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Crater girls come up short in season opener

EUGENE — Willamette provided a stiff opening test for the Crater girls basketball team on Saturday, using a stifling defense and a balanced attack to upend the Comets in their season opener, 62-39.

Bethany McNichols had 13 points and three assists and Whitney Hampson added eight points and six rebounds for Crater, which was undone by 25 turnovers in its season opener.

"They've got a system of defense working hard for them right now," said Crater head coach JT Thomas. "It was impressive how dominant they were on the defensive end."

Class 5A Willamette had three players reach double figures in scoring, with Lexi Bando (18 points), Brittany Glassow (16) and Kalani Kast (11) leading the way for the Wolverines. Willamette (2-0) opened a 17-12 lead through one quarter, then used a 17-5 run in the second quarter to pull away.

"We just got outworked," added Thomas. "We've got to get back to work and get ready for what's next."

Alix Young added five rebounds and four points for the Comets.

CRATER (39) — McNichols 13, Hampson 8, Scott 5, Young 4, Setzer 3, Owen 3, Bascom 3, Heard 0, Guthrie 0. Totals: 12 12-19 39.

WILLAMETTE (62) — Bando 18, Glassow 16, Kast 11, Mahaffie 7, Osborne 5, Robertson 3, Vansant 2, Josh 0. Totals: 19 20-28 62.

Crater 12 5 15 7 — 39

Willamette 17 17 17 11 — 62

3-point goals — Crater 3 (Hampson 1, Scott 1, Bascom 1), Willamette 4 (Bando 2, Osborne 1, Mahaffie 1).

JV score — Willamette 33, Crater 28

GRANTS PASS 42, BEND 36 — At Grants Pass, Annie Edgar, a 5-foot-10 senior post, amassed 22 points and 15 rebounds for Grants Pass (2-0) in the nonconference victory.

The game was close throughout. Edgar made three big free throws down the stretch and sophomore point guard Alexa Phillips, who finished with four assists, made two nice ones in the late going.

Edgar also held Bend's top player, Mekayla Isaac, to nine points.

BEND (36) — Froelich 0, Jones 2, Lundy 0, Kramer 2, Sylvester 4, Cook 4, Isaak 9, McConnell 6, Maloney 5, McClay 0, Reser 2, Burnham 2. Totals: 16 4-13 36.

GRANTS PASS (42) — Dean 0, Luker 7, Miller 2, Jordan 0, Syfert 5, Phillips 6, Davidson 0, Edgar 22, Henderson 0. Totals: 14 12-19 42.

Bend 10 6 11 9 — 36

Grants Pass 10 7 11 14 — 42

3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Phillips 1, Syfert 1). Fouled out — McConnell, Isaak.

JV score — Bend 49, Grants Pass 26.

ST. MARY'S 68, BANDON 41 — At Bandon, St. Mary's used a full-court, man-to-man press to stymie Bandon and pick up an easy season-opening win.

Sophomore guard Lillian Martin had 12 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals to lead the Crusaders, while junior post Nina Console added 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Sophomore wing Sarah Ramsay also played well for St. Mary's, contributing 11 points and five boards.

ST. MARY'S (68) — Deboer 1, E. Alvarez 5, Console 12, R. Alvarez 3, Harrie 2, Martin 12, Holton 4, Vasey 4, Weiland 8, Ramsay 11, Rothfus 2, Juncal 0. Totals: 25 12-18 68.

BANDON (41) — H. Smith 4, Iverson 9, Peters 2, McGeehon 5, M. Smith 2, Valentine 4, Wahl 15, Schoommaker 0. Totals: 14 13-19 41.

St. Mary's 20 21 10 17 — 68

Bandon 11 10 10 10 — 41

3-point goals — St. Mary's 6 (E. Alvarez 1, Martin 2, Ramsay 3).

JV score — St. Mary's 49, Bandon 23.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 47, ILLINOIS VALLEY 31 — At Elkton, Kristen Vidales and Thea Barker-Cortrecht both scored eight points for Illinois Valley (0-3) in an Elkton Tip-Off Tournament game.

Tori Castle scored 16 points and Carly Bigby had 12 for Hosanna Christian, which led 24-19 at halftime.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (31) — Vidales 8, Barker-Cortrecht 8, S. Frederick 2, LaFlamme 2, Wellen 3, Augustadt 1, Dixon 2, Crow 2, Burns 3, T. Frederick 0, Brooks 0, Stewart 0, Jones 0. Totals: 11 9-16 31.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN (47) — Castle 16, Bigby 12, Sundet 7, Hampton 7, P. Moro 3, Smith 2, B. Moro 0, Prowless 0, Keopke 0, Jones 0. Totals: 19 8-16 47.

Illinois Valley 9 10 9 3 — 31

Hosanna Christian 16 8 18 5 — 47

3-point goals — Hosanna Christian 1 (Sundet 1).

BUTTE FALLS 53, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 17 — At Canyonville, Sierra Kirkpatrick turned in 19 points and four assists and Tamika Funk added 15 points, seven steals and four assists to lead Butte Falls to a third-place showing at the Canyonville Christian Academy Invitational.

The Loggers, who led 12-2 after one quarter, improved to 1-1 overall. Kirkpatrick was named to the all-tournament team.

BUTTE FALLS (53) — Kirkpatrick 19, Dearmore 6, Funk 15, Hanson 0, Ramirez 6, O'Keefe 2, Sutton 0, Hobbs 2, Porier 0, Myers 3. Totals: 24 4-12 53.

CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN (17) — Eck 2, Ho 0, Huang 0, Liu 1, Tuan 4, Teng 4, Chen 6, Gnzmer 0. Totals: 7 3-14 17.

Butte Falls 12 17 12 12 — 53

Canyonville Christian 2 6 1 8 — 17

3-point goals — Butte Falls (Kirkpatrick 1).

GILCHRIST 41, PROSPECT 32 — At Gilchrist, Heather Lass had 14 points, 16 rebounds and three steals for Prospect in nonconference play.

Taylor Reynolds offered up four points and nine rebounds and Hanna Bailey recorded six points for the Cougars (0-2), who were outscored 18-9 in the fourth quarter.

Brenna Gravitt had 19 points and Ashley James added 16 for Gilchrist.

PROSPECT (32) — J. VanWormer 4, Bailey 6, Lass 14, Pinkerton 0, M. Hedgpeth 2, Reynolds 4, H. VanWormer 0, Biando 0, Sizemore 2, H. Hedgpeth 0, Hundley 0. Totals: 15 2-6 32.

GILCHRIST (41) — Bean 0, A. James 16, McGregor 0, Gravitt 19, Heater 3, Kooker 2, Longbotham 0, S. Harris 0, A. Harris 0, C. James 0, Barstad 0, Smith 0. Totals: 15 11-31 41.

Prospect 5 10 8 9 — 32

Gilchrist 10 9 4 18 — 41

Fouled out — J. VanWormer, Pinkerton.