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Powerful Crater girls roll in tourney, 71-48

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CENTRAL POINT

-- If Crater's girls basketball team continues to play like it did Friday night, then the Comets will no longer be able to call themselves the eighth-ranked team in the state.

The Comets had their way with a formidable foe to open the Crater Tournament with a 71-48 romp over Reno of Nevada.

Facing a team that advanced to the state semifinals in Nevada last season and returns two Division I recruits, Crater (2-0) showed little respect in storming to a 21-5 lead in the first quarter.

We jumped on them right off the bat, said Crater coach David Heard. I was pleased with our intensity in the first quarter. Maybe we caught them sleeping coming off the bus, but from there we held them off pretty well.

The Comets turned up the defensive pressure early on Reno (2-1) standouts Meghann Hackstaff and Melissa Padgett, limiting the dynamic duo to only seven points in the first half and one field goal in the opening quarter.

Padgett, who has signed to play at the University of San Diego, finished with 14 points and Hackstaff had six, but none proved pivotal in the final outcome.

Crater varied its defensive attack to keep Reno at bay, with sophomore Sarah Yager hounding the two perimeter players into forced efforts.

On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore Sarah Pool scored a team-high 19 points and added five assists to lead Crater. Skye Hemphill added 11 points, while Janell Sapienza had a solid game off the bench with nine points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Eight Comets scored to help fend off any thoughts of a Reno rally.

After we got that big lead, we held it and that's important because they're a good team, said Heard. We beat a good team tonight, and we beat them pretty soundly, which for this early in the year is a plus.

Crater will face North Bend today at 4 p.m. in the championship game at Crater High. North Bend edged South Salem 57-51 and will pit 6-foot-4 standout Andrea Armstrong against the stingy Comet defense.

RENO (48)-- Hackstaff 6, Miller 1, Nunn 4, Padgett 14, King 0, Class 8, Koch 2, LeMay 7, Miery-Teran 0, May 2, Stewart 4. Totals -- 17-41 12-17 48.

CRATER (71)-- Yager 6, Chase 0, Hemphill 11, Pool 19, Sapienza 9, McLeod 7, Wiersma 8, Hall 0, Nafie 0, Denson 4, Johnson 7. Totals -- 28-60 13-26 71.

Reno

.............5 16 16 11 -- 48 Crater

..........21 14 19 17 -- 71

3-point goals -- Reno 2 (Padgett), Crater (Yager 1, Pool 1). Fouled out -- Class.

JV score -- Crater beat Cascade Christian.

ASHLAND 83, LINCOLN 46-- At Corvallis, five Grizzlies scored in double digits as Ashland advanced at the Crescent Valley Tournament.

Chelsea Morgan (17), Jacquelyn Woods (15), Jenny Pippa (15), Lindsay Huyett (11) and Jessica Bullen (10) paced Ashland (1-0) in scoring.

The Grizzlies never let the outcome be in doubt, taking a 10-point lead in the first quarter and then stretching that lead each of the remaining three quarters.

Pippa chipped in six assists, while Woods had six steals and Bullen had six rebounds. Morgan and Kirsten McNaught each added four steals, with Morgan and Hanna Seltzer notching four assists apiece.

Ashland advanced to face Crescent Valley today at noon in the championship game.

ASHLAND (83)-- Morgan 17, Huyett 11, Fascilla 0, Bullen 10, Seltzer 6, Pippa 15, Woods 15, McNaught 7, Kalemkeris 2, T. Talbott 0. Totals -- 29 17-31 83.

LINCOLN (46)-- Shipley 0, Wax 5, Runkle 0, Aarov 0, Olson 0, Pierce 11, Vincent 12, Tattam 2, Byers 4, Nicholson 2, Jones 0, Nunley 8, Strong 2. Totals -- 18 6-9 46.

Ashland

.........23 20 17 23 -- 83 Lincoln

............13 17 10 6 -- 46

3-point goals -- Ashland 7 (Huyett 3, Bullen 1, Seltzer 1, Pippa 2), Lincoln — (Wax 1, Pierce 2).

JV score -- Ashland 41, Lincoln 34.

SOUTH MEDFORD 69, MOUNTAIN VIEW 59--Sophomore point guard Whitney Grant scored seven points in overtime and Heather Fossen netted a game-high 19 points to ignite South Medford to a season-opening victory over Mountain View.

Grant slammed her head on the floor in the third period and had to sit out part of the game, but came back with a vengeance to finish with 12 points, six assists, four steals and five rebounds.

Amber Hunt's free throw with less than a minute remaining in the fourth period sent the game into overtime.

Senior post Lynn Wooton added 12 points and junior post Karla Zenz had nine points and nine rebounds for the Panthers, who jumped out to a 16-7 lead after one period but then ran into foul trouble.

SOUTH MEDFORD (69)--Grant 12, Wooton 12, Hunt 1, Fossen 19, Adams 2, Thomas 8, Cohee 6, Zenz 9, Salisbury 0. Totals -- 23-60 21-40 69.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (59)--Lemke 6, Groves 0, Denseld 7, Jarrett 7, Edwards 16, Helmly 8, Spedick 5, Steiert 4, Haugen 2, Root 4. Totals -- 22-57 12-26 59.

South Medford

....16 12 11 15 15 -- 69 Mountain View

.......7 20 15 12 5 -- 59

3-point goals -- South Medford 2-9 (Grant 1, Fossen 1), Mountain View 3-7 (Denseld 2, Jarrett 1). Fouled out -- Fossen, Lemke, Edwards.

JV score --Mountain View 38, South Medford 35.

