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Crater girls advance to Final Four

SAN DIEGO — The Crater High girls basketball team notched two more win Saturday to advance to the Final Four in the championship bracket at the 218-team San Diego Classic at UC-San Diego.

The Comets advanced to the 16-team bracket by taking the top spot in their respective pool.

In the first game, Crater matched up with a familiar opponent in Lake Oswego, a team they have beaten twice already this summer.

The Comets started quick, jumping to a 18-7 lead and maintaining using a zone press and then switching to man defense once the ball crossed halfcourt.

Crater extended their 28-17 halftime advantage with an early second-half run en route to a 44-27 win.

Sarah Pool scored 11 points and dished out seven assists to go along with four steals. Jody McLeod continued her strong summer play with eight points and six boards while Carissa Nafie added seven points and three rebounds off the bench.

In the Elite Eight round, Crater took out Rosary, a Catholic school from Fullerton, Calif., 40-27.

The Comets started strong once again with an 8-0 run before Rosary solved Craters? 3-2 zone defense and took a 17-16 advantage into the break.

McLeod and Amy Denson sparked a second-half surge that propelled Crater into the lead for good.

McLeod led the Comets with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Denson added 12 points. Bre Johnson came off the bench to pull down seven boards and Pool did a nice job of running the offensive show.

Crater plays Troy High, Fullerton, Calif., today in a semifinal game.

— Boys Basketball

OREGON ICE 84, SOUTH DAKOTA 38 -At Long Beach, Calif., Eric Feigi and Ryan Heil, both of South Medford High, each had balanced games to help the Oregon Ice to an easy win at the 36-team Long Beach Slam and Jam NIT basketball tournament.

Feigi scored 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting and 6-of-7 from the foul-line. Heil pulled down six boards, dished out four assists and had three steals.

The Ice continue championship bracket play today against a team from Philadelphia.

— American Legion Baseball

ASHLAND 4-12, KLAMATH FALLS 3-2 -At Ashland, Jayson Schroeder had a perfect day at the plate in helping Ashland sweep an American Legion Area 4 A doubleheader at Southern Oregon University.

Schroeder went 2-for-2 and scored a run in the first game, then produced a 2-for-2, three RBI performance in the nightcap.

In the opener, Ashland (10-9, 10-8 Area 4) scored what proved to be the winning run in the fifth inning when Nick Danis walked, Schroeder singled and Ian Swallow followed with an RBI single.

Pitcher Mike Allen registered his second win in four decisions, allowing two earned runs and striking out five in six innings.

In the second game, Ashland starter Kyle Puderbaugh (1-1) struck out nine in five innings.

Bill Rowe had a double and a two-run homer for Ashland, while Nick Danis added two hits, two RBIs and scored twice.

— FIRST GAME

Klamath Falls Hawks ......................................000 102 0 — — 7 2 Ashland ..........................................................120 010 x — — 4 7 1

Clark and Manfull; Allen, Rowe (7) and George. W — Allen (2-2). L — Clark. 2B — KF: Wagner, Bocchi.

— SECOND GAME

Klamath Falls Hawks ............................................101 000 — 2 — 3 Ashland .............................................................020 424 — — 12 13 1

James, Edge (5) and Anderson; Puderbaugh, Weston (6) and George. W — Puderbaugh (1-1). L — Edge. 2B — — A: Rowe, Hegdahl, Weston. HR — A: Rowe.

— Little League Softball

PENDLETON 12, MEDFORD 11 -At Portland, the Medford American girls Little League softball team fought back from a 10-2 deficit but couldn't climb all the way back at the state 11-12-year-old all-star tournament.

Angela Stormberg smacked a two-out grand slam in the fifth inning to lead Medford back into the game.

Trailing 12-9 in the sixth, Jessica Sandoval belted a two-run triple to close Medford to within one but she was stranded on third to end the game.

Amy Wall paced Medford, who was eliminated from the double elimination tournament with the loss, with three hits and an RBI.