Grizzlies struggle early in loss to Roseburg
The Grizzlies dug themselves an early hole that they were never able to get out of.
Roseburg’s senior-laden squad scored nine straight points to open things up and never looked back, leading start to finish in a 77-53 win over Ashland at Mountain Avenue Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
“That team is full of seniors and they’re playing really sharp early in the season,” Ashland head coach Sam Osofsky said. “We didn’t execute some of our major points early and it became a trend the rest of the game.”
Ashland (1-1), coming off a 70-52 season-opening win over North Valley at Lithia Motors Pavilion, trailed 19-7 after the opening quarter and by 18 points, 37-19, after Kaden Seely hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key right as the buzzer sounded.
Roseburg (3-0) got a game-high 26 points from senior Collin Warmouth, who hit five of the Indians’ nine 3-pointers in the game. Fellow senior Storm Scott also had a big night, finishing with 20 points, with 12 of those coming in the first half.
Senior guard KJ Pippa finished with a team-high 21 points in the loss, but was the lone Grizzy to finish in double figures.
Ashland hit 10 3-pointers Tuesday night, with all but two of them coming in the second half.
“I thought we had some mistakes on offense and defense as far as following our game plan. We had some mental errors and weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be,” Osofsky said. “Basketball is a make-miss game and we were on the ‘miss’ end tonight.”
Ashland heads to the Lake Tahoe area for tournament play at George Whittell High School this weekend, starting with Friday afternoon’s game against Servite of Anaheim, Calif.
ROSEBURG (77): Scott 20, Black 3, J. Parker 0, M. Parker 0, Seely 5, Warmouth 26, Lake 5, Adams 5, Martin 0, Stone 4, Ellis 0, Avilez 9. Totals: 32 4-4 77.
ASHLAND (53): Pippa 21, Smith 1, Walner-Sentle 5, Ekwall 8, Hanks 0, Sanford 2, Saulsbury 5, Swenson 0, Sayre 3, Carter 0, Desmond 2, Barnes 0, Harris 0, Lapierre 6. Totals: 20 3-6 53.
3-point goals — Roseburg 9 (Black 1, Seely 1, Warmouth 5, Lake 1, Adams 1); Ashland 10 (Pippa 3, Walner-Sentle 1, Ekwall 2, Saulsbury 1, Sayre 1, Lapierre 2).
JV result — Roseburg 56, Ashland 54
ASHLAND 41, ROSEBURG 37: At Roseburg, Ashland was able to overcome scoring just four points in the first quarter and flipped an early 10-point deficit in its favor to pick up a road win at Roseburg.
The Grizzlies, who improved to 2-1 with the win, outscored the Indians 13-5 in both the second and fourth quarters to pull ahead for good down the stretch.
Ashland got a game-high 13 points from sophomore wing Jayd Sollinger, who also tied with Kendyl Abel — who had nine points — with a team-high five rebounds. Nina Munson added 10 points and had six steals in the win.
“We played really good defense and fought back. We kept it close enough where we had a chance,” Ashland head coach Antione Perry said. “It was defense and the girls coming together and working together. The girls had to have poise and made (Roseburg) take tough shots. Roseburg didn’t get into the key and we started making shots.”
Jazz Murphy scored a team-high nine points for Roseburg (1-3).
Ashland will head back out on the road for its next game when it travels to Douglas for a 6:30 p.m. contest Friday night.
ASHLAND(41): Altig 2, Sollinger 13, Barnes 2, Baldwin 0, Larson 1, Munson 10, Witnauer 2, Rodriguez 2, Abel 9. Totals: 12 19-28 41.
ROSEBURG (37): Anderson 2, Allen 4, Robbins 0, Murphy 9, Vrendenburg 6, Wayman 0, Lake 1, White 0, Knudson 3, Russell 4, Melvin 2, Bergman 3. Totals: 14 8-15 37.
3-point goals — Roseburg 1 (Melvin 1). Fouled out — Abel.
JV result — Roseburg won.
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