CENTRAL POINT — Crater rode its defense and another stellar performance by senior wing Kiefer Edwards to a 65-45 victory over North Eugene in a Midwestern League boys basketball game Friday at Crater High School.

Edwards scored 20 points on 10-for-18 shooting and also pulled down 18 rebounds, and the Comets limited the Highlanders to 16 points in the first half to improve to 12-1, 2-1 in the MWL.

“In the first half, we really did a good job of getting out and running, and our defense led the way,” Crater coach Chris Schmerbach said. “In the second half, I felt like we took the gas off a little bit defensively and stopped sharing the ball as well, and as a result we didn’t play as well.”

Edwards had plenty of help for the Comets. Nathan Bittle had nine points, six rebounds and seven blocks, Jayden Vranes added nine points, nine assists and six rebounds and Mason Vranes hit four 3-pointers on his way to 13 points and two steals.

Mason Vranes drilled three first-quarter treys and Cade Weaver added another as Crater opened up a 10-point lead heading into the second quarter.

The Highlanders (2-11, 0-3) were led by Ivan Enciso’s 16 points, while Cameron Parks added 14 points.

NORTH EUGENE (45): DeGarmo 6, Enciso 16, Duke 6, Parks 14, Wilson 1, Richardson 2, Pratt 0, Foytek 0, Reiman 0. Total: 16 8-13 45.

CRATER (65): J. Vranes 9, Horton 3, M. Vranes 13, Ki. Edwards 20, Weaver 7, Stollings 4, Bittle 9, Kr. Edwards 0, Archer 0, Hollingsworth 0, Johnson 0. Totals: 27 5-11 65.

North Eugene;9;7;16;13;—;45

Crater;19;21;17;8;—;65

3-point goals — North Eugene 5 (Enciso 2, Duke 2, DeGarmo 1), Crater 6 (M. Vranes 4, Horton 1, Weaver 1).

JV result — Crater 55, North Eugene 45.

MARIST 72, EAGLE POINT 56: At Eagle Point, Marist used hot shooting and a balanced attack in the MWL road win.

Marist (8-5, 2-1 MWL) placed five players in double figures and connected on 12 3-pointers.

Eagle Point (2-11, 1-2) kept the game close, trailing 33-31 at halftime, but Marist took command by outscoring the Eagles 25-4 in the third quarter.

Levi Scott paced the Eagles with 16 points to go with seven assists and four steals. Dennen Adams added 14 points and Toby Hoppes contributed nine points and eight rebounds.

MARIST (72): Cutsforth 12, Franssen 5, Collins 12, Coleman 10, Hopkins 2, Zachem 11, Hart 3, Courtemanche 5, Krier 12. Totals: 27 6-12 72.

EAGLE POINT (56): Adams 14, Judd 0, L. Scott 16, Neyt 5, Hoppes 9, Chaparro 2, Vance 4, Gelbrich 6, Gorman 0. Totals: 20 11-15 56.

Marist;21;12;25;14;—;72

Eagle Point;21;10;4;21;—;56

3-point goals — Marist 12 (Collins 4, Coleman 2, Zachem 1, Hart 1, Krier 4), Eagle Point 5 (Adams 3, L. Scott 1, Hoppes 1).

JV result — Marist won.

SPRINGFIELD 74, ASHLAND 63: At Ashland, Zach Brown scored 19 of his 36 points in the second half as Springfield withstood a late surge by Ashland to pick up the Midwestern League road win at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Led by Anthony Swanson’s 21 points, Ashland cut Springfield’s lead to seven points in the fourth quarter before the Millers pulled away. Adam Jones hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points and KJ Pippa added 13 for the Grizzlies (4-9, 0-3 MWL).

Springfield (10-3, 3-0) got 11 points from Jordan Carrillo.

SPRINGFIELD (74): Alonso-Sotelo 7, Breese 4, Ja. Carrillo 2, Hill 8, Jo. Carrillo 11, Reynolds 6, Brown 36, Grousbeck 0, Phillips 0. Totals: 23 19-29 74.

ASHLAND (63): Pippa 13, Swanson 21, Wallner-Sentle 8, Ekwall 6, A. Jones 14, Saulsbury 1, Desmond 0, Shibley 0, C. Jones 0. Totals: 21 13-23 63.

Springfield;12;22;16;24;—;74

Ashland;22;7;5;29;—;63

3-point goals — Springfield 7 (Alonso-Sotelo 2, Hill 2, Jo. Carrillo 1, Reynolds 1, Brown 1), Ashland 7 (A. Jones 4, Pippa 3). Fouled out — Breese, Jo. Carrillo, Pippa. Technical foul — Pippa.

