Mixed bag for Pink-out night,
Lady Panthers lose, 57-31, boys win, 52-45
Pink T-shirts, pink anklets, pink wrist bands and pom-poms and some very competitive basketball, that was the essence of the Centralia’ Panthers Pink Out night, their last home game of the regular season.
The Pink Out raised $1,615 to help fund the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’s Mam-Van.
The Lady Panthers started strong and dominated the first quarter, finishing ahead, 9-6.
Mary Kate Bennett opened the game early with a lay-up, followed by an Anna Romine three-pointer to put Centralia up 5-0 before Southern Boone could score. Baylee Beard drove in for a lay-up to make it 7-2 Centralia.
Southen Boone got rolling then and tied the game at nine, early in the second, with a Mariah Prince free-throw. Th
Then the Boone’s Lady Eagles pulled ahead in the second and the teams went into half-time with Southern Boone ahead, 21-15.
Their lead lengthened in the third, which ended 37-24 for Southern Boone, who clenched it in the fourth to win, 57-31.
Bennett led Centralia with 12 points, followed by Beard with six and Romine with five.
Trinity Schupp led the Lady Eagles with a game-high 13.
Then it was the boys’ turn and the Centralia dished out some Panther pay-back.
“They’ve become more aggressive, more physical,” Scott Humphrey, Centralia head boys coach said afterward when asked how the team had grown this season.
It showed in the first quarter.
Dallas Lewis opened the game with a skyhook right off the opening buzzer.
Guy Moran continued Centralia’s attack with three-pointer from the top of the key, to make it 5-0 before Southern Boone’s Rece Gilmore scored two.
Central finished the first quarter ahead, 20-8 and took their 12-point lead into halftime, finishing the first half ahead, 32-20.
Then came the drought.
Centralia spent most of the third scoreless while the Eagles scored. In the last two minutes Centralia came back alive with an eight-point drive to finish aead, 38-30.
Southern Boone narrowed the lead again in the fourth, but some timely free-throw shooting by Nic Brooks helped keep Centralia ahead and on top to finish their home-season with a 52-45 win.
Moran led Centralia with 15 points, followed by Lewis with 13 and Brooks with 11.
Southern Boone’s Tyson Smith led the Eagles with a game-high 19.
The Panther boys team is now 19-5, the Lady Panthers 9-13.
For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.