• St. Mary's secures berth in title game

  • PHOENIX — The St. Mary's girls basketball team came out of the gates cold but eventually found its rhythm in a 48-42 victory over Del Norte in the Phoenix Invitational semifinals at Phoenix High on Friday.
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  • PHOENIX — The St. Mary's girls basketball team came out of the gates cold but eventually found its rhythm in a 48-42 victory over Del Norte in the Phoenix Invitational semifinals at Phoenix High on Friday.
    The Crusaders (3-0) will face host Phoenix in the title match at 3:45 p.m. today.
    Rose Alvarez scored 15 points, Emily Alvarez had 14 points and Dakotah Rothfus turned in 10 points while coming up big in key moments for St. Mary's, which fell behind by as many as 10 points in the third quarter.
    The Crusaders found their mojo about midway through the third period, head coach Richard Vasey said. Rothfus had six of her points during a crucial run that quarter. The Alvarez sisters both knocked down 3-pointers during the rally, including a triple by Emily Alvarez as the third ended that gave St. Mary's — last year's Class 3A state runner-up — a 37-31 edge.
    Rose Alvarez buried two more 3s in the fourth and Rothfus made a pair of free throws with under two minutes left that boosted the Crusaders' advantage to five points.
    "Dakota really stepped up," Vasey said. "She gave us a spark."
    Grace Bruschi led Del Norte with 15 points.
    ST. MARY'S (48) — R. Alvarez 15, E. Alvarez 14, Rothfus 10, Juncal 7, Vasey 2, Weiland 0, Barnum 0. Totals: 18 7-13 48.
    DEL NORTE (42) — Bruschi 15, Loftin 3, Yang 3, Clemann 13, Babich 6, Alcala 2, Smedley 0. Totals: 15 8-13 42.
    St. Mary's 6 13 18 11 — 48
    Del Norte 13 7 11 11 — 42
    3-point goals — St. Mary's 5 (E. Alvarez 2, R. Alvarez 3), Del Norte 4 (Loftin 1, Yang 1, Bruschi 2). Fouled out — Yang, Clemann.
    PHOENIX 56, REEDSPORT 34 — At Phoenix, Amanda Skaff had 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds and Baylee Toney 10 points, 12 rebounds and six steals for Phoenix in the semifinals.
    Bailee Tally chipped in 11 points and eight steals and Kasey Hamilton 11 points for the Pirates, who will play St. Mary's in the championship at 3:45 today. The contest is a rematch of last year's final, which Phoenix won by nine.
    Kayla Doane turned in 12 points for Reedsport, which trailed 28-11 at halftime.
    PHOENIX (56) — Skaff 15, Tally 11, Hamilton 11, Toney 10, Vaught 3, Wallack 2, Marshall 2, Hickman 2, Wyncoop 0, Burns 0. Totals: 19 15-31 56.
    REEDSPORT (34) — Doane 12, Cardoso 2, Anderson 1, Tymchuk 4, Osorio 4, White 9, K. Glover 2, Refflee 0, Abraham 0, Medoos 0, A. Glover 0, Hutchinson 0, Manicke 0. Totals: 15 3-7 34.
    Phoenix 14 14 14 14 — 56
    Reedsport 6 5 17 6 — 34
    3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (Tally 1, Vaught 1, Skaff 1), Reedsport 1 (White 1).
    ASHLAND 49, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 41 — At Phoenix, Michaela Dunn hit five 3-pointers on her way to 18 points to lead Ashland.
    Georgia Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Dunn added seven rebounds for the Grizzlies (2-1), who outscored Cascade Christian, 17-2, in the third quarter to open up a 19-point lead.
    Tiani Alvarez scored nine of her 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Challengers (0-2) climb within five points late, but Williams drained two free throws and a jumper to clinch the win for Ashland.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (41) — Alvarez 12, Croy 9, Morse 5, Bales 0, Brown 2, Miller 6, Thomson 7, Britton 0. Totals: 12 16-30 41.
    ASHLAND (49) — Dunn 18, Williams 16, Tilley 2, Greenberg 2, Teixeira 0, Sukles 4, Kasiah 0, Walker 6, Read 1. Totals: 18 8-13 49.
    Cascade Christian 6 13 2 20 — 41
    Ashland 12 11 17 9 — 49
    3-point goals — Ashland 5 (Dunn 5), Cascade Christian 1 (Miller 1). Fouled out — Dunn.
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    PHOENIX 44, DEL NORTE 42 — At Phoenix, Jose Deras knocked down the game-winning jumper from 15 feet out as time expired for Phoenix in the semifinals.
    The Pirates will take on Cascade Christian in the championship at 5:30 p.m. today.
