INDEPENDENCE — Central’s girls basketball team strengthened its hold on the No. 3 spot in the Mid-Willamette Conference. The Panthers (12-6 overall, 7-2 MWC) defeated South Albany 55-43 on Feb. 3 before beating Dallas 50-43 on Friday.
Kylie Nash scored a game-high 16 points against the Dragons. Krista Omlid added nine points, while Emma Girod and Elizabeth Chavez scored eight points each.
“I thought we executed our game plan very well,” Central coach Julie McDonald said. “We played tough defense on their posts and rebounded the ball well. Offensively, we executed our plays and 75 percent of our baskets were made off assists, which shows great ball movement, patience and getting everyone involved.”
The Panthers entered the week one game behind Corvallis and two games behind Silverton, the top two teams in the league. Central played Crescent Valley Tuesday after press time. Central hosts Lebanon Friday at 7 p.m. and Silverton Tuesday at 7 p.m.
WRESTLING TAKES FIFTH AT INVITATIONAL: Central’s wrestling team placed fifth at the Robert Paul Invitational on Saturday. Collin Swinehart (152 pounds) and Sam Crow (195) placed first to lead the Panthers. Opeti Tuipulotu (220) and Marlon Tuipulotu (285) finished second. The Panthers defeated Woodburn 53-18 in a league dual on Feb. 3. Central faces Crescent Valley Wednesday (today) in the team’s final dual meet before the MWC Conference district tournament Feb. 19-20.