ASHLAND — The Ashland girls basketball team was shorthanded on the wrong night.

ASHLAND — The Ashland girls basketball team was shorthanded on the wrong night.

Playing against defending Class 5A state champion Willamette, the Grizzlies saw three of its top players in terms of minutes hampered in the first half as the Wolverines, a veteran squad, jumped out to a double-digit lead early on their way to a 51-26 victory.

Junior guard Kelsey McKinnis received a cut on her eye while underneath the basket and had to be taken to the hospital just minutes into the game. The prognosis after the game for McKinnis was positive. She'll likely only miss a couple days and could play as soon as Friday. Junior Koko Petitt replaced McKinnis but was limited after recently having a bout with mononucleosis.

Quickly after McKinnis went out, Ashland junior Brenna Heater, a 6-foot-3 post, picked up her second foul and was quiet the rest of the night, finishing with five points.

The Wolverines pressured Ashland into 23 turnovers in the game while jumping out to a 33-15 lead at the break.

"We didn't seem to be very intense," first-year Ashland coach Steve Farley said. "(Willamette) came out and were definitely the aggressors. We probably missed our first four layins and that shook our confidence a little bit."

Sophomore guard Allison Gida led Ashland with 10 points. Alyxe Bruns had a game-high 19 points for Willamette, and Ashley Smith was the other Wolverine in double figures with 12.

"We started to do some things right," Farley said. "They are still learning all new stuff. I told them that this doesn't mean a whole lot in terms of what our goals are for the season. We're trying to put ourselves in position to win a league title and win a state title. That doesn't come from winning your first game. We need to continue to get better.

"The biggest thing is keeping positive and not thinking it's the end of the world."

WILLAMETTE (51) — Bruns 19, Garner 4, Bullard 0, Smith 12, Harper 2, Collins 3, Munson 2, Jordon 9, Duke 0. Totals: 16 14-18 51

ASHLAND (26) — VanVleck 5, Pavlich 0, Silbowitz 3, Zare 1, Siebenlist 0, McKinnis 0, Petitt 0, Palmesano 2, Gida 10, DelCarlo 0, Contreras 0, Heater 5. Totals: 9 6-9 26

Willamette 16 17 9 9 — 51

Ashland 5 10 5 6— 26

3-point goals: Willamette 5 (Bruns 2, Collins 1, Jordon 2), Ashland 2 (VanVleck 1, Silbowitz 1). Fouled out — Gida

JV score — Willamette 29, Ashland 18

THURSTON 40, ROSEBURG 29 — At Roseburg, Whitney Hughes scored a game-high 12 points to lead Willamette past Roseburg in a season-opening game.

Thurston, despite shooting just 17 of 53 from the field in the contest, went on a 14-4 run in the third quarter to pull away.

Shawna Wittrock led the Indians with seven points.

THURSTON (40) — Hughes 12, Burroughs 7, Smith 7, Gorman 4, Welling 4, Nelson 2, Pierce 2, Walters 2, Rogers 0. Totals: 17-53 4-7 40.

ROSEBURG (29) — Wittrock 7, Baker 6, Jarvis 6, Pennington 6, Wilton 4, Berry-Caviao 0. Totals: 12-31 5-8 29.

Thurston 9 3 14 14 —40

Roseburg 7 2 4 16 —29

3-point goals — Thurston 2 (Smith 1, Gorman 1).

PHOENIX 55, EAGLE POINT 44 — At Phoenix, sophomore forward Qiana Helm had 12 points and a team-high six rebounds to lead Class 4A Phoenix to a victory over the visiting Class 5A Eagle Point Eagles in the season opener for both teams.

Freshman guard Danielle Smith had a team-high 15 points for the Pirates and sophomore point guard Kelsey George added six points, five assists and five steals. Phoenix shot nearly 40 percent from the field and had 14 steals while playing on a new home gym floor and with new uniforms.

Eagle Point was led by senior post Taylor Hagy and junior wing Erin Hedrick, who both finished with 10 points.

EAGLE POINT (44) — Landman 3, Schipman 4, Jones 4, Hagy 10, Henderson 2, Hedrick 10, Baker 5, Desavedo 2, Wyatt 4, Dale 0. Totals: 16 11-23 44.

PHOENIX (55) — Ke. George 6, Baker 5, Helm 12, Ka. George 4, Smith 15, Fry 2, Hendricks 2, Passante 9, Main 0, Tally 0, Welburn 0. Totals: 18 15-22 55.

Eagle Point 6 10 14 14 —44

Phoenix 13 14 12 16 —55

3-point goals — Eagle Point 1 (Baker 1), Phoenix 4 (Smith 2, Passante 1, Baker 1). Fouled out — Hagy.

Boys

MAZAMA 65, PHOENIX 59 — At Klamath Falls, Neil Emerson scored 16 points for Phoenix, but the Pirates were outscored in overtime of the season opener.

Phoenix used a 22-8 burst in the fourth quarter to force the extra session.

Mazama made 35 trips to the foul line, making 18, compared to just eight attempts for the Pirates.

PHOENIX (59) — Emerson 16, George 10, Reagan 0, Workman 2, Barrett 11, Robinson 7, Locker 0, Crichton 0, Shephard 13. Totals: 25-64 6-8 59.

MAZAMA (65) — J. Nelson 11, Schiess 0, Rose 13, Taylor 4, Swann 0, Quirk 0, Fields 0, K. Nelson 24, Millsap 11, Bedard 2. Totals: 20-37 18-35 65.

Phoenix 8 11 13 22 5 —59

Mazama 15 13 18 8 11 —65

3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (Emerson 2, Barrett 1), Mazama 7 (K. Nelson 4, J. Nelson 1, Rose 1, Taylor 1). Fouled out — Shephard. Technical foul — Barrett.

JV score — Mazama 45, Phoenix 43.