Blazers Stellar in Sophomore Night Stomping


Centralia College women’s basketball jumped on visiting Pierce early and vaulted to a 61-39 victory on Sophomore Night in Northwest Athletic Conference West Region play Wednesday.

It was Sophomore Night for all 10 Blazer players, with Mallory Williams leading the charge with a game-high 15 points — including a scorching 5 of 9 from deep — to go with eight boards.

Rochester grad Paige Winter added 12 points, eight boards and eight steals in a dominant performance in the post. Centralia alum Carissa Kaut added 11 points, including 3 of 5 from long range, and Najahia Forks chipped in 11 points as well.

The Trailblazers shot 39% from the field and knocked in 12 3-pointers (35%). Defensively, they held the Raiders to a paltry 22% shooting from the field, including 19% from beyond the arc. The Blazers forced 23 turnovers, with 18 of those coming from steals.

Playing in their final home game for the Blazers were Winter, Kaut, Williams, Forks, Rochester grad Lexie Sederberg-Jones, Shawnacee Davis, Allison DeBerry, Imani Tustison, Mossyrock grad Andee Nelson and  Kayli Johnson.

“It was nice to see the kids get a win their final time on this floor,” Centralia College coach Caleb Sells said. “Just like everyone else with COVID, these girls have been through a lot the past two years. It was wonderful to be able to recognize them with their families in the stands.”

Centralia College (13-8, 7-3 league) travels to Tacoma Community College on Saturday.