    Del Norte's Steven Maready banked in a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left before Deras' big shot.
    Tyson Morris scored 13 points, Deras had 10 points and Richy Leavens added eight points and seven rebounds for the Pirates (2-0), who jumped out to a 19-3 lead in the first quarter before Del Norte outscored them 24-10 in the second quarter.
    DEL NORTE (42) — Maready 14, Pease 12, Godla 3, Gruden 9, Japp 4, Healy 0, Shorty 0. Totals: 14 8-10 42.
    PHOENIX (44) — Morris 13, Deras 10, Leavens 8, Raffensperger 7, Mahaffey 3, Wyncoop 2, Hay 1, Hague 0, Champion-Blazio 0. Totals: 18 4-10 44.
    Del Norte 3 24 8 7 — 42
    Phoenix 19 10 8 7 — 44
    3-point goals — Del Norte 6 (Maready 1, Godla 1, Gruden 1, Pease 3), Phoenix 4 (Mahaffey 1, Leavens 2, Morris 1).
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN 61, ASHLAND 40 — At Phoenix, Christian Kammerzell and Aaron Cesaro combined to score 29 points and Cascade Christian outscored Ashland 19-2 in the fourth quarter to pull away in the semifinals.
    Kammerzell scored 15 points and Cesaro added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Challengers (2-0), who will play in the championship game at 5:30 tonight. Cascade's David Sellers added 10 points and 10 boards.
    Mitchell Harfst paced Ashland (2-1) with 11 points and three steals. Jackson Byers added six points and five rebounds and Ethan Jones six points, four rebounds and two assists.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (61) — Kammerzell 15, Cesaro 14, Sellers 10, Laws 4, Coggins 5, Knox 3, Palmer 7, Winters 3. Total: 22 14-26 61.
    ASHLAND (40) — Harfst 11, Pruitt 2, Layton 5, Hasskamp 4, Byers 6, Shibley-Styer 2, Stanley 2, Malcomb 2, Jones 6. Totals: 17 2-5 40.
    Cascade Christian 13 12 17 19 — 61
    Ashland 13 14 11 2 — 40
    3-point goals — Cascade Christian 3 (Kammerzell 1, Palmer 1, Coggins 1), Ashland 4 (Layton 1, Harfst 1, Byers 2).
    ST. MARY'S 70, REEDSPORT 36 — At Phoenix, Connor Vinyard scored 21 of his 27 points in the first quarter for St. Mary's.
    Kade Benton turned in 12 points and Vinyard added seven rebounds, four blocks and two steals for the Crusaders (1-2), who will play Mazama at 10:45 this afternoon.
    Sam Hough had six points and seven rebounds for St. Mary's, which led 30-7 after the opening period.
    The Crusaders, whose starters were rested in the second half, drained nine 3-pointers in the triumph.
    ST. MARY'S (70) — Vinyard 27, Benton 12, Gambee 0, Lewis 6, Rothfus 6, Van Valkenburg 3, Conway 6, Eaton 0, Hough 6, Sue 4. Totals: 25 11-19 70.
    REEDSPORT (36) — Mitchell 13, Sams 5, Williams 5, Bakta 0, Zehe 5, Ragan 0, James 0, Presch 6, Perez-Murray 0, Moe 2, Billings 0. Totals: 13 9-18 36.
    St. Mary's 30 21 13 6 — 70
    Reedsport 7 12 7 10 — 36
    3-point goals — St. Mary's 9 (Benton 3, Vinyard 3, Conway 2, Lewis 1), Reedsport 1 (Mitchell 1).
    MAZAMA 60, ROGUE RIVER 46 — At Phoenix, Chris Campbell knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points for Rogue River.
    Caleb Crowell had 22 points and Jon Moore buried four 3s for Mazama (2-1), which led 35-17 at halftime before the Chieftains made a second-half push.
    Rogue River (0-2) outrebounded the Vikings, 27-26, but both teams had trouble with turnovers (Mazama had 26 and the Chieftains 17).
    MAZAMA (60) — Crowell 22, Lancaster 6, Burrier 0, T. Harris 0, Bennet 0, Kugler 0, M. Harris 3, Moore 13, Meyers 4, Healy 12, Porter 0, Rose 0. Totals: 19 17-23 60.
    ROGUE RIVER (46) — Campbell 21, McFetridge 0, Lopez 9, Perston 5, Ehrhardt 2, Woodall 0, Strickland 7, Rideout 2, Caulley 0. Totals: 15 11-19 46.
    Mazama 18 17 9 16 — 60
    Rogue River 11 6 11 18 — 46
    3-point goals — Mazama 5 (M. Harris 1, Moore 4), Rogue River 5 (Lopez 1, Campbell 4).
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