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Comets fall short against tough 4A champs

CENTRAL POINT — Sutherlin took advantage of free throw opportunities and kept its impressive girls basketball record alive with a 45-38 victory over Crater in the championship game of the Comets’ invitational tournament Saturday.

Sutherlin (5-0), which returns all its starters from a 27-0 team that won the 4A state crown last year, hasn’t dropped a regular season contest since 2011.

“They’re super solid, balanced, everybody passes well, shoots well,” said Crater coach David Heard. “For us, it was really good. It challenged us mentally and, even though we didn’t really answer the bell in some cases, it made us, I think, stronger for the season.”

The game was decided at the foul line, he said. Sutherlin was 19 of 30 and Crater (2-1) was 10 of 16.

The Comets’ Courtney Setzer and Mallory Heard fouled out, and coach Heard got a technical. Crater also lost Setzer for a time early when she injured her ankle. She returned and “battled and battled and battled,” said David Heard. “She was really great.”

Setzer led Crater with 12 points and 15 rebounds and Destiny Fahndrich had 10 points.

SUTHERLIN (45) — Mendenhall 13, Baker 2, Bell 0, Merrifield 2, Klein 3, Gulliford 7, R. Mock 10, K. Mock 8. Totals: 11-48 19-30 45.

CRATER (38) — Bascom 5, Fahndrich 10, Gavin 0, E. Scott 0, Heard 2, Noles 0, C. Scott 9, Ryerson 0, Setzer 12. Totals: 13-37 10-16 38.

Sutherlin;11;13;7;14—45

Crater;8;8;12;10—38

3-point goals — Sutherlin 4 (Mendenhall 3, Klein 1), Crater 2 (C. Scott 1, Setzer 1). Fouled out — Heard, Setzer. Technicals — Crater coach Heard.

NORTH MEDFORD 60, CENTURY 36: Freshman Maggie Freeman had 15 points, seven assists and seven rebounds and North Medford saw 11 players score during nonleague action at North Medford High.

Savannah Bumgardner contributed 14 points and Lexi Hall recorded 11 points and five rebounds for North Medford (2-2), which led 26-12 at halftime.

CENTURY (36) — Miller 11, McCormick 8, Weber 5, Buckley 3, Sery 2, Brophy 2, Barnes 2, Jacobs 0. Totals: 13 9-20 36.

NORTH MEDFORD (60) — Freeman 15, Bumgardner 14, Hall 11, Kuykendall 4, Fossen 4, Lane 2, Ross 2, Covington 2, McLemore 2, Fisk 2, Karrick 2, Parker 0, Martin 0, Hamilton 0. Totals: 26 8-15 60.

Century;8;4;9;15;—;36

North Medford;11;15;22;12;—;60

3-point goals — Century 1 (Buckley 1). Fouled out — Karrick, Martin.

WILSONVILLE 34, GRANTS PASS 28: At Wilsonville, Jacque Luaders led Grants Pass in scoring with 16 points, scoring eight of the Cavers’ 11 points in the fourth quarter.

GRANTS PASS (28) — Luaders 16, Miller 3, Brummett 2, Torgerson 2, Johnson 2, Dinkel 2, Tobey 1, Wise 0. Totals: 10 5-22 28.

WILSONVILLE (34) — Tale 12, Bynum 8, Burke 6, Mowis 4, Welberg 2, McNeil 2, Lucas 0, Welberg 0, Trese 0. Totals: 13 8-10 34.

Grants Pass;6;6;5;11;—;28

Wilsonville;9;4;14;7;—;34

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Luaders 3).

ASHLAND 48, RIDGEVIEW 42: At Central Point, Georgia Williams scored 20 of her 26 points in the first half for Ashland at the Crater Tournament.

The Grizzlies led by 16 at halftime.

Sierra Webster contributed 10 points for Ashland (3-2).

