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Centralia Girls Win Fifteenth Straight, Boys Get Blowout Win Over Valley Heights
By Jared Sleppy
Copyright: MSC Sports
02/09/2024

Centralia picked up another sweep with the girls winning their 15th game in a row by a final score of 54-50 to hold on to first place in the Twin Valley League standings. The boys won handily thanks to a long run by a final score of 63-47.

It was a high-scoring affair right out of the gate with Ava Smith scoring 11 points in the first quarter. Oen Deters had ten in the period as well, and Centralia had a 15-14 after the first eight minutes.

Scoring slowed a tad in the second quarter, but both teams kept going back and forth. The Panthers made a couple of three-pointers, and the Mustangs had four total field goal makes. Centralia held on to a 26-24 at the break.

Valley Heights started the third quarter with a 10-2 run. However, Centralia rallied back as Cora Thompson scored seven points in the quarter. Valley Heights held a 40-39 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs scored the first six points in the quarter to go up 46-39. Just like the third quarter, though, Centralia would rally back with a 14-2 run of their own to take a 53-48 lead. Deters and Josie Haverkamp made clutch shots and free throws to secure the win.

Deters finished with 21 points, going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line making her the Player of the Game brought to you by Farmers State Bank. Smith for Valley Heights also had 20 points.

Much like the girls game, Centralia’s offense started off with a bang. Duke Timmel and Paxton Bowers each scored eight points, and the team made three threes. They held a 22-12 lead after the first quarter.

Valley Heights got some momentum in the second quarter by going on a 11-4 which cut their deficit to three points. The Panthers was able to score a couple of field goals before the break though, as they would have a 30-23 lead at halftime.

Timmel took the game over much like he did in the first quarter. The forward scored ten points in the quarter and had 20 points in the first 24 minutes of the game. The Panthers carried their run late in the second quarter for the entirety of the third quarter as it ballooned to a 23-4 run to give them a 49-27 going into the fourth quarter. Valley Heights scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t nearly enough to garner any sort of comeback.

Timmel had 24 total points in the win, and is your Farmers State Bank Player of the Game. Bowers also finished with 15, and Quentin Alderfer had ten points.

Logan Gray led Valley Heights with 13 points, and Royce Ekstrum had 11.


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