Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
LAKEVIEW — Junior post Alaina Thomson had 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals to help lift Cascade Christian past Lakeview 55-50 in overtime Wednesday in a Southern Cascade Hybrid playoff game.
The Challengers (14-10) will next play at St. Mary's in the SCH tournament championship at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Thomson scored 10 of her points in overtime after Lakeview's Liz Helling knocked down a shot with eight seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 43.
Stephanie Croy recorded 13 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals and Michelle Kinney added eight points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals for Cascade Christian, which trailed 24-23 at halftime.
Croy buried a pair of free throws to put the Challengers ahead by five with about 15 seconds remaining in OT.
Delaney Hall and Darci Frederick each had 12 points for Lakeview (15-8).
The contest was originally to be played at Cascade Christian High, but the venue was changed after the Challengers unintentionally used an ineligible player in their victory over the Honkers last Tuesday. As a result, Lakeview was awarded the forfeit win and finished league play tied for second place at 5-3 with Cascade Christian. Because the Honkers had the better ranking and RPI after the change, they hosted the game.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN (55) — Alvarez 6, Croy 13, Spani 3, Kinney 8, Thomson 23, Reen 2, Bales 0, Battiatio 0, Miller 0, Auchard 0. Totals: 21 9-10 55.
LAKEVIEW (50) — Helling 6, Hall 12, Frederick 12, Nicholl 2, Crumrine 8, Reese 3, Arcularias 7, Gallagher 0. Totals: 19 10-16 50.
Cascade Christian 11 12 10 10 12 — 55
Lakeview 8 16 8 11 7 — 50
3-point goals — Cascade Christian 4 (Spani 1, Kinney 2, Thomson 1), Lakeview 2 (Reese 1, Arcularias 1). Fouled out — Hall. Technical foul — Spani.
NORTH MEDFORD 7, CRATER 3 — Joshua Wu recorded two goals and three assists and Dylan Wu added two goals and an assist to lead North Medford to a Southern Oregon League playoff victory and eliminate Crater at The RRRink.
The Black Tornado used a four-goal run in the second period to turn a 1-1 match into a 5-1 lead.
Jeremy Wu added a goal and an assist, Max Henry chipped in three assists and Will Spence and Kez Korth eached netted a goal for North, which next plays South Medford at 7:45 p.m. tonight at The RRRink.
Dustin Gomez, JR Keyser and Hunter Havice all scored a goal for Crater.
North goalkeeper Calvinn Casaday had 18 saves for the Black Tornado. Crater goalkeeper Alec Looman recorded 40 saves.