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Third-quarter surge propels Comets

CENTRAL POINT — Not even coach David Heard can seem to explain what it is about the third quarter that puts his Crater girls basketball team on top of its game.

The Comets had a poor shooting night Friday but made up for it in the third quarter where they raced away from Marist for a 55-35 Midwestern League victory at Crater High School.

“I don’t know what it is,” said Heard on Crater’s season-long third-quarter success. “Later in the game, I think we wear on people. But we tend to focus better in the second half, and especially in the third quarter.”

Crater (18-1, 8-0 MWL) trailed entering the second quarter but limited Marist (10-10, 5-3) to just five points in the frame before outscoring the Spartans 23-9 in the third.

Courtney Setzer was consistent as usual but was particularly special on the defensive end. She generated 17 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and four steals.

“With the blocks and steals, I’d say defensively, that was one of her best games,” said Heard. “She was just consistent. She didn’t dominate any one quarter. That’s just how she is. She just does that every night.”

As a whole, the Comets were anything but consistent shooting the ball with a 20-for-61 showing from the field. The tradeoff was on the defensive end where the Comets forced 33 turnovers, 22 of which were steals

Cheyenne Scott contributed 15 points and five steals for the Comets, while Mallory Heard added eight points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals and Destiny Fahndrich scored nine points.

MARIST (35) — Harrison 4, Yates 0, Laing 1, Haney 6, Knudtson 3, Silver 2, Peterson 4, C. Eagen 9, L. Eagen 6. Totals: 12-32 8-10 35.

CRATER (55) — Gavin 3, Bascom 3, Bean 0, Fahndrich 9, E. Scott 0, Heard 8, Noles 0, C. Scott 15, Berriochoa 0, Ryerson 0, Kent 0, Setzer 17. Totals: 20-61 9-14 55.

Marist;14;5;9;7;—;35

Crater;11;13;23;8;—;55

3-point goals — Marist 3 (Haney 1, Knudtson 1, C. Eagen 1), Crater 6 (Heard 2, Gavin 1, Bascom 1, Fahndrich 1, C. Scott 1).

JV result — Crater won.

CHURCHILL 51, ASHLAND 44: At Eugene, Georgia Williams dropped in 18 points for Ashland which had its fourth-quarter rally stymied against Churchill in MWL play.

The Grizzlies (7-11, 0-8 MWL) sliced a nine-point deficit to three in the final period but were unable to land their first league victory.

Michaela Dunn and Leilani Sukles chipped in 10 points apiece for Ashland. Lexie Brehmer led Churchill (8-11, 3-4) with 15 points.

ASHLAND (44) — Williams 18, Altig 3, Teixeira 1, Dunn 10, Sukles 10, Webster 2, Elder-Hammond 0, Crane 0, Read 0. Totals: 16 8-13 44.

CHURCHILL (51) — Brehmer 15, Keller 3, Williams 7, Smith 14, Couts 4, Haugen 8, Bass 0, McDonagh 0. Totals: 15 14-16 51.

Ashland;8;10;6;20;—;44

Churchill;5;16;12;18;—;51

3-point goals — Ashland 4, (Williams 2, Altig 1, Dunn 1), Churchill 5 (Haugen 2, Brehmer 1, Keller 1, Williams 1). Fouled out — Bass.

JV result — Churchill won.

SOUTH MEDFORD 88, THURSTON 35: At Springfield, South Medford played very unselfish basketball as the Panthers assisted on 28 of 34 total field goals in a dominating Southwest Conference win.

Andee Ritter notched a double-double for the Panthers (15-4, 8-0 SWC) with 12 points and 10 assists while Hannah Washington added nine points and 14 rebounds. Julissa Tago and Keyari Sleezer each netted 16 points for South and Lauren Orndoff had 15.

SOUTH MEDFORD (88) — Williams 8, Tago 16, Johnson 0, Ritter 12, Orndoff 15, Sleezer 16, Lemons 4, Falls 8, Washington 9. Totals: 34 15-23 88.

THURSTON (35) — Gilbert 4, Minium 1, Gallup 2, Regas 8, Keefauver 6, Aldrich 3, Hunter 3, Rich 8, Stedman 0, Yungbauer 0. Totals: 13 13-44 35.

South Medford;29;24;16;19;—;88

Thurston;12;6;13;4;—;35

3-point goals — South Medford 5 (Ritter 2, Tago 1, Sleezer 1, Lemons 1), Thurston 1 (Aldrich 1).

Fouled out — Falls. Technical fouls — South Medford bench.

