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Clark Women Run Out of Steam in Loss, Men Roll Over Centralia

Clark's men shake hands with Centralia after beating them 91-82. The leading scorer for the Penguins was Kendal Brown with 22 on six three pointers. (Josh Brody / The Independent)

Clark’s men shake hands with Centralia after beating them 91-82. The leading scorer for the Penguins was Kendal Brown with 22 points and six three pointers. (Josh Brody / The Independent)

By Zach McMahon and Josh Brody in Sports

It was a tale of two halves as the Centralia women’s basketball team rallied past Clark 58-86.

Clark shot an impressive 87.5 percent from three in the first half, but it wasn’t enough to stop the press coverage of Centralia which caused 20 turnovers.

Clark only dressed seven people for the game due to injuries while Centralia rotated 11. Ultimately, Clark ran out of steam in the second half. http://bit.ly/1zy5RAy

The starting guard for Clark, Caylee Newsom, ended with 18 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with four. She said that only starting seven people hurt the starters, but that, “they will bounce back. We’re strong.”

The women host South Puget Sound on Jan. 24 at 3 p.m.

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The men’s basketball team was in control from the tip, going on a 7-0 run and never giving up the lead, beating the Centralia Trailblazers 91-62.

The Penguin’s defense was outstanding, forcing 16 turnovers leading to 29 transition points. Their high-energy defense was led by freshman guard, Darrius Mathis, who added six steals to the team’s 14.

Athletic director Ann Walker said Clark played, “tenacious, in-your-face defense.”http://bit.ly/184U3Ku

Clark collected 24 points from three pointers alone. Leading the Penguins was Kendal Brown who could not miss it seemed, scoring 22 points and six three pointers.

The Penguins had 10 out of 12 players score, had five players score over 10 points and all players suited saw playing time.

Clark showed life above the rim with Mathis on a breakaway dunk and Brown connecting with Miles Martin for an alley-oop. http://bit.ly/1BgEbOA

Clark’s men’s team will host South Puget Sound Saturday at 5 p.m., hoping to extend a four game win streak.

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