Centralia split the difference with the visiting Macon Tigers Wednesday night at Centralia High School’s Jim Enlow Court.
The boys team beat Macon 61-44.
The Lady Panthers lost to Macon, 60-42.
Guy Moran led the boys with 16 points, followed by Nic Brooks
with 11. Gus Stidham and Peyton Davis sank eight each.
Carter Simkins led the Lady Panthers with 12 points, followed by Gracie Peeler with eight and Courtney Luedloff with six.
Megan Cashatt led the Lady Tigers with 18 and Jamison Hogsett led their boys team with12.
Many would say the boys game was decided in the first quarter. That was when Macon started competitively despite Moran scoring the game’s first points with an early east-side jumper.
Then Davis got in the act when he and Dallas Lewis score bac-to back threes and what had begun as a one-point game finished the first quarter with Centralia ahead 18-6.
From there Centralia’s lead grew. By half-time they were up 32-14.
By the third they led Macon 46-32. Centralia Head Coach Scott Humphrey finished the game by emptying his bench late in the fourth to win 61-44.
“They came out and got some early buckets on us and we couldn’t catch up,” said Dale Davenport, Macon boys coach. “They are a well-coached, unselfish team, you could tell by the passing.”
He said they planned for big baskets from Moran, Lewis and Durant, but were surprised by Centralia’s balanced shooting attack.
Humphrey was pleased. “We were able to come out ready to play tonight,” he said afterward. “We shot the ball well all night. Though to be picky I would have liked to see some better free-throw shooting.”
The boys team is now 14-7 and 5-0 in conference.
The Lady Panthers got out early courtesy of timely shooting by Mary Kate Bennett, but could not keep the pace and cope with Macon’s adjustments.
The Lady Tigers also had a plan. Every time Centralia’s Olivia Eikel got the ball it came with two or three new friends from Macon.
Nevertheless, timely shooting, especially a three-pointer from Gracie Peavler, brought them back into the game and the first quarter ended 12-11 Macon.
“Gracie is getting more confident with her three-pointers,” said Lady Panthers Head Coach Becca Schemmer.
Macon hit the gas in the second and by half time was ahead, 34-23.
“We had some good runs and came here ready to box out,” said Ben Sontheimer, Macon girls head coach. “In the first quarter Bennett and Eikel hammered us with Centralia’s offensive press, but we adjusted.”
That he said, made for a rough first quarter for Macon. “We had to settle down, the Peavler girl knocked down some threes. We knew we were playing a good solid team.”
Macon stretched their lead in the third to 48-34 and a touch more to finish the night with their 60-42 win over the Lady Panthers.
“We planned to counter their outside game,” said Schemmer, “and they got us with their inside game.”
She said her team “got gassed in the second half, a lot of them are fighting off winter colds.”
The ladies finished the evening with an 11-10 record.