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Yager's OT heroics lift Crater, 67-66

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL

BEAVERTON-- It wasn't exactly the play Crater coach David Heard had drawn up, but the ball ended up in the right person's hands.

Sarah Yager drilled a 22-footer, her only basket of the game, as time expired to give the Crater girls basketball team a thrilling, 67-66 overtime win over second-ranked Springfield in the Holiday Hoopfest Tournament on Wednesday.

The Comets will face Prairie, Wash., a 56-45 winner over Ashland, today in the fourth-place game.

In another game, North Medford defeated Century of Aloha, 47-44, in overtime.

It wasn't what we drew up during the timeout, said Heard. But Sarah (Yager) can shoot from there and she was open.

Crater held the advantage for much of the game and had a double-digit lead with four minutes to play but couldn't convert from the foul line down the stretch. It was only 21 of 35 for the game.

Sarah Pool scored 16 first-half points on 4-of-4 shooting from the 3-point line to give the Comets a 12-point lead at the break.

Crater maintained that lead until late in the fourth quarter, when Springfield rallied to tie it in the waning seconds.

The Comets had a shot to win it at the end of regulation but a layup attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

All three oif Springfield's tourney games have gone to overtime, and it has lost two of them.

Crater improved to 9-2.

Pool led all scorers with 18 while Amy Denson added 17 for Crater. Teammate Jody McLeod pulled down nine boards and chipped in with 14 points.

Yesterday, we looked scared and intimidated, said Heard of his team's 57-28 loss to third-ranked Westview. We seemed more relaxed today. That is the nice thing about playing in tournament games.

SPRINGFIELD (66)-- Millegan 1, Purscelley 9, Skeele 0, Rath 13, Johnson 4, Baynes 0, Thurn 6, Wagner 23, Hedgepeth 10. Totals: 27-53 17-19 66.

CRATER (67)-- Yager 3, Hemphill 9, Pool 18, Sapienza 4, McLeod 14, Wiersma 2, Denson 17, Johnson 0. Totals: 26-45 21-35 67.

Springfield

............16 9 15 17 9 -- 66 Crater

..................22 15 12 8 10 -- 67

3-point goals -- Crater 6 (Pool 4, Yager 1, Denson 1), Springfield 5 (Rath 2, Thurn 2, Wagner 1). Fouled out -- Wrath, Johnson, Wagner, Sapienza.

PRAIRIE, WA. 56, ASHLAND 45-- At Beaverton, in a star-studded tournament, Ashland's Jackie Woods staged the best individual performance for one half, but it wasn't enough to prevent the loss.

Woods scored 30 second-half points and 32 for the game. Overall, she made 12 of 18 field goals and 7 of 11 free throws. She also had 11 rebounds and five steals.

She went on fire; she was everywhere, said Grizzly coach Heather Roberts. She was unbelievable.

Ashland dropped to 6-3.

The Grizzlies managed only 12 first-half points -- a half-dozen in each quarter -- and trailed 27-12 at halftime. They outscored Prairie 33-29 in the second half, with Woods doing so by herself.

Kallie Spooner scored 16 for Prairie.

Ashland plays Springfield at 11 this morning in its final tournament game.

ASHLAND (45)-- Morgan 7, Huyett 0, Bullen 2, Seltzer 4, Woods 32, Pippa 0, McNaught 0, Kalemkeris 0. Totals: 16 13-21 45.

PRAIRIE (56)-- Short 1, Pickup 12, Anderson 10, English 3, Kendall 0, Jones 12, Spooner 16, Kushing 2. Totals: 22 13-16 56.

Ashland

...................6 6 16 17 -- 45 Prairie

...........................13 14 9 20

3-point goals -- Prairie — (English 1).

GRANTS PASS 43, DOUGLAS 40-- At Merlin, Danae Thomason stole an inbounds pass with seven seconds remaining to give Grants Pass the win in the North Valley Boosters Holiday Invitational championship game.

The Cavers (8-4) pulled it out by forcing 14 turnovers during the second and third quarters.

Kaci Williams led a balanced Grants Pass effort with 11 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Douglas fought back to make it close and was aided by the Cavers' 14-of-28 effort from the foul line.

GRANTS PASS (43)-- Thomason 6, Neely 6, Higgins 4, Thompson 4, Davidson 0, Debo 0, Klingel 0, Williams 11, Moser 0, Pilcher 6, Moon 6. Totals: 15-34 14-28 43.

DOUGLAS (40)-- Tommasini 0, Burt 4, Gugel 3, DeWald 4, Hammons 2, Stookey 10, Jennifer Bell 11, Fullerton 6. Totals: 15-41 8-11 40

Grants Pass

............9 12 15 7 -- 43 Douglas

................15 10 5 10 -- 40

3-point goals -- Grants Pass — (Williams), Douglas 2 (Bell). Fouled out -- Stookey, Bell.

KLAMATH UNION 56, LASSEN 39-- At Klamath Falls, Sam Gilbert's 13 points helped the Pelicans (6-5) to a third-place finish at the Klamath Basin Holiday Classic.

Jeris Evans and Courtney O'Kelley each scored 10 points for the Susanville, Calif.-based club.

LASSEN (39)-- Dekock 8, Evans 10, O'Kelley 10, Kalfas 1, Robbins 2, Edholm 1, Standiford 3, Blue 2. Totals: 12 14-28 39.

KLAMATH UNION (56)-- Gilbert 13, Vieira 5, Fagan 7, Sharp 6, Dearborn 3, Leppert 5, Brookshire 6, Richards 5, Kellstrom 6, Putnam 0. Totals: 19 12-26 56.

Lassen

.......................4 9 7 19 -- 39 Klamath Union

.....12 17 13 14 -- 56

3-point goals -- Lassen — (Dekock); Klamath Union 6 (Gilbert 3, Fagan 1, Sharp 1, Kellstrom 1).

YONCALLA 54, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 39-- At Yoncalla, Maranda Brownson poured in 12 of her 20 points in the first-half to lead Yoncalla over Cascade Christian.

Kelly Clarke paced the Challengers (8-4) with 16 points while Christine McCandless added 12.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (39)-- Clarke 16, Ch. McCandless 12, Longan 8, Flood 3, Bostwick 0, Conley 0, Roos 0, Ca. McCandless 0. Totals: 13 9-13 39.

YONCALLA (54)-- Maranda Brownson 20, Kala Zundel 15, T. Duncan 2, K. Duncan 7, L. Palmer 6, S. Palmer 2, Freeman 2, Tan. Garcia 0, Tar. Garcia 0. Totals: 25 5-6 54.

Cascade Christian

.....8 14 10 7 -- 39 Yoncalla

................11 18 13 12 -- 54

3-point goals -- Cascade Christian 4 (Longen 2, Ch. McMandless 1, Flood), Yoncalla — (K. Duncan).

BUTTE FALLS 30 , SOUTH MEDFORD C 29-- At Butte Falls, Jessica Dunlap hit the game-winning shot with 10 seconds to play as the Loggers defeated the South Medford C team in the championship game of the Butte Falls Holiday Tournament.

After Dunlap knocked down a jumper from the foul line, South Medford ran the floor, trying to hit a shot for the win. The ball was knocked out of bounds by Butte Falls, and the Panther's shot off the inbounds play was off the mark at the buzzer.

Dunlap, who earned a place on the all-tournament team, scored seven points to go with 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Teammate Crystal Rawley added her season high of 11 points to the win.

Brittany Hunt of South Medford led the Panthers with 10 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

SOUTH MEDFORD FROSH (29)-- Ickert 0, Hunt 10, Rickman 6, White 0, Santayo 1, Ryan 0, Magnis 4, Rennon 6, . Totals: 11-51 5-8 30.

BUTTE FALLS (30)-- Dunlap 7, Hamilton 0, Beechler 1, Stockton 4, McKibben 5, Rawley 11, McLaughlan 2. Totals: 12-40 5-15 30.

South Medford

........8 5 9 7 -- 29 Butte Falls

..............9 8 9 4 -- 30

3-point goals -- South Medford 2 (Hunt 2), Butte Falls — (Rawley 1). Fouled out -- Stockton.