• Crusaders earn state tourney berth

  • Salem Academy made St. Mary's work overtime, but the Crusaders made enough big shots to earn another trip to the beach.
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  • Salem Academy made St. Mary's work overtime, but the Crusaders made enough big shots to earn another trip to the beach.
    Lillian Martin and Emily Alvarez each drained a 3-pointer in OT, including Martin's tiebreaking bomb with about two minutes to go as St. Mary's beat Salem Academy 53-48 Friday at St. Mary's High to advance to the Class 3A state tournament in Coos Bay.
    The Crusaders (19-3) will face Willamina on Thursday in the quarterfinals. The game will be a rematch of a 2013 semifinal game that St. Mary's won.
    "The kids just stepped up," St. Mary's head coach Richard Vasey said. "I know it's a cliche, but I'm just happy that we get to go back to the coast and whatever happens there happens."
    Salem Academy's Alyx Crager hit two free throws with about 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and the visitors played solid defense on the Crusaders' final possession to force the extra session. There, Alvarez, who led all scorers with 23 points, drilled her third triple of the game to put St. Mary's ahead to stay.
    "We had some open looks and the kids, to their credit, hit them," Vasey said.
    Alvarez, Martin (14 points) — who along with Alvarez hit three 3-pointers — and Emily's younger sister Rose Alvarez (13 points) paced the Crusaders' offense, which cut loose for 11 points in overtime.
    Crager scored 12 points, Alle Rawlins 12 and Emma Hardy nine to pace Salem Academy (18-7), the No. 3 team from the PacWest Conference.
    St. Mary's, the Southern Cascade Hybrid co-champions, overcame some key losses. Senior forward Sarah Ramsay was out sick, and sophomore guard Mary Beth Barnum left in the second quarter with an injury and did not return.
    "I'm just happy for the seniors," Vasey said. "They just played their hearts out through the adversity."
    SALEM ACADEMY (48) — Jenkins 4, Doran 12, Rawlins 6, Crager 12, Hardy 9, Filipenko 5, Schmidt 0. Totals: 16 12-24 48.
    ST. MARY'S (53) — Weiland 1, E. Alvarez 23, R. Alvarez 13, Martin 14, E. Vasey 2, M. Masey 0, Hough 0, Barnum 0. Totals: 17 11-13 53.
    Salem Academy 11 11 7 13 6 — 48
    St. Mary's 9 13 10 10 11 — 53
    3-point goals — Salem Academy 4 (Doran 2, Rawlins 2), St. Mary's 8 (E. Alvarez 3, R. Alvarez 2, Martin 3). Fouled out — Hardy, Filipenko.
    Class 6A Girls
    GRANTS PASS 63, NEWBERG 50 — At Grants Pass, sophomore guard Jacque Luaders scored 15 points to lead four Grants Pass players in double figures in the state play-in victory.
    The Cavers (7-16) will next travel for a first-round playoff game Tuesday.
    Luaders tallied nine of her total in the second quarter, when Grants Pass outscored Newberg 21-8 to take a nine-point lead at halftime. Luaders added five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
    Alexa Phillips, the Caver senior point guard, scored all 13 of her points in the second half. Phillips also had four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
    Grants Pass senior forward Emily Henderson contributed 14 points and seven rebounds.
    NEWBERG (50) — Rarick 3, Burchett 12, Bryan 6, Green 8, Terranova 4, Eichten 17. Totals: 21 7-18 50.
    GRANTS PASS (63) — Brummett 7, Chapman 0, Torgerson 0, LaPan 0, Stephenson 0, Phillips 13, Johnson 3, Luaders 15, Potter 11, Henderson 14. Totals: 24 8-15 63.
    Newberg 13 8 15 14 — 50
    Grants Pass 9 21 12 21 — 63
    3-point goals — Newberg 1 (Rarick 1), Grants Pass 7 (Luaders 4, Phillips 2, Brummett 1).
    Class 4A Girls
    PHOENIX 62, NEWPORT 23 — At Phoenix, Amanda Skaff and Baylee Toney both posted double-doubles to lead a balanced Phoenix attack in the state play-in blowout.
    The Pirates (21-6) advance to a road game in the Round of 16 on March 7.
    Skaff, a senior point guard, scored 11 points and dished out 11 assists, while the senior forward Toney added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
    Phoenix junior guard Bailee Tally tallied a game-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds and three steals.
    The Pirates had 18 assists on 24 field goals and outrebounded Newport, 32-24.
    NEWPORT (23) — Wagner 9, Losier 6, Thompson 6, Schones 2, Solano 0, Miller 0, Spencer 0, Kormins 0. Totals: 9 3-4 23.
    PHOENIX (62) — Tally 16, Vaught 5, Skaff 11, Marshall 6, Toney 11, Hickman 2, Hamilton 11, Wallack 0, Wyncoop 0, Burns 0, Maclennan 0. Totals: 24 8-19 62.
    Newport 7 3 6 7 — 23
    Phoenix 14 11 25 12 — 62
    3-point goals — Newport 2 (Losier 2), Phoenix 6 (Tally 2, Skaff 2, Vaught 1, Toney 1).
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