Reb: 33

Centralia (70) — Howard 13, Smith 10, Lancaster 12, Elwood 11, Kemble 12, Connally 1, Claybrooks 11

FG: 26 of 56 — .464 FT: 13 of 21 — .619 Reb: 32 (Smith 7)
Saturday’s Results

Women’s Basketball

At Centralia

LADY BLAZERS 65, PIRATES 55

Peninsula 13 18 14 10 —55

Centralia 10 20 21 14 —65

Peninsula (55) — Clark 14, Alvarez 8, Sharp 18, Smith 8, Moore 7

FG: 19 of 62 —.306 FT: 9 of 14 —.643 Reb. 43 (Clark 12)

Centralia (65) — Howard 14, Smith 24, Lancaster 4, Claybrooks 4, Kemble 5, Elwood 10

FG: 26 of 67 —.388 FT: 4 of 10 —.400 Reb. 40 (Smith 11)


Sunday’s Results

Men’s Basketball

At Vancouver

TRAILBLAZERS 80, PENGUINS 58

Centralia 41 39 — 80

Clark 25 33 — 58

Centralia (80) — Curry 15, Peppinger 15, Meadows 3, Eiman 5, Gilson 21, Clarke 5, Prangley 14, Donkor 2

FG: 34 of 69 — .493 FT: 7 of 12 — .583 Reb: 45 (Curry, Gilson 12)

Clark (58) — Anderson 5, Ogles 3, Vogel 7, Sovereign 4, Scott 8, Scarpelli 9, Fernstrom 10, Houck 8, Diamond 4

FG: 21 of 62 — .339 FT: 10 of 11 — .909 Reb: 26
Saturday’s Results

Men’s Basketball

At Vancouver

SASQUATCH 101, TRAILBLAZERS 90

Centralia 39 51 —90

Spokane 57 44 —101

Centralia (90) — Curry 20, Peppinger 14, Meadows 9, Eiman 8, Gilson 10, Clarke 8, Prangley 9, Donkor 12

FG: 33 of 64 —.516 FT: 17 of 21 —.810 Reb. 41 (Donkor 14)

Spokane (101) — Harris 24, Gay 3, Alexander 12, Sandoval 21, Pakootas 18, Najera 8, Mesropian 7, Pilimai 8

FG: 36 of 74 —.486 FT: 13 of 17 —.765 Reb. 30 (Sandoval 12)

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