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Lower Columbia College’s women’s basketball team is atop the NWAC West Region standings, after a convincing 73-50 win over Centralia on Monday in Centralia. The Trailblazers are tied with the Devils at 7-2 in region play.

LCC jumped to a 25-16 first-quarter lead and was up 43-24 at the break.

Kenya Lorton scored a team-high 21 points, going 7 of 8 from beyond the arc. Jerri Maluyo added 13 points and eight assists, Emily Packham had 11 points and Nizhoni Wheeler finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Madeline Jacobson came off the bench to score 11 points.

LCC shot 26 of 55 (47.3 percent) but a stunning 13 of 22 from 3-point range (59.1 percent). The Devils also won the battle of the boards 30-27, led by Shasta Lofgren’s nine.

Centralia’s Lindsey Nurmi paced the Trailblazers with 19 points on 7-10 shooting but the team shot just 17 of 54 (31.5 percent) from the field.

LCC returns to Myklebust Gymnasium to host Pierce on Wednesday.

Centralia men 81, LCC 63

The Trailblazers shot 50 percent from the floor and forced Lower Columbia into 25 turnovers in the NWAC West Region win on Monday.

The Red Devils were 24-54 (44.4 percent) from the field, but had eight players with multiple turnovers. Seth Hall scored 17 points, and Travis Patrick had 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Bricin Ford hauled in nine rebounds.

Centralia was paced by Maqus Gilson’s 17 points.

LCC falls to sixth place in the region at 4-5 (14-9 overall) and host Pierce on Wednesday.

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