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Setzer sparks Crater to state trophy

Crater's Courtney Setzer led by example in a 50-36 third-place victory against Corvallis in the girls Class 5A state basketball tournament at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis Friday.

The senior post paced the Comets in four statistical categories and demonstrated a resolve — to finish her Crater career in a winning fashion — that her teammates followed.

"She's always one step ahead of everybody," Crater coach David Heard said of the Midwestern League player of the year. "She's so smart at both end of the floor. She picks up all kinds of stats."

Setzer had Crater highs in points (15), rebounds (9), assists (4) and blocks (2). She was 5-for-10 from the field and made all five free throws.

"(Setzer) was aggressive and we got her the ball in the right places," said Heard.

Corvallis (22-6) came out on fire and led 13-3 in the first quarter.

"Right off the bat they hit four 3's in a row," said Heard, "so we switched our defense around a little bit. It kinda woke us up."

That's an understatement as the Comets (25-3) outscored Corvallis 19-4 the rest of the half.

That carried over to the third quarter when the Comets had a 16-6 advantage leading to a 38-23 margin entering the final stanza.

"We did a better job extending our defense," explained Heard. "We started making plays, hitting shots and running a lot."

Junior Destiny Fahndrich also turned in an inspired performance for the Comets and was selected as the OSAA Crater player of the game.

Fahndrich scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and was 7-of-8 from the foul line.

"Destiny was a monster on the boards and had a couple of key steals," said Heard. "She was all over the place."

Cheyenne Scott, a junior point guard, also played a key role in the win with 13 points and three assists.

"We shared the ball and we played together on defense," said Heard. "Our team chemistry was really good. today.

This team has a sisterhood that allows them to play together as a unit."

This was the best Crater finish at the state tournament since a third place in 2010. Heard took the Comets to three championship games in four years from 1998-2001, but came up empty each time.

Heard used that as motivation prior to the trophy game: "I had to give them a history lesson to not take things for granted and how hard it is to get any trophy. They're not easy to come by. It's pretty special."

CORVALLIS (22-6) — Creswick 4-10 0-1 12, Dursch-Smith 1-5 4-6 6, Joss 2-12 0-0 6, A. Vallancey-Martins 3-7 0-0 6, Corbin 1-1 0-2 2, Harding 1-1 0-0 2, S. Vallancey-Martins 0-3 2-4 2, L. Beck 0-0 0-0 0, Hurley 0-1 0-0 0, Szeto 0-0 0-0 0, Poklemba 0-1 0-0 0, M. Beck 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-41 6-13 36.

CRATER (25-3) — Setzer 5-10 5-5 15, Scott 5-9 0-0 13, Fahndrich 3-8 7-8 13, Heard 4-12 1-2 9, Noles 0-1 0-0 0, Berriochoa 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Ryerson 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Scott 0-1 0-0 0, Lauren Bean 0-0 0-0 0, Bascom 0-5 0-1 0, Gavin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-46 13-16 50.

Corvallis;13;4;6;13; —;36

Crater;7;15;16;12;—;50

3-point goals — Corvallis 6-20 (Creswick 4-8, Joss 2-9, Hurley 0-1, Dursch-Smith 0-2), Crater 3-13 (Scott 3-5, Fahndrich 0-1, Heard 0-2, Noles 0-1, Bascom 0-3, Setzer 0-1). Fouled out — Dursch-Smith. Rebounds — Corvallis 34 (Joss 6), Crater 30 (Setzer 9). Assists — Corvallis 10 (S. Vallancey-Martins 3), Crater 12 (Setzer 4). Total fouls — Corvallis 14, Crater 13.