College Hoops: Turnovers Doom Trailblazers


Centralia College chalked the ball up 20 times and struggled giving up second chances in a 70-61 loss to visiting Highline on Friday.

The Blazers had beaten Highline by six points on its own court earlier this season.

“They’re much improved,” Centralia College coach Caleb Sells said. “They gave us trouble on the offensive boards and we gave away too many second chances.”

Alison DeBerry led the Blazers with a team-high 22 points while adding five assists. Erika Brumfield contributed nine points, five rebounds and four steals.

Mallory Williams pulled down a team-high 11 boards while scoring nine points, and Lexi Sederburg chipped in eight points, four rebounds and four steals.

Sells said his team, made up entirely of freshmen, is still trying to find its rhythm and adjust to the college-level pace of the game.

“It’s growing pains for a team full of freshmen,” Sells said. “This shortened, COVID-spring season is a gift. Hopefully, it’ll work out.”

Centralia College falls to 3-3 overall and hosts Tacoma on Friday.