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Seniors lead Comets past Grizzlies

CENTRAL POINT — Eliza Idiart keyed Crater’s full-court pressure and ignited the Comet offense from long range en route to a 67-36 victory over Ashland in Midwestern League girls basketball Tuesday.

Idiart, a senior guard, scored 14 points and came away with five steals on Senior Night in the final regular-season home game for the seventh-ranked Comets (19-4, 12-2 MWL).

“Eliza got her five steals early in the game on the press and we were able to get out and run,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel. “She shot the ball really well.”

Idiart was 4-for-7 on 3-pointers and the Comets shot 50 percent (8-for-16) as a team from long range.

Crater’s pressure forced 11 steals in the opening quarter and the Comets built a comfortable 35-12 halftime lead.

Sydney Gray, another of the Comets’ seniors that also include Maya Van Hook and Nehkyah Ellis, registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

“(Gray) was really attacking the basket, then kicking the ball out for 3-pointers,” said Dippel. “That’s what we were getting and we did a good job stepping up and taking them.”

Sophomore post Kendyl Abel led the Grizzlies (6-15, 2-12) with nine points and Jayd Sollinger, a sophomore wing, added eight

“All four of our seniors played fantastic,” said Dippel. “They overcame the emotion on Senior Night and stayed focused.”

Crater finishes the season with road games at Willamette on Friday and against MWL co-leader Churchill on Monday.

“We hope to get in a position where this won’t be our last home game,” said Dippel. “The next two games are incredibly important to get a home playoff game.”

ASHLAND (36): Wilson 2, Sollinger 8, Gorringe 0, Baldwin 0, Larson 2, Heiken 0, Munson 7, Losinski 2, Summers 0, Witnauer 0, Rodriguez 6, Abel 9. Totals: 13 8-17 36.

CRATER (67): Gugiliotta 0, Hirsch 4, Dance 0, Idiart 14, Van Hook 2, Westbrock 2, Robison 4, Gray 14, Ellis 7, Dutkiewicz 8, Woodard 5, Bowers 0, Young 7. Totals: 27 5-11 67.

Ashland48618— 36

Crater14211418— 67

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Sollinger 2), Crater 8 (Idiart 4, Robison 1, Ellis 1, Woodard 1, Young 1).

JV result — Crater 52, Ashland 19

Boys Basketball

At Central Point, Nate Bittle scored 17 points to lead three Crater players in double figures as the sixth-ranked Comets defeated Ashland, 51-46, in Midwestern League boys basketball.

Bittle, a sophomore wing, also contributed 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

The Comets (16-7, 10-4 MWL) enjoyed a big advantage from the free-throw line. They were 20-for-26 from the line compared to 8 of 15 for the Grizzlies (6-15, 2-12).

Senior guard KJ Pippa paced Ashland with 18 points, while Nate Desmond added 12 and Lowell Saulsbury chipped in 10.

ASHLAND (46): Pippa 18, Wallner-Sentle 2, Ekwall 2, Sanford 10, Saulsbury 2, Sayre 0, Desmond 12. Totals: 16 8-15 46.

CRATER (51): Vranes 13, Ray 0, Horton 10, Jaasko 0, Chubb 8, Eaton 3, Edwards 0, Johnson 0, Noble 0, Bittle 17, Dance 0. Totals: 11 20-26 51.

Ashland1181314— 46

Crater6171711— 51

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Pippa 2), Crater 3 (Vranes 1, Chubb 2).

Women's Basketball

Madison Holly’s 29-point outburst carried fifth-seeded College of Idaho to a 73-70 upset of fourth-seeded Southern Oregon in the quarterfinal round of the Cascade Conference Championships on Tuesday night at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

Holly, a senior guard, went 9-of-12 from the field with four 3-pointers and a pair of second-half three-point plays. She helped the Yotes (16-13) knock off the Raiders (16-11) for the second time in five days after they’d dropped the previous 13 head-to-head matchups.

They advanced to play at top-seeded Eastern Oregon in Friday’s semifinals.

C of I shot 8-of-13 from 3-point range and was perfect on four attempts during a third quarter in which it outscored the Raiders 22-13.

Behind Syd Fryer’s career-best 30-point, 10-rebound performance, the Raiders made one last run after going down by as many as 15. It was 67-59 when she connected on a 3-pointer with 1:13 to go, and after SOU stole the inbounds pass, she was fouled and hit both free throws to cut the deficit to three.

The Raiders got the ball down 71-68 with 16 seconds left, but Jocelyn Cook-Cox interrupted their potential game-tying possession with a steal.

Mackenzie Royce complemented Holly in the backcourt with 18 points and four assists, while Cook-Cox posted 12 points and five rebounds inside.