• Eagles fend off Comets in opener

  • EAGLE POINT — In a battle of speed versus size to the open the season, Eagle Point held off Crater for a 56-50 nonconference boys basketball victory Thursday.
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  • EAGLE POINT — In a battle of speed versus size to the open the season, Eagle Point held off Crater for a 56-50 nonconference boys basketball victory Thursday.
    The Eagles and their three-guard lineup matched up against towering Crater, which features three 6-foot-7 players.
    "They're just big," said Eagle Point coach Bryan Wood. "And they played extremely well and very hard."
    The Eagles built a 31-24 halftime lead and upped it to double digits twice in the second half but couldn't shake the Comets.
    Crater pulled within 48-47 with about three minutes to go, but Eagle Point's Jorge Quintero drained a 3-pointer from the corner for a 51-47 advantage, and Cesar Chavez made three free throws to seal the victory.
    Backcourt mates Quintero and Chavez scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, and Kramer Edwards added 11. Austin Holmes tallied nine points, all on free throws, and Bryson Baker hit the boards hard.
    "I thought we came out pretty focused and played hard," said Wood. "Defensively, I thought we played really well. Our rotations were good."
    Crater got a double-double from Connor Lane, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jacob Hintemeyer scored 13 for the Comets, while Gunnar Asher had 10 points and six rebounds and Dylan Morgan seven assists.
    Crater had 21 turnovers.
    "That was the Achilles' heel for us," said Comets coach Glenn Johannes. "We didn't take care of it down the stretch."
    "I was pleased with how we responded in the second half," he added. "We outscored them and gave ourselves a chance to win."
    CRATER (50) — Hintemeyer 13, Morgan 6, Pomeroy 0, Asher 10, Jaasko 0, Lane 12, Reiter 2, Orozco 5, Gustafson 2, Davis 0. Totals: 18 11-15 50.
    EAGLE POINT (56) — Quintero 15, Barber 7, Chavez 12, Edwards 11, Baker 2, Holmes 9, Dole 0. Totals: 17 19-30 56.
    Crater 8 16 11 15 — 50
    Eagle Point 14 17 12 13 — 56
    3-point goals — Crater (Hintemeyer 1, Morgan 1, Orozco 1), Eagle Point (Quintero 1, Edwards 1).
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN 64, MAZAMA 38 — At Phoenix, the Cascade Christian defense put Mazama in a hole early while David Sellers and Cody Coggins gave the Challengers 14 points apiece in the opening round of the Phoenix Invitational.
    The Challengers (1-0), who play Ashland today at 5:30 p.m., sprung out to a 14-2 lead after the first quarter and outscored the Vikings 22-5 in the third.
    Junior guard Christian Kammerzell was 4-for-4 from the field and finished with 10 points for the Challengers, who got nine points and six rebounds from Aaron Cesaro. Sellers also chipped in seven rebounds and Coggins had four assists.
    Joey Lancaster and Taylor Bennett led the Vikings with 11 points each.
    MAZAMA (38) — Lancaster 11, Burrier 0, T. Harris 4, Bennett 11, Kugler 0, M. Harris 0, Moore 0, Myers 0, Healy 0, Crowell 4, Porter 3, Rose 5. Totals: 14 5-14 38.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (64) — Artle 2, Kammerzell 10, Laws 2, Coggins 14, Knox 0, Alvarez 2, Palmer 3, Cesaro 9, Sellers 14, Winters 8. Totals: 27 7-10 64.
    Mazama 2 14 5 13 — 38
    Cascade Christian 14 14 22 14 — 64
    3-point goals — Mazama 5 (Lancaster 2, Bennett 2, Porter 1), Cascade Christian 3 (Coggins 2, Palmer 1).
    ASHLAND 62, ROGUE RIVER 54 — At Phoenix, Colin Malcolm scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and pulled down 17 rebounds as Ashland used a big fourth quarter in the first round of the Phoenix Invitational.
    Jackson Byers added 15 points, six rebounds and four steals and Gabe Stanley scored eight points before fouling out for the Grizzlies (2-0), who already have more wins than last season.
    Ashland will play Cascade Christian at 5:30 p.m. today in the semifinals of the eight-team tournament, which wraps up with placing games Saturday.
    Rogue River, playing its opener, was led by Chris Campbell (12 points, four rebounds, three steals), Jordan Ehrhardt (12 points, three rebounds) and Cole McFetridge (10 points).
    ASHLAND (62) — Pruitt 0, Layton 0, Harfst 5, Fredrickson 0, Hasskamp 4, Feniberg 5, Byers 15, Shibley-Styer 5, Crenshaw 0, Stanley 8, Malcolm 20, Jones 0. Totals: 22 13-30 62.
    ROGUE RIVER (54) — McFetridge 10, Lopez 8, Campbell 12, Perston 5, Ehrhardt 12, Woodall 0, Strickland 3, Rideout 2, Conley 2. Totals: 12 21-37 54.
    Ashland 15 6 16 25 — 62
    Rogue River 8 17 14 15 — 54
    3-point goals — Ashland 5 (Malcolm 2, Stanley 2, Feinberg 1), Rogue River 3 (Campbell 2, Perston 1). Fouled out — Stanley, Jones.
    DEL NORTE, Calif. 45, ST. MARY'S 35 — At Phoenix, St. Mary's shooting percentage waded in the low 30s and Del Norte took advantage by pulling away in the third quarter at the Phoenix Invitational.
