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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Central rides defense to win

Cutsforth scores 10 to lead Panthers to eight-point win

January 08, 2014

Led by a balanced scoring attack and strong defense, Central defeated Cottage Grove 41-33 on Friday.

"We didn’t play as well as I wanted to, but Cot-tage Grove is a tough team and ranked in the top 10," coach Julie McDonald said. "Match ups were a little difficult for us, but we did what we needed to come out with a win."

Catherine Cutsforth led the Panthers with 10 points with, Kylie Nash and Ryanne Huffman adding nine and seven points, respectively. But it was the team’s defense that helped pull the victory out.

Catherine Cutsforth

Catherine Cutsforth

"Defensively we fronted the posts well and kept it out of their hands and limited their offensive put backs," McDonald said. "Brianna Broadus really pressured their guards and got several steals from them."

The Panthers, led by Maddy Pape's 22 points, defeated Seaside 55-46 on Dec. 28 to win the Stayton Holiday Tournament championship.

Central hosts Scappoose on Friday and travels to North Marion on Tuesday.

FALLS CITY SPLITS PAIR OF GAMES: Competing at the Alsea Tin Hat Tournament, Falls City split a pair of games, falling to Prospect 28-23 Friday before defeating Philomath JV 35-32 on Saturday. Anna Dixon led the team in scoring in both games, combining for 19 points, while Destiny Wyatt added eight points in the win on Saturday. Defensively, the Mountaineers shut out Phil-omath JV in the third quarter to take the lead. Falls City plays at Willamette Valley Christian on Friday and hosts Country Christian on Tuesday.

PERRYDALE DROPS TWO: Perrydale lost 31-28 on Dec. 30 on a last-second 3-pointer against North Douglas before falling to Damascus Christian 58-17 on Friday. Sarah Nelson led the team in scoring against North Douglas with eight points, while Cheyenne Locke scored five points against Damascus Christian. The Pirates host Crosshill Christian on Friday before playing at North Douglas on Saturday and at C.S. Lewis on Tuesday.

DALLAS DEFEATS CHURCHILL: Sarah Mitchell scored a game-high 17 points as Dallas defeated Churchill 41-30 on Dec. 29. Eva Ronco added six points for the Dragons as Dallas held the Lancers without a scorer reaching double figures. Dallas travels to play at The Dalles-Wahtonka on Thursday.

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