WOODBURN — Central’s boys basketball team won a thriller, defeating Corvallis 52-49 on Jan. 25, before falling to Woodburn 57-47 on Friday.
The Panthers rallied in the fourth quarter against the Spartans.
“Isaiah Abraham came in and brought some much-needed energy on the defensive side of the ball,” coach Tim Kreta said. “Brenden Lesmiester, who got his first start of the year, pulled down a few early boards to help keep things going. Alec Barba was able to keep (Corvallis’) defense honest by hitting some crucial 3-pointers, and Peter Mason was able to get to the lane for a few closer shots.”
Barba scored a game-high 22 points. Mason added eight points. Abraham and Andrew Barry each scored seven points. Against Woodburn, Central kept the game close, entering the fourth quarter down by two, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the final frame.
“The fourth quarter got away from us,” Kreta said. “Our kids were really disappointed with their energy on Friday and are ready for a great week of competition.”
Barry and Mason each scored 13 points to lead the Panthers.
Central played Silverton Tuesday after press time. The Panthers play at South Albany Friday at 7 p.m. and at Crescent Valley Tuesday at 7 p.m. Central entered the week with an 8-7 mark overall and a 4-2 record in Mid-Willamette Conference play.
GIRLS BASKETBALL DEFEATS WOODBURN: Central’s girls basketball team defeated Woodburn 56-24 on Friday. Meagan Mendazona scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Panthers over the Bulldogs. Annika Riddell added 11 points.
The Panthers opened the week with a 48-36 loss to Corvallis on Jan. 24.
Mendazona scored a team-high 18 points to lead Central against the Spartans.
The Panthers play at Silverton Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m. Central hosts South Albany Friday at 7 p.m. and Crescent Valley on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Central entered the week with a 6-8 record overall and a 3-4 mark in league play. The Panthers are one of three teams with a 3-4 league record.