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Girls basketball: Comets clamp down

EUGENE — Although the Crater girls basketball team carried a snug lead into halftime on Friday, coach Scott Dippel voiced his displeasure with their intensity, particularly at the defensive end.

Clearly, his girls got his halftime message.

The Comets came out of the locker room and smoothered North Eugene defensively, allowing just two points in the second half and cruised to a 53-18 Midwestern League victory at North Eugene High School.

“We might have talked about defense at halftime,” joked Dippel. “We didn’t rotate very well in the first half and didn’t come out with the intensity we needed to. We talked a lot about defense and then held them to just one (missed) shot in their first 10 possessions.”

Crater (15-3, 8-1 MWL) had a 21-16 advantage at halftime but came out of the gates and limited the Highlanders to just the one missed shot to start the third period, where they would eventually score their only two points of the second half.

“That’s the best defensive second half we’ve had this season,” said coach Dippel. “We were so much more disciplined, and all five players were working together and the team defense was excellent.”

Nehkyah Ellis paced the Comets with 12 points and four blocks while Maya Van Hook generated 10 points, four rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

Averi Young grabbed five offensive rebounds in the second half and corralled 10 boards in the game while Presley Robison had 11 points and three steals and pulled down four of her six rebounds in the second half.

“It was nice to come out at halftime focused defensively and know we can still win games even if we don’t play well in the first half,” added Dippel.

CRATER (53): Hirsch 2, Idiart 4, Van Hook 10, Robison 11, Gray 9, Ellis 12, Woodard 3, Young 2. Totals: 19 11-17 53.

NORTH EUGENE (18): Collie 0, Cook 2, T. Manley 0, Oravec 9, K. Manley 2, Lundin 0, Hobbs 3, Martines 0, Slaughter 0, Pierce 0, Rogers 2. Totals: 7 0-2 18.

Crater10111814— 53

North Eugene11520— 18

3-point goals — Crater 4 (Robison 1, Gray 1, Ellis 1, Woodard 1), North Eugene 1 (Oravec). Fouled out — Hobbs.

CHURCHILL 63, ASHLAND 23: At Eugene, Ashland recorded a season-low point total and struggled with turnovers in the Midwestern League loss.

Churchill (14-3, 10-1 MWL) spread the wealth on offense, with five players scoring at least eight points. Freshman guard Danika Starr scored a game-high 10 points to pace the Lancers, who were up 20-2 after the first quarter and 34-8 at the half.

The Grizzlies (6-11, 2-8) were led offensively sophomore Jayd Sollinger, who had nine points.

ASHLAND (23): Wilson 0, Sollinger 9, Barnes 0, Gorringe 0, Moran 3, Baldwin 0, Larson 0, Munson 1, Losinski 0, Cooper 4, Rodriguez 2, Abel 4. Totals: 8 5-10 23.

CHURCHILL (63): N. Elstone 8, Smith 6, S. Elstone 8, Miller 0, Bolden 8, Starr 10, Acker 3, Reyes 5, Young 3, Scott 8, Husk 3, Aley 1, Rousseau 0. Totals: 25 10-18 63.

Ashland2669— 23

Churchill20141811— 63

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Sollinger 1, Moran 1), Churchill 3 (S. Elstone 2, Acker 1).

WILLAMETTE 45, EAGLE POINT 23: At Eugene, senior forward Kelsi Monroe scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds for Eagle Point in the Midwestern League road loss.

The Eagles (8-10, 4-7 MWL), who have been plagued by cold shooting in recent games, trailed 28-11 at halftime.

For Willamette (6-12, 4-7), junior post Natalie Willoughby notched a game-high 16 points.

EAGLE POINT (23): Shelton 5, Hogan 2, Monroe 10, Flores 4, Burgess 2, Amidei 0, Munson 0, Sked 0, Lawler 0, Conte 0. Totals: 10 2-2 23.

WILLAMETTE (45): Morris 5, Sonar 2, T. Smith 8, Young 2, Crawford 4, White 3, Lee 5, Willoughby 16, Murphy 0, Gayle 0, Bitikofer 0, Gwynn 0. Totals: 16 10-19 45.

Eagle Point6566— 23

Willamette161298— 45

3-point goals — Eagle Point 1 (Shelton 1), Willamette 3 (Smith 2, Morris 1).

HIDDEN VALLEY 52, PHOENIX 37: At Phoenix, Phoenix made too many mistakes early on and dug itself too deep of a hole against one of the state’s top Class 4A squads as Hidden Valley kept its Skyline Conference record unscathed.

After the Mustangs (11-8, 5-0 Skyline) grabbed a commanding 18-2 first-quarter lead, the Pirates (6-13, 0-5) battled back to win the following period. The Mustangs, however, were able to hold their ground thereafter.

