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Santiam Christian drops Challengers in two OTs

Poor free-throw shooting proved costly to host Cascade Christian in the opening round of the eight-team boys bracket of the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic at Cascade Christian High Monday.

The Challengers got strong play from forwards Brandon Winter and Carson Cochran but fell in double overtime to Santiam Christian, 68-57.

Cascade Christian (5-2) drops into the consolation bracket and will face Eagle Point at 1:30 p.m. at the Challengers' gym, while Santiam Christian (5-1) moves into the semifinals against Harrisburg today.

Winter, a 6-foot-3 senior, and the 6-4 junior Cochran each scored 13 points to pace Cascade Christian.

“Our two forwards played a solid game inside,” said Morse. “They were taking it hard to the hole.”

With six seconds left in regulation, Cole Hadley made the first of two free throws to put Cascade Christian ahead 46-44, But Hadley missed the second foul shot and Brady Patterson sank a layin just before the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

In the second overtime, the Eagles connected on 9 of 11 free throws to seal the victory.

“The big thing was the free throws,” said Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse, whose team was 10 of 22 from the foul line. “At one point we missed nine free throws in a row.”

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN (68): Patterson 16, Swigart-Risinger 9, Draper 11, Anderson-Smith 0, Graham 0, Carley 0, Kontra 16, Bain 5, Hendrix 0, Smith 10, Stutzman 0. Totals: 20 18-25