The Panthers beat Highland to advance to the second rung of the District 13 playoffs, Tuesday night in Palmyra.
The 68-46 win was Centralia’s 21st, giving them a 21-5 record going into the playoff’s second rung when they play number 2 seed Palmyra Thursday night.
But Tuesday night was all Centralia’s.
They dominated from the game-opening one-two punch of Nic Brooks and Guy Moran’s jump shots, till the end when Moran let Highland fan favorite Justin Platt score the final two of the game.
Centralia finished the first quarter up 28-12.
They kept the shots coming in the second, their 2-3 and 3-2 zones holding Highland to four points in the second while scoring 16 against Highland’s Man-to-Man defense.
Centralia went into halftime ahead, 44-16.
The kept on rolling through the third and kept their lead to make it 57-28 going into the fourth.
Centralia Head Coach Scott Humphrey emptied his bench in the fourth until Highland narrowed the gap to 19, then put the starters back in to finish Highland’s season by beating them 68-46.
Highland finished their season with a 11-13 record.
Moran led Centralia and the game with 16 points, backed by Brooks with 15 and Jackson Wells with 12.
Drew Mallett led Highland with nine.
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.