Maggie Carrillo led the Pirates with 10 points, Delani Parent added nine and Josie Bolstad chipped in six points and six rebounds.

The Pirates committed 28 turnovers to the Mustangs’ 10.

HIDDEN VALLEY (52): Powers 8, Jackson 4, Ja. Hurley 2, Scott 3, Elmore 2, Je. Hurley 16, Lyon 2, Brown 2, Steele 0, Fisher 4, Jessee 9, Noga 0. Totals: 20 8-17 52.

PHOENIX (37): Carrillo 10, Villasenor 0, Christensen 0, Badillo 6, Flores 3, Skaff 0, Esqueda 0, Bolstad 6, Tellez 3, Parent 9. Totals: 11 13-17 37.

Hidden Valley18101014— 52

Phoenix213715— 37

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 7 (Powers 1, Jackson 1, Je. Hurley 3, Fisher 1, Jessee 1), Phoenix 2 (Flores 1, Parent 1). Fouled out — Fisher, Villasenor.

JV result — Hidden Valley won.

DOUGLAS 75, ST. MARY’S 33: At Winston, Emma Bennion led St. Mary’s with 10 points but the Crusaders fell behind by 14 points heading into the second quarter and couldn’t recover in Far West League play.

Ibixica Alvarez added six points and Olivia Lippert five for St. Mary’s (10-8, 3-4 FWL).

For Douglas (9-8, 3-5), Amy Dickover scored 17 points, Kaylie Hall 15 and Ayana Parson 14.

ST. MARY’S (33): Alvarez 6, Bennion 10, Lippert 5, Dunn 1, Christman 4, Rothfus 2, Ward 4, Rajagopal 0, Young 0, Conner 0. Totals: 11 9-14 33.

DOUGLAS (75): Parson 14, Hall 15, Phillips 2, Lund 8, Snuka-Polamalu 6, Davis 11, Dickover 17, Sapp 2, Thorp 0. Totals: 26 19-27 .

St. Mary’s39813— 33

Douglas17201919— 75

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 2 (Bennion 1, Lippert 1), Douglas 4 (Parson 2, Hall 2). Fouled out — Young, Bennion, Alvarez, Ward. Technical foul — St. Mary’s coach Vasey.

JV result — Douglas won.

SOUTH UMPQUA 53, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 52: At Myrtle Creek, a turnover in the final 15 seconds by Cascade Christian proved costly as South Umpqua took advantage with a game-winning 3-pointer by Tori Lind in the final second to steal the Far West League victory.

Emily Stephens had 21 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Challengers (7-14, 2-5), while Sophie Ferreira had nine points and Abigail Alexander added seven points and nine boards.

Cascade Christian, which was 3-for-12 from the foul line in the final quarter, was up 52-50 when it turned the ball over. After an errant shot by the Lancers, they called a timeout with seven seconds to play to set up a final shot.

The Challengers were able to keep the ball out of the hands of leading scorer Tayah Kelly, who had 19 points, but that left Lind with the ball and the clock ticking down before she chucked up the game-decider from about 30 feet.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (52): Joseph 0, Quast 0, Alexander 7, Meilicke 8, Ferreira 9, Willard 3, Hagloch 4, Stephens 21. Totals: 21 9-25 52.

SOUTH UMPQUA (53): McClure 0, Ferguson 0, McCall 11, Lind 3, Lowell 4, Gray 14, Pires 0, Kelly 19, Griffin 2. Totals: 20 12-19 53.

Cascade Christian9151315— 52

South Umpqua11111219— 53

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 1 (Alexander 1), South Umpqua 1 (Lind 1). Fouled out — Gray.

ROGUE RIVER 39, CANYONVILLE ACADEMY 10: At Canyonville, Rogue River defeated Canyonville Academy for the second time in a week in Southern Cascade League play.

The Chieftains, who registered their fifth win in the past six league outings, improved to 7-3 in the SCL and 14-7 overall.

Sophomore guard Jonwyn Ayres led Rogue River with eight points in limited minutes, with Jaydin Spaeth and Madison McKown adding seven points each.

The Chieftains led 25-5 at halftime.

LAKEVIEW 61, BUTTE FALLS 26: At Lakeview, Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter dropped its fourth straight Southern Cascade League contest to fall to 1-9 in SCL play and 2-17 overall.

Lakeview moved to 9-12 and 7-3 in the SCL.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 41, PROSPECT 24: At Klamath Falls, Mountain Valley-leading Hosanna Christian kept Prospect winless in league play.

Prospect dropped to 0-3 in the MVL and 3-17 overall. Hosanna Christian improved to 13-1 in league and 18-4 on the season.

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