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January 08, 2014
Playing with its lineup intact for the first time since its opening game, Central defeated Cottage Grove 57-49 on Friday.
"It felt like one of those games we should have been pulling away from," Central coach Bob McBeth said. "They were shooting so well that they were able to hang around."
Both teams hit seven 3-pointers during the game, but missed easy shots prevented the Panthers from taking control, McBeth said.
"We're not quite putting full games together," McBeth said. "Defensively we're doing well and pushing and getting the looks we want."
Grant Lindley scored 12 points while Chan Bal added 11 points. Lindley also had six blocks during the contest and a combined 22 blocks in his last three games. The Panthers overcame a six-point deficit after the first quarter and had a two-point lead headed into the fourth.
The Panthers also advanced to the championship game at the Stayton Holiday Tournament, where they fell to La Grande 59-54 on Dec. 28. The Panthers host Scappoose on Friday.
FALLS CITY LOSES TWO: Falls City fell to Prospect 55-11 Friday and Alsea 70-24 Saturday at the Alsea Tin Hat Tour-nament. Tanner Simmons scored a team-high six points against Alsea. The Moun-taineers, who returned to Casco League action Tuesday after press time at St. Paul, play at Willamette Valley Christian on Friday before hosting Country Christian on Tuesday.
DALLAS FALLS TO FOREST GROVE: Despite a combined 25 points from Hayden Broadus and Harrison Broadus, Forest Grove beat Dallas 75-56 on Dec. 28. The Vikings jumped out to a 24-3 lead before the Dragons cut the lead to four headed into the fourth. But Forest Grove pulled away in the final period for the win. Spencer McCarron added nine points for the Dragons, who host Sandy on Thursday before opening Mid-Willamette Conference play Tuesday at Lebanon.
DAMASCUS WINS BIG AGAINST PIRATES: Damascus Christian defeated Perrydale 67-30 on Friday, the Pirates' third-straight loss. It was also Perrydale's second loss to the Eagles this season. Damascus Christian defeated the Pirates 64-33 on Dec. 21. Perrydale, which returned to Casco League play Tuesday after press time against Jewell, hosts Crosshill Christian on Friday before traveling to play North Douglas on Saturday.