Wednesday’s College Basketball: Lady Blazers Fend Off Clippers

By The Chronicle
OLYMPIA — Centralia’s Kylie Smith and Majesty Claybrooks each scored 15 points to lead the Blazers to a 55-48 win over South Puget Sound in an NWAC West Region women’s basketball game here on Wednesday.
Smith grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Devanie Kleemeyer added 12 points.
Centralia jumped out to a 19-7 lead after the first quarter and led 34-23 at halftime. South Puget Sound outscored Centralia 25-21 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to earn the win.
Centralia (8-8, 1-2) travels to Tacoma on Saturday for a 2 p.m. West Region game.

Clippers Overwhelm Blazers
OLYMPIA — Centralia’s Marqus Gilson scored 23 points, but it wasn’t enough as South Puget Sound won 87-77 in an NWAC West Region men’s basketball game here on Wednesday.
Austin Curry scored 17 points and Collin Prangley added 11 points and 6 rebounds.
South Puget Sound’s Hunter Sipe led all scorers with 30 points.
The Blazers had 21 turnovers and were outrebounded 36-28.
South Puget Sound came out strong and led at halftime 43-27. The Blazers tried to come back and scored 50 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.
Centralia (5-13, 1-2) travels to face Tacoma at 4 p.m. in a West Region game.

At Olympia
BLAZERS 55, CLIPPERS 48
Centralia 19 15 7 14 —55
South PS 7 16 9 16 —48
Centralia (55) — Howard 3, Kleemeyer 12, Smith 15, Lancaster 3, Claybrooks 15, Connally 5, Elwood 2
FG: 19 of 49 —.388 FT: 11 of 19 —.579 Reb: 29 (Smith 9)
S. Puget Sound (48) — Whitehead 5, Campana 17, Collins 6, Bergquist 7, Harn 8, Moloney 5
FG: 19 of 58 —.328 FT: 2 of 4 —.500 Reb: 35

At Olympia
CLIPPERS 87, BLAZERS 77
Centralia 27 50 —77
South PS 43 44 —87
Centralia (77) — Curry 17, Clarke 6, Prangley 11, Gilson 23, Brown 3, Peppinger 3, Meadows 6, Donkor 4, Eiman 4
FG: 31 of 61 —.508 FT: 8 of 13 —.615 Reb: 28 (Prangley 6)
South Puget Sound (87) — Malloy 18, Sipe 30, Hodges 20, Moore 2, Reynolds 9, Dick 4, Black 4
FG: 30 of 66 —.455 FT: 15 of 21 —.714 Reb: 36 (Reynolds 11)

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