• St. Mary's claims SCH tourney title

  • A disastrous opening quarter only made St. Mary's response that much more impressive as the Crusaders continued their dominant march toward the playoffs with a 48-27 victory over Cascade Christian in the Southern Cascade Hybrid tournament championship game Saturday at St. Mary's High School.
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  • A disastrous opening quarter only made St. Mary's response that much more impressive as the Crusaders continued their dominant march toward the playoffs with a 48-27 victory over Cascade Christian in the Southern Cascade Hybrid tournament championship game Saturday at St. Mary's High School.
    The win, the Crusaders' 11th in a row, all but guarantees St. Mary's a home game next Saturday in the first round of the 16-team Class 3A girls basketball state playoff bracket. A win there would advance the Crusaders to the final eight-team tournament the following week at Marshfield and North Bend High Schools.
    Cascade Christian will probably have to travel for its playoff opener. First-round pairings are expected to be released by the OSAA via www.osaa.org this afternoon.
    "We didn't want to leave it up to the other teams that are playing to get a home game and get a good seed going into the state playoffs," St. Mary's head coach Richard Vasey said. "That was what we talked about and I think the girls responded really well."
    Not at first, though.
    The Crusaders (23-2) scored just two points in the first quarter, and even those were "lucky," admitted Vasey — a pair of free throws with only seconds remaining. But St. Mary's, which hasn't lost since Jan. 4, played good enough defense to stay within a point, 3-2, and heated up considerably in the second quarter to take control.
    By halftime, St. Mary's had built a 14-point lead, and it only added to it in the second half.
    "We opened it up and kind of got into a rhythm," Vasey said. "Going into halftime with that cushion really helped. (Cascade Christian) came out and made a run in the third quarter, but luckily we were kind of able to hold them off and keep that cushion through the third."
    Rose Alvarez led the Crusaders with 13 points, Emily Alvarez added 10 and Lillian Martin eight. The Crusaders also got a big lift from Elise Vasey, whose interior defense limited Challengers post Alaina Thomson, the SCH co-MVP, to four points.
    Richard Vasey also credited Sam Wyland and Dakota Rothfus with giving the Crusaders a key spark off the bench in the second quarter.
    "That kind of opened it up for us and gave us some breathing room," Vasey said.
    Stephanie Croy scored 10 points and Ali Spani six to pace Cascade Christian (14-11), which is 0-3 against St. Mary's this season.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (27) — Hooper 1, Croy 10, Spani 6, Miller 1, Kinney 5, Thomson 4, Alvarez 0, Bales 0, Battiato 0, Zimmerer 0, Reen 0, Auchard 0. Totals: 8 8-19 27.
    ST. MARY'S (48) — DeBoer 4, E. Alvarez 10, R. Alvarez 13, Eaton 3, Martin 8, Juncal 2, Weiland 6, Rothfus 2, E. Vasey 0, Ramsay 0, Barnum 0, M. Vasey 0. Totals: 18 8-15 48.
    Cascade Christian 3 7 12 5 — 27
    St. Mary's 2 22 14 10 — 48
    3-point goals — Cascade Christian 3 (Spani 2, Kinney 1), St. Mary's 4 (R. Alvarez 3, Martin 1). Fouled out — Ramsay. Technical foul — Ramsay.
    RV ADVENTIST 50, TRINITY LUTHERAN 42 — At Bend, Kendra Haugen came up big in the fourth quarter in the upset victory for Rogue Valley Adventist.
    Haugen, a senior post, scored eight of her 16 points and grabbed four of her eight rebounds in the final period after the teams were tied 29-all.
    The Hawks (7-17, 5-11 MVL) outscored Trinity 21-13 in the fourth quarter. Rogue Valley was boosted by an 8-of-9 performance from the foul line in the final period.
    Tasia Gilmore had 14 points for the Hawks and teammate Kaelyn Scott contributed eight points and eight rebounds.
    For Trinity Lutheran (14-10, 9-7), Katie Murphy tossed in 21 points.
    RV ADVENTIST (50) — Petray 8, Haddad 0, Scott 8, Zamora 2, Bates 2, Gilmore 14, Haugen 16. Totals: 17-49 15-25 50.
    TRINITY LUTHERAN (42) — Sample 3, Clift 2, Carpenter 8, Cowan 2, Eidler 0, Murphy 21, Dehm 0, Spencer 4, Martin 2, Ho 0. Totals: 19-68 3-8 42.
    RV Adventist 8 11 10 21 — 50
    Trinity Lutheran 9 8 12 13 — 42
    3-point goals — RV Adventist 1 (Scott 1), Trinity 1 (Murphy 1). Fouled out — Carpenter, Murphy. Technical foul — Trinity coach Polk.
    PROSPECT 55, NORTH LAKE 32 — At Prospect, Heather Lass scored 16 points to lead three Prospect players in double figures in the season finale.
    The Cougars (8-13, 6-10 MVL) led 32-15 at halftime.
    Miranda Hedgpeth had 13 points and Hannah Bailey chipped in 10 for Prospect.
    NORTH LAKE (32) — Davidson 11, Brown 8, Mol. Phillips 6, J. Stockton 3, Fine 2, Vore 1, Harris 1, Nelson 0, Horton 0, Mor. Phillips 0, T. Stockton 0. Totals: 11 7-15 32.
