GIRLS BASKETBALL: Crater falls in clash of MWL leaders

    Sydney Gray, shown in action earlier this season, led Crater with six points and eight rebounds against Springfield. By Denise Baratta/For the Mail Tribune

    SPRINGFIELD — In a primarily defensive clash between two of the top Midwestern League girls basketball contenders, everything was looking just fine for Crater through one quarter Friday night until things gradually started to slip away in a 37-26 loss.

    The seventh-ranked Comets (18-4, 11-2 MWL) opened an 8-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but No. 6 Springfield (17-4, 12-1) quickly turned things around with a 12-3 surge in what became a game of adjustments on both ends of the court.

    “We played really good halfcourt defense and so did they,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel of the low-scoring affair. “As we got into the second quarter, they made some adjustments and offensively we got passive and were settling for some early shots.”

    The Comets trailed by only one point at 20-19 entering the fourth quarter, and that’s where the game stood until Springfield’s Emma McKenney sparked a six-point surge to help the Millers take control. McKenney knocked down an open 3-pointer and then got a steal and ensuing three-point play. After that, Crater was forced to take some defensive chances and foul, which only served to help the Millers spread their advantage.

    Crater senior Sydney Gray totaled six points, eight rebounds and two assists to lead her team, while Averi Young added six points and four rebounds and Nehkyah Ellis had seven rebounds and four blocks.

    McKenney and Reice Newell each had 14 points for No. 7 Springfield.

    CRATER (26): Hirsch 0, Dance 1, Idiart 3, Van Hook 2, Robison 3, Gray 6, Ellis 2, Dutkiewicz 3, Woodard 0, Young 6. Totals: 11 1-3 26.

    SPRINGFIELD (37): Elliott 2, Newell 14, Durbin 7, L. Barraza 0, Williams 0, McKenney 14, J. Barraza 0. Totals: 14 5-9 37.

    Crater8387— 26

    Springfield212617— 37

    3-point goals — Crater 3 (Idiart 1, Robison 1, Dutkiewicz 1), Springfield 4 (McKinney 3, Durbin 1). Fouled out — Van Hook.

    SOUTH EUGENE 39, NORTH MEDFORD 28: Once point guard Jane Ersepke went down with an injury in the first quarter, points were hard to come by for North Medford, which fell behind in the second quarter as South Eugene took advantage for a Southwest Conference victory.

    The Black Tornado (8-13, 1-7 SWC), which has been dogged by injuries for much of the season, also had starter Jazmyne Wells get hurt in practice this week and did not suit up Friday.

    Ersepke had six of North Medford’s nine first-quarter points before her exit. The Black Tornado was led by Talia Baker’s 10 points.

    The Axe improved to 10-13 overall and 4-4 in the SWC.

    SOUTH EUGENE (39): Lewis 6, Harris 6, Galloway 3, Stein 8, Megert 0, Jost 6, Leonard 0, Schmidt 4, Bryant 6. Totals: 15 8-11 39.

    NORTH MEDFORD (28): Ersepke 6, Baker 10, Weaver 3, Seney 0, Christiansen 5, Thurman 2, Drysdale 2. Totals: 9 9-12 28.

    South Eugene1211610— 39

    North Medford9469— 28

    3-point goals — South Eugene 1 (Galloway), North Medford 1 (Baker).

    JV result — South Eugene won.

    SHELDON 58, GRANTS PASS 36: At Eugene, despite a slow start for both squads, Grants Pass was unable to keep up with Southwest Conference-leading Sheldon, which began to pull away in the second quarter.

    The Cavers (13-9, 4-4 SWC) scored just two points in the opening quarter and, although the Irish (19-4, 8-0) tallied just six in the frame, Sheldon got hot and finished with 10 made 3-pointers.

    Grants Pass picked up nine points apiece from Ahdra Klingler and Camdyn Bruner.

    GRANTS PASS (36): Page 2, Gaither 5, Lingo 0, Ay. Klingler 5, Williams 5, Ah. Klingler 9, Bruner 9, Yount 1. Totals: 11 11-15 36.

    SHELDON (58): Sowers 22, Washington 2, Mirabile 2, Foutz 0, Pierzina 2, Walk 8, Bartram 2, Scurlock 12, Rygg 0, Neuman 8, Sperry 0. Totals: 19 10-16 58.

    Grants Pass29718— 36

    Sheldon6171718— 58

    3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Ay. Klingler 1, Ah. Klingler 1, Williams 1), Sheldon 10 (Sowers 7, Scurlock 2, Walk 1).

    PHOENIX 65, KLAMATH UNION 22: At Phoenix, Josie Bolsad posted a double-double and Phoenix won its first Skyline Conference game against a short-handed Klamath Union squad.

    Bolstad scored 20 points to lead three Pirate players in double figures. The sophomore post also grabbed 16 rebounds.

    Phoenix senior guard Maggie Carrillo had a strong all-around game with 14 points, nine steals, six assists and five rebounds. Delani Parent added 12 points and six rebounds.

    The Pirates (7-16, 1-8 Sky) came up with 19 steals and outrebounded the Pelicans (6-15, 1-8), 45-23.

    KLAMATH UNION (22): Watah 17, Mendez 2, Southern 2, DeGroot 0, Collins 0, Livingstone 0, Mahan 1, Hernandez 0, Garcia 0. Totals: 6 9-11 22.

    PHOENIX (65): Carrillo 14, Villasenor 6, Christensen 4, Esqueda 2, Skaff 0, Bolstad 20, Tellez 2, Flores 5, Badillo 0, Parent 12. Totals: 23 11-16 65.

    Klamath Union10543— 22

    Phoenix14172014— 65

    3-point goals — Klamath Union 1 (Watah 1), Phoenix 8 (Carrillo 3, Flores 1, Parent 4).

    JV result — Phoenix won.

    LAKEVIEW 38, ROGUE RIVER 35: At Klamath Falls, Rogue River’s playoff hopes were derailed when Lakeview knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer from the corner with four seconds remaining in the Southern Cascade League second-place game at Henley High School.

    The Chieftains were able to get off a couple final shots in the four-second window but to no avail. Rogue River finished in third place in the SCL with a 10-4 record and an overall mark of 17-9.

    Madison McKown paced the Chieftains with 12 points, Jesse Langfield added nine and Laura Howard six.

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