Clark shoots lights-out against Centralia




The Clark College basketball teams stretched out its Hall of Fame Saturday to the maximum with a sweep of Centralia that included a double-overtime win for the women’s team and a 45-minute power outage during the men’s game.

MEN: Clark 90, Centralia 68 — When Paul Golden finds his shooting touch, it’s time for opponents to fade to black.

Golden hit 5 of 6 3-point attempts and scored 17 points to lead the Clark College men’s basketball team to a 90-68 win over Centralia on Saturday.

“Paul Golden literally shot the lights out,” Clark coach Alex Kirk said. “He made five 3-pointers and his fifth 3-pointer knocked the lights out for 45 minutes.”

The area around Clark College was hit with a 45-minute power outage during Saturday’s rainstorm.

Kirk credited the play of both his guard, Golden and Frank Norman, with sparking the Penguins’ big second half.

Norman had 10 points and five assists, most coming after halftime as Clark blew open a 33-30 halftime lead.

Sean Price has 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Collin Spickerman added seven points and 15 rebounds for Clark.

The Penguins host Pierce College at 4 p.m. Monday in a game that will decide the NWAACC West.

WOMEN: Clark 87, Centralia 77 (2OT) — Shantell Jackson had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Nicolette Bond had 20 points and seven rebounds as the Penguins rallied for the double-overtime NWAACC West Division victory.

Centralia led much of the game before Clark (20-3, 12-1) took a one-point lead late in the contest before ending tied at 63-63.

Brooke Bowen’s free throws tied the game near the end of the first overtime. Centralia had a chance to win but missed on its free throw chance.

Clark put the game away in the second OT, building an 11-point lead with 1:30 to play.

Bowen had 14 points, six rebounds and six assists. Taylor Howlett led Clark with nine assists.

For Centralia, Union High grad Kendra Preuninger scored 11 points.

Clark will play a makeup game with Pierce at 2 p.m. Monday at the O’Connell Center.