College Hoops: LCC Slips Past Trailblazer Women, 55-52


Three Trailblazers scored in double figures, but too many turnovers proved costly as Centralia fell to rival Lower Columbia, 55-52, in NWAC West Region women’s basketball action Tuesday night in Longview.

Najahia Forks scored a team-high 15 points for Centralia, while Allison DeBerry added 13 points and Lexie Sederburg chipped in 12 with nine rebounds.

The Blazers, however, committed 21 turnovers in the contest, while the Red Devils tallied just 10 miscues. 

Lower Columbia trailed after three quarters and took its first lead of the fourth frame with 2:16 left to play on a three-pointer from Kiara Brooks. Brooks, who came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points in 17 minutes of action, added three free throws in the final 14 seconds to seal the win. 

Danica Schmidt scored 10 points with 11 rebounds for Lower Columbia, and Michaela Harris dished out seven assists.

Centralia (1-1) plays at Highline on Tuesday.

Red Devils Edge Centralia Men 68-61

Colby White and James Harding combined for 33 points, but Centralia couldn’t keep pace with Lower Columbia Tuesday night in a 68-61 NWAC West Region men’s basketball loss.

White scored 17 points on 7 of 14 shooting and added three assists, while Harding scored 16 on 7 of 11 shooting with nine rebounds.

Kyler Kelso added nine points off the bench for Centralia, with Abraham Konan chipping in eight. 

Centralia trimmed the lead to 65-61 on a three-pointer from Kelso with 38 seconds left to play, but wouldn’t get any closer. 

The Trailblazers were outrebounded 38-29 and couldn’t control Lower Columbia’s Taylor Pomeroy. Pomeroy scored a game-high 27 points, going 5 of 10 from long range and 9 of 15 overall.

Centralia (2-2) plays at Highline on Tuesday.