JV result — Ashland 46, Springfield 45.

PHOENIX 43, NORTH VALLEY 41: At Phoenix, Brennan Watts made three 3-pointers to give Phoenix a cushion it didn’t lose en route to its first Skyline Conference win.

The Pirates (4-11, 1-1 Sky) went scoreless in the first quarter and trailed 9-0. But strong defense enabled them to pull within 30-28 through three periods, then Watts supplied a buffer.

Ethan Hutsell led Phoenix with 11 points. Watts and Kevin Botermans finished with nine each.

Aaron McLittle scored 20 for North Valley (7-8, 1-1).

NORTH VALLEY (41): T. Lauby 2, C. Lauby 11, McLittle 20, Taylor 0, Smith 6, Wytcherley 2. Totals: 17 1-2 41.

PHOENIX (43): Martinez 0, Bre. Watts 9, Hustell 11, Goff 0, Lozano Reyes 5, Lopez 0, Bra. Watts 3, Peterson 0, Gail 6, Botermans 9. Totals: 14 6-17 43.

North Valley;9;11;10;11;—;41

Phoenix;0;14;14;15;—;43

3-point goals — North Valley 6 (C. Lauby 3, McLittle 3), Phoenix 6 (Bre. Watts 3, Hutsell 1, Lozano Reyes 1, Bra. Watts 1).

ST. MARY’S 38, ILLINOIS VALLEY 37: At Cave Junction, Gabe Mayer scored all eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the fourth quarter to help St. Mary’s rally for the SCL road victory.

The Crusaders (7-11, 2-1 SCL) scored the first basket of the third quarter to go up 26-20, then didn’t score until Nathan Sternenberg sank two free throws early in the fourth.

St. Mary’s rallied to take a 38-37 lead but turned the ball over with about 30 seconds to play. Good team defense, especially by Jake Reynolds at the top of the zone, prevented Illinois Valley from getting a good shot a the end.

Senior guard Jake Bowling paced the Crusaders with 12 points and the freshman Sternenberg provided six points, six rebounds and five assists. Tre Foster pulled down 12 rebounds before leaving the game late with an injury.

For Illinois Valley (11-7, 2-1), Caleb Hess led all scorers with 15 points

ST. MARY’S (38): Miles 0, Mayer 8, Sternenberg 6, Grant 0, Silsbee 4, Bowling 12, Reynolds 0, Foster 8. Totals: 14 6-6 38,

ILLINOIS VALLEY (37): Bruner 8, Hess 15, Polk 6, McLanahan 0, Brummett 4, Box 2, Alvarez 2, Bell 0. Totals: 16 2-8 37.

St. Mary’s;14;10;2;12;—;38

Illinois Valley;11;9;13;4;—;37

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 4 (Mayer 2, Bowling 2), Illinois Valley 3 (Hess 2, Polk 1). Technical foul — Foster.

JV result — St. Mary’s won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 74, ROGUE RIVER 28: At Rogue River, a pair of Cascade Christian non-starters — Jack West and Riley Dexter — led the team in scoring in the SCL road victory.

West, a senior forward, went for a career-high 17 points and the senior forward Dexter added 14.

The Challengers (8-5, 2-0 SCL) went up 38-11 at halftime.

Junior guard Tyler Walsh had seven points to pace Rogue River (1-13, 0-2), which was held to single-digit scoring in all four quarters.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (74): Crowl 2, Dunn 13, H. Schaan 6, K. Schaan 2, Cochran 10, West 17, McLemore 6, Dexter 14, Flores-Alatorre 2, Lewis 2, Collom 0. Totals: 33 3-7 74.

ROGUE RIVER (28): Poston 0, Cook 3, Nelson 4, Herinckx 4, Black 0, Tambolini 4, Walsh 7, Decker 0, Agosto 6, Tognoni 1. Totals: 10 6-14 28.

Cascade Christian;19;19;22;14;—;74

Rogue River;6;5;8;9;—;28

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 5 (Dunn 1, Cochran 2, West 2), Rogue River 2 (Cook 1, Walsh 1). Fouled out — West.

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

PAISLEY 69, PROSPECT 35: At Paisley, Paisley outscored Prospect 27-11 in the first quarter en route to the Mountain Valley League victory at Paisley High School.

Jordan Royce led Prospect (1-10, 0-4 MVL) with 11 points and Brendan Raines added nine.

Paisley improved to 5-6, 2-2 in the MVL.