CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Nash, Chavez lead Panthers to wins



INDEPENDENCE — Central’s girls basketball team opened Mid-Willamette Conference play with a 44-26 win over South Albany on Friday.

Freshman Elizabeth Chavez scored a game-high 12 points, while seniors Kylie Nash and Alex Alvarez added nine points each. The Panthers (6-4 overall) also defeated Beaverton 46-31 on Jan. 5 to close out their nonleague season. Nash scored a game-high 18 points to lead Central. Chavez scored 13.

The Panthers play at Dallas Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m. before hosting Crescent Valley Friday at 7 p.m. Central plays at Lebanon on Jan. 20.

BOYS BASKETBALL OPENS MWC PLAY WITH WIN: Central’s boys basketball squad defeated South Albany 68-54 on Friday in its MWC-opener. Harkie Bal scored a game-high 23 points, while Alec Barba added 22 points to lead the Panthers to the victory. “The kids came out strong in the first half, led by Harkie Bal and Alec Barba,” coach Tim Kreta said. “I was really proud of the way they communicated on the floor and worked to get their teammates open shots.” The win snapped a three-game losing streak. Central (5-5 overall) hosted Dallas Tuesday after press time. The Panthers play at Crescent Valley on Friday before hosting Lebanon Tuesday at 7 p.m.

WRESTLING GOES 1-2: Central’s wrestling team went 1-2 at Lebanon’s four-way duals on Jan. 6. The Panthers defeated Corvallis 48-33 and lost to Dallas 63-15 and Lebanon 57-22. Central hosts South Albany Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m. before taking part in the Oregon Classic on Friday and Saturday in Redmond.



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