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Crater's defense keys triumph over Churchill

CENTRAL POINT — Although its shots were not falling with regularity, the Crater girls basketball team took control in all other facets against Churchill on Thursday.

The Comets forced 31 turnovers and made their defense their best offense in a 49-22 Midwestern League rout at Crater High School.

Courtney Setzer led the way with 12 points and seven rebounds for Crater (20-1, 10-0 MWL), while Cheyenne Scott set the pace defensively with seven steals to go with nine points and four rebounds.

“We just kept pressuring them even though we were shooting really poorly,” said coach David Heard, whose Comets built a 31-12 halftime lead. “We were getting steals and turning them into points.”

The Lancers’ Khadija Smith, who put up 18 points in the previous meeting between the teams, was held without a field goal and limited to just four points on free throws.

The Comets yielded two points in the third quarter while limiting the Lancers (8-13, 3-6 MWL) to eight made baskets overall. Crater also held a 42-29 rebounding advantage.

Destiny Fahndrich added 10 points for the Comets, and Mallory Heard had seven rebounds to go with three points and three assists.

With a victory over Eagle Point on Tuesday, the Comets would solidify at least a tie for the MWL title. Crater's final league game is against second-place Springfield (12-7, 7-1). The Comets eked past Springfield 45-43 in their previous contest.

CHURCHILL (22) — Moriguchi 3, Nesbitt 2, Brehmer 0, Keller 0, Williams 4, Smith 4, Fitkin 0, Couts 4, Sanders 0, Haugen 5, Nitkowski 0. Totals: 8-36 5-8 22.

CRATER (49) — Gavin 0, Bascom 5, Bean 2, Fahndrich 10, E. Scott 0, Heard 3, Noles 2, C. Scott 9, Berriochoa 1, Ryerson 3, Woodard 0, Setzer 12, Lane 0, Kent 2. Totals: 16-73 13-19 49.

Churchill;4;8;2;8;—;22

Crater;12;19;12;6;—;49

3-point goals — Churchill 1 (Haugen), Crater 4 (Fahndrich 2, C. Scott 1, Ryerson 1).

JV result — Crater won.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 46, TRIAD 41 (OT): Hannah Wood’s 3-pointer with six seconds remaining catapulted Rogue Valley Adventist into overtime, where the host Red Tail Hawks eased past Triad.

Ashton Petray went for 17 points, five rebounds and four steals, but she and Wood combined in overtime to sink Triad (7-12, 6-6 Mountain Valley League) at the free throw line.

Wood scored 14 points while Rose Tovar contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks (13-10, 7-6 MVL), who are locked into the league’s fifth seed for the postseason. Carli Zamora added 14 boards to go with three steals.

Boys

TRIAD 46, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 34: Playing with just five players, Rogue Valley Adventist ran out of gas down the stretch but gave the Mountain Valley League’s top squad a scare.

The Red Tail Hawks (14-10, 6-7 MVL), who were dealt a 75-40 defeat by Triad in their previous meeting, were within three points late in the fourth quarter before the Timberwolves (14-5, 11-1 MVL) pulled away.

Trevor Haugen racked up 16 points, 13 rebounds and three steals for the Red Tail Hawks, who have already sewed up the fifth seed for the district tournament. Jared Cumbee registered 10 points, seven boards and three steals, and Joey Katzenbach had eight points and 10 boards for RVA.