Warriors grind out win over Tigers


The Rochester girls basketball team got into the win column in Central 2B League play Tuesday, beating Centralia at home, 42-34.

The Warriors (4-2, 1-2 2A EvCo) had started play in the Evergreen Conference with back-to-back games against league favorites Tumwater and W.F. West, putting them in an 0-2 hole early in the season, but a new week meant a new chance, which Rochester took advantage of.

“We got out to a slow start and took a minute to find our stride on offense in the first half but managed to get things to come together for us in the second,” Rochester coach Keeli Rivas said. “The girls also did a great job tightening up the defense in the second half to pull away a little bit

Rochester led 13-9 after the first quarter, but Centralia came back with its best spell of play in the second to cut the gap to 20-19 at halftime. Out of the break, the Warriors went on a 14-6 run to push the gap back out to a more manageable distance.

Delany Winter had 15 points for the Warriors, and Mandy Andree-Cordell added 13. Makayla Chavez put in 14 for the Tigers (0-5, 0-2 2A EvCo), with fellow senior Aubrie Buitenbos scoring 10.

Rochester will play at Aberdeen on Thursday, while Centralia will host Tumwater.