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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hogan elevates Eagles

EAGLE POINT — Kierssa Hogan proved clutch for Eagle Point in a Midwestern League victory Friday.

Hogan stepped to the foul line in a tie game with 3.1 seconds remaining and converted two free throws to propel the Eagles to a 55-53 victory against Willamette.

The Eagles (5-2, 2-1 MWL) used a balanced attack to offset a 28-point performance from Willamette 6-foot junior center Natalie Willoughby.

“We don’t have anybody over 5-8 to match up with (Willoughby),” said Eagle Point coach Marvin Denmen. “We gave her too many second-chance opportunities. They were getting it into her.”

After the game was tied 29-all at halftime, Eagle Point used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to take a 43-36 lead into the final period, then held off Willamette (2-5, 1-2) down the stretch.

Hogan and Andrea Flores led the Eagles with 11 points each and Nicole Lawler added 10. Kelsi Monroe added nine and Teya Amidei chipped in eight.

“I like that it’s hard for teams to key on one person,” said Denmen. “We have five or six kids that can hurt you. We’re playing unselfish basketball.”

WILLAMETTE (53): Morris 4, Young 9, Crawford 10, Bitikofer 2, Willoughby 28, White 0. Totals: 16 12-25 53.

EAGLE POINT (55): Shelton 1, Hogan 11, Monroe 9, Flores 11, Amidei 8, Burgess 5, Lawler 10, Sather 0, Sked 0. Totals: 17 6-10 55.

Willamette1217717— 53

Eagle Point16131412— 55

3-point goals — Willamette 1 (Young 1), Eagle Point 5 (Lawler 3, Hogan 1, Burgess 1). Technical foul — Young.

NORTH MEDFORD 46, MCNARY 42: Talia Baker scored 14 points, including a three-point play with 1 minute, 10 seconds to go that gave the Black Tornado the lead for good in the nonleague game.

Baker also had five rebounds, Jane Ersepke scored 11 points and Hannah Drysdale hit four clutch free throws in the fourth quarter to help North Medford (4-3) hold on. Abby Christiansen added six rebounds for North, which hit 13 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter.

McNary’s Leah Doutt led all scorers with 19 points, but the Celtics fell to 1-4.

MCNARY (42): Walker 1, Alfaro 5, Doutt 19, Buss 3, Hawley 9, Besa 1, Grimmer 4. Totals: 15 10-19 42.

NORTH MEDFORD (46): Ersepke 11, Wells 5, Baker 14, Weaver 7, Kay. Seney 2, Christiansen 3, Drysdale 4. Totals: 13 18-26 46.

McNary661317— 42

North Medford147817— 46

3-point goals — McNary 2 (Doutt 1, Hawley 1), North Medford 2 (Wells 1, Weaver 1); Fouled out — Hawley.

JV result — McNary 22, North Medford 20.

GRANTS PASS 50, CORVALLIS 35: At Eugene, Grace Gaither dropped in 15 points for Grants Pass which turned in the victory at the Emerald Shootout at Sheldon High.

The Cavers (5-1) also picked up 14 points from Ahdra Klingler and eight points apiece from Ayla Klingler and Camdyn Bruner.

GRANTS PASS (50): Rucker 0, Gaither 15, Ay. Klingler 8, Williams 3, Ah. Klingler 14, Rund 2, Bruner 8, Childers 0. Totals: 18 9-10 50.

CORVALLIS (35): Conklin 0, Williams 6, Bluhm 0, Sinclair 0, Lengwin 0, Van De Riet 0, Lajoie 0, Krebs 9, Taylor 8, Dazey 4, Prethel 6, Tucker 2, Boragine 0. Totals: 14 3-3 35.

Grants Pass1491512— 50

Corvallis97136— 35

3-point goals — Grants Pass 5 (Gaither 3, Williams 1, Ah. Klingler 1), Corvallis 4 (Williams 1, Prethel 2, Krebs 1).

