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Ellis sparks Crater in season opener

YREKA, Calif. — Where the Crater girls basketball team had a need, senior post Nehkyah Ellis had an answer Thursday morning as the Comets opened their season with a 44-33 win over Henley in the 64th annual Yreka Tournament.

The 5-foot-11 Ellis totaled 12 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and three steals to spark Crater (1-0), which will take on three-time defending champion Del Norte in the second round at 1 p.m. Friday.

“She was just kind of going at a different level than everyone else, at a different speed,” said Crater head coach Scott Dippel. “She was getting loose balls and making things happen for us, for sure.”

Sydney Gray added nine points and six rebounds, while fellow seniors Eliza Idiart (nine points) and Maya Van Hook (eight points, seven rebounds) also had standout efforts for the Comets.

Crater’s overall defensive effort — limiting Henley to single digits in all but one quarter — helped make up for a 29 percent shooting effort from the field.

CRATER (44): Gugliotta 0, Hirsch 4, Idiart 9, Van Hook 8, Robison 0, Gray 9, Ellis 12, Dutkiewicz 0, Woodard 2, Young 0. Totals: 18 6-10 44.

HENLEY (33): Loney 6, Sharp 2, Peterson 0, Barnett 0, Smith 3, Moore 6, Lowry 0, Northcutt 16. Totals: 12 8-20 33.

Crater1491011— 44

Henley85119— 33

3-point goals — Crater 2 (Idiart 1, Ellis 1), Henley 1 (Smith 1). Fouled out — Young.

PHOENIX 38, ILLINOIS VALLEY 25: At Cave Junction, Phoenix senior Maggie Carrillo gave her team a boost of energy and scored four of her 13 points during a key third-quarter run that allowed the Pirates to make Chelsea Winner victorious in her coaching debut.

Sophomore Delani Parent added eight points and joined Marcella Badillo and Josie Bolstad in leading Phoenix (1-0) in rebounding. The Pirates outscored the Cougars 13-1 in the third quarter to pull away.

Aarika Brooks scored nine points to lead Illinois Valley (0-1).

PHOENIX (38): Carrillo 13, Villasenor 4, Christensen 0, Skaff 3, Bolstad 4, Tellez 0, Flores 5, Badillo 1, Parent 8. Totals: 14 6-13 38.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (25): Peters 0, Tallman 4, Mendoza 0, Navarro 7, Brooks 9, Moore 5, Miller 0, M. Peters 0, Witherspoon 0, LeMasters 0. Totals: 7 10-22 25.

Phoenix591311— 38

Illinois Valley58111—25

3-point goals — Phoenix 4 (Carrillo 1, Villasenor 1, Skaff 1, Flores 1), Illinois Valley 1 (Navarro 1).

Boys

PHOENIX 75, ILLINOIS VALLEY 63: At Cave Junction, Phoenix junior Braeden Watts scored 26 points and Ethan Hutsell tallied 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help the Pirates pull away in the nonconference season opener.

Watts knocked down four 3-pointers for the Pirates (1-0), who broke open a 29-all halftime tie with a 22-14 surge in the third quarter.

Nico Ortega added 16 points for Phoenix.

Caleb Hess had 24 points and Bryce Bruner added 22 to boost Illinois Valley (0-1).

PHOENIX (75): Martinez 3, Serna 3, Goff 0, Hutsell 19, Clayton 0, Mendez 2, Stella 0, Watts 26, Ortega 16, Beer 0, Stanfield 6, Tuengue 0. Totals: 28 15-28 75.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (63): Bruner 22, Buckmaster 0, Hess 24, Jolley 6, Brummett 2, Wood 4, Dugas 0, Herrea 3. Totals: 20 17-28 63.

Phoenix10192224—75

Illinois Valley10191420—63

3-point goals — Phoenix 4 (Watts 4), Illinois Valley (Bruner 2, Hess 1). Fouled out — Bruner, Brummett, Herrera.

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