Weekend College Basketball: Centralia Hammers Blue Mountain, Falls to Lane

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EUGENE — The Lady Blazers held Blue Mountain to just six second-half points here Saturday to pick up a 75-32 win in the Lane CC Crossover women’s basketball tournament.

Caitlin Yenne led Centralia with 21 points on 10 of 16 shooting, with Piper Cai adding 15 points and five rebounds.

The Blazers led 44-26 at halftime, but went on a 22-4 run over the third quarter and gave up just two points in the fourth frame.

Centralia outrebounded Blue Mountain 47-29, with Selena Cudney grabbing 11 rebounds to go with 12 points and Rachel Wilkerson nabbing 12 rebounds with six points.

Lindsey Nurmi added 11 points, five assists and four rebounds for Centralia.

The Blazers weren’t able to make it two in a row at the Lane Crossover tournament, falling to the host Titans 70-46 on Sunday.

Selena Cudney led the Blazers with 11 points and five rebounds. Lindsey Nurmi and Ashley Huffine each tallied nine points. Megan Cash had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Lane’s Kalina Rojas had a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Megan Fossen also had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

The Titans shot 36 percent from the field while Centralia converted just 28 percent of their field goals. Lane dominated the glass, outrebounding Centralia 49-25.

The Blazers led 17-11 after one quarter, but it was all Lane in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Centralia 30-11 to pull away for good.

Centralia (5-3) plays Umpqua on Friday, Dec. 27, in Longview at the Red Devil Holiday Classic.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

SWOC Heats Up in Second Half to Top Blazers

Southwest Oregon poured in 55 second-half points on Saturday night, rallying back from a halftime deficit to beat Centralia 87-73 in non-league NWAC men’s basketball action at Michael Smith Gymnasium.

Jael Vaughn and Ryan Bell each scored 17 to lead the Lakers, which shot 57 percent (12 of 21) from behind the 3-point arc. Vaughn went 3 of 5 from deep with eight assists, and Bell grabbed 10 rebounds.

Centralia led 40-32 at halftime, but finished the game 5 of 13 (39 percent) from the foul line and 8 of 24 (33 percent) from long range.

Jaylin Walker led the Blazers with 20 points on 10 of 15 shooting. Kobe Matsen added 15 points and six rebounds, while Tyler Ashmore chipped in 11 points and went 3 of 5 from behind the arc.

Tyler Meadows added 10 points for Centralia. The Blazers (3-4) host the Centralia College Crossover tournament this week, facing Lane on Tuesday at 6 p.m., playing Wenatchee Valley on Wednesday at 6 p.m., and wrapping up the tournament with Olympic at 4 p.m. on Thursday.