CHURCHILL 67, ASHLAND 43: At Ashland, Churchill freshman guard Danika Starr scored a game-high 24 points to lead the way in the Lancers’ win over Ashland at Mountain Avenue Gymnasium.

Churchill (6-2, 3-0) — which lead 35-16 at halftime — also got 19 points from senior guard Isis Smith while sophomore post added Hope Rousseau added nine points as the Lancers picked up their third straight win to open league play.

Nina Munson and Jayd Sollinger were once again 1-2 punch offensively for Ashland (3-5, 0-3), with the former scoring a team-high 17 points and the latter adding 13.

The Grizzlies head off to tournament play at Crescent Valley next weekend, facing Willamette on Friday.

CHURCHILL (67): N. Elstone 2, Smith 19, S. Elstone 0, Miller 4, Bolden 2, Starr 24, Acker 2, Young 1, Scott 0, Husk 4, Aley 0, Rousseau 9. Totals: 28 8-9 69 .

ASHLAND (43): Altig 2, Wilson 1, Sollinger 13, Moran 0, Baldwin 0, Larson 5, Munson 17, Summers 0, Witnauer 2, Abel 3. Totals: 14 13-22 43.

Churchill20151912— 67

Ashland6101413— 43

3-point goals — Churchill 3 (Starr 2, Smith 1), Ashland 2 (Munson 1, Sollinger 1).

PHOENIX 51, ELMIRA 20: Josie Bolstad had 12 points, 13 rebounds and four steals and Phoenix had 20 steals in a defensive gem to win its first game of the Elmira tournament.

Maggie Carrillo added 11 points and six steals and Delani Parent had 12 points and seven boards for the Pirates (4-4), who will play North Bend today.

Elmira (2-3), which managed only eight field goals and scored only two points in the second quarter, was led by Sydney Greene, who scored seven points.

ELMIRA (20): Blunt 0, A. White 0, Greene 7, Porter 4, Grossmiller 0, C. White 2, Coffman 4, Williamson 3, Hanson 0. Totals: 8 3-3 20.

PHOENIX (51): Carrillo 11, Villasenor 0, Christensen 8, Esqueda 0, Skaff 2, Bolstad 12, Telles 2, Flores 4, Badillo 0, Parent 12. Totals: 19 10-20 51.

Elmira11243— 20

Phoenix13101414— 51

3-point goals — Elmira 1 (Green 1), Phoenix 2 (Carrillo 1, Flores 1); Fouled out — Bolstad.

JV result — Phoenix 22, Elmira 19.

HENLEY 53, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 30: Cascade Christian was within striking distance until Henley closed the first half with a 6-0 run and used a big third quarter to pull away at Cascade Christian High.

Emily Stephens provided 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the Challengers (1-6), who received nine points and nine rebounds from Abigail Alexander. Mallory Meilicke grabbed all seven of her rebounds in the first half to help the Challengers gain a 38-33 edge on the boards.

The Hornets (5-3) were led by Jessica Northcutt’s 23 points.

HENLEY (53): Loney 8, Sharp 4, Peterson 1, Barnett 0, Smith 2, McLauchlin 2, Moore 4, Lowry 7, Northcutt 23, Cheyne 2, Badker 0. Totals: 23 7-19 53.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (30): Joseph 0, Quast 0, Alexander 9, Meilicke 5, Willard 0, Hagloch 3, Sweem 0, Stephens 13. Totals: 10 10-20 30.

Henley1771611— 53

Cascade Christian9948— 30

TRIAD 26, PROSPECT 18: At Prospect, Prospect had no answer for Triad junior post Katie Eskildon, who scored 20 points, and the Cougars hurt their cause with too many turnovers in the Mountain Valley League loss.

Prospect (3-6, 0-2 MVL) trailed 12-4 to open the game and could never recover.

Tianna McGonagle, Propect’s freshman post, tallied a team-best nine points.

Triad improved to 2-0 in the MVL and 4-3 overall.

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