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No. 3 St. Mary's pulls away from Cascade Christian

As if there was doubt, third-ranked St. Mary's solidified itself as the team to beat through three games of Southern Cascade Hybrid girls basketball.

The Crusaders opened league with the three teams that figure to be their staunchest challengers — Rogue River, Lakeview and Cascade Christian — and defeated them by an average of 21 points.

The latest was a 62-41 win over visiting Cascade Christian Tuesday, running St. Mary's record to 14-0 overall and 3-0 in league.

The Challengers (8-6, 1-1) handled the Crusaders' vaunted press well for three quarters. But a blitz spearheaded by Mackenzie Krieser to start the fourth quarter put the game out of reach.

"The Cascade girls played us very tough," said St. Mary's coach Rick Jackson, noting the margin was seven to 10 points for much of the contest. "I just thought we could break them sooner or later with our press. They looked to attack it and got scores off it, and that caused us some difficulty, especially in the second."

The Challengers scored 17 points in the second quarter.

"That's a lot of points for us to give up," said Jackson.

But St. Mary's opened the fourth with an 8-0 run as Krieser scored six quick points. Abby Steinsiek capped the run with a 3-pointer, putting the Crusaders up by 21 with five minutes to play.

Kylee Adderson had 14 points, Steinsiek 13, Krieser 12 and Jamee Batten and Emily Alvarez 10 each.

Krieser also had six steals and six assists, Batten eight rebounds and Adderson seven boards. Domonique Valdez dished six assists.

Aleena Cesaro scored 18 for Cascade Christian.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (41) — Brown 1, Aguilar 13, Cochran 4, J. Martinez 3, V. Martinez 0, Hunt 0, Zimmerer 0, Cesaro 18, Britton 2. Totals: 16 6-10 41.

ST. MARY'S (62) — DeBoer 0, E. Alvarez 10, Valdez 0, Steinsiek 13, Krieser 12, Adderson 14, Batten 10, Ramsey 1, Armas 0, J. Alvarez 2. Totals: 24 10-15 62.

Cascade Christian 6 17 7 11 — 41

St. Mary's 15 14 11 22 — 62

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 3 (Aguilar 1, Cochran 1, J. Martinez 1), St. Mary's 4 (E. Alvarez 2, Steinsiek 2). Fouled out — Hunt.

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

ROGUE RIVER 66, ILLINOIS VALLEY 26 — At Rogue River, junior guard Alli Ehrhardt scored 17 points to move into second place on Rogue River's all-time scoring list as the Chieftains (10-8, 1-2 SCH) rolled to their first Southern Cascade victory.

Brittany Coulter hit two 3-pointers and sophomore guard Emily Roldan scored eight of her 10 points in the first quarter to help Rogue River grab a quick 24-6 lead on Illinois Valley (3-13, 0-2).

Junior forward Kristen Vidales led the Cougars with 10 points.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (26) — Householder 1, Tausaga 3, Frederick 4, Jones 2, Wellen 2, Dixon 2, Crow 2, Vidales 10, Brooks 0, Barker-Cortrecht 0. Totals: 8 10-20 26.

ROGUE RIVER (66) — Ehrhardt 17, B. Coulter 8, Roldan 10, Angeletti 2, A. Coulter 4, Lee 6, Fricke 8, Jessee 11, Diehl 0, Whittaker 0. Totals: 24 11-19 66.

Illinois Valley 6 8 8 4 — 26

Rogue River 24 13 14 15 — 66

3-point goals — Rogue River 7 (Ehrhardt 2, B. Coulter 2, Roldan 2, Jessee 1).

JV score — Illinois Valley 44, Rogue River 34.

Southern Oregon Hybrid

CRATER 78, EAGLE POINT 15 — At Eagle Point, senior Brooke Blaisdell scored 15 points and Shy Ashworth and Kelly Ferris both scored 14 for Crater (9-4, 2-2 SOH) in the nonleague contest.

Junior guard Becky Solorio scored seven points to pace the Eagles (0-15).

CRATER (78) — Blasidell 15, Ashworth 14, Ferris 14, Lille 2, Powell 9, Owen 3, Scott 4, Cobb 8, Hampton 2, Britton 1, Young 4. Totals: 32 10-17 78.

EAGLE POINT (15) ­— Solorio 7, Johnson 4, Martinez 1, Thompson 1, Rodgers 2, Pena 0, Cowden 0, Provencal 0, Bradshaw 0, Hunsley 0. Totals: 3 9-13 15.

