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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Crater cruises in MWL opener

CENTRAL POINT — Crater’s girls basketball team accomplished a couple key things Tuesday night during a 65-26 triumph over North Eugene at Crater High.

First, the Comets were able to open Midwestern League play with a victory.

Second, they got back to controlling the paint with steady defense and aggressive rebounding.

“I’m proud of them,” said Crater head coach Scott Dippel. “We played a lot of kids and everybody that we played played hard, and that’s what’s happening in practice right now so to see it out on the court, too, was great.”

Twelve players scored for Crater (5-1, 1-0 MWL), led by 12 points from Maya Van Hook and 10 by Eliza Idiart. Van Hook scored nine of her points in the third quarter during a 20-0 run that sealed the runaway victory over North Eugene (0-2, 0-1).

“We pressured the ball everywhere and were able to get some steals in transition and finish,” said Dippel. “And then as the quarter kind of went on we were able to get some offensive rebounds and putbacks and that really kind of just blew the game open.”

“I just think that they started looking inside more and we did a good job on the glass for sure, which has been a little bit of a struggle,” he added. “We were able to do that in the third quarter and that translated into a lot of points.”

The Comets posted 31 offensive rebounds overall, with Averi Young grabbing six boards to go with eight points while Sydney Gray added nine points, five rebounds and three steals.

NORTH EUGENE (26): Cook 5, T. Manley 0, Oravec 7, Ka. Manley 3, Lundin 4, Hobbs 4, Martines 0, Slaughter 3, Pierce 0. Totals: 8 9-21 26.

CRATER (65): Gugliotta 6, Hirsch 4, Dance 2, Idiart 10, Van Hook 12, Westbrock 4, Robison 0, Oestrich 2, Gray 9, Ellis 4, Dutkiewicz 2, Woodard 2, Bowers 0, Young 8. Totals: 23 17-26 65.

North Eugene8846— 26

Crater18132014— 65

3-point goals — North Eugene 1 (Cook 1), Crater 2 (Idiart 2). Fouled out — Cook.

ASHLAND 52, MAZAMA 42: At Ashland, sophomore wing Jayd Sollinger scored a game-high 22 points and Ashland used another strong second-half showing to record a comeback win over Mazama at Mountain Avenue Gym.

The Grizzlies (3-2) trailed 24-20 at halftime, but outscored the Vikings 13-2 in the third quarter to flip the game in their favor.

Sollinger added eight rebounds to go along with her big night on offense.

Ashland junior guard Nina Munson also finished in double figures, recording 11 points to go along with three steals and five rebounds.

Mazama senior Maddy Lease scored 13 of her team-high 19 points in the first half, and sophomore Macy Clemens had nine points.

MAZAMA (42): Clemens 9, M. Lease 19, Hill 4, K. Lease 5, Kappas 2, Spoon 0, Jeffrey 0, Strong 3, Erickson 0. Totals: 14 10-11 42.

ASHLAND (52): Altig 0, Sollinger 22, Barnes 2, Baldwin 0, Larson 2, Munson 11, Summers 0, Witnauer 2, Rodriguez 7, Abel 6. Totals: 17 17-23 52.

Mazama1113216— 42

Ashland9111319— 52

3-point goals — Mazama 4 (Clemens 1, M. Lease 2, K. Lease 1), Ashland 1 (Sollinger 1). Fouled out — K. Lease.

JV result — Mazama won.

ETNA 56, ST. MARY’S 52: St. Mary’s senior Ibixica Alvarez scored 14 points and sophomore Olivia Lippert added a career-high 13 points before each fouled out in the fourth quarter and could only watch as Etna rallied for the nonconference win at St. Mary’s High.

Emma Bennion added nine points for the Crusaders (4-1), who led 30-19 at halftime and held a five-point lead with two minutes to play before attrition took its toll with three players fouling out.

Halliday Hubbard scored 20 points for Etna (6-2), which outscored St. Mary’s 24-15 in the fourth quarter.

ETNA (56): Smith 5, Dean 12, Gilmore 4, Bennett 10, Smiley 2, Rizzardo 3, Hubbard 20, Duerr 0. Totals: 19 17-32 56.

ST. MARY’S (52): Young 2, Andrews 5, Alvarez 14, Bennion 9, Lippert 13, Rajagopal 3, Christman 6, Dunn 0, Olson 0. Totals: 17 11-18 52.

Etna1181324— 56

St. Mary’s1515715— 52

3-point goals — Etna 1 (Gilmore 1), St. Mary’s 7 (Andrews 1, Alvarez 3, Lippert 3). Fouled out — Lippert, Alvarez, Andrews, Bennett.

JV result — Etna won.

ROGUE RIVER 26, CAMAS VALLEY 23: At Camas Valley, Rogue River finally found a rhythm in the fourth quarter to stave off an upset bid in nonconference play, outscoring Camas Valley 15-2 in the final period.

Rogue River (4-3) had beaten Camas Valley 48-21 on Dec. 1 but was minus flu-ridden starters Jesse Langfield and Destiny Rangel on Tuesday.

Madison McKown and Jaydin Spaeth each scored seven points for the Chieftains, who got a boost off the bench in the fourth quarter from Dylan Nielsen. Rogue River went 11-for-16 from the foul line in the final quarter to rally.

Joy Deross had nine points for Camas Valley (2-4).

ROGUE RIVER (26): McKown 7, Spaeth 7, Sizemore 5, Earnest 3, Howard 4, Weilbacher 0, Hansen 0, Nielsen 0. Totals: 5 16-28 26.

CAMAS VALLEY (23): J. Deross 9, Casteel 8, Talley 4, Krissie 2, Ode 0, Pool 0, Payne 0, Hibdon 0, Vradenburg 0. Totals: 11 1-13 23.

Rogue River51515— 26

Camas Valley42152— 23

Fouled out — J. Deross.

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