NORTH MEDFORD 40, BEND 35-- At Bend, senior guard Carrie Jones scored 12 points and Tressa Manwaring hit an important basket down the stretch as North Medford inched past Bend in the non-conference opener for both teams.

The host Lava Bears took an early 7-0 lead before Jones buried a 3-point basket. No more than five points separated the two teams the rest of the way.

Manwaring's basket came with North clinging to a one-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The 6-foot senior post spent much of the second half on the bench in foul trouble before delivering down the stretch.

Senior point guard Tennille Bennett played a solid floor game and contributed seven points.

NORTH MEDFORD (40)-- Versteeg 1, Jones 12, Bennett 7, Horn 2, Williams 4, MacLauchlan 1, Manwaring 7, Stevenson 2, Hwang 4. Totals -- 15 8-19 40.

BEND (35)--LaCombe 13, Robertson 4, Schwing 15, Balloun 0, Sturdivant 0, Sikstrom 0, Marken 3, Callan 0, Wall 0, Peck 0, Kebler 0. Totals -- 13 9-14 35.

North Medford

.....11 7 9 13 -- 40 Bend

.....................12 7 7 9 -- 35

3-point goals -- North Medford 2 (Jones 2). Fouled out -- Manwaring, Callan.

JV Score -- Bend 50, North Medford 44.

EAGLE POINT 52, NORTH VALLEY 34-- At Eagle Point, Dusty Damon scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Eagle Point to its second win in as many starts.

The 5-foot-9 senior followed up her season-opening output of 23 points with the second-highest total of her three-year varsity career, hitting 9-of-16 free throws.

Eagle Point led 26-20 at the half, but point guard Stephanie Lucas drew her fourth foul early in the third quarter. With freshman Aubrey Harrington running the offense, Eagle Point steadily pulled away.

NORTH VALLEY (34)-- Trader 2, McIntyre 6, Enoch 2, Reed 2, Tanire 7, Beck 6, Russell 2, Clark 7. Totals -- 11-36 15-24 34.

EAGLE POINT (52)-- Harrington 4, Rouhier 5, Lucas 9, Damon 25, Morton 4, Lee 5, Bilden 0, Nodwell 0, Craig 0, Groves 0. Totals -- 17-48 17-30 52.

North Valley

...............16 4 5 9 -- 34 Eagle Point

.............11 15 5 18 -- 52

3-point goals -- North Valley — (McIntyre 2, Tanire 1). Eagle Point — (Rouhier 1). Fouled out -- Lee.

JV score -- North Valley 35, Eagle Point 29.

GRANTS PASS 58, MCKINLEYVILLE 48-- At Springfield, Casey Higgins, Alison Klingel and Kaci Williams each scored six points in the fourth period as Grants Pass pulled away from McKinleyville, Calif., at the Thurston tournament.

Grants Pass led 31-17 at the half but McKinleyville made 10 of 12 free throws and scored 15 points in the third period to pull within 37-32 heading into the fourth.

Higgins, a 5-10 junior post, led the Cavers with 14 points, while senior wing Kacy Williams added 13.

Grants Pass meets host Thurston in the championship game tonight.

MCKINLEYVILLE (48)--Jurin 2, Jorg 5, Garrison 6, Jennifer Larson 23, Crittenden 0, Wunner 6, Lynch 0, Sundberg 0, Poff 6, Smith 0. Totals -- 12 20-29 48.

GRANTS PASS (58)--Thomason 7, Nealy 6, Higgins 14, Thompson 4, Davidson 0, Debo 0, Klingel 6, Williams 13, Moser 5, Moon 3. Totals -- 22 13-23 58.

McKinleyville

......10 7 15 16 -- 48 Grants Pass

.........14 17 6 21 -- 58

3-point goals -- McKinleyville 4 (Larson 2, Jorg 1, Wunner 1), Grants Pass — (Thomason 1).

JV score -- South Albany 40, Grants Pass 39.

REDMOND 68, KLAMATH UNION 49-- At Redmond, Melissa Gibson peppered the nets for 23 points, while Jennie Kooch added 16 points, 13 rebounds and five steals for Redmond.

Megan Leppert led the Pelicans (1-1) with 19 points, while Sam Gilbert added 14 points.

KLAMATH UNION (49)-- Leppert 19, Gilbert 14, Vieria 4, Brookshire 4, Richards 6, Kellstrom 2, Fagan 0, Sharp 0. Totals -- 20 5-11 49.

REDMOND (68)-- Gibson 23, Kooch 16, Parret 12, Oakland 8, VanHouweling 4, Fischer 3, Miller 2, Perdue 0, Nance 0, Johnson 0, Gillaspie 0, Hudson 0. Totals -- 21 25-34 68.

Klamath Union

.........9 22 9 9 -- 49 Redmond

............20 14 21 13 -- 68

3-point goals -- Klamath Union 4 (Gilbert 2, Leppert 2). Redmond — (Gibson 1).

MARSHFIELD 51, ROSEBURG 41-- At Coos Bay, Marshfield jumped in front 10-2 in the first quarter and went on to deal Roseburg its first loss.

ROSEBURG (41)-- Fisiikava 7, Gilding 7, Goodell 6, O'Byrne 6, Burmeister 5, Bradburn 5, Hansen 1.

MARSHFIELD (51)-- Cummings 9, Van Burger 9, Brands 7, Menten 6, Ilbekson 6, Bonham 5, Traver 5, Parsons 0, Whitty 0.

Roseburg

................2 15 8 16 -- 41 Marshfield

...........10 17 10 14 -- 51