Crater 24 26 13 14 — 78

Eagle Point 3 4 4 4 — 15

3-point goals — Crater 4 (Ashworth 2, Cobb 2).

JV result — Crater won.

ROSEBURG 58, GRANTS PASS 40 — At Roseburg, Shelby Snook had 22 points, six assists and six rebounds to help Roseburg to its first league win.

The Indians (6-8, 1-3 SOH) shot almost 60 percent from the field.

Hannah Johnson had 11 points to pace Grants Pass (4-10, 0-4 SOH), which played without suspended starters Maricela Aguilera and Courtney Smith. Aguilera was suspended for punching a South Medford player last Friday and Smith for behaving in an inappropriate manner in that same game.

GRANTS PASS (40) — Johnson 11, Daniels 9, Syfert 8, Luker 5, Edgar 4, Phillips 3, Henderson 0. Totals: 12-35 13-23 40.

ROSEBURG (58) — Snook 22, Anderson 10, Picknell 10, Chong 7, Alspaugh 6, Howard 3, Torres 0. Totals: 22-37 11-16 58.

Grants Pass 10 7 11 12 — 40

Roseburg 17 11 18 12 — 58

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Syfert 2, Phillips 1), Roseburg 3 (Snook 2, Howard 1).

JV score — Roseburg 37, Grants Pass 27.

Skyline Conference

PHOENIX 52, KLAMATH UNION 41 — At Phoenix, Phoenix built an 18-point lead entering the fourth quarter of the Skyline game, then withstood a Klamath Union rally.

The Pirates (9-6, 2-2 Skyline) scored all nine of their points at the foul line in the final period, when they turned to a slow-down tactic.

Sophomore point guard Delanie Tally had a career-high 10 points, with four assists and four rebounds. Adrienne Engle led the Pirates with 17 points, and Kelsie Bradfield had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

KLAMATH UNION (41) — Horn 5, Gardner 3, Glassow 8, Albertson 9, Armstrong 2, Porter 12, Burns 2, Mee 0, Luna 0, Farris 0, Hayden 0. Totals: 16 5-9 41.

PHOENIX (52) — Engle 17, Bradfield 16, Tally 10, Hendricks 9, Hamilton 0, Marshall 0, Toney 0. Totals: 18 14-21 52.

Klamath Union 10 9 6 16 — 41

Phoenix 18 11 14 9 — 52

3-point goals — Klamath Union 4 (Porter 2, Albertson 1, Gardner 1), Phoenix 2 (Engle 2). Fouled out — Albertson, Engle, Hendricks.

JV score — Klamath Union 33, Phoenix 25.

HIDDEN VALLEY 43, MAZAMA 34 — At Murphy, Hidden Valley rallied from a 10-1 first-quarter deficit to even its Skyline record at 2-2. The Mustangs are 6-10 overall.

Hidden Valley, which got 18 points from Kara Fikso, made its first five shots of the second quarter to climb back in. Fikso also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Joelle Swanson added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Kelsea MacPhee scored 19 for Mazama.

MAZAMA (34) — MacPhee 19, Morris 5, Reynolds 4, Valenta 4, Foust 2, Pinner 0, Totten 0. Totals: 16 1-4 34.

HIDDEN VALLEY (43) — Fikso 18, Rodgers 5, Doig 1, King 7, Swanson 11, Hansen 1, Sotelo 0. Totals: 14 12-18 43.

Mazama 10 4 7 13 — 34

Hidden Valley 1 17 7 18 — 43

3-point goals — Mazama 1 (MacPhee 1), Hidden Valley 3 (Fikso 2, King 1).

JV result — Mazama won.

HENLEY 55, NORTH VALLEY 30 — At Merlin, Rylee Carleton scored 11 points and Alli Fahner had 10 to help Henley improve to 4-0 in Skyline Conference play and 11-4 overall.

North Valley senior Jacquie Nicholson totaled 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks, while teammate Ashley Ellis added six points for the Knights (6-10, 0-4).

HENLEY (55) — Carleton 11, Fahner 10, deHoops 10, Scholer 10, Morgan 6, Parker 4, Castle 4, Patterson 0. Totals: 24 4-4 55.

NORTH VALLEY (30) — Nicholson 16, Ellis 6, Schmoll 5, McElherson 2, Sanders 1, Gronholm 0, Ford 0, Darthno 0, Colangeli 0, Walker 0. Totals: 9 12-16 30.

Henley 12 1 10 7 — 55

North Valley 16 15 8 16 — 30

3-point goals — Henley 1 (Carleton 1).

JV result — Henley won.