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Fast start by Heater carries Ashland past Comets

CENTRAL POINT — Brenna Heater was a force against Crater in Southern Sky Conference girls basketball Friday.

The Ashland 6-foot-3 junior center got the Grizzlies off to a fast start en route to a 46-41 victory at the Comets' gym.

The victory clinched the conference title outright for the second-ranked Grizzlies (20-2, 11-0 SSC).

Heater scored 12 of Ashland's 14 first-quarter points and had 18 of her game-high 21 points in the opening half.

"We did a great job of getting the ball to (Heater) early," said Ashland coach Steve Farley. "She made some strong post moves. She showed a glimpse of how she can play with one-on-one matchups.

Heater also grabbed five rebounds to go with eight blocks.

Ashland bolted to a 20-5 before the Comets starting finding the range. Carly Deschamps second 3-pointer cut Crater's deficit to 27-19 right before the halftime buzzer.

Crater (11-8, 7-3 SSC) got to within three points of Ashland on Jenni Noon's drive for a three-point play about mid-way through the fourth quarter.

"They hit some tough shots and battled back," said Farley. "We weathered the storm when they had runs and kept our composure."

Alana Harding paced Crater with 12 points and Deschamps added nine.

ASHLAND (46) — Heater 21, Gida 10, McKinnis 10, Zare 5, Del Carlo 0, Petitt 0, Siebenlist 0, Pavlich 0. Totals: 15 14-20 46.

CRATER (41) — Harding 12, Albright 8, Britton 0, Saling 4, Heard 3, Steel 2, Noon 3, Deschamps 9, Hills 0, Kappel 0. Totals: 16 6-11 41.

Ashland 14 13 10 9 — 46

Crater 5 14 10 12 — 41

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (McKinnis 1, Zare 1), Crater 3 (Deschamps 3). Fouled out — Britton.

JV result — Crater won.

Skyline Conference

HIDDEN VALLEY 47, NORTH VALLEY 11 — At Merlin, fifth-ranked Hidden Valley turned in one of its best defensive performances of the year, holding North Valley to two first-half points.

Laura Silva led the Mustangs (20-4, 12-2 Sky) with 13 points and made three from the 3-point arc. Haley Fikso and Megan Swanson each contributed 10 points, four rebounds and three steals.

NORTH VALLEY (11) — Giesen 3, Na. Goens 2, Ni. Goens 2, Ellis 2, Swanson 2. Totals: 5 1-3 11.

HIDDEN VALLEY (47) — Silva 13, Fikso 10, Swanson 10, Richardson 6, Doig 3, Seal 3, Bailey 2, Edwards 0, Guevara 0, Figoni 0, Ross 0. Totals: 18 7-9 47.

North Valley 2 0 5 4 — 11

Hidden Valley 12 8 24 3 — 47

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 3 (Silva 3, Seal 1).

JV result — Hidden Valley won.

HENLEY 59, ILLINOIS VALLEY 20 — At Klamath Falls, Taylor Wallace amassed 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals for 10th-ranked Henley.

Sierra Patzke added 10 points for the Hornets (12-2 Skyline).

ILLINOIS VALLEY (20) — Hults 7, R. Yeoman 5, K. Yeoman 2, Allan 2, Clemens 4. Totals: 8 3-9 20.

HENLEY (59) — Grant 2, Poach 2, Matheson 5, Patzke 10, C. Wallace 2, Waugh 8, Carlton 3, Reed 4, T. Wallace 13, Webb 8, Kennedy 2. Haack 0. Totals: 20 18-26 59.

Illinois Valley 2 8 4 6 — 20

Henley 14 21 14 10 — 59

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 1 (Hults), Henley 1 (Patzke). Fouled out — Illinois Valley coach 2.

ROGUE RIVER 44, PHOENIX 40 — At Rogue River, seniors Shawna Hamre and Angie Caschera recorded double-doubles to help Rogue River.

Hamre scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Caschera, the Chieftains all-time leading scorer, tossed in 15 points to go with 11 rebounds.

Rogue River (11-13, 6-8 Skyline) held a 40-34 lead when Rebecca Singleton and Chelsea Passante scored on back-to-back 3-point goals to tie the score with two minutes remaining.

Shawna Turnham gave the Chiefs the lead for good with a free throw, and Hamre accounted for the final three points of the game.

For Phoenix (14-10, 9-5 Skyline), Passante had a team-best 17 points.

PHOENIX (40) — Singleton 8, Baker 2, Helm 0, Ka. George 2, Smith 7, Main 2, Fry 2, Passante 17, Hendricks 0. Totals: 15 4-9 40.

ROGUE RIVER (44) — Cauble 0, Turnham 5, Hamre 18, Smith 4, Phillips 0, Caschera 15, Reyes 2, Updegraff 0, Lara 0. Totals: 16 12-29 44.

Phoenix 8 11 10 11 — 40

Rogue River 9 7 9 19 — 44

3-point goals — Phoenix 6 (Passante 4, Smith 1, Singleton 1). Fouled out — Ka. George. Technical foul — Rogue River bench, Phoenix coach Kirkland.

JV result — Phoenix won.

Sunset League Tournament

MYRTLE POINT 41, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 31 — At Coos Bay, Cascade Christian put forth a valiant performance against the state's top-ranked squad, but Myrtle Point snuck away in the tournament opening round at Marshfield High School.

The Challengers (10-16, 5-7 Sunset League) cut their deficit to three in the fourth quarter, but Myrtle Point (22-2) responded with a 10-for-12 effort from the foul line.

Cascade Christian will face Gold Beach today at 3:30 p.m. for third place in the double-elimination tournament.

Chelsea Cason and Andi Vondra each tossed in eight points for the Challengers, while Myrtle Point's Krissy Johnston went for 17 points.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (31) — Cason 8, Vondra 8, Blodgett 4, Sha 2, Sellers 2, Kelly 1, Kinney 2, Barlow 4, Brown 0, Hallmark 0, Cesaro 0, Ballard 0. Totals: 10 9-19 31.

MYRTLE POINT (41) — Johnston 17, Kennedy 7, Sanders 6, Ciccarelli 6, Stidham 2, Fischer 3, Ross 0, McCollum 0, Meyer 0. Totals: 13 14-22 41.

Cascade Christian 6 8 9 8 — 31

Myrtle Point 12 4 7 14 — 41

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Blodgett 1, Cason 1), Myrtle Point 1 (Fischer). Fouled out — Fischer. Technical foul — Fischer.

MVL Tournament

TRIAD 46, PROSPECT 27 — At Eagle Point, undefeated and third-ranked Triad (25-0) moved into the Mountain Valley League Tournament title game behind senior guard Rachel Esterbrook's 25 points at Eagle Point High.

Prospect (14-11) will play Hosanna Christian at 1:15 p.m. today for third-place and a spot in the state playoffs.

The Timberwolves jumped out to a 13-2 first-quarter lead and built a 31-11 halftime margin.

Junior point guard Catherine Anderson scored 13 points for Prospect and junior post Jen King contributed six points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists.

TRIAD (46) — T. Parsons 6, M. Parsons 2, Assavapistikul 4, Bruzda 2, Rachel Esterbrook 25, Krocker 5, Bohbacker 2, Long 0, Waters 0, Heaton 0, Neaubauer 0. Totals: 20 6-10 46.

PROSPECT (27) — Anderson 13, Zeller 4, King 6, Baker 2, Tanner 2, Peters 0. Totals: 9 3-3 28.

Triad 13 18 11 4 — 46

Prospect 2 9 7 9 — 27

3-point goals — Prospect 2 (Anderson 2).