• St. Mary's girls pull away to win Phoenix Invitational

  • PHOENIX — St. Mary's broke open a close game with a big third quarter to defeat host Phoenix, 38-27, in the girls Phoenix Invitational championship game on Saturday.
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  • PHOENIX — St. Mary's broke open a close game with a big third quarter to defeat host Phoenix, 38-27, in the girls Phoenix Invitational championship game on Saturday.
    The Crusaders used a 10-0 advantage in the third to pull away from what was a 20-all deadlock at the break.
    The Pirates (2-1) closed the gap to four in the fourth quarter but would get no closer.
    "We started switching some things up in the third between man and different looks on defense," said St. Mary's coach Richard Vasey, whose team improved to 4-0. "That helped a lot. We had played straight man to that point."
    Emily Alvarez led St. Mary's with 13 points, while sister Rose Alvarez added nine.
    Sam Weiland and Elise Vasey each made nice backdoor-cut baskets in the third to widen the margin.
    Toney Baylee had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix before fouling out with about four minutes to play.
    The Crusaders turned Phoenix over 19 times — nine of those coming in the decisive third quarter.
    To compound the issue for the Pirates, starting point guard Amanda Skaff missed nearly four minutes of action in the third after taking a shot to the face and suffering a bloodied nose.
    "Part of it was against their press," said Phoenix coach Randy Kirkland of his team's mistakes. "Part of it was just bad decisions."
    Emily Alvarez was named the tournament MVP. Also making the all-tournament team were Toney, Rose Alvarez, Regina Loftin of Del Norte, Alaina Thomson of Cascade Christian and Georgia Williams of Ashland.
    ST. MARY'S (38) — Weiland 4, E. Alvarez 13, R. Alvarez 9, Martin 5, Vasey 4, Barnum 3, Rothfus 0, Juncal 0. Totals: 16 3-6 38.
    PHOENIX (27) — Tally 6, Vaught 3, Skaff 1, Marshall 4, Toney 11, Hamilton 2, Wyncoop 0, Hickman 0. Totals: 9 7-12 27.
    St. Mary's 12 8 10 8 —38
    Phoenix 13 7 0 7 —27
    3-point goals — St. Mary's 3 (E. Alvarez 2, R. Alvarez 1), Phoenix 2 (Toney 1, Vaught 1). Fouled out — Toney.
    DEL NORTE 52, ASHLAND 47 — At Phoenix, junior guard Georgia Williams had 23 points and nine rebounds and Jordan Tilley pulled down 10 boards but it wasn't enough for Ashland.
    The Grizzlies (2-2) led 39-32 heading into the fourth quarter but were overtaken by the Warriors and leading scorer Regin Loftin, who hit five 3-pointers on her way to 24 points.
    Ashland also got 10 points, including two 3s, out of Michaela Dunn.
    DEL NORTE (52) — Aguirre 2, Loftin 24, Yang 11, Clemann 4, Bruschi 5, Babich 6, Alcala 0, Smedley 0. Totals: 15 17-27 52.
    ASHLAND (47) — Williams 23, Tilley 1, Greenberg 6, Dunn 10, Read 7, Altig 0, Teixeira 0, Walker 0, Sukles 0. Totals: 14 14-19 47.
    Del Norte 11 7 14 20 — 52
    Ashland 12 17 10 8 — 47
    3-point goals — Del Norte 5 (Loftin 5), Ashland 5 (Williams 2, Greenberg 1, Dunn 2).
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN 57, REEDSPORT 41 — At Phoenix, Cascade Christian senior Alaina Thomson went for 24 points and Sarah Miller chipped in nine for the Challengers (1-2).
    Kayla Doane had 12 points for Reedsport, which trailed 15-4 after the first quarter and 27-19 at halftime.
    REEDSPORT (41) — Cardoso 5, Anderson 3, Kessler 2, Tymchuk 3, Osorio 3, Abraham 4, White 5, Glover 4, Doane 12, Gover 0, Manicke 0. Totals: 13 15-22 41.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (57) — Morse 6, Alvarez 4, Bales 4, Croy 6, Miller 9, Thomson 24, Kent 4, Brown 0, Spani 0. Totals: 15 15-23 57.
