CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Girls basketball finishes first at the holiday classic

AURORA — Central’s girls basketball team went 3-0 and took first at the Abby’s Pizza Holiday Classic at North Marion High School.

The Panthers defeated Molalla 46-30 on Thursday, Valley Catholic 57-38 on Friday and Hidden Valley 62-43 on Saturday.

“We faced three great teams that all do well in their leagues,” coach Julie McDonald said. “We were faced with different challenges from each team that I felt like we executed well against.”

Meagan Mendazona had 12 points, nine rebounds and six steals against Molalla, while Lexy Barba added 11 points and four assists. Elizabeth Chavez added eight points and six steals. Annika Riddell had five points and nine rebounds.

Mendazona scored a game-high 19 points against Valley Catholic. Riddell scored 12 points, and Chavez added 10 points as the Panthers outscored Valley Catholic 18-2 in the third quarter to pull away for the win.

Chavez scored a game-high 21 points against Hidden Valley. Barba scored 12 points. Mendazona added 10 points, five steals, seven assists and seven rebounds.

“Our bench was a huge factor in all three games,” McDonald said. “We kept the same pace and pressure. … Meagan Mendazona and Elizabeth Chavez had an excellent tournament, and Lexy Baba and Bailey Hartford did a phenomenal job stopping the opponents’ offensive forces. Annika Riddell had a great tournament keeping the big men off the boards.”

Central (7-0 overall) plays at Stayton Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m.

SWIM TEAM COMPETES AT SOUTH ALBANY: Central’s swim team competed at South Albany on Dec. 12.

Sophomore Lynze Bradley finished the girls 100-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 24.40 seconds, shaving 3.51 seconds off her previous personal best.

AnneMarie Hasbrook finished the 500 freestyle in 7:25.65, and Grace Holstad finished in 6:35.82 in her first time swimming the 500.

BOYS BASKETBALL GOES 2-1 AT CLASSIC: Central’s boys basketball team went 2-1 at the Holiday Classic at North Marion High School. The Panthers lost to Banks 67-26 on Thursday before beating Corbett 60-53 on Friday and Molalla 57-51 on Saturday. Peter Mendazona scored 28 points to lead the Panthers against Molalla.

Mendazona scored 14 points against Corbett, while Kaleb Kantola added 11 points.

“It was a really good tournament,” coach Tim Kreta said. “On Friday, we faced a really good Corbett team that is developing and played well together. We came back on Saturday a little tired and flat, but we were able to hold them to four points in the fourth quarter.”

The Panthers also defeated Milwaukie 58-46 on Dec. 12. Peter Mendazona scored 14 points, while Josh Rodriguez added 12 points, and Jesse Cable recorded 10 points.


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