    The Crusaders (0-2) received 17 points, six rebounds and three steals from senior Kade Benton and picked up eight points, seven boards, three steals and a pair of blocks from Connor Vinyard.
    Steven Maready paved the way for Del Norte with 18 points.
    DEL NORTE (45) — Maready 18, Godla 5, Gruden 8, Pease 4, Healy 3, Dantzman 1, Shorty 5, Japp 1. Totals: 14 15-25 45.
    ST. MARY'S (35) — Benton 17, Gambee 4, Lewis 4, Eaton 2, Vinyard 8, Hough 0, Conway 0, Rothfus 0, Van-Valkenburg 0, Sue 0. Totals: 13 5-10 35.
    Del Norte 3 10 17 15 — 45
    St. Mary's 8 6 4 15 — 35
    3-point goals — Del Norte 2 (Healy 1, Shorty 1), St. Mary's 2 (Benton 1, Vinyard 1). Fouled out — Hough, Godla. Technical foul — Gambee.
    PHOENIX 65, REEDSPORT 12 — At Phoenix, Tyson Morris had 15 points and six rebounds as tournament host Phoenix outran Reedsport in the opening round of the Phoenix Invitational.
    Also for the Pirates (1-0), who face Del Norte today at 8:45 p.m., Ricky Leavens had 13 points and seven rebounds and Jason Wyncoop 12 points and four boards.
    Girls
    CRATER 58, EAGLE POINT 27 — At Central Point, Courtney Setzer turned in a superb all-around game for Crater, which forced 34 turnovers in the first half at Crater High School.
    In three quarters, Setzer tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and three blocks for the Comets (2-0).
    Becca Heard scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half to go with five rebounds and four steals for Crater. Destiny Fahndrich added seven points, three boards and six steals.
    For the Eagles (0-1), Kinsey Bradshaw dropped in 12 points and Kayla Neilson added 10.
    EAGLE POINT (27) — Sweem 0, Beebe 0, Wood 3, Crowe 0, Lester 0, Briggs 2, Neilson 10, Bradshaw 12, Hoefft 0. Totals: 11-33 2-4 27.
    CRATER (58) — Gavin 0, Ma. Heard 2, Bascom 12, E. Scott 0, Fahndrich 7, B. Heard 14, Mo. Heard 2, Noles 1, C. Scott 4, Roberts 0, Dean 0, C. Setzer 15, Gray 1, Turituri 0. Totals: 21-65 15-23 58.
    Eagle Point 7 6 7 7 — 27
    Crater 20 19 12 7 — 58
    3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Neilson 2, Wood 1), Crater 3 (B. Heard 2, Setzer 1). Fouled out — Wood, Neilson.
    JV result — Crater won.
    ST. MARY'S 54, ASHLAND 39 — At Phoenix, Emily Alvarez scored 20 points as St. Mary's won in the first round of the Phoenix Invitational.
    The Crusaders (2-0) led 19-14 before pulling away in the second half. They face Del Norte today at 3:45 p.m.
    Rose Alvarez added 16 points for St. Mary's, and like her sister, made two 3-pointers.
    Viv Juncal's effort on the glass was big in getting the Crusaders second-chance baskets. She pulled in 11 rebounds and had six points.
    Georgia Williams scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies (1-1). Michaela Dunn had seven points and seven rebounds.
    Ashland takes on Cascade Christian at 2:30 p.m. today.
    ASHLAND (39) — Williams 15, Altigg 2, Greenberg 5, Teixeira 2, Dunn 7, Sukles 2, Walker 2, Read 1, Tilley 3. Total: 12 11-16 39.
    ST. MARY'S (54) — Weiland 1, E. Alvarez 20, R. Alvarez 16, Juncal 6, Rothfus 9, Ramsey 2, Barnum 0. Totals: 24 2-8 54.
    Ashland 6 8 12 13 — 39
    St. Mary's 8 11 16 19 — 54
    3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Williams 1, Greenberg 1, Dunn 1, Tilley 1), St. Mary's 4 (E. Alvarez 2, R. Alvarez 2).
    PHOENIX 50, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 37 — At Phoenix, Baylee Toney had 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals to lead Phoenix in the first round of its invitational in the season-opener for both teams.
    The Pirates turned up their defensive pressure in the second quarter to take a 26-20 halftime lead. Kasey Hamilton scored 11 points and Cassie Vaught added four assists.
    Cascade Christian's Alaina Thompson tallied 17 points.
    Phoenix plays Reedsport at 7 tonight, while Cascade Christian faces Ashland at 2:30. In the other girls game, St. Mary's meets Del Norte, Calif., at 4 p.m.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (37) — Morse 4, Alvarez 3, Spani 6, Miller 3, Britton 4, Thompson 17, Bales 0. Totals: 14 3-8 37.
    PHOENIX (50) — Tally 2, Vaught 6, Skaff 8, Wyncoop 2, Marshall 6, Toney 15, Hamilton 11, Wallack 0, Hickman 0, Burns 0. Totals: 22 3-11 50.
    Cascade Christian 8 12 7 10 — 37
    Phoenix 8 18 15 9 — 50
    3-point goals — Cascade Christian 6 (Thompson 2, Spani 2, Miller 1, Alvarez 1), Phoenix 3 (Vaught 2, Skaff 1).
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