WILLAMETTE 30, NORTH MEDFORD 27: North Medford held a halftime lead but a big third quarter by Willamette proved decisive in the SWC contest at North Medford High.

The Black Tornado (9-10, 4-5 SWC) held an 18-14 halftime margin before the Wolverines (5-13, 3-6) took the lead midway through the third period and never trailed again.

Savannah Bumgardner paced North with nine points and senior Lexi Hall provided six steals.

Bailey Lincoln-Bates and Rachel Strasdas both had 11 points for Willamette.

WILLAMETTE (30) — Ngo 5, Baker 0, Lincoln-Bates 11, Strasdas 11, Hawke 0, Aguirre 3, Haller 0. Totals: 10 7-14 30.

NORTH MEDFORD (27) — Martin 0, Ross 0, Bumgardner 9, Karrick 4, Hall 4, Freeman 5, Fossen 5, Covington 0. Totals: 10 4-6 27.

Willamette;7;7;12;4;—;30

North Medford;9;9;4;5;—;27

3-point goals — Willamette 3 (Strasdas 3), North Medford 3 (Hall 1, Freeman 1, Fossen 1). Fouled out — Hall

JV result — North Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 53, SOUTH EUGENE 49: At Eugene, Jacque Luaders scored 13 points and Kayla Miller added 11 to guide Grants Pass past host South Eugene in the fourth quarter.

The Cavers (6-12, 4-5 SWC) entered the final period in a 35-all tie with the Axemen.

South Eugene (8-11, 1-8) received 25 points from Hannah Nordstrand.

GRANTS PASS (53) — Luaders 13, Miller 11, Dinkel 8, Lopez 7, Tobey 6, Torgerson 6, Johnson 2, Brummett 0, Musser 0. Totals: 20 7-9 53.

SOUTH EUGENE (49) — Nordstrand 25, Pierce 7, Marsh 6, Bowers 4, McAninch 4, Bineham 2, Stolph 0. Totals: 21 9-12 49.

Grants Pass;11;9;15;18;—;53

South Eugene;10;8;17;14;—;49

3-point goals — Grants Pass 6 (Miller 3, Luaders 3), South Eugene 3 (Pierce 3).

KLAMATH UNION 61, PHOENIX 53: At Phoenix, Bailee Tally scored a career-high 35 points in a losing effort for Phoenix in the Skyline home game.

Tally, a senior guard, scored 20 of the Pirates' 27 points in the second quarter.

Phoenix (5-15, 1-7 Sky) led 40-35 at halftime — the most points the Pirates have scored by that point all season.

Alexis De La Torre added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Pirates.

KLAMATH UNION (61) — Bacchetti 6, Choukalos 6, Rice 14, Haupt 8, K. Newman 12, J. Newman 7, Najar 8, Pimentel 0, Vanover 0. Totals: 25 8-18 61.

PHOENIX (53) — Tally 35, De La Torre 14, Barger 2, Burns 2, McLennan 0, Wallack 0, LaNier 0. Totals: 21 9-20 53.

Klamath Union;17;18;14;12;—;61

Phoenix;13;27;6;7;—;53

3 point goals — Klamath Union 3 (Najar 2, Rice 1), Phoenix 2 (Tally 2). Fouled out — De La Torre.

JV result — Klamath Union won.

ST. MARY'S 54, ROGUE RIVER 28: Emily Alvarez scored 13 points and Viv Juncal added nine points for St. Mary's during the Southern Cascade League rout.

Melissa Lara added eight points for the Crusaders (11-10, 5-1 SCL), who are tied with Lakeview for first place in the league standings.

Anjelica Pamplona had 10 points for Rogue River (7-14, 1-5), which fell behind 22-1 in the first quarter.

ROGUE RIVER (28) — Hamilton 1, K. Worthington 2, M. Worthington 2, Moore 4, Pamplona 10, Smith 2, S. Worthington 7, Rideout 0, Magley 0, Emerson 0, Birdsall 0, Moydoll 0. Totals: 7 13-26 28.

ST. MARY'S (54) — Hough 6, Alvarez 13, Vasey 2, Miller 4, Juncal 9, Rothfus 6, Austin 1, Lara 8, Birmingham 5, Clement 0. Totals: 22 4-12 54.

Rogue River;1;13;5;9;—;28

St. Mary's;22;13;9;10;—;54

3-point goals — Rogue River 1 (S. Worthington 1), St. Mary's 6 (Alvarez 3, Juncal 1, Rothfus 1, Lara 1).