Beacons stay hot, roll past Raiders

ASHLAND — The Northwest Christian women won their fourth game in five tries with an 80-58 victory over Southern Oregon on Saturday at McNeal Pavilion.

The Raiders (13-12, 6-7 CC) travel to Northwest next Friday.

Lindsey Shearer led the Beacons with 24 points.

Whitney Scott came off the bench for 20 points to lead the Raiders. Krystal Smith added 12 points.

The Beacons came out of the gates quickly, hitting six of their first 10 shots for a 15-3 lead.

The lead grew to 23-12 and 33-19 before the Raiders came back, ending the half on a 10-6 run to cut the Northwest Christian halftime lead to 39-29.

Scott and Alexander both had 14 points at the half.

The Raiders got the deficit to single-digits at 49-40 on a 3-pointer by Carly Wood with 14:00 to play, but the Beacons responded with a 15-6 run.

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NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 71, SOUTHERN OREGON 63 — At Ashland, Northwest Christian hit on 61 percent of its shots in the second half during a Cascade Conference victory over Southern Oregon at McNeal Pavilion.

Kellen Spicer led the Beacons (8-17, 2-11 CC) with 19 points.

Jordan Highland led the Raiders (13-10, 6-7) with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Tedder added 16 points and four 3-pointers.

The two teams struggled offensively in the first half as the Beacons held a 30-29 halftime lead.

The Raiders came out with a 3-pointer and a dunk by Highland on an inbounds play to take a 34-30 advantage.

A 3-pointer by Tedder kept the SOU lead at four at 43-39 with 11:12 to play, but the lead started to slowly slip away.

Free throws by Brent McKee gave the Beacons a 50-45 lead and 3-pointers by Jordan Myers and Quentin Guidry had the Beacons up 56-49 and rolling.

The Raiders got to within five at 68-63 on a 3-pointer by Tedder with 32 seconds to play, but that's as close as the hosts would get.


SOU CLAIMS FOUR TITLES — At Forest Grove, Southern Oregon came away with four individual titles at the Boxer Open at Pacific University.

Jordan Lowe (133 pounds), Kyle Wirkuty (141), Austin Vanderford (174) and Ron Lee (197) each came home with first-place finishes.

Vanderford had to battle through four matches — all won by decision — to claim his title. Lee went 3-0 in his weight class, beating Oregon State's Ty Vinson by fall in the championship match.

Lowe and Wirkuty both went 2-0.

Justin Eldred finished second at 141 and Robert Ross placed second at heavyweight. Also at heavyweight, Sam Sprauer finished third.

The Raiders return home next Saturday to wrap up the regular season with a dual against Montana State-Northern. Saturday will also be the dedication ceremony for Bob Riehm Arena, honoring the former longtime wrestling coach.

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