Crater pulls away for MWL road win


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    EUGENE — Not only did Crater’s Nehkyah Ellis provide toughness in the key, but the senior post also contributed in an all-around way as the Comets defeated Willamette, 51-32, in Midwestern League girls basketball Friday.

    Ellis registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with four steals and two assists.

    “(Ellis) was very active on both ends,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel. “She made steals and got deflections that helped get us going on the other end.”

    Dippel praised the effort of Ellis and junior post Averi Young guarding Willamette’s Natalie Willoughby near the basket.

    “We let Nehkyah and Averi cover the middle against their big, strong traditional post (Willoughby),” said Dippel. “They were both great defensively.”

    The seventh-ranked Comets (19-4, 13-2 MWL) led by five points at halftime but outscored the Wolverines 17-5 in the third quarter. Crater opened the fourth on a 6-0 run to build a 23-point margin with about five minutes to go.

    Sydney Gray led Crater in scoring with 12 points — 10 coming in the second half — and Maya Van Hook added nine. Van Hook was 4-for-4 from the field.

    “The other part for us was we were really efficient offensively,” said Dippel, whose team shot 48 percent from the field and made only five turnovers.

    CRATER (51): Gugiliotta 0, Hirsch 5, Dance 0, Idiart 6, Van Hook 9, Westbrock 0, Robison 4, Gray 12, Ellis 11, Dutkiewicz 0, Woodard 2, Bowers 0, Young 2. Totals: 16 14-17 51.

    WILLAMETTE (32): Morris 4, Smith 17, Young 1, Crawford 0, Bitikofer 0, Lee 2, Willoughby 8. Totals: 12 3-5 32.

    Crater1391712— 51

    Willamette98510— 32

    3-point goals — Crater 5 (Hirsch 1, Idiart 1, Gray 1, Ellis 2), Willamette 5 (Smith 5).

    EAGLE POINT 39, NORTH BEND 36: At Eagle Point, Teya Amidei scored 12 points and knocked down two critical free throws with 28 seconds remaining to help Eagle Point thwart North Bend’s rally.

    The Eagles (5-10, 9-13 Midwestern League) led by nine at about the 5-minute mark in the fourth quarter before cutting it to a one-possession game with about a minute left. The loss eliminated the Bulldogs from playoff contention.

    Nicole Lawler also scored 12 points for the Eagles and Kaylee Shelton added eight.

    NORTH BEND (36): Markel 4, Lillebo 1, Matthews 8, Proett 6, Cunningham 3, Snelgrove 10, Frank 4. Totals: 12 9-15 36.

    EAGLE POINT (39): Shelton 8, Hogan 5, Flores 2, Amidei 12, Lawler 12, Monroe 0, Burgess 0, Swanson 0, Sather 0, Conte 0. Totals: 14 2-5 39.

    North Bend69912— 36

    Eagle Point814107— 39

    3-point goals — North Bend 3 (Matthews 2, Snelgrove 1), Eagle Point 9 (Lawler 4, Amidei 2, Hogan 1, Shelton 2); Fouled out — Swanson.

    JV result — North Bend won.

    NORTH EUGENE 45, ASHLAND 36: At Ashland, sophomore wing Jayd Sollinger paced Ashland with 17 points in the MWL loss at the Mountain Avenue Gym.

    The Grizzlies (6-16, 2-13 MWL), who lost their sixth consecutive league game, had a 12-5 first-quarter lead before North Eugene connected on a 3-pointer near the end of the period to cut the deficit to four.

    The Highlanders (4-19, ) took command by outscoring Ashland 16-3 in the second period when senior wing Abby Lundin tallied 10 of her team-best 13 points.

    NORTH EUGENE (45): Collie 0, Cook 4, T. Manley 4, Oravec 4, K. Manley 12, Lundin 13, Hobbs 5, Martines 1, Pierce 2, Rogers 0. Totals: 14 13-16 45.

    ASHLAND (36): Wilson 2, Sollinger 17, Gorringe 0, Baldwin 3, Larson 0, Munson 8, Summers 2, Witnauer 0, Rodriguez 0, Abel 4. Totals: 15 2-4 36.

    North Eugene816129— 45

    Ashland123813— 36

    3-point goals — North Eugene 4 (Lundin 3, Hobbs 1), Ashland 4 (Sollinger 4).

    NORTH MEDFORD 45, ROSEBUG 38: At Roseburg, Talia Baker did it all for North Medford with 28 points, five rebounds and five steals in the SWC season-ending road victory.

    It was the senior guard’s second contest back after missing eight games due to a knee injury.

    The Black Tornado (9-14, 2-8 SWC) carved out a 24-22 halftime margin and held the lead after intermission in the tight game.

    Sophomore Savannah Weaver chipped in 10 points and Abby Christiansen pulled down a team-best six rebounds to go with four points for North.

    The Black Tornado forced Roseburg (2-23, 0-10) into 20 turnovers while committing 14 itself.

    NORTH MEDFORD (45): Wells 0, Baker 28, Weaver 10, Seney 1, Christiansen 4, Thurman 1, Drysdale 1. Totals: 13-31 17-33 45.

    ROSEBURG (38): Allen 6, Murphy 0, Vredenburg 6, Wayman 2, Lake 2, Knudson 4, Russell 7, Melvin 2, Bergman 9. Totals: 14-42 8-14 38.

    North Medford1014912— 45

    Roseburg715610— 38

    3-point goals — North Medford 2 (Baker 1, Weaver 1), Roseburg 2 (Allen 1, Russell 1).

    JV result — Roseburg won.

    GRANTS PASS 46, SOUTH EUGENE 34: At Eugene, senior guard Ahdra Klingler led Grants Pass with 16 points in the SWC victory.

    After being tied 11-all after the first quarter, Grants Pass (15-9, 6-4 SWC) pulled away to clinch third -place in the final conference game.

    GRANTS PASS (46): Rucker 0, Gaither 8, Ay. Klingler 7, Williams 5, Ah. Klingler 16, Rund 6, Bruner 4, Yount 0. Totals: 12 19-24.

    SOUTH EUGENE (34): Lewis 0, Lucas 0, Harris 0, Galloway 10, Stein 8, McGowan 8, Lee 4, Megea 0, Jost 0, Schmidt 0, Bryant 4. Totals: 11 7-14 34.

    Grants Pass11101114— 46

    South Eugene116711— 34

    3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Gaither 1, Ah. Klingler 1, Williams 1), South Eugene 5 (Galloway 3, Stein 2). Fouled out — Stein.

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