• Challengers hang on, have shot at fourth

  • NORTH BEND — Cascade Christian had the upper hand for the entire second half of its Class 3A boys basketball game against Amity at North Bend High Friday.
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  • NORTH BEND — Cascade Christian had the upper hand for the entire second half of its Class 3A boys basketball game against Amity at North Bend High Friday.
    Still, the Challengers had to weather a harrowing final seconds before securing a 51-50 victory and advancing to the fourth-place game.
    Cascade Christian (25-4) takes on Creswell at 9:45 a.m. today at Marshfield High in Coos Bay. Creswell downed Blanchet, 85-77.
    Cascade Christian led 51-48 with 12 seconds to play, but a foul on the Challengers' Cody Coggins sent Devin McShane of Amity (24-6) to the line, and he made two free throws with five seconds left.
    On the ensuing inbounds play, David Sellers turned the ball over, giving the Warriors one last shot. Amity's Lance Nelson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
    "We missed a lot of free throws at the end," said Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse. "It was a little scary but we held on to get the win."
    Aaron Cesaro played a big role in the Challengers getting off to a fast start in the second half.
    After Nelson pulled Amity within 33-32 with the first basket of the third quarter, the 6-foot-6 senior Cesaro scored Cascade Christian's first eight points of the period — two jumpers, a layup and two free throws — as they went ahead 41-37.
    "We struggled in the first half but then we started getting the ball into the high post and attacking in the paint," said Morse. "Another key was handling their full-court pressure."
    A field goal by Seth Knox made it 43-37 with 4:34 left, but Amity didn't quit. It pulled within two, fell back down 48-43 on two Dalton Palmer free throws, then crept within 48-47 with 48 seconds left.
    Coggins made three free throws to make it a three-point game with 12 seconds left, and Amity took advantage of three straight missed free throws by the Challengers to have a chance at the end.
    Cesaro was named Cascade Christian's player of the game. He had 12 points, sharing team scoring honors with Knox. Sellers added eight points and 10 rebounds.
    "Knox did a good defensive job against their best scorer (Nelson)," said Morse. "Seth never came out of the game and only missed one shot in the second half."
    AMITY (50) — Ojua 2-3 5-6 9, Wilson 2-7 2-5 6, Graham 1-1 0-0 2, Hilt 1-5 0-0 2, Nelson 6-20 1-2 13, McShane 0-2 3-4 3, Hale 5-11 1-3 15, Bobbett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-49 12-20 50.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (51) — Knox 6-13 0-0 12, Cesaro 5-8 2-2 12, Sellers 3-5 2-5 10, Coggins 1-4 3-6 6, Palmer 2-4 3-4 8, Artale 0-1 0-0 0, Laws 2-3 0-0 5. Totals: 19-38 10-17 51.
    Amity 8 13 9 20 — 50
    Cascade Christian 8 12 13 18 — 51
    3-point goals — Amity 4-14 (Wilson 0-1, Nelson 0-7, McShane 0-1, Hale 4-5), Cascade Christian 3-7 (Coggins 1-4, Palmer 1-1, Laws 1-2). Rebounds — Amity 25 (Nelson 7), Cascade Christian 31 (Sellers 10). Assists — Amity 6 (Ojua 1, Wilson 1, Hilt 1, Hale 3), Cascade Christian 6 (Knox 2, Sellers 1, Coggins 2, Laws 1). Total fouls — Amity 18, Cascade Christian 20.
    Girls
    CORBETT 44, ST. MARY'S 37 — At Coos Bay, St. Mary's went through a woeful shooting slump to start the third quarter and was eliminated from the Class 3A state tournament at Marshfield High.
    St. Mary's (19-5), last year's state runner-up, led 19-18 at halftime but missed its first 16 field goals of the second half, allowing Corbett (19-9) to take a 28-22 lead after three quarters.
    Corbett scored 10 straight points before Emily Alvarez made a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in the period.
    The Crusaders were 12 of 67 from the field. More than half of their shots were 3s (35), and they made only six.
    The closest St. Mary's got in the fourth quarter was 33-28 when Rose Alvarez made a 3 with 6:08 left. It pulled within five with 2:42 to go on an Emily Alvarez jumper but could get no closer.
    Emily Alvarez scored 15 points and was named the Crusaders' player of the game. Sam Weiland had a monster game on the boards with 17 rebounds, including seven offensive. Rose Alvarez had five steals to go with nine points, and Lillian Martin had nine points, five rebounds and three assists.
    Taylor Patterson had 22 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots for Corbett.
    CORBETT (44) — Patterson 9-14 4-6 22, Fritz 2-5 0-1 5, Ballard 2-4 1-3 5, Detherage 1-2 3-6 5, Dearixon 2-6 0-2 4, Edie 1-3 1-2 3, Fort 0-1 0-0 0, Woodard 0-0 0-0 0, Krieger 0-0 0-0 0, Fritz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-35 9-20 44.
