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North girls fall; Crater, Ashland win openers

BEAVERTON-- The North Medford High girls basketball team dug itself a hole it couldn't quite climb out of.

The Black Tornado rallied from an early deficit in the fourth quarter but fell short Monday, losing to Prairie High of Washington, 47-32, in the opening game of the Northwest Holiday Hoopfest.

Prairie is the No. 2-ranked team in Washington.

North Medford found itself trailing 36-21 after three periods before sustaining a brief run at the start of the final quarter.

Black Tornado guard Cari Jones drew a foul and drilled one of two from the line. On her miss, Tressa Manwaring grabbed the rebound and knocked home the follow-up shot with 2:10 remaining in the game.

Prairie regained its earlier momentum to put the game away.

We probably played about 24 minutes of hard basketball, said North Medford coach J.T. Thomas. We lapsed at times, as far as our defensive efforts, and that was the difference in the game, really.

Manwaring scored nine points and snared seven rebounds off the bench for the Black Tornado, while Kara Hwang and Tennille Bennett added six points apiece.

Jessica Jones led Prairie with 14 points.

North Medford shot 41 percent from the field, hitting on 12-of-29, but Prairie connected on 15 shots out of 38 attempts.

We did a pretty decent job at times offensively, said Thomas. I think the thing we're struggling with is finding kids that actually want to score.

The Black Tornado plays its second game of the four-game tournament today at 11:30 a.m. against Good Counsel of Wheaton, Md.PRAIRIE (47) -- Short 1, Pickup 5, Anderson 3, English 2, Thokildson 0, Kendall 3, Wright 0, Jones 14, Hamberg 2, Spooner 6, Cushing 11. Totals: 15-38 16-21 47.

NORTH MEDFORD (32)-- Horn 1, Jones 3, Versteeg 3, Bennett 6, Williams 2, MacLauchlan 0, Manwaring 9, Hwang 6, Allen 0, Nelson 2. Totals: 12-29 7-16 32.

Prairie

..................16 14 6 11 -- 47 North

Medford

..........9 7 5 11 -- 32

3-point goals -- North Medford — (Hwang 1), Prairie — (Jones 1).

CRATER 58, COLONY 32-- At Beaverton, Amy Denson had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead a balanced scoring attack as Crater routed Colony High of Palmer, Alaska, in a first-round game at the Northwest Holiday Hoopfest.

Using a fullcourt press to full advantage, the Comets soared to a 36-13 halftime lead and coasted to its eighth victory in nine games.

Sarah Pool and Jody McLeod had nine points apiece for the Comets, while Sarah Yager chipped in with seven.

Colony got 17 points from University of Connecticut-bound Jessica Moore, but she had to work for every one of them as Crater's 1-2-2 zone defense constantly left her double-teamed.

The win earned the Comets a date with No. 3-ranked Westview, which features 6-foot-6 Kara Braxton and her 6-2 twin Kim.

COLONY (32

) -- Moore 17, Thaggard 6, Gatto 5, Rose 2, Rock 2. Totals: 14-45 1-11 32.

CRATER (58)-- Denson 13, McLeod 9, Pool 9, Yager 7, Johnson 6, Hemphill 4, Wiersma 4, Hall 4, Sapienza 2. Totals: 25-57 5-6 58.

Colony

...................7 6 11 8 -- 32 Crater

.................18 18 15 7 -- 58

3-point goals -- Crater — (Yager, Pool, Denson), Colony — (Thaggard 2, Gatto 1).

ASHLAND 58, LA GRANDE 48-- At Beaverton, Jackie Woods scored 21 points to lead Ashland to a win in the opening round of the Northwest Holiday Hoopfest.

Eighth-ranked Ashland will have its hands full in the second round against Buena, Calif., which is ranked 10th nationally. Game time is set for 4 today.

The Grizzlies only led by three points entering the fourth quarter over a strong defensive La Grande team but put the game away midway through.

Chelsea Morgan led Ashland in rebounding with nine and Woods chipped in with seven. Hannah Seltzer paced the Grizzlies with five assists.

Ashland (6-1) made 12-of-20 from the foul line compared to only three makes in six attempts by La Grande.

LA GRANDE (48)-- Nebeker 0, Weaver 2, Zibell 12, Bedard 13, Myer 2, Nickol 4, Woodfield 15, Franks 0. Totals: 22 3-6 48.

ASHLAND (58)-- Morgan 18, Huyett 0, Bullen 0, Seltzer 9, Pippa 8, Woods 21, McNaught 2, Kalemkeris 0. Totals: 21 12-20 58.

La Grande

.............9 10 19 10 -- 48 Ashland

...............13 15 13 17 -- 58

3-point goals -- La Grande — (Woodfield), Ashland 2 (Seltzer, Pippa).