Challengers denied state tourney berth

HARRISBURG — Cascade Christian's streak of reaching the boys state basketball tournament for five consecutive years came to an end Saturday in the Class 3A playoffs.

The Challengers couldn't overcome Harrisburg's deliberate style and suffered a 36-30 road loss to end the season.

The Eagles (22-5) will open the eight-team state tournament against Blanchet Catholic at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at North Bend High.

"We knew it was going to be a low-scoring game," said Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse. "We needed to either score 40 points or have 10 points off our fastbreak and we couldn't do either."

Cascade Christian trailed 16-13 at halftime, but the Eagles opened up a nine-point lead on Shane Baker's 3-pointer right at the end of the third quarter.

"In this kind of slow-down game, a nine-point lead seemed like 20 points," said Morse.

The Challengers (16-11) used some strong offensive rebounding in the fourth quarter to rally back. Eric Morse's 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining in the game cut the Eagles lead to 32-29, but Cascade could get no closer.

"We got some stops late but didn't take advantage," said coach Morse. "There were just some key baskets down the stretch we couldn't convert on inside."

Eric Morse paced the Challengers with 11 points and Wyatt Sosey added nine points.

Harrisburg, the No. 2 seed from the PacWest Conference, was led by senior guard Elty McMillan's 15 points.

"The possessions were so few," Brian Morse said. "They run a very controlled offense and work the ball around and take a couple of minutes on every possession. They wore us down."

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (30) — Siliga 7, Morse 11, Sosey 9, M. Smith 3, Miller 0, A. Smith 0, Williams 0, Mecham 0. Totals: 10 7-11 30.

HARRISBURG (36) — McMillan 15, Baker 5, Wilson 2, Strutz 8, Buhler 0, Ruckert 4, Shoemaker 2. Totals: 15 3-7 36.

Cascade Christian 9 4 6 11 — 30

Harrisburg 10 6 12 8 — 36

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 3 (Morse 3), Harrisburg 3 (McMillan 2, Baker 1).

Girls

GRANTS PASS 56, SUNSET 54 — At Grants Pass, Maricela Aguilera made an 8-foot shot from the right wing with 3.5 seconds to play to carry Grants Pass in the 6A state play-in game.

The Cavers (9-15) next play a to-be-determined foe on Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs.

Grants Pass planned to go to either Courtney Smith or Hannah Johnson in the waning seconds, but when nothing developed, Aguilera drove in from the 3-point line and took the shot.

The GP point guard had gone to the bench in the third quarter with four fouls, and the Cavers struggled against the pressure defense of Sunset (7-18) without her running the show.

Smith scored 19 to lead Grants Pass and added four rebounds and four steals. Annie Edgar had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Johnson tallied eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

SUNSET (54) — Jondahl 2, Salness 12, Fey 7, Healy 9, Stone 0, Wallace 7, Demots 15, Barlow 2. Totals: 20 11-17 54.

GRANTS PASS (56) — Daniels 9, Luker 1, Syfert 2, Smith 19, Aguilera 6, Johnson 8, Edgar 11, Henderson 0. Totals: 20 14-26 56.

Sunset 19 8 12 15 — 54

Grants Pass 12 17 9 18 — 56

3-point goals — Sunset (Salness 1, Wallace 1, Demots 1), Grants Pass 2 (Smith 1, Aguilera 1). Fouled out — Fey.

SIUSLAW 49, HIDDEN VALLEY 43, 2OT — At Florence, Kara Fikso had 19 points in Hidden Valley's Class 4A state play-in loss.

Jenna King added 12 points, five assists and four rebounds and Dana Powell five rebounds and five steals for the Mustangs (12-16).

Hidden Valley owned a four-point advantage with 18 seconds to go in regulation, but lost its lead and was later outscored 12-6 in the second overtime session.

Kasey Strenke paced Siuslaw (11-10) with 18 points.

HIDDEN VALLEY (43) — Rodgers 1, Fikso 19, Doig 5, King 12, Powell 2, Hansen 4, Harmon 0. Totals: 15 6-9 43.

SIUSLAW (49) — Paredes 6, Aurich 8, Dodson 2, Dole 4, Strenke 18, Parry 11, Reavis 0. Totals: 15 17-26 49.

Hidden Valley 3 11 7 12 4 6 — 43

Siuslaw 13 8 6 6 4 12 — 49

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 7 (Fikso 4, King 2, Doig 1), Siuslaw 2 (Parades 1, Aurich 1). Fouled out — Powell.

COQUILLE 67, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 34 — At Coquille, Aleena Cesaro paced Cascade Christian with 12 points in the Class 3A playoff game.

Katie Aguilar added eight points for the Challengers, who trailed 30-14 at halftime.

Bailey Richardson had 17 points and Courtney Davis 13 for eighth-ranked Coquille. The Red Devils (25-2) outrebounded Cascade Christian (15-11) 43-29.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (34) — Cesaro 12, Aguilar 8, Cochran 3, J. Martinez 3, Britton 2, Brown 2, Higday 2, Hunt 2, Vales 0, V. Martinez 0, Zimmerer 0. Totals: 12-48 7-11 34.

COQUILLE (67) — Richardson 17, Davis 13, GeDeros 10, Hill 9, Jones 6, Andy 5, Cook 4, Lack 2, Altenbach 1, Halbert 0, Hyatt 0, Thompson 0. Totals: 24-48 19-37 67.

Cascade Christian 7 7 8 12 — 34

Coquille 15 15 21 16 — 67

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 3-14 (Aguilar 2, J. Martinez 1), Coquille 2-6 (GeDeros 2). Fouled out — Higday.

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