    Reedsport 4 15 12 10 — 41
    Cascade Christian 15 12 17 13 — 57
    3-point goals — Cascade Christian 4 (Morse 2, Miller 1, Thomson 1).
    Boys
    ASHLAND 57, DEL NORTE 32 — At Phoenix, Ashland 6-foot-4 junior forward Collin Malcolm scored 14 points to lead a balanced effort as four Grizzlies scored seven points or more and six hit one 3-pointer to capture third place.
    Jack Feinberg, Jackson Byers and Walker Shibley-Styer scored seven points apiece for the Grizzlies (3-1), while Malcolm added four rebounds and Byers two steals.
    Dylan Pease scored 11 points to lead the Warriors of California.
    ASHLAND (57) — Pruitt 0, Layton 2, Harfst 2, Fredrickson 3, Hasskamp 2, Feinberg 7, Byers 7, Shibley-Styer 7, Crenshaw 2, Stanley 6, Malcolm 14, Jones 5. Totals: 24 3-3 57.
    DEL NORTE (32) — Pease 11, Gruden 2, Japp 2, Shorty 2, Dantzman 5, Leal 6, Godla 4. Totals: 13 3-3 32.
    Ashland 7 23 9 18 — 57
    Del Norte 3 13 12 4 — 32
    3-point goals — Ashland 6 (Fredrickson 1, Feinberg 1, Byers 1, Shibley-Styer 1, Malcolm 1, Jones 1), Del Norte 3 (Pease 3).
    ST. MARY'S 58, MAZAMA 43 — At Phoenix, Connor Vinyard scored 18 points and Michael Gambee added 11 points, five assists and four steals to lead St. Mary's to victory in the fourth-place game.
    Sam Hough added nine rebounds and six points and Kade Benton had nine points for the Crusaders (2-2), who avenged a 16-point season-opening loss to Mazama by holding the Vikings scoreless in the fourth quarter.
    Taylor Bennett had 18 points to pace Mazama (2-2).
    MAZAMA (43) — Lancaster 4, Burner 8, Bennett 18, Moore 11, Crowell 2, Harris 0, Porter 0. Totals: 18 5-11 43.
    ST. MARY'S (58) — Benton 9, Gambee 11, Lewis 7, Conway 4, Eaton 3, Hough 6, Vinyard 18. Totals: 23 6-8 58.
    Mazama 17 18 8 0 — 43
    St. Mary's 18 13 15 12 — 58
    3-point goals — Mazama 2 (Bennett 2), St. Mary's 6 (Gambee 3, Lewis 1, Eaton 1, Vinyard 1).
    ROGUE RIVER 48, REEDSPORT 41 — At Phoenix, Chris Campbell had 17 points and six of Rogue River's 20 steals as the Chieftains earned their first win of the season in the sixth-place game.
    Jordan Ehrhardt added 13 points, Connor Strickland 11 points and eight rebounds and Rio Lopez seven boards for Rogue River (1-2), which outscored Reedsport (0-3) 16-7 in the third quarter to open up a 39-29 lead.
    Sophomore Mike Mitchell paced the Braves with 16 points.
    ROGUE RIVER (48)— Campbell 17, Ehrhardt 13, McFetridge 0, Lopez 4, Woodall 1, Strickland 11, Rideout 2, Caulley 0. Totals: 18 10-20 48.
    REEDSPORT (41) — Sams 5, Williams 4, Eakta 1, Mitchell 16, Zehe 7, Ragan 0, James 8, Tresch 0, P-Murray 0. Totals: 15 8-15 41.
    Rogue River 17 6 16 9 — 48
    Reedsport 15 7 7 12 — 41
    3-point goals — Rogue River 2 (Campbell 1, Strickland 1), Reedsport 3 (Mitchell 3). Fouled out — Williams.
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