Centralia girls rally to upend Aberdeen, 70-68

CENTRALIA — Wearing down short-handed Aberdeen in the late going, Centralia rallied to upend the Bobcats, 70-68, in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game Tuesday night on Ron Brown Court.

Rebounding from a big early deficit, the Bobcats took a 52-49 lead into the fourth quarter. But Bobcat standout Emily Fisher fouled out and Ericka Manwell went to the bench with a twisted knee early in that period.

Centralia wound up hitting 8 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter. In addition to the absence of Fisher and Manwell, the Bobcats (2-3, 7-3) had three players finish the game with four fouls apiece.

Tiger freshman Alyx Fast hit a 3-point shot with about one minute remaining to snap a 65-all standoff. Centralia increased the lead to five before Aberdeen’s Alexxi Timmons hit a trey with eight seconds left. The Tigers, however, were able to inbound the ball and run out the clock.

“We ran out of gas,” Bobcat coach Aaron Roiko said. “We used all the energy to get back in the game, then we had the foul trouble and the injury.”

Knocking down a couple of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, Aberdeen’s Mo Donovan led all scorers with 23 points. Timmons added 20 for the Bobcats.

Manwell grabbed 14 rebounds prior to the injury.

Six-foot-one Michaela Hall paced Centralia with 17 points.

The Bobcats return home Friday to face Capital.

Aber 13 22 17 16 — 68 Cent 20 14 15 21 — 70

Aberdeen (68) — Schermer 2, Fisher 5, Timmons 20, Dixon 9, Walsh 2, Manwell 7, Blackburn, Donovan 23. FG — n/a. FT — 13-20.

Centralia (70) — Fast 11, Crews 9, Gabbard 12, Hall 17, Slorey 3, Pocklington, Brower 12, Ash 6, Nugent. FG — n/a. FT — 23-31.

JV — Aberdeen 44, Centralia 38. Rylee Riekkola eight points for Aberdeen.