    ST. MARY'S (37) — Alvarez 6-26 0-0 15, Alvarez 3-15 0-1 9, Martin 3-12 3-7 9, Weiland 0-4 4-8 4, Vasey 0-3 0-0 0, Rothfus 0-5 0-2 0, Hough 0-0 0-0 0, Vasey 0-0 0-0 0, Sabrina Miller 0-2 0-2 0. Totals: 12-67 7-20 37.
    Corbett 10 8 10 16 — 44
    St. Mary's 5 14 3 15 — 37
    3-point goals — Corbett 1-5 (Fritz 1-2, Edie 0-2, Patterson 0-1), St. Mary's 6-35 (E. Alvarez 3-17, R. Alvarez 3-12, Weiland 0-1, Martin 0-5). Fouled out — Dearixon. Rebounds — Corbett 46 (Patterson 13), St. Mary's 41 (Weiland 17). Assists — Corbett 10 (Patterson 3, Fritz 3), St. Mary's 9 (Martin 3). Total fouls — Corbett 18, St. Mary's 18.
    OREGON CITY 66, CRATER 27 — At Oregon City, Crater committed 29 turnovers against a pressing Oregon City defense in a 6A second-round state playoff game.
    The fifth-ranked Pioneers (19-6) advance to the eight-team state tournament, facing Tigard in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at the Moda Center in Portland.
    Oregon City's Alyssa Durr and Jessica Gertz combined for 36 points.
    Crater (17-9) trailed 25-10 after the first quarter and 42-13 at halftime.
    Kes Noles and Monica Heard each scored six points to pace the Comets.
    Crater outrebounded the Pioneers, 28-25, with Olivia Ryerson grabbing a team-best seven.
    CRATER (27) — Ma. Heard 6, Fahndrich 3, B. Heard 3, Mo. Heard 1, Noles 6, C. Scott 5, Gray 2, Dean 1, Gavin 0, Bascom 0, E. Scott 0, Ryerson 0, Turituri 0, Roberts 0. Totals: 8-33 10-21 27.
    OREGON CITY (66) — Gertz 17, Durr 19, Flye 5, Walker 9, Bradford 6, Kammerer 2, Knighton 2, Shaw 6, Peters 0, Kelly 0, Tolke 0, Herbaugh 0, Kleiner 0. Totals: 23-57 10-19 66.
    Crater 10 3 5 9 — 27
    Oregon City 25 17 18 6 — 66
    3-point goals — Crater 1 (C. Scott 1), Oregon City 10 (Gertz 3, Walker 2, Durr 4, Bradford 1).
    CORVALLIS 58, EAGLE POINT 21 — At Corvallis, Eagle Point's high-scoring sophomore Adrienne Wood was held to eight points as second-ranked Corvallis advanced to the 5A state tournament with the home playoff victory.
    The Spartans (20-4) will open the eight-team tournament against West Albany on Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
    Leslie Robinson tallied a game-high 28 points to pace the Spartans' attack.
    Corvallis came out strong and ended the first half on a 10-2 run to take a 31-13 halftime lead. Then a 21-4 third quarter by Corvallis put the game away.
    The Eagles ended the season with a 12-13 record.
    EAGLE POINT (21) — Wood 8, Bradshaw 3, Briggs 6, Nielsen 2, Hoefft 2, Sweem 0, Lester 0, Alden 0. Totals: 21.
    CORVALLIS (58) — Robinson 28, McGowan 4, Creswick 4, Vallancey-Martinson 8, Dupray 1, Coe 6, Rainwater 1, Joss 4, Cox 2, Beck 0, Dursch-Smith 0, Hurley 0. Totals: 58.
    Eagle Point 5 8 4 4 — 21
    Corvallis 16 15 21 6 — 58
    SEASIDE 42, PHOENIX 39 — At Seaside, Phoenix led going into the fourth quarter and had several opportunities to tie or reclaim the lead in the final minute but couldn't convert in Class 4A playoff action.
    Bailee Tally had 12 points and 11 rebounds, seven offensive, to pace the Pirates (21-7), while Baylee Toney added four points and nine boards. Kasey Hamilton added seven points for the Pirates, who saw their four-game win streak snapped one game away from the eight-team state tournament.
    Seaside (22-2), which has won 14 in a row, was led by freshman guard Maddi Utti's 25 points. Sophomore Whitney Westerholm added a key 3-pointer to break a tie and put the Seagulls ahead for good with about a minute to go.
    Tally answered with a layup while being hacked, but she missed the free throw and, following a Phoenix offensive rebound, was off on a 3-point attempt.
    PHOENIX (39) — Tally 12, Vaught 6, Skaff 6, Marshall 4, Toney 4, Hamilton 7. Totals: 12 12-19 39.
    SEASIDE (42) — Kawasoe 0, Westerholm 4, Ideue 2, Lewis 5, Utti 25, Dundas 4, Bussert 2, West 0. Totals: 15 10-20 42.
    Phoenix 5 15 10 9 — 39
    Seaside 3 16 8 15 — 42
    3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (Vaught 2, Tally 1), Seaside 2 (Westerholm 1, Utti 1). Fouled out — Toney, Dundas.
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