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Morse, Challengers tame Grizzlies

Every great team needs a signature win here and there to state its case amongst the elite.

The Cascade Christian boys basketball team may have done just that Monday at Cascade Christian High School with a 60-48 nonconference victory over Class 5A Ashland — an already proven power in the Southern Sky Conference.

But the way coach Brian Morse sees it, it's merely a building block that will make the Class 3A Challengers state tournament-ready.

"The guys don't care what the class is, but we just wanna get better," said Morse of his Challengers. "We know our goal is to win a state championship, so we wanna play the best teams possible."

As the Challengers (5-1) probably expected, it wouldn't be an easy ride to the finish line.

The Challengers were finally able to fend off the Grizzlies with a late 10-0 run in the fourth quarter capped by two 3-pointers from the red-hot hands of Jarrod Hess.

Fueled by senior forward Scott Morse, a stellar start kept Cascade Christian in the lead throughout.

Morse scored 10 of the Challengers' 12 first quarter points, connecting on all three of his 3-point attempts in the frame. Morse scored 16 of his 21 points by halftime, but Jamie Amrhein's 12-point half kept the Grizzlies within striking distance at the break.

The Grizzlies cut the Challengers' lead to 50-44 early in the fourth quarter.

Colton Cochran provided the spark Cascade Christian needed to distance itself.

Cochran's quick swipe of the ball led to a transition lay-in on the other end and began the Challengers' game-sealing spurt where they scored on five of their next six possessions.

Morse capped the 10-0 run with consecutive trips where he penetrated into the paint and passed the ball off to a wide open Jarrod Hess who splashed in two 3-pointers.

Scott Morse added eight rebounds and five assists while Hess went 5-for-5 from downtown to account for all 15 of his points. Hess also added six assists.

Amrhein finished with 14 points to lead the Grizzlies, who were playing without starters Talon Haggard and Adam Pavlich.

ASHLAND (48) — Sebrell 6, Stone 0, Costantino 6, Kendall 2, Chasmar 7, Amrhein 14, Foley 0, Resch 12, Schwartzer 0, Hansen 1. Totals: 17 10-13 48.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (60) — Siliga 0, Morse 21, Huntley 6, Hess 15, Litton 4, Hoffman 0, Joffer 6, Thomas 0, Rasmussen 0, Pech 0, Cochran 8, Marshall 0. Totals: 21 10-12 60.

Ashland 11 15 15 7 — 48

Cascade Christian 12 17 17 14 — 60

3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Costantino 2, Amrhein 2), Cascade Christian 8 (Hess 5, Morse 3).

EAGLE POINT 72, ROGUE RIVER 62 — At Eagle Point, Austin Rowley's monster night and Eagle Point's dead-eye shooting from 3-point range spelled doom for a rallying Rogue River squad.

The Eagles (7-3) watched their 12-point fourth quarter lead evaporate into six with just a few minutes to play, but the Chieftains weren't able to pull it off.

Rowley registered 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and drilled three of the Eagles' seven treys.

Sophomore Logan Winter accounted for three from downtown as well while scoring 15 points. He also had four rebounds and three assists.

Tyrone Holmes, a 6-foot-3 freshman, racked up 14 rebounds to go with 12 points and Austin Marlia chipped in 10 points for the Eagles.

Brendan Schoner nailed four 3-pointers and had a team-high 15 points for the Chieftains, who received 14 points from Cole Watson.

ROGUE RIVER (62) — Schoner 15, Mitchell 9, Krouse 9, Watson 14, Lee 8, Johnson 7, McBee 0. Totals: 22 12-16 62.

EAGLE POINT (72) — Van Dyke 3, Gonzalez 2, Marlia 10, Winter 15, Tuttle 4, Morris 2, Holmes 12, Rowley 24, Reed 0, Rogers 0. Totals: 23 19-32 72.

Rogue River 13 16 14 19 — 62

Eagle Point 17 22 16 17 — 72

3-point goals — Rogue River 6 (Schoner 4, Krouse 1, Watson 1), Eagle Point 7 (Winter 3, Rowley 3, Marlia 1). Fouled out — Krouse. Techicals — Krouse, Rogue River coach.

PHOENIX 48, COQUILLE 40 — At Coquille, Dom Ralls paced Phoenix's balanced attack with 12 points and the Pirates rolled to a nonconference victory.

Alex Young added 11 and Matt Lapat tossed in 10 for the Pirates (6-4), who got nine points from Kyle Treadway.

PHOENIX (48) — Ralls 12, Young 11, Lapat 10, Treadway 9, Sauceda 6, Damon 0, Campoy 0, Tally 0, Bohn 0, Hendricks 0. Totals: 15 17-24 48.

COQUILLE (40) — Munlitering 9, Harris 9, Savala 8, Young 5, Allenbach 4, Condy 3, Dixon 2, Vemain 0. Totals: 14 10-12 40.

Phoenix 8 13 14 13 — 48

Coquille 13 6 11 10 — 40

3-point goals — Phoenix 1 (Young), Coquille 2 (Condy 1, Munlitering 1). Fouled out — Allenbach.

JV score — Phoenix 54, Coquille 27.

Girls

PHOENIX 44, COQUILLE 34 — At Coquille, though Phoenix seemed a bit sluggish during stretches, the Pirates protected the ball well and steadily pulled away from nonconference opponent Coquille to improve to 9-1 on the season.

Chelsea Passante poured in 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds and drained three of the Pirates' four 3-pointers.

Phoenix slashing wing Danielle Smith tallied 14 points to go with three rebounds, four assists and four steals.

PHOENIX (44) — George 8, Helm 4, Danielle Smith 14, Tally 2, Heath 1, Passante 15, Hendricks 0, Bradfield 0. Totals: 16 8-15 44.

COQUILLE (34) — Richardson 8, Hill 6, Altenbach 2, Sherbondy 3, Forbes 2, Cook 7, Hall 0, Stone 0, Jones 0, Cornell 0. Totals: 13 5-7 34.

Phoenix 13 15 11 5 — 44

Coquille 11 9 8 9 — 34

3-point goals — Phoenix 4 (Passante 3, Smith 1), Coquille 1 (Sherbondy).

JV score — Phoenix 30, Coquille 24.

EAGLE POINT 51, ROGUE RIVER 40 — At Eagle Point, Eagle Point's height advantage was substantial and the Eagles used it to take over in the paint and take down Rogue River.

Erica Rasor led the Eagles with 12 points while their post presence Kristin Wyatt notched 10 points.

Eagles guard Haylie Winner, who contributed 10 points, was a constant penetration threat and found ways to feed the ball inside consistently.

ROGUE RIVER (40) — Lara 3, Ehrhardt 6, Turnham 8, Smith 8, Kelly Maxey 13, Fricke 3, Johnson 0, Summers 0. Totals: 17 5-14 40.

EAGLE POINT (51) — Mellor 4, Leaf 2, Mason 4, Hedrick 1, O'Connor 6, Baker 2, Wyatt 10, Winner 10, Rasor 12, Arnspiger 0. Totals: 24 2-4 51.

Rogue River 11 10 7 12 — 40

Eagle Point 15 11 12 13 — 51

3-point goals — Rogue River 1 (Maxey), Eagle Point 1 (Winner).

JV score — Rogue River 50, Eagle Point 39.