ASHLAND (48) — Williams 26, Webster 10, Sukles 6, Dunn 4, Altig 2, Honeycutt 0, Teixeira 0, Crane 0, Rooney 0. Totals: 19 7-12 48.

RIDGEVIEW (42) — Wilcox 8, Wilder 8, Woodward 7, Ross 6, Platt 5, Pinkerton 6, Whitney 2. Totals: 15 9-12 42. Totals: 15 9-12 42.

Ashland;17;15;8;8;—;48

Ridgewview;6;11;13;12;—;42

3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Williams 3).

ST. MARY’S 70, SAINT BERNARD’S 52: At Phoenix, senior Rose Alvarez erupted for a career-high 27 points with six 3-point makes as St. Mary’s earned its first win of the year at the Phoenix Tournament.

Meg Vacey recorded 14 points, eight rebounds and seven steals and Viv Juncal eight points for the Crusaders (1-4).

ST. BERNARD (52) — Legaz 5, Brown 14, Katri 6, Silvers 4, Tomlin 10, Parker 13, Johnson 0, Barnett 0, Bonomini 0. Totals: 18 15-23 52.

ST. MARY’S (70) — Alvarez 27, Vacey 14, Miller 8, Juncal 8, Rothfus 2, Austin 3, Birmingham 5, Clement 3, Hough 0. Totals: 24 15-17 70.

St. Bernard;20;13;13;6;—;52

St. Mary’s;22;20;9;19;—;70

3-point goals — St. Bernard 1 (Brown 1), St. Mary’s 7 (Rose 6, Birmingham 1). Fouled out — Rothfus.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 45, TAFT 24: At Phoenix, Cascade Christian was led by Nicole Morse’s 19 points, 12 steals and four blocks at the Phoenix Tournament.

Alysssa Brown had 10 points for Cascade Christian.

TAFT (24) — Lewis 15, Manary 5, Meglain 2, Oneal 2, Domingo 0. Totals 8 6-13 24.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (45) — Morse 19, Brown 10, Miller 7, Payne 6, Alvarez 3, Zimmerer 0, Kammerzell 0, Staley 0, Beard 0, Ash 0. Totals: 17 12-19 45.

Taft;6;3;10;6;—;24

Cascade Christian;10;13;10;12;—;45

3-poing goals — Taft 1 (Lewis 1), Cascade Christian 2 (Morse 1, Alvarez 1).

HARRISBURG 47, ROGUE RIVER 28: At Harrisburg, Kortney Moore led Rogue River with seven points and Bobbie Rideout added five points at the Harrisburg Tournament.

The Chieftains got off to a slow start, only scoring three points in the first quarter.

ROGUE RIVER (28) — Moore 7, Rideout 5, Pamplona 4, Lamar 4, Hamilton 4, K. Worthington 3, Smith 1, M. Worthington 0, Emerson 0, S. Worthington 0. Totals: 9 9-16 28

HARRISBURG (47) — Briggs 14, Allen 12, Mickleson 10, Kuschell 6, Ensley 3, Aceves-King 2, Hurd 0, Williams 0, Pelkey 0. Totals: 19 7-13 47.

Rogue River;3;9;11;5;—;28

Harrisburg;11;20;12;4;—;47

3-point goals — Rogue River 1 (Moore 1), Harrisburg 2 (Mickleson 1, Allen 1). Fouled out — Mickleson.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 47, R.V. ADVENTIST 27: Alllison Primeau had 19 points for Illinois Valley in nonleague action.

Hannah Wood recorded eight points and Claudia Velasco eight rebounds for RVA.

PROSPECT 31, BUTTE FALLS 30, OT: At Powers, Paige Price scored the only point in overtime to give Prospect the victory in the Powers Tournament.

Butte Falls (3-2) outscored Prospect (2-4) 9-1 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Raleigh Weaver scored 11 for the Loggers.

Prospect was paced by Baley VanWormer’s 10 points and eight rebounds, Haylee VanWormer’s eight points and Lakota Sizemore’s six boards.