    PROSPECT (55) — Lass 16, M. Hedgpeth 13, Pinkerton 9, Bailey 10, VanWormer 4, Biando 2, Raines 1, Latona 0, Sizemore 0. Totals: 20 13-19 55.
    North Lake 8 7 5 12 — 32
    Prospect 14 18 12 11 — 55
    3-point goals — North Lake 3 (Davidson 1, J. Stockton 1, Mol. Phillips 1), Prospect 2 (M. Hedgpeth 1, Pinkerton 1). Fouled out — Lass, Biando.
    GILCHRIST 59, BUTTE FALLS 47 — At Gilchrist, Sierra Kirkpatrick had 13 points, seven assists and five steals for Butte Falls, but the Loggers could not overcome a subpar first half in what turned out to be a season-ending loss.
    The Loggers (13-10, 9-7 MVL) could have clinched a playoff berth with a win but instead lost out to Trinity Lutheran on a tiebreaker for the league's No. 3 spot in the state play-in round.
    Also for Butte Falls, Joli Hobbs had 14 points and nine rebounds, Shawna Creech added nine boards and Tamika Funk had three steals.
    Ashley James paced Gilchrist (8-13) with 20 points and Sierra Shuey scored 16.
    BUTTE FALLS (47) — Hobbs 14, Kirkpatrick 13, Funk 12, Stubbs 0, Weaver 1, O'Keefe 5, White 0, Davis 0, Creech 2. Totals: 18 9-19 47.
    GILCHRIST (59) — A. James 20, C. James 3, Kruhnke 10, Shuey 16, Longbotham 8, Archer 0, Bean 0, Lowell 0, Johnson 2. Totals: 23 10-17 59.
    Butte Falls 12 13 12 10 — 47
    Gilchrist 19 15 11 14 — 59
    3-point goals — Butte Falls 2 (Kirkpatrick 1, Funk 1), Gilchrist 3 (C. James 1, A. James 2).
    RV ADVENTIST 39, TRINITY LUTHERAN 30 — At Bend, Micah Neufeld scored 12 points as Rogue Valley Adventist clinched the MVL co-championship.
    The Hawks (20-4, 15-1 MVL) will host Monument/Dayville (19-6) of the High Desert League in a Class 1A state playoff first-round game on Tuesday.
    After leading 19-3 after the first quarter against Trinity (1-22, 0-15), RV Adventist pulled its starting lineup. The Hawks held a 29-7 halftime margin.
    RV ADVENTIST (39) — Petray 2, Neufeld 12, Alvarez 10, Allen 5, Bornemann 2, Katzenbach 0, Wood 0, Mailand 6, James 2. Totals: 17-61 5-6 39.
    TRINITY LUTHERAN (30) — Phillis 5, Law 0, Dunn 8, Knauss 2, Carpenter 9, Akiyama 6. Totals: 14-43 1-6 30.
    RV Adventist 19 10 6 4 — 39
    Trinity Lutheran 3 4 10 13 — 30
    3-point goals — Trinity Lutheran 1 (Phillis 1).
    BUTTE FALLS 56, GILCHRIST 46 — At Gilchrist, Butte Falls finished one place out of making the postseason by taking fourth in the Mountain Valley League.
    The Loggers (9-14, 8-8 MVL) won six of their last nine league games. They were picked to finish seventh in a preseason coaches poll.
    Evan Givens scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Butte Falls. James Ramirez scored 13 and had three steals, and Emmitt Bateman had 12 points. Jared McGonagle had nine points and eight rebounds, and Alex Cool-Hunsaker 10 boards.
    BUTTE FALLS (56) — Givens 17, Cool-Hunsaker 5, E. Bateman 12, Ramirez 13, McGonagle 9, W. Bateman 0. Totals: 20 12-23 56.
    GILCHRIST (46) — Tr. Koch 22, Ta. Koch 2, McGregor 7, Boone 2, Link 5, Nelson 8, Wible 0, Lowell 0. Totals: 16 9-16 46.
    Butte Falls 22 12 10 12 — 56
    Gilchrist 7 18 7 14 — 46
    3-point goals — Butte Falls 4 (E. Bateman 3, Ramirez 1), Gilchrist 5 (McGregor 1, Tr. Koch 3, Nelson 1). Fouled out — Boone, Ta. Koch.
    PROSPECT 75, NORTH LAKE 65 — At Prospect, Scotty Kennedy scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Prospect ended its season on a winning note.
    The Cougars (10-11, 7-9 MVL) won their final three games and tied for fifth place.
    Boston Ehlers, who had six assists, and Kyle Roe each scored 14 points in the win, and Kevin Baker had eight points and 13 rebounds.
    Josh Hand scored 21 for North Lake (7-13, 5-11).
    NORTH LAKE (65) — Murphy 8, D. Libolt 5, B. Libolt 14, McCord 4, Hand 21, Line 4, Henkel 9, Grossman 0. Totals: 25 10-19 65.
    PROSPECT (75) — Bliss 2, May 0, Ehlers 14, Reynolds 9, Roe 14, Baker 8, Kennedy 28. Totals: 23 26-45 75.
    North Lake 12 10 18 25 — 65
    Prospect 17 16 18 24 — 75
    3-point goals — North Lake 5 (Henkel 3, Murphy 2), Prospect 3 (Ehlers 2, Roe 1). Fouled out — Line, Hand, B. Libolt, Baker.
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