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Illinois Valley girls reach 3A state tournament

Prep Roundup

CAVE JUNCTION ' Illinois Valley had to overcome a difficult opponent and a second-half deficit to reach the Class 3A state basketball tournament.

The seventh-ranked Cougars rallied in the second half to defeat defending state champion North Bend 40-36 in a second-round playoff game Friday.

Skyline Conference champion Illinois Valley (21-2) scored the first basket of the second half to go up 24-18. But the Bulldogs went on a 13-0 run to take a seven-point lead with 4:48 left in the third.

We got down but we were still in a position to win, Illinois Valley coach Andi Eichmann said. It was our determination. Our girls wanted it more in the end.

The Cougars ended the quarter on an 8-2 burst, then held North Bend to just three points in the final period.

We needed to get some defensive stops, said Eichmann. If we were patient, we knew our points would come.

— Junior Sheena Cole sparked the Cougars with a game-high 20 points. Cole was 8 of 11 from the field.

(Cole) definitely played within herself, said Eichmann. She let the game come to her. She got out on the break and also anchored our team on defense.

Point guard Emily Dudley added 10 points and post Sarah Houston pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for the Cougars.

North Bend (17-9) was paced by senior center Kaila Morris with 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Illinois Valley opens the state tournament at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis against top-ranked Burns, a 66-44 winner over Tillamook.

NORTH BEND (36) ' Morris 13, Moore 9, Ohlrich 7, Bowman 2, Holmstedt 5, Canup 0, Rudd 0, Benn 0. Totals: 15-44 6-11 36.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (40) ' Cole 20, Dudley 10, Tausaga 2, Riley 2, Houston 2, Loock 4, R. Yeoman 0. Totals: 15-34 7-12 40.

North Bend..................................10 8 15 — ' 36

Illinois Valley..............................16 6 10 8 ' 40

3-point goals ' Illinois Valley — (Cole 1, Dudley 2).

SCAPPOOSE 38, HENLEY 27 ' At Scappoose, Scappoose exploded in the fourth quarter to come from behind and knockoff Henley for a Class 3A state tournament spot.

The Hornets led 24-19 heading into the final period, then were outscored 19-3.

Mikayla Morgan tallied eight points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Skyline Conference runner-up and Sierra Patzke contributed a team-high nine points.

Scappoose's Jackie Cunningham scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

HENLEY (27) ' Patzke 9, Morgan 8, Matchett 5, Roland 2, Evans 0, Hornbeck 0, Gastaldi 0, Conroy 0. Totals: 8 5-13 27.

SCAPPOOSE (38) ' Cunningham 11, Frogge 9, Abbott 9, Klobes 5, McCoy 2, Smith 2, Mullican 0. Totals: 11 10-22 38.

Henley.............................................7 8 9 — ' 27

Scappoose......................................9 2 8 19 ' 38

3-point goals ' Henley 2 (Patzke 2), Scappoose 6 (Abbott 3, Frogge 1, Klobes 1, Cunningham 1). Fouled out ' Morgan, McCoy.

Skiing

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS ' At Mt. Hood, Ashland's Isabelle Thorndike captured a state title at the Mount Hood Ski Bowl.

Thorndike finished third in the slalom event (1:30.43) and third in the giant slalom (2:16.94) Thursday to post a combined time of 3:47.37. She narrowly edged out Sandy's Whitney Shultz (3:47.41) and Bend's Devon Engle (3:48.87).

The overall standings for other local girl skiers were: Jordan Rooklyn of Ashland (21st), Eleanor Buell of Ashland (34th), Hannah Spector of Ashland (35th), Christy Hald of Ashland (38th) and Tahnee Kent of South Medford (39th).

Sutherlin's Tory Parazoo was the overall boys winner with victories in the slalom and giant slalom.

Tyler Svitak of North Medford finished 20th overall, while Ashland's Brendan Grimaldi and Reid Honeywell were 33rd and 35th respectively

The Grizzlies boys and girls combined for third overall in the team standings, trailing first-place Bend and runner-up Sandy.

Snowboarding

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS ' At Mount Hood, Ashland had a bittersweet day during the boardercross competition at Timberline.

The Grizzlies qualified six girls for Sunday's boardercross finals, but one of Ashland's top hopes, senior Hallie Beaver, had to drop out of the competition because of an injury.

Beaver, last year's slopestyle state champion, reinjured a knee in practice Friday that she originally hurt last weekend following a snowboard event at Mount Bachelor.

Beaver figured to be a contender in the boardercross, halfpipe and slopestyle events.

Ashland junior Soleil Rowan-Caneer was the top local qualifier, finishing third out of 38 girls in the field. The finals will have the top 24.

All nine girls entered from the Southern League qualified for the finals.

Ashland's Caitlin Maddigan qualified fourth and Grizzly defending state champion Alison Wren was 10th.

Other local qualifiers were Zaya McSky of Ashland, Adrien Young of North Medford, Sara Isherwood of South Medford and Alyssa Warner of Grants Pass.

Eli Otter of Ashland finished second to lead a contingent of 21 boarders from the Southern League into the finals out of a field of 100.

Other top qualifiers were Seth Hill of St. Mary's (3rd), Galen Prichard of Ashland (5th), Sam Barco of Ashland (10th) and Sol Estin of Ashland (11th).

Chad Farber of defending state champion Grants Pass finished 17th.

Friday's scheduled halfpipe event was postponed because of 50-mile-per-hour winds and will be held today along with the slopestyle finals.