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Shibley-Styer, Malcolm lead Grizzlies to comeback win over Henley

Walker Shibley-Styer and Collin Malcolm spearheaded Ashland’s second-half surge as the Grizzlies cranked up their intensity on defense to pull out a 54-47 win over Henley in nonconference boys basketball action Thursday at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Shibley Styer scored 14 points and Malcolm 12 to lead the Grizzlies (5-3), who used full-court pressure to steamroll Henley (4-2) in the third quarter. Jack Feinberg added 11 points for Ashland, which is off until its Jan. 2 Midwestern League opener against Marist.

“I was not pleased with their effort and listening skills in the first half and I absolutely got on them at halftime and they came out and did everything I asked in the second half,” Ashland head coach Keithan Gregg said.

Gregg added that Shibley-Styer and Malcolm stepped up in the third quarter, when the Grizzlies outscored the Hornets 11-4.

“Those two led the charge,” Gregg said.

HENLEY (47) – Fahner 19, Cook 8, Myers 5, Haggarth 4, Fleming 4, Goodell 3, Kujawski 2, Larman 2. Totals: 17 7-8 47.

ASHLAND (54) – Shibley-Styer 14, Malcolm 12, Feinberg 11, Meads 8, Hasskamp 5, Jones 4, Graham 0, Edson 0, Pippa 0, Ellis 0. Totals: 20 11-16 54.

Henley 18 11 4 14 – 47

Ashland 14 11 14 15 – 54

3-point goals – Henley 6 (Fahner 5, Myers 1), Ashland 3 (Hasskamp 1, Shibley-Styer 1, Malcolm 1). Technical fouls – Henley coach Luke Hammond.

JV result – Ashland won.

Girls Basketball

Ashland was unable to contain Henley’s Natalie DeLonge in the paint as the Hornets overwhelmed the Grizzlies 63-26 Thursday in nonconference play.

Georgia Williams scored 16 points and knocked down all three of the Grizzlies’ 3-pointers but was limited in the second half after picking up her fourth foul midway though the third quarter.

DeLonge scored 27 points to lead the Hornets who received 13 points from Britanny Kochenderfer and 11 from Heidi Mueller.

Ashland (4-3) mustered just five points in the first half, all in the first quarter.

HENLEY (63) — Mathis 1, Whisler 3, Kochenderfer 13, Armantrout 0, Mueller 11, DeLonge 27, DeHoop 0, Parrish 0, O’Conner 4, Haigh 4. Totals: 27 9-14 63.

ASHLAND (26) — Williams 16, Rodriques 0, Altig 0, Honeycutt 0, Teixeira 2, Dunn 0, Webster 6, Sukles 0, Read 0, Rooney 0, Brookings 2. Totals: 11 1-5 26.

Henley;7;16;17;23;—;63

Ashland;5;0;11;10;—26

3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Williams 3).

JV result — Henley won.

College Wrestling

Thursday's Doc Welton Classic presented the Southern Oregon wrestling team with opportunities to beat up on and old rival for the first time in 40 years and to knock off a No. 3-ranked team for the second time this season.

The second-ranked Raiders took advantage of both at Riehm Arena. In their first look at Warner Pacific since the 1974-75 season, they handled the Knights 43-6. In their first look at West Region rival Montana State-Northern of the season, they escaped late to defeat the third-ranked Lights 28-18.

SOU is 5-1 in dual meets this season, still undefeated against NAIA foes, and will now turn its attention to Sunday's Reno Tournament of Champions.

Top-ranked Brock Gutches won the marquee matchup of the night with a second-round pin of Northern's Jared Miller in a rematch of last year's 174-pound NAIA title match. Miller, who lost the championship by a 3-2 decision, trailed 4-1 at the time of the fall, 4:30 into the bout.

The Raiders and lights were tied 15-all when Gutches scored those six points. Northern's Willie Miller would cut into the lead with a decision over Jacob Abrams at 184, but second-ranked Taylor Johnson upended third-ranked Garrett DeMers 5-4 with two near-falls in the third round at 197, and fifth-ranked heavyweight Clayon Burtis clinched SOU's victory with a 9-1 major decision over Jorrell Jones.

Devin Poppen, a 133-pound freshman, started SOU's scoring with a second-round pin of Justin Rogers, and third-ranked 157-pounder Tyler Cowger later pinned Logan Foster in 1:01. Fourth-ranked Dalton Urrutia scored the last seven points of his 8-4 decision over Tommy Cooper at 157 before top-ranked Northern 165-pounder Ethan Hinebauch took a decision to tie it, setting up the Gutches win.

Warner Pacific, which revived its program this season, forfeited the 174-, 197- and 285-pound classes against the Raiders.

SOU's Coleman Johns started that dual at 125 with a second-round pin of Willie Treadwell. Devin Poppen claimed a decision at 133, and Cowger scored a key 5-1 win over sixth-ranked Eric Luna at 149. Travis Patrick followed with a decision at 157, Garrett Urrutia won by a 15-0 technical fall at 165 and Ryan McWatters notched another tech fall at 184, 21-6.

Amari Sengsavahn pinned Francis Llorente in the third round for the Knights' only win at 141.

SOU, which won't return to dual action until the NAIA-NWCA Team Championships in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Jan. 9-10, also defeated 15th-ranked Simpson on Wednesday, 40-8.

Northern downed the Knights in the first dual of the Classic, 39-11.