Sports Roundup: Chokers swept at Centralia


Trailblazers 82, Chokers 52

CENTRALIA — The score does not tell the whole story of this NWAACC Western Division matchup on Wednesday night, but Centralia’s 3-point shooting does.

Grays Harbor stayed within nine points in the second half and forced Centralia to shoot from the outside. The Blazers obliged, hitting 15-of-38 shots from behind the 3-point line to secure this win.

“We didn’t play poor defense; we were flying all over the place and they were hitting them right in front of us,” GHC head coach Christine Nelson said. “We made everyone shoot the ball and they knocked them down. We have to play inside-out and force teams to shoot from the outside. They hit them. You have to take away something.”

Nine of Centralia’s 11 players hit at least one trey in the contest, led by three from Karina Gee and Leah Davis, who led the Blazers with 13 points. Elma grad Megan Finger also had one trey and finished with five points.

GHC’s Emily Cox led all scorers with 23 points, including two of the Chokers’ three 3-pointers. Amber Fifield added 10 points before she left the game with a possible concussion. Nelson said Fifield’s departure took away the team’s momentum in the second half.

The Chokers finished with 28 percent shooting from the field.

“Since the (holiday) break, we haven’t knocked anything down,” Nelson added. “We are having trouble converting. We get good shots, but we’re not putting them away.”

On Saturday, GHC (0-2, 2-8) host Highline in a contest scheduled for noon at Sam Benn Gym.

Grays Harbor College (52) — Maneman, Chovich 4, Hagain, Cox 23, Robles 5, Koe, Fifield 10, Stewart, Russell, 9, Dotson 1. FG — 15-53 (.283). FT — 19-30.

Centralia College (82) — Gee 9, Fisher 7, Preuninger 11, Sorensen 6, McIntyre 8, Davis 13, McDonald 3, Myers 6, Finger 5, DeVore, Kaupu 8, Narolski 6. FG — 28-82 (.452). FT — 11-12.

Halftime: Centralia 43, Grays Harbor 26.


Trailblazers 75, Chokers 65

CENTRALIA — Shooting 51 percent from the field, previously winless Centralia upended Grays Harbor College in an NWAACC Western Division contest Wednesday night at Centralia.

Marced Farley led a trio of double-figure scores for the Blazers with 17 points. Greater balance enabled Centralia to overcome a 26-point, 14-rebound output from GHC’s Bryan McGriff.

Centralia led narrowly most of the way, pulling away from the foul line in the late going.

“Defensively, we could not get a stop when we needed it,” Choker coach Jordan Altman said.

Cameron Ladson added 10 points for the Chokers (1-1, 4-8).

Although noting that his club hung tough in the late stages, Altman expressed disappointment that his club was unable to maintain the momentum from its league-opening win over Tacoma last Saturday.

The Chokers host Highline on Saturday in the second half of a coed doubleheader. The women’s game begins at noon, with the men’s contest scheduled for 2 p.m.

Grays Harbor (65) — Porter, Harrison 9, Larkins 2, Kolokihakausfisi 3, Ladson 10, Harrod 2, Irion 4, Straghter 5, McGriff 26, Dutton 4, Burton. FG — 26-60 (.433). FT — 11-15.

Centralia (75) — Rogers 9, Scott 8, Edwards 7, Malone 4, Brooks 3, Broussard 13, Farley 17, Dumetz 14. FG — 27-53 (.509). FT — 19-28.

Halftime: Centralia 34, Grays Harbor 32.


Warriors 60, Wildcats 51

ROCHESTER — Tyler Yarber scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half as Class 1A Rochester held off Ocosta in a non-league game Tuesday night at Rochester.

The Class 2B Wildcats led 10-5 after one quarter, but the Warriors rallied to a 24-24 halftime lead and pulled away in the fourth quarter.

“It was neck-and-neck until the fourth,” Ocosta assistant coach Cameron Ness reported. “We had a few turnovers in a row that allowed Rochester the game.”

Alex Herrera scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Wildcats (6-4). Teammate James Benn, with 12 points and 13 rebounds, was credited with a strong performance inside the paint.

Caleb Tackett had nine rebounds and Dan Sobrera four assists and four steals for the Wildcats.

Ocosta hosts Hoquiam in another non-leaguer Friday.

Ocosta 10 12 14 15 — 51 Roch 5 19 18 18 — 60

Ocosta (51) — Short 6, Tackett 9, Sobrera 5, Herrera 17, Anderson 2, Torres, Juarez, Benn 12, Pegg. FG — 22-71 (.310). FT — 5-13.

Rochester (60) — McLemore 4, Regsbee 9, Brady, Yarber 19, Larson, Gedney 3, Ranger 4, Nelson 6, Blanchard 5, Patton. FG — 23-63 (.365). FT — 8-10.

JV — Rochester won.


Mules 60, Indians 23

SOUTH BEND — Rolling to a 22-0 lead after one quarter, Wahkiakum finished off South Bend in a non-league contest Wednesday night at Koplitz Fieldhouse.

The Indians, who had fallen to the Mules, 60-31, last month at Cathlamet, didn’t find the going any easier in this contest.

“They came out and it was a start similar to the North Beach game (on Tuesday). They hit everything — long-range shots and inside,” South Bend coach Gary Wilson said. “They were flat better. They were better in every part of the game. There wasn’t much we could really do.”

Wahkiakum’s Sam Boyce led all scorers with 19 points. Rielly Myers had seven points and five rebounds for South Bend (4-6).

The Indians entertain Naselle on Friday.

Wahkiakum 22 11 15 12 — 60 South Bend 0 7 8 8 — 23

Wahkiakum (60) — Thomas, Elliott 8, Souvenir 4, Olson 13, Peacock, Stanley 2, Wegdahl 8, Boyce 19, Longtaine 2, Bryant 4. FG — 27-66 (.409). FT — 1-9.

South Bend (23) — Cearns 3, Sanchez, Trent, Kousonhsavath 4, Lorton, Sawyer, Razo 4, Myers 7, Wilson 5. FG — 9-35 (.257). FT — 4-8.

JV — Wahkiakum won.


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