Crater slips by Roseburg again

February 22, 2014

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater boys basketball team gave Connor Lane plenty of looks on Friday, and the 6-foot-7 senior took advantage of them.

So did his teammate Dean Orozco.

Lane recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Comets' 49-46 victory over Roseburg in Southern Oregon Hybrid action at Crater High.

Lane's presence in the paint caused the Indians to leave Orozco open for a drive to the bucket with less than 10 seconds left.

Orozco was fouled on the play and sank both free throws to give Crater the lead for good in its regular-season finale.

The Comets (7-15, 3-9 SOH), who edged Roseburg 56-53 in overtime on Jan. 17, will next compete in a Class 6A state play-in contest against an opponent to be determined after finishing fourth in the SOH.

Following a basket that put the Indians on top 46-45, the Comets inbounded after a timeout and got the ball to Orozco. The play was drawn up for Lane but Orozco's defender dropped back to help against the big man, leaving Orozco with an alley to the hoop that th ejunior didn't hesitate to take as he went strong to the rim and was fouled.

After Orozco made the pair at the line, Roseburg tried to get the ball to Carson Reid from under its own basket with four seconds remaining but the Comets doubled him and the inbounder overthrew Reid.

Lane scored both of the Crater's fourth-quarter baskets and was 4-for-6 from the foul line in the frame. He was 5-for-7 from the line in the second half.

"Connor was great," Crater coach Glenn Johannes said. "We just pounded it into him. He played a smart game and did well with his opportunities at the free-throw line. He was definitely crashing the glass as well."

Freshman Luke Pomeroy added eight points and was 6-for-7 from the charity stripe for the Comets, who went 20-for-34 from there in the game.

"We played a really smart game and were very composed," said Johannes, whose team committed just eight turnovers. "It was a great way to go into the (play-in round)."

Reid led Roseburg (6-14, 2-9) with 14 points.

ROSEBURG (46) — Carhart 0, Reid 14, Haskett 10, Stone 2, Early 0, Baumgartner 2, Stephens 12, Tharp 0, Knapp 6. Totals: 15 10-18 46.

CRATER (49) — Morgan 4, Pomeroy 8, Asher 7, Jaasko 3, Lane 18, Reiter 0, Davis 0, Orozco 4, Gustafson 5. Totals: 14 20-34 49.

Roseburg 9 12 15 10 — 46

Crater 12 15 10 12 — 49

3-point goals — Roseburg 6 (Reid 4, Stephens 1, Knapp 1), Crater 1 (Asher 1). Fouled out — Stone.

JV result — Roseburg won.

MVL Boys

RV ADVENTIST 42, BUTTE FALLS 34 — At Klamath Falls, Jonathan James had 19 points and nine rebounds and Caleb Allen 16 points and six assists for top-seeded Rogue Valley Adventist in the MVL playoffs at Oregon Tech.

The Hawks (19-3) will play the winner of Friday's contest between Gilchrist and Triad at 7:15 tonight in the championship.

Evan Givens recorded 16 points and nine rebounds and Jared McGonagle added 10 points for Butte Falls (12-10), which kept it close most of the game.

BUTTE FALLS (34) — Givens 16, Cool-Hunsaker 4, E. Bateman 4, J. McGonagle 10, W. Bateman 0, Sutton 0. Totals: 16-49 3-4 34.

RV ADVENTIST (42) — Bornamann 2, J. James 19, N. James 3, Allen 16, Wachter 0, Haugen 2. Totals: 15-43 15-21 42.

Butte Falls 6 12 9 7 — 34

Rogue Valley Adventist 9 10 11 12 — 42

3-point goals — Butte Falls 1 (Givens 1), RV Adventist 3 (J. James 1, N. James 1, Allen 1).

SOH Girls

ROSEBURG 51, CRATER 33 — At Roseburg, without its leading scorer and rebounder Courtney Setzer, Crater made just eight shots in its final regular season game and Roseburg came away with the Southern Oregon Hybrid win.

The Comets (16-8, 5-7 SOH) had already wrapped up third place in the SOH and a playoff berth. They open the postseason March 4 and will most likely host the first-round game should their power ranking remain the top 16 teams.

Setzer, who sprained her knee late against South Medford on Tuesday, is questionable for the first round.

Crater senior Becca Heard went 9-for-11 from the free-throw line for all of her points and added four rebounds. Destiny Fahndrich added six points and Cheyenne Scott had five.

Roseburg (11-11, 7-4 SOH) received 23 points from Pele Gianotti.

CRATER (33) — Ma. Heard 4, Bascom 3, E. Scott 0, Fahndrich 6, B. Heard 9, Mo. Heard 0, Noles 4, C. Scott 5, Ryerson 2, Gray 0. Totals: 8-31 14-17 33.

ROSEBURG (51) — Wyscaver 1, Chong 6, Farrington 0, Epps 0, Johnson 9, Backen 0, Stotler 8, Gianotti 23, Jackson 4. Totals: 17-30 17-25 51.

Crater 7 8 9 9 — 33

Roseburg 7 15 11 8 — 51

3-point goals — Crater (Bascom 1, Fahndrich 1, C. Scott 1). Fouled out — Mo. Heard.

JV result — Crater won.

5A SOH Girls

ASHLAND 37, EAGLE POINT 19 — At Eagle Point, Ashland, which recently learned it would have to forfeit nine games, including five victories, because of an ineligible player, responded with tough defense in the Class 5A SOH contest.

Ashland has appealed the ruling to have the forfeits overturned.

With the forfeits — which included a 48-43 home win over Eagle Point — Ashland and the Eagles were 1-1 against each other. If the forfeits are upheld, the two are expected to play a tiebreaker to see which gains the two-team league's automatic berth to the play-in round for the state playoffs.

Michaela Dunn had 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks for the Grizzlies (6-17, 1-1 SOH). Georgia Williams tallied 11 points and six boards, and Hanna Greenberg notched seven points, nine rebounds and two steals.

Adrienne Wood scored 10 points for the Eagles (11-12).

ASHLAND (37) — Williams 11, Altig 0, Tilley 2, Greenberg 7, Teixeira 0, Dunn 13, Sukles 0, Kasiah 4, Read 0, Turner 0. Totals: 13 8-9 37.

EAGLE POINT (19) — Wood 10, Morris 0, Sweem 0, Crowe 0, Beebe 0, Lester 3, Alden 0, Briggs 2, Nielsen 0, Bradshaw 4, Hoefft 0. Totals: 7 3-8 19.

Ashland 9 11 11 6 — 37

Eagle Point 7 4 4 4 — 19


3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Williams 1, Greenberg 1, Dunn 1), Eagle Point 2 (Wood 1, Lester 1).

JV result — Eagle Point won.