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Mazama rocks Grizz early

Mazama used a pressure defense to stymie Ashland in the opening quarter en route to a 54-27 girls basketball victory Friday in the Crater Basketball Invitational at Crater High School in Central Point.

The Class 4A Vikings (4-0), led by Amber Leafe’s 15 points, held the Grizzlies to one point in a 23-1 first-quarter beatdown.

“They pressed us,” Ashland coach Antione Perry said. “Mazama’s a good team and they really out-quicked us. We were a little hesitant to the ball, which has been happening to us. We settled down and started scoring and moving the ball around, though.”

Sophomore Alex Crane had four points, four rebounds and five blocks to pace Ashland (1-4), Kasydie Winner scored six and Mya Elder-Hammond had three points, three assists and two rebounds.

Ashland next plays Henley today at 2 p.m.

MAZAMA (54) – Smith 3, M. Leafe 2, Hall 6, A. Leafe 15, Paschal 9, DeLarosa 0, Williams 5, Benson 10, Coffman 4. Totals: 21 8-14 54.

ASHLAND (27) – Boskes 0, Winner 6, Richardson 0, Crane 4, Hickman 0, Miller 0, Summers 0, Hayes 0, O’Connor 6, Elder-Hammond 3, Kolar 3, Rich 2, Rooney 3. Totals: 10 5-19 27.

Mazama 23 16 10 5 – 54

Ashland 1 9 9 8 – 27

3-point goals – Mazama 4 (Smith, A. Leafe 3), Ashland 2 (Kolar 1, Rooney 1). Fouled out – Richardson.

Boys Basketball

At Central Point, Jeremiah Hasskamp scored 12 points to lead a balanced Grizzly scoring effort and Ashland beat Illinois Valley 62-22 Friday in the Crater Basketball Invitational.

The Grizzlies improved to 3-2 with the win and will play Mazama today at 3:45 p.m.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (22) – Hess 9, S. McLanahan 11, Bruner 1, Jensen 1, Davis 0, I. McLanahan 0. Totals: 8 6-11 22.

ASHLAND (62) – Hasskamp 12, Fuller 9, Scott 9, Elshalom 6, Ellis 6, Nagarede 5, Shibley 4, Hansen 4, Jones 4, Graham 3, Meads 0, Pippa 0, Hawes 0. Totals: 24 5-7 62.

Illinois Valley 3 8 4 7 – 22

Ashland 15 24 18 5 – 62

3-point goals – Ashland 9 (Hasskamp 2, Fuller 3, Scott 3, Elshalom 1). Fouled out –Nagarede.

Women’s Basketball

Southern Oregon University women’s basketball coach Alex Carlson has added to the Raiders’ next recruiting class as three high school seniors recently signed Cascade Conference and NAIA letters of intent to join SOU, the school announced Friday.

Crater High’s Destiny Fahndrich and twins Ali and Kili Franks of Enterprise High School in Redding, Calif., have decided to play for Carlson, whose first SOU squad is still undefeated at 8-0 and ranked 13th in the most recent NAIA Division II coaches’ poll.

Fahndrich, a 5-foot-10 forward, earned all-league honors as a junior while averaging 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Franks sisters are both 5-foot-10 and have similar skill sets. Kili Frnaks averaged 9.4 points, five boards, 2.3 steals and 2.2 assists, and Ali Franks averaged seven points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.7 assists.