INDEPENDENCE — Central’s girls basketball team defeated South Albany 69-56 on Friday. The Panthers built a 53-22 lead entering the fourth. Elizabeth Chavez scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Panthers. Annika Riddell recorded 13 points. Meagan Mendazona and Alexis Barba each scored nine.
The Panthers opened the week with a 59-38 loss to Silverton on Feb. 1. Central (7-9 overall, 4-5 Mid-Willamette Conference) hosts Crescent Valley Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m. before playing at Wilsonville Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Panthers return home to host Lebanon on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL SPLITS: Central’s boys basketball team defeated Silverton 55-31 on Jan. 31 before falling to South Albany 58-46 on Friday.
Andrew Barry scored a team-high 14 points against Silverton, including the Panthers’ first nine points of the game.
Peter Mason and Alec Barba scored 13 points each.
“I was really proud of the focus we had,” coach Tim Kreta said. “We carried out our game plan and got back to playing solid defense.”
Mason scored 22 points against South Albany, but the Panthers trailed 32-20 at the half and couldn’t rally for a victory.
“We couldn’t get the stops we needed down the stretch to keep it close,” Kreta said. “You need to bring your best each and every night. This is a great league to play in and really allows the kids to experience the emotions and situations of excitement, disappointment, game preparation and mental toughness.”
Central (9-8 overall, 5-3 MWC) played Crescent Valley Tuesday after press time. The Panthers host South Albany Friday at 7 p.m. before playing at Lebanon Tuesday at 7 p.m.