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Crater stuns No. 2 Churchill in OT

Staff reports

CENTRAL POINT — Maya Van Hook and Sydney Gray would not let the Crater Comets lose in an important Midwestern League girls basketball game pitting Class 5A state-ranked teams Tuesday.

The second-ranked Churchill Lancers came into the Crater gym undefeated in MWL action but left with a 55-53 overtime defeat at the hands of the No. 9 Comets.

The Lancers fell to 7-1 in the MWL and 11-3 on the season.

After Churchill freshman Danika Starr hit a 3-pointer to extend the game at the end of regulation, Van Hook and Gray took over in overtime for Crater (12-3, 6-1 MWL).

“(Van Hook) was real emotional going into overtime,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel. “She wanted the ball and so did Sydney. We ran isolation to them in overtime.”

Crater countered the Lancers’ pressure by attacking the basket. Gray converted on 5 of 8 shots from the line and Van Hook was 3-for-3 in the extra frame.

Van Hook gave the Comets the 55-53 lead on a pair of free throws with six seconds left. Churchill hurried the ball up court but Gray blocked a shot out-of-bounds with less than a second to preserve the victory. The Lancers’ ensuing last-gasp effort didn’t make it to the rim thanks to more defensive pressure by Gray.

Van Hook put up a game-high 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

“(Van Hook) is so athletic,” said Dippel. “She’s moving all the time. It’s difficult to box her out.”

Gray contributed 11 points to go with 15 rebounds and two blocks.

Crater received an important contribution from junior guard Presley Robison — making her first varsity start. Robison connected for a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and did a good defensive job on Churchill senior guard Isis Smith.

“The game was so back-and-forth,” said Dippel. “Every possession mattered. I was proud of the fact that after Churchill had a buzzer beater to send the game into overtime, we picked ourselves up and everyone stayed positive.”

CHURCHILL (53): N. Elstone 11, Smith 6, S. Elstone 9, Bolden 3, Starr 18, Acker 0, Reyes 2, Scott 4, Husk 0. Totals: 17 9-14 53.

HOME (55): Gugliotta 0, Hirsch 7, Dance 2, Idiart 6, Van Hook 21, Robison 3, Gray 11, Ellis 5, Dutkiewicz 0, Woodard 0, Young 0 Totals: 16 19-31 55.

Churchill106141310 — 53

Crater1010121112— 55

3-point goals — Churchill 10 (N. Elstone 3, Smith 2, S. Elstone 3, Starr 2), Crater 4 (Idiart 2, Robison 1, Ellis 1). Fouled out — Starr, N. Elstone.

SOUTH MEDFORD 69, GRANTS PASS 58: At Grants Pass, sophomore Kaili Chamberlin sank all four 3-pointers in the opening quarter to get South Medford off to a fast start but Grants Pass rallied late to give the fifth-ranked Panthers a scare.

South Medford (15-2, 2-0 SWC), which defeated Grants Pass by 34 points in a nonleague game a week ago, jumped out to a 22-13 lead early and held a 53-44 margin heading into the fourth before the Cavers cut the advantage to just two points. Kaili Chamberlin, who finished with a team-best 22 points, Toni Coleman and Bella Pedrojetti combined for 15 of South’s 16 points in the final frame to ward off the Caver rally.

Shakia Teague-Perry had a strong all-around game for the Panthers with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Pedrojetti tossed in 18 and Coleman provided nine points, six steals and five assists.

For Grants Pass (10-6, 1-1), Ahdra Klingler sparked the attack with 22 points.

SOUTH MEDFORD (69): K. Chamberlin 22, Coleman 9, U. Chamberlin 5, Schmerbach 2, Pedrojetti 18, Teague-Perry 13. Totals: 23 14-23 69.

GRANTS PASSS (58): Rucker 0, Gaither 14, Ay. Klingler 4, Williams 11, Ah. Klingler 22, Rund 1, Bruner 6, Yount 0. Totals: 22 3-9 58.

South Medford22141716— 69

Grants Pass13171414— 58

3-point goals — South Medford 9 (K. Chambelin 4, U. Chamberlin 1, Pedrojetti 4), Grants Pass 11 (Gaither 4, Williams 3, Ah. Klingler 4).

SHELDON 55, NORTH MEDFORD 18: Versus a top-10 team in the Class 6A, North Medford did not shoot the ball well and turned the ball over too many times as Sheldon triumphed in the Southwest Conference matchup.

The Black Tornado (7-8, 0-2 SWC) scored just two points in the second and third quarters combined. North Medford’s scoring woes can be attributed to shooting just 6-for-25 with a combined 27 turnovers.

