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Crater escapes with 51-49 victory over KU

KLAMATH FALLS -- Chassie Wiersma tossed in a game-high 17 points to help second-ranked Crater avoid disaster and pull out a 51-49 Southern Oregon Conference win over Klamath Union on Saturday.

The win moves the Comets into a first-place tie with North Medford atop the SOC standings at 4-0, while the Pelicans fell to 1-4.

With Chassie Wiersma in foul trouble for most of the second half and standout Caryn Ross out of action with the flu, the Comets relied on clutch foul shooting down the stretch to pull out the win.

Klamath Union led 49-48 with just under two minutes remaining, but Crater junior post Emily Wiley calmly buried two free throws and Jackie Gentile another. The Pelicans missed two costly inside scoring chances before time ran out.

They've been in so many big games they're not going to panic, said Klamath Union coach Jack Sharp of the Comets. We had a three-point lead, but they were patient and didn't take any bad shots.

The Pelicans' patient offensive strategy and 21-of-36 shooting kept things close throughout the game.

We wanted to make sure we played at our tempo and we were able to do that, said Sharp. They obviously missed Ross, but it was uplifting and a moral victory to play the way we did.

Lea Sargent led Klamath Union with 16 points and five rebounds, while Pam Frei added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Cherrith Wiersma scored 13 points for Crater.

CRATER (51) -- Gentile 4, Robbins 5, Che. Wiersma 13, Wiley 9, Cha. Wiersma 17, Schneider 3, Dunlap 0, Caster 0, McLeod 0. Totals: 15 17-24 51.

KLAMATH UNION (49) -- Arthur 8, Sargent 16, Dobey 2, Bales 2, Sandusky 2, Frei 10, Ullman 9, Thomas 0, Davison 0. Totals: 21 7-12 49.

Crater13 14 9 15 -- 51

Klamath Union11 12 10 16 -- 49

3-point goals -- Crater 4 (Che. Wiersma 3, Schneider 1). Fouled out -- Frei. Technical fouls -- Crater coach Heard.

JV game -- Crater won.

SOUTH MEDFORD 57, HENLEY 41 -- South Medford grabbed an early lead and never relinquished it in a non-conference victory at the South gym.

The Panthers' press gave Henley trouble and created some easy offensive opportunities.

South (8-4) also helped itself from the foul line by hitting on 12-of-15 free throws.

Nicole Munoz paced the Panthers with 12 points and also hauled down six rebounds. Lynn Wooton added a team-high eight rebounds to go with nine points.

HENLEY (41) -- Chappell 10, Gion 2, Johnson 6, Jertbert 3, Horsely 4, Pine 4, Scott 2, Todd 0, Knox 2, Criss 7, Beeks 1. Totals: 17 7-17 41.

SOUTH MEDFORD (57) -- Perttu 4, Flood 3, Miller 10, Fossen 7, Wooton 9, Wallenberg 2, Mason 4, Thomas 6, Munoz 12, Kulju 0, Miles 0, Zenz 0. Totals: 21 12-15 57.

Henley8 13 11 9 -- 41

South Medford16 15 11 15 -- 57

3-point goals -- South Medford — (Fossen 2, Thomas 1).

JV result -- South Medford won.

ROGUE RIVER 53, YONCALLA 51 -- At Yoncalla, a 30-point, 18-rebound performance by Sarah Jones helped Rogue River survive a late surge by Yoncalla and pull out the win despite scoring only 10 points in the final quarter.

After two missed free throws by Rogue River, Yoncalla had the ball under their own basket with six seconds left. The in-bounds pass was tipped and intercepted by Rogue River, which ran out the clock.

Lena Williams led the Eagles with 18 points.

ROGUE RIVER (53) -- Marland 0, Yost 7, Jones 30, Hannan 2, Anderson 8, Orton 0, Wright 6, Bradley 0. Totals: 19 15-25 53.

YONCALLA (51) -- Williams 18, Gilbert 8, Means 7, K. Bendele 10, Wheeler 0, S. Bendele 8, Hickehier 0. Totals: 22 5-8 51.

Rogue River18 12 13 10

Yoncalla15 7 12 17

3-point goals -- Yoncalla 2 (S. Bendele 1, Means 1).

JV game -- Yoncalla won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 68, BROOKINGS 66, OT -- Crystal Tait scorched the nets for a game-high 26 points and hit the game-winner with less than 20 seconds remaining in overtime at Grace Christian School.

Tait and sophomore Christine McCandless stepped up in overtime and were responsible for all the Challengers' points. Tait tallied six points and McCandless added five.

Natalie Peck had 20 points for the Challengers (5-5) before fouling out.

BROOKINGS (66) -- Gardner 22, McKay 3, Ames 5, Draheim 2, Reed 2, Curry 5, Fox 3, Phom 13, Salzburg 0, Freeman 0. Totals: 23 20-39 66.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (68) -- Tait 26, Wolfer 1, Peck 20, Reishman 2, Longan 2, Hammonds 2, Meyer 5, McCandless 10, Tiedemann 0. Totals: 25 17-28 68.

Brookings16 13 14 14 9 -- 66

Cascade Christian29 12 11 5 11 -- 68

3-point goals -- Cascade Christian — (Peck 1). Fouled out -- Peck, Reishman, Draheim.

JV score -- Brookings 63, Cascade Christian 34.

DAYS CREEK 44, PROSPECT 39 -- At Prospect, the Cougars couldn't effectively matchup with Days Creek 5-foot-11 post Laura Crume, who scored a game-high 17 points.

Prospect trailed the entire way in the non-league game, but cut the deficit to 38-37 with about — minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Wolves outscored Prospect 6-2 down the stretch to preserve the victory.

DAYS CREEK (44) -- Zimmerman 9, Crume 17, Murphy 5, Ormond 2, V. McDonald 5, D. McDonald 2, Warner 4. Totals: 15 14-21 44.

PROSPECT (39) -- Kraemer 7, Stockebrand 9, Lenderman 4, Kiefer 8, Acrey 10, Malloy 1, Applegate 0. Totals: 16 5-11 39.

Days Creek10 15 8 11 -- 44

Prospect11 7 10 11 -- 39

3-point goals -- Prospect 2 (Kraemer 1, Acrey 1). Fouled out -- Lenderman.

UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 56, BUTTE FALLS 31 -- At Roseburg, Rarul Rutledge scored a game-high 21 points and Erin Heard had 10 points to lead Umpqua Valley Christian to the victory.

Butte Falls, which fell to 0-10 on the season, was led by freshman Jamie McClanahan's 13 points. Amber Hersom chipped in with 10 points for the Loggers.

BUTTE FALLS (31) -- Bergerin 0, McClanahan 13, Van Landingham 7, Stockton 0, Hersom 10, Nelson 0, McClelland 0, McLauchlan 1, Hamilton 0. Totals: 12 6-15 31.

UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN (56) -- Hutton 1, R. Rutledge 21, Miguelena 3, Heard 10, Johnson 5, Hankins 6, Corder 3, Durick 7, Mitchell 0, C. Rutledge 0, Pruitt 0. Totals: 23 9-21 56.

Butte Falls9 11 — 10 -- 31

Umpqua Valley Christian19 9 12 16 -- 56

3-point goals -- Butte Falls — (Van Landingham), UVC — (Miguelena). Fouled out -- McClelland.