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Girls and Guys Win First-Round Games

December 8, 2011
By Dax Dollens of Centralia High School Activities

       Monday night kicked off the start of the annual Centralia tournament. Attending this year's Centralia tournament are Centralia, Macon, Salisbury, Hallsville, North Callaway, Sturgeon, Southern Boone, and Paris. The first round of the girls' tournament started Monday night as four games were played. One of those four games involved the hometown Centralia girls' basketball team against our neighbors to the north, Paris. Both teams went back and forrth with neither team grasping the upperhand. The game wasn't decided until senior Ashley Carlson was able to find the net from only two feet away and rocketed the Lady Panthers to a first-round win. The lady panthers will now play Wednesday night to decide if they play in the championship game.

       Tuesday night the guys took the court for their first round of games. The Centralia guys also took on the Paris Coyotes. The game opened up as an even battle in the first period as neither team looked to be denied on the offensive end of the court. But, Centralia's defense cleaned their sneakers and put their foot in the ground and started to get active with their hands. The Panthers forced double-digit turnovers, with most ending in quick buckets on the other end. The guys caught fire and blew out Paris, winning by almost thirty points. The CHS Panthers will move on to take on Hallsville in the second round to decide whether or not they make it to the championship game Saturday afternoon. Both the guys and girls look to keep it going this week. They look to defend their house and keep the trophies under their roof.

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