The Irish improved to 13-4 overall and 2-0 in SWC play.

SHELDON (55): Sowers 9, Washington 2, Mirabile 11, Foutz 8, Pierzina 0, Walk 11, Bartram 2, Scurlock 7, Rygg 3, Neuman 2. Totals: 24-51 1-2 55.

NORTH MEDFORD (18): Ersepke 2, Wells 3, Hood 0, Fish 2, Weaver 3, Gallery 0, Christiansen 2, Chavez 0, Thurman 2, Drysdale 4. Totals: 6-25 5-7 18.

Sheldon1717129— 55

North Medford10206— 18

3-point goals — Sheldon 6 (Sowers 3, Mirabile 1, Walk 1, Scurlock 1), North Medford 1 (Wells).

JV result — Sheldon won.

SPRINGFIELD 62, ASHLAND 40: At Ashland, fourth-ranked Springfield outscored host Ashland a combined 32-16 in the first and third quarters in the Midwestern League blowout.

Sophome wing Jayd Sollinger paced the Grizzlies (5-9, 1-6 MWL) with 12 points and Nina Munson added 11.

For Springfield (12-4, 7-1), Emma McKenna scored 15 points.

SPRINGFIELD (62): Elliott 10, K. McKinney 0, Newell 9, Durbin 8, L. Barraza 4, Chapman 6, Williams 4, E. McKenney 15, J. Barraza 6, Oswalt 0. Totals: 24 10-13 62.

ASHLAND (40): Wilson 4, Sollinger 12, Barnes 4, Gorringe 0, Baldwin 0, Larson 0, Munson 11, Witnauer 2, Rodriguez 3, Abel 4. Totals: 16 6-9 40.

Springfield14161814— 62

Ashland515119— 40

3-point goals — Springfield 4 (E. McKenney 3, Chapman 1), Ashland 2 (Sollinger 2).

EAGLE POINT 37, NORTH EUGENE 31: At Eugene, Andrea Flores scored a game-high 12 points, including a breakaway layup off a steal with 1 minute, 30 seconds to go to help the Eagles clinch the Midwestern League road victory.

Flores added eight rebounds, Kelsi Monroe six points and six boards and Alexa Burgess six points, including a fastbreak layup with about two minutes left that gave Eagle Point (8-7, 4-4 MWL) a three-point cushion.

Kamryn Manley and Sebrea Slaughter scored seven points apiece to pace North Eugene (3-13, 1-7).

EAGLE POINT (37): Shelton 3, Hogan 4, Monroe 6, Flores 12, Burgess 6, Lawler 6, Sather 0, Sked 0, Swanson 0. Totals: 13 8-15 37.

NORTH EUGENE (31): Collie 1, Cook 6, Oravec 2, K. Manley 7, Lundin 4, Hobbs 2, Slaughter 7, Rogers 2, Martines 0, T. Manley. Totals: 13 4-7 31.

Eagle Point138214— 37

North Eugene68611— 31

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Shelton 1, Lawler 2), North Eugene 1 (Slaughter 1).

MAZAMA 31, PHOENIX 25: At Klamath Falls, plagued by turnovers, Phoenix’s offense sputtered at times, particularly in the fourth quarter where Mazama was able to deny the Pirates their first Skyline Conference win.

After the Vikings (6-9, 1-2 Skyline) had increased their lead to 22-12 at halftime, the Pirates (6-11, 0-3) showed some life by making up ground to cut it to a four-point game by the end of the third quarter before scoring just three points in the final period.

Delani Parent put up eight points and nine rebounds for the Pirates, who committed 26 turnovers as a team.

PHOENIX (25): Carrillo 2, Villasenor 2, Christensen 2, Bolstad 3, Tellez 2, Flores 0, Badillo 6, Parent 8. Totals: 10 5-10 25.

MAZAMA (31): Clemens 10, M. Lease 6, Hill 7, K. Lease 2, Spoon 0, Jeffrey 2, Strong 0, Albers 4. Totals: 13 4-17 31.

Phoenix84103— 25

Mazama121045— 31

3-point goals — Mazama 1 (M. Lease 1).

JV result — Mazama won.

ROGUE RIVER 43, BONANZA 40: At Bonanza, sophomore guard Jonwyn Ayres tossed in 16 points and Rogue River used delay tactics late to close out the Southern Cascade League victory.

Madison McKnown added 11 points and Laura Howard came through with seven for the Chieftains (11-6, 4-2 SCL).

Rogue River led 31-24 at the end of three quarters before the Antlers came on strong to surge ahead in the fourth. But the Chieftains made 4 of 7 from the free-throw line to help seal the win.

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