• Vale defeats Challengers in state semifinals

  • COOS BAY — Amy DeLong scored 24 points to help propel the Vale Vikings past cold-shooting Cascade Christian, 48-29, in the semifinals of the Class 3A girls basketball state tournament Friday at Marshfield High School.
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  • COOS BAY — Amy DeLong scored 24 points to help propel the Vale Vikings past cold-shooting Cascade Christian, 48-29, in the semifinals of the Class 3A girls basketball state tournament Friday at Marshfield High School.
    Katie Aguilar scored the first field goal of the game to give the Challengers (19-10) 2-0 lead, then Vale (24-2) answered with a 7-0 run and never trailed from there.
    "They were one of the quicker teams that we have seen," said Cascade Christian coach Marvin Denman, "and they took away a lot of what we wanted to do from the outset."
    The Vikings, the Eastern Oregon League champion and second-ranked in the OSAA power rankings, led 28-17 at halftime.
    "Being in this environment was a great experience but was an eye-opener for our girls," said Denman. "They have the experience of being here the last three years. They were more prepared for this environment."
    DeLong, a 5-foot-9 senior post, was 9 of 17 from the field and pulled down six rebounds.
    "Amy DeLong was a force to be reckoned with," said Denman. "We couldn't contain her on the low block. She was definitely one of the best 3A posts we've seen."
    Aguilar scored seven points to pace the Challengers, who will face Rainier in today's third-place game at 1:30 p.m. at Marshfield High.
    Aguilar twisted her ankle in the first quarter and was limited to just 11 minutes of playing time in the contest.
    "(Aguilar) does a lot of things for us," said Denman. "Once we lost her, it changed our rotation quite a bit."
    Cascade Christian shot just 30 percent (12-for-40) from the field and was outrebounded, 44-32. The Challengers committed 16 turnovers to nine for Vale.
    "We didn't shoot the ball well," said Denman, "and they had a lot to do with that. They got in our face and used a lot of combinations that took us out of our game.
    "We came here with the goal to win a trophy and we accomplished that," added Denman. "Now we want to win the third-place trophy."
    VALE (48) — Hawkins 1-6 3-4 5, Hamilton 1-2 0-0 2, Mason 2-5 0-0 4, Gregory 1-3 0-2 3, D. Williams 0-0 0-0 0, DeLong 9-17 5-7 24, Wardlow 0-0 0-0 0, Bates 0-0 0-0 0, M. Williams 4-15 0-1 8, L. Fulk 1-5 0-0 2, K. Fulk 0-1 0-0 0, Fife 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-54 8-14 48.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (29) — Brown 0-1 1-2 1, Aguilar 3-5 0-0 7, Cochran 2-6 1-2 5, Martinez 1-9 0-0 3, Bales 0-0 0-0 0, Hunt 2-7 0-0 4, Zimmerer 0-2 0-0 0, Kinney 0-0 0-0 0, K. Britton 1-4 1-4 3, M. Britton 1-1 0-0 2, Jessee 0-1 0-0 0, Higday 2-4 0-1 4. Totals: 12-40 3-9 29.
    Vale 16 12 11 9 — 48
    Cascade Christian 9 8 6 6 — 29
    3-point goals — Vale 2-7 (Mason 0-1, Gregory 1-1, DeLong 1-2, M. Williams 0-3), Cascade Christian 2-12 (Aguilar 1-2, Cochran 0-3, Martinez 1-6, Hunt 0-1). Rebounds — Vale 44 (DeLong, L. Fulk 6), Cascade Christian 32 (Higday 7). Assists — Vale 7 (Gregory 3), Cascade Christian 3 (Cochran, Martinez, Higday 1). Total Fouls — Vale 10, Cascade Christian 10.
    BLANCHET 66, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 60 — At North Bend, Cascade Christian's furious fourth-quarter rally fell short in the Class 3A state consolation semifinals at North Bend High.
    The Challengers (21-8), the Southern Cascade Hybrid champion, trailed by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter and faced a 20-point deficit with four minutes remaining before going on a 13-0 run to cut their deficit to 61-54 with 1:04 left.
    Eric Morse's 3-pointer cut the Cavaliers' lead to four points with 36 seconds to go, but Blanchet converted 2-of-4 free throws down the stretch for the final margin of victory.
    Junior Alex Miller paced Cascade Christian with 17 points and Morse, a senior wing, added 16. Point guard Davis Siliga had nine assists.
    Brent Counts led Blanchet with 23 points.
    BLANCHET (66) — Anderson 1-3 1-3 3, Howard 2-9 2-3 7, Ruiz 1-9 3-5 6, Plata 0-1 0-0 0, Gianella 0-3 1-2 1, P. Counts 3-5 5-13 11, Bizon 5-9 0-4 10, B. Counts 10-13 3-5 23, J. Smith 2-3 0-0 4, D. Smith 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 24-56 16-37 66.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (60) — Siliga 2-8 5-6 9, Sha 3-4 0-0 8, Morse 5-12 3-5 16, Cheney 0-0 0-0 0, Joffer 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 6-12 4-4 17, Sellers 3-7 3-5 9, Thompson 0-2 1-2 1, Cesaro 0-1 0-0 0 0. Totals: 19-46 16-22 60.
    Blanchet 19 16 20 11 — 66
    Cascade Christian 20 7 8 25 — 60
    3-point goals — Blanchet 2-16 (Anderson 0-1, Howard 1-7, Ruiz 1-5, Plata 0-1, Bizon 0-1, J. Smith 0-1), Cascade Christian 6-19 (Siliga 0-3, Sha 2-2, Morse 3-7, Miller 1-7). Fouled out — Morse. Rebounds — Blanchet 52 (B. Counts 8), Cascade Christian 35 (Morse, Sellers 5). Assists — Blanchet 14 (Ruiz 6), Cascade Christian 15 (Siliga 9). Total Fouls — Blanchet 18, Cascade Christian 31.
    ELKTON 62, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 58 — At Baker City, Caleb Allen hit 12 of 19 shots on his way to a 26-point, 14-rebound explosion, but couldn't connect on a 3-pointer that would have given Rogue Valley Adventist the lead with 23 seconds to go in the consolation semifinals of the Class 1A state tournament.
    Micah Neufeld added 14 points and four rebounds and Jesse Gilley added eight points and eight rebounds, including the game-tying jumper with 35 seconds to go for the Red Tail Hawks (24-5).
    Elkton's Brandon Bowen hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to put the Elks (21-5) ahead to stay. For Elkton, which will play Imbler in the consolation final, Noah Miller scored 19 points and Tyler Trout had 17 points and seven boards.
    ELKTON (62) — Miller 6-16 6-8 19, Trout 7-15 1-2 17, Bowen 2-6 8-8 13, Maxwell 4-10 1-2 9, Evoniuk 2-2 0-0 4, Dunas 0-0 0-0 0, Doudna 0-0 0-0 0, Sky 0-0 0-0 0, Buell 0-2 0-0 0, Leach 0-0 0-0 0, Doudna 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-52 16-20 62.
    ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (58) — Allen 12-19 2-3 26, Neufeld 7-15 0-0 14, Gilley 4-9 0-1 8, Alvarez 3-11 1-3 7, Pirelli 1-3 0-0 3, James 0-0 0-0 0, Wood 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 27-58 3-7 58.
    Elkton 10 17 17 18 — 62
    Rogue Valley 18 8 16 16 — 58
    3-point goals — Elkton 4-10 (Trout 2-5, Bowen 1-3, Miller 1-1, Buell 0-1), Rogue Valley Adventist 1-4 (Pirelli 1-1, Alvarez 0-2, Allen 0-1). Fouled out — Evoniuk, Neufeld. Rebounds — Elkton 26 (Trout 7), Rogue Valley Adventist 38 (Allen 14). Assists — Elkton 3 (Miller 2), Rogue Valley Adventist 13 (Alvarez 7). Total fouls — Elkton 12, Rogue Valley 16.
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