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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Crater cruises past Ashland

ASHLAND — Crater’s starters did the job early, then the backups got some significant minutes as the eighth-ranked Comets romped to a 65-24 victory over Ashland in Midwestern League girls basketball at the Mountain Avenue gym Tuesday.

Crater (16-3, 9-1 MWL) jumped out to a 12-point first-quarter lead and built a 40-13 halftime margin.

“Early on we applied a lot of pressure,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel. “We were very efficient offensively, especially in the second quarter.”

Crater shot 64 percent (27-for-42) from the field, with Sydney Gray leading the way on an 8-for-11 performance and 17 points.

Freshman McKenzie Hirsch and junior guard Presley Robison excelled off the bench for the Comets.

Hirsch scored all nine of her points in the second quarter to fuel Crater’s 23-point period.

“We were running a lot of isolation for (Hirsch),” said Dippel. “She hit some nice perimeter shots.”

Robison also had nine points to go with four steals.

“Presley was causing things to happen with her hustle,” said Dippel, “and got an opportunity to assert herself offensively.”

Nehkyah Ellis helped Crater win the rebounding battle, 24-15, by grabbing six boards and had five blocks.

For Ashland (6-12, 2-9), sophomore guard Jayd Sollinger led the way with 13 points.

“Our bench played a lot of minutes and kept their intensity up, especially on the defensive end,” said Dippel. “They stayed active the whole way.”

CRATER (65): Gugliotta 3, Hirsch 9, Dance 4, Idiart 2, Van Hook 4, Westbrock 0, Robison 9, Oestreich 2, Gray 17, Ellis 4, Dutkiewicz 2, Woodard 0, Bowers 1, Young 8. Totals: 27 9-16 65.

ASHLAND (24): Wilson 0, Sollinger 13, Barnes 2, Gorringe 0, Moran 0, Baldwin 2, Larson 0, Munson 4, Summers 0, Cooper 0, Rodriguez 2, Abel 1 Totals: 8 4-9 24.

Crater17231114— 65

Ashland5865— 24

3-point goals — Crater 2 (Hirsch 1, Dance 1), Ashland 2 (Sollinger 1, Munson 1).

JV result — Crater 58, Ashland 11.

NORTH VALLEY 59, PHOENIX 38: At Merlin, North Valley senior guard Baylee Touey went off for 32 points in the Skyline Conference victory.

The Knights (10-9, 4-2 Sky) forced Phoenix into 30 turnovers.

Phoenix’s Maggie Carrillo scored eight points and had three steals, while Josie Bolstad tallied seven points to go with six rebounds and three steals.

The Pirates (6-14, 0-6) outrebounded North Valley, 30-28.

PHOENIX (38): Carrillo 8, Villasenor 3, Christensen 2, Esqueda 1. Skaff 2, Bolstad 7, Tellez 6, Flores 3, Badillo 1, Parent 5. Totals: 15 5-10 38.

NORTH VALLEY (59): I. Kirkland 4, Kersten 5, Miller 3, Mohr 4, Stewart 2, B. Touey 32, Kay Touey 6, Kar Touey 0, Moore 0, Welch 2, A. Kirkland 1. Totals: 25 6-14 59.

Phoenix691310— 38

North Valley12211016— 59

3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (Villasenor 1, Flores 1, Parent 1), North Valley 5 (Kersten 1, B. Touey 4).

JV result — North Valley won.

ST. MARY’S 43, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 39: St. Mary’s Emma Bennion erupted for 29 points to help the Crusaders hand Brookings-Harbor its second Far West League defeat.

The Bruins (11-8, 6-2 FWL) took command with eight 3-pointers in the opening half then knocked down the first two baskets of the third quarter to take a 32-18 lead.

St. Mary’s (11-8, 4-4) closed the third quarter by reeling off 16 straight points to take its first lead.

Bennion knocked down four 3-pointers in the contest and Cailey Conner added seven points for the Crusaders.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (39): Fitzhugh 2, Schofield 8, Fulton 4, Jirsa 3, Alexander 12, Murray 3, McCrae 7, Nalls 0, Pettus 0. Totals: 14 3-9.

ST. MARY’S (43): Young 2, Alvarez 3, Bennion 29, Conner 7, Rothfus 2, Ward 0, Lippert 0, Christman 0. Totals: 14 9-20 43.

Brookings-Harbor121647— 39

St. Mary’s711169— 43

3-point goals — Brookings 8 (Schofield 1, Versa 1, Alexander 4, Murray 1, McCrae 1), St. Mary’s 6 (Alvarez 1, Bennion 4, Conner 1). Fouled out — Lippert.

DOUGLAS 65, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 29: At Winston, Douglas outscored Cascade Christian 19-5 in the second quarter to pull away in the Far West League contest.

The Challengers (7-15, 2-6 FWL) got 10 points from Katelyn Willard, 10 rebounds from Sophie Ferreira and five steals from Mallory Meilicke.

Douglas, which scored 24 fourth-quarter points, is 10-8 and 4-5.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (29): Joseph 0, Quast 3, Alexander 3, Meilicke 5, Clark 0, Ferreira 5, Willard 10, Hagloch 3, Sweem 0, Hensley 0. Totals: 9 10-23 29.

DOUGLAS (65): Parson 21, Hall 8, Phillips 6, Snuka-Polamalu 0, Perez 0, Davis 2, Thorp 1, Dickover 20, Lund 2, Hobson 4. Totals: 23 18-21 65.

Cascade Christian65108— 29

Douglas10191224— 65

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 1 (Meilicke 1), Douglas 1 (Parson 1). Fouled out — Alexander.

ROGUE RIVER 52, BUTTE FALLS 22: At Rogue River, Rogue River used a quick start and balanced scoring to take the reins early in the Southern Cascade League victory.

The Chieftains (15-7, 8-3 SCL), who began the game on a 15-0 run, picked up 11 points from Madison McKown and 10 apiece from Laura Howard and Jaydin Spaeth. Jonwyn Ayres added nine points.

Alyssa Watanabe’s 11 points led the Loggers (2-18, 1-10).

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 24, HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 17: With the home victory over Mountain Valley League-leading Hosanna Christian, Rogue Valley Adventist moves to within a half game of the league lead and into a tie for second place.

Zoe Belovitch produced eight points, six rebounds and a steal for the Red Tail Hawks (17-2, 12-2 MVL), who got eight points, four assists and two steals from Savanah Zamora and four points and three steals from Paris Quave.

Hosanna Christian dropped to 13-2 in the MVL and 18-5 on the season.

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