Blazers Win First Game Back in Over a Month


Entering what it thought would be a short break back in December on a three-game winning streak — before it turned into over a month-long pause thanks to a spike in COVID cases and flooding in Lewis County — all the Centralia Community College women’s basketball team wanted to do was keep riding that momentum. 

Saturday night, in their first game since Jan. 19, the Trailblazers soundly beat Green River Community College on the road, 62-34. It’s their fourth win in a row over a span of 36 days.

“Everyone was excited to play,” Blazers coach Caleb Sells said. “We felt good about how we were practicing, the effort tonight was off the charts. We were ready to play against someone in a different jersey.”

The Blazers (7-5, 1-0 NWAC) got 18 points from Shawnacee Davis, 12 points from Rochester-grad Paige Winter to lead them in scoring. But it was a dominant defensive effort, that held the Gators to single-digit scoring in three quarters, that proved to be the difference. 

“Everything was clicking,” Sells said. “I wondered how we were going to come out after a long break, and everyone locked on to their roles.”

Centralia will look to keep things rolling against South Puget Sound at home on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.