Central takes first in conference

INDEPENDENCE — With eight seconds left on the clock in a tie game, Silverton’s point guard lost the ball, and it ended up in Central guard Elizabeth Chavez’s hands.

She raced from the foul line to the basket for a layup as time expired to win by two over Silverton (12-4, 5-1 Mid-Willamette Conference), bringing them their first defeat in league.

“That ball almost came out too, so it was a phenomenal ending to a great game,” said Central Coach Julie McDonald.

With the win, the Panthers take first place in MWC.

“It just came down the end executing and the ball falling the right way. It was a little of everything. It was a great ball game,” McDonald said.

Central plays Crescent Valley Tuesday after press time. The Panthers face Lebanon on Friday and Woodburn on Tuesday.

Panthers turn in PRs in pool: Several Central swimmers turned in their best performances of the year in the last meet before districts.

Grace Holstad improved on her school record time in the 50-meter freestyle, with a new mark of 27.25 second taking first place. Isaiah Compton took first and set a new PR in 200-meter medley in 2:32.54. He finished first in the 100 butterfly with a PR (1:06.41). Jordyn Wood took five seconds off her best 50 freestyle (43.10) and in the 50 breast stroke (57.00).

Emma Gheza and Ellie White finished in 1:36.11 and 1:47.11, respectively, in the 100 backstroke, both PRs. Makenna Eames and Gheza scored a PR in the 100 breast stroke, in 1:35.23 and 1:48.04 respectively. The 400 freestyle relay (Daniel Glade, Deleon, David Glade and Compton) rounded out the list of season’s best times, taking second, in 3:58.36.

Panther swimmers compete next at the district meet on Feb. 9-10.

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