Centralia loses, 47-32
It was almost a perfect come-from-behind story.
“We dug ourselves a hole the we could not get out of,” Centralia Head Coach Scott Humphrey said afterward. “We came out cold in the first quarter and it hurt us.”
Bowling Green was up seven points before Centralia scored, and finished five points ahead of the Panthers at the first quarter’s end, 10-5.
The second quarter was tougher, baskets didn’t sink for Centralia and at halftime the score was 24-15, Bowling Green.
The Panthers rallied in the third, behind Grant Erisman’s two consecutive three-point shots and began closing the gap, often to four points, but Bowling Green kept the lead and finished the third leading 34-25.
Again in the fourth, Centralia narrowed the lead to four, but could not close the gap.
They ended the season with a five-point loss, 47-32 to Bowling Green, who will go on to the next rung of the district tournament and play Montgomery County at Montgomery County, Thursday night.
Erisman led Centralia with 11 points, followed by Noah Brooks with 10. Kile Chitwood and Beau Gordon scored six each.
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.