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Comets take another step, ease past Eagles

CENTRAL POINT ' There's plenty of basketball yet to be played, but the Crater girls' basketball team did itself a big favor in the Southern Oregon Conference, beating Eagle Point 65-40 at home on Tuesday night.

We finally got off the snide last week against Klamath Union and I think it carried over to tonight, Crater coach Scott Dippel said. We were 15-of-18 from the line, which was huge.

We were able to keep our energy up and a big part of that is the contribution from our bench.

The Comets (10-9 overall, 5-4 SOC) led 46-31 after three quarters. Despite the big lead, the key play came in the final seconds of the third period. Whitney Black, who finished with a game-high 22 points, drained a trey as time ran out.

Crater had possession to open the final quarter and Erin Kinney made a great move to the basket to give the Comets a five-point swing and a momentum boost.

I thought we spread the offense around tonight, Dippel said. Jessica Stoner came off the bench and played well, and Katie Robertson really stepped up.

The Eagles (10-9, 2-7 SOC) trailed 20-10 after the first eight minutes, but climbed back into it with a 13-point scoring effort in the second period, closing the gap to 29-23 at the half. But that was as close as they would get. Alisa Lee led the Eagles with 14 points

EAGLE POINT (40) ' Lee 14, Curtis 8, Sychla 7, Bateman 4, Richardson 3, Bilden 2, McLaughlin 2, Logan 0, Bier 0, Nichols 0. Totals: 17 4-9 40.

CRATER (65) ' Black 22, Montgomery 13, Kinney 10, Huntley 10, Kell 2, Bettencourt 2, Robertson 2, Green 2, Adams 2, Stoner 0, Tyska 0. Totals: 23 15-18 65.

Eagle Point................................... 10 13 8 9 ' 40

Crater......................................... 20 9 17 19 ' 65

3-point goals ' Eagle Point 2 (Sychla 2), Crater 4 (Montgomery 2, Black 2). Fouled out ' Bateman.

JV score ' Crater 53, Eagle Point 30.

ASHLAND 73, KLAMATH UNION 40 ' At Ashland, Ashland's Marla Morin scored a team-high 18 points and Hilary Huyett added 17 to lead the Grizzlies in their Southern Oregon Conference victory over Klamath Union.

The Grizzlies (14-5, 7-2 SOC) had four players score in double digits. Jamie Roupp had 12 points and Abeni Hill added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Brandi Bocchi scored 11 points to lead the Pelicans (9-10, 0-9 SOC).

KLAMATH UNION (40) ' Bocchi 11, Ritter 10, Cooke 6, Urlings 5, Foster 3, Fagan 2, Herron 1, Feratt 2, Caleb 0, Gardner 0. Totals: 13 14-21 40.

ASHLAND (73) ' Morin 18, Huyett 17, Roupp 12, Hill 10, Sobolik 7, Carlson 5, Hansen 4, Golling 0, Badenhop 0, Hasty 0. Totals: 25 14-16 73.

Klamath Union............................. 11 11 9 9 ' 40

Ashland.................................... 16 19 25 13 ' 73

3-point goals ' Ashland 9 (Huyett 4, Roupp 4, Carlson 1).

JV score ' Ashland 48, Klamath Union 45.

ROSEBURG 46, GRANTS PASS 29 ' At Grants Pass, Roseburg remained perfect in the SOC by blitzing Grants Pass behind Jori Grady's 22 points.

A versatile, 6-foot senior wing, Grady drilled three 3-pointers to help the Indians ' tied for fourth with Lakeridge in the Class 4A coaches poll ' improve to 9-0 in the SOC and 17-2 overall.

The Cavers (7-11, 1-8 SOC) were led by seven points from Katie Strong.

ROSEBURG (46) ' Grady 22, Williams 6, Stephens 3, Coen 4, Fuller 9, Bitter 2, Jorgenson 0, Hare 0, Kitzrow 0, Corder 0. Totals: 18 6-10 46.

GRANTS PASS (29) ' Briggs 2, Taylor 2, Smith 4, Tardieu 2, Glovinsky 4, Claflin 6, McHan 1, VanBrunt 1, Strong 7, Seymour 0, Siemens 0, Austin 0. Totals: 13 3-6 29.

Roseburg ................................ 14 13 12 7 ' 46

Grants Pass ................................ 8 — 7 11 ' 29

3-point goals ' Roseburg 4 (Grady 3, Stephens 1).

JV score ' Grants Pass 50, Roseburg 40.