CENTRAL POINT — Crater’s Mallory Heard played with a special determination in a key Midwestern League girls basketball game Tuesday.

The Crater senior guard shook off a nagging knee injury to produce a quality effort as the Comets posted a 62-60 double-overtime win against visiting Churchill.

With the victory, Crater (17-4, 7-4 MWL) keeps its hopes alive for second place in the league as the Comets moved to within one game of the second-place Lancers (14-6, 8-3).

“This was a huge win,” said Crater coach David Heard. “The difference between second and third is playing a home game in the playoffs or a play-in game on the road.”

Evie Kent scored the decisive basket off an assist from Mallory Heard with one second to go in the high-scoring second overtime, which Crater won 18-16.

After the Lancers tied the game on Zophie Nitkowski’s two free throws with 16 seconds left in the final overtime, coach Heard called a timeout.

“We wanted to take it to the basket and have the last shot,” said the Crater coach. “Mallory beat her defender off the dribble and kicked it to Evie for the winning bucket. It was a perfect pass.”

Mallory Heard finished with 17 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. She was 13-for-16 from the foul line from the fourth quarter on.

“Mallory had that look in her eye,” said David Heard. “She wouldn’t let us lose.”

Comet junior post Alexus Woodard scored a career-high 21 points.

“Woodard hit some big 3’s,” said coach Heard. “She was aggressive and engaged.”

Crater offset Churchill’s advantage from the field with a big night from the foul line. The Comets were 23-for-34 on free-throw shooting.

“We wanted to attack the basket off their man-to-man and get to the free-throw line,” said David Heard. “And it worked.”

CHURCHILL (60): Smith 11, Huey 15, Williams 3, Kuhl 0, Nesbitt 4, Elstone 7, Haugen 14, Nitkowski 6. Totals: 23-56 5-10 60.

CRATER (62): Yother 2, Jensen 0, Ryerson 5, Heard 17, Gray 8, Ellis 1, Woodard 21, Kent 8. Totals: 16-48 23-34 62.

Churchill;9;8;9;13;5;16;—;60

Crater;11;6;11;11;5;18;—;62

3-point goals — Churchill 9 (Smith 2, Williams 1, Elstone 1, Haugen 4, Nitkowski 1), Crater 4 (Ryerson 1, Woodard 3). Fouled out — Nesbitt, Smith.

JV result — Crater won.

SOUTH MEDFORD 57, GRANTS PASS 34: At Grants Pass, South Medford’s long Southwest Conference girls basketball consecutive winning streak was somewhat in jeopardy at halftime.

The sixth-ranked Panthers trailed by one-point at the break then used a blanketing defense in the second half to pull away at Heater-Newman Gymnasium.

South Medford (18-5, 11-0 SWC), which registered its 89th straight SWC victory, limited the Cavers (13-7, 6-4) to nine points in the second half.

Senior guard Jonnay Foote sparked South’s second-half surge by scoring 13 of her team-best 16 points. Lauren Orndoff, a senior wing, added eight of her 10 points after intermission.

Ula Chamberlin, South’s sophomore guard, had an effective all-around performance with nine points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists

SOUTH MEDFORD (57): Chamberlin 9, O’Brien-Long 6, Martin 0, Pedrojetti 10, Orndoff 10, Fleming 0, Foote 16, Washington 6. Totals: 25 5-9 57.

GRANTS PASS (34): Etheridge 9, Padgett 7, Bruner 2, Ay. Klingler 4, Ah. Klingler 9, Mahan 0, Kujawski 3. Totals: 13 5-10 34.

South Medford;17;7;15;18;—;57

Grants Pass;14;11;3;6;—;34

3-point goals — South Medford 2 (Foote 2), Grants Pass 3 (Etheridge 2, Padgett 1).

JV score — Grants Pass 45, South Medford 36.

NORTH MEDFORD 43, ROSEBURG 28: At Roseburg, North Medford's Megan Fossen recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Black Tornado defense held Roseburg to one fourth-quarter point during Southwest Conference play.

Savannah Bumgardner added 13 points, five rebounds and three steals and Rylee Karrick four points and five assists for North (14-8, 6-4 SWC), which was tied with the Indians (8-13, 1-9) at halftime before pulling away.

NORTH MEDFORD (43): Ersepke 2, T. Baker 0, Ross 4, Bumgardner 13, Karrick 4, Hamilton 2, Graff 0, A. Baker 2, Fossen 16. Totals: 18 5-10 43.

ROSEBURG (28): Robles 6, Verduzco 0, Viramontes 2, Olsen 0, Benedict 3, Russell 5, Scott 3, Bergmann 9. Totals: 12 2-7 28.

North Medford;12;9;12;10;—;43

Roseburg;12;9;6;1;—;28

3-point goals — North Medford 2 (Fossen 2), Roseburg 2 (Benedict 1, Russell 1).

JV score — North Medford 48, Roseburg 34.

ASHLAND 50, EAGLE POINT 44: At Eagle Point, Mikayla Titus scored 17 points and Mya Elder-Hammond recorded four points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals for Ashland in the Midwestern League win.

Malia Rodriguez added 10 points for the Grizzlies (5-14, 2-9 MWL), who fell behind in the third quarter before rallying.

Carlene Hart had 14 points for Eagle Point (0-20, 0-11).

ASHLAND (50): Mellon 0, Voskes 2, Titus 17, Barnes 4, Barry 1, Rich 6, Munson 2, Elder-Hammond 4, Summers 0, Rodriguez 10, Kolar 4. Totals: 20 9-17 50.

EAGLE POINT (44): Beal 6, Monroe 2, Negrete 2, Miller 2, Burgess 9, Rincones 2, Lawler 0, Meerten 7, C. Hart 14. Totals: 16 9-21 44.

Ashland;14;8;10;18;—;50

Eagle Point;8;9;15;12;—;44

3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Titus 1), Eagle Point 1 (Burgess 1). Technical foul — Monroe.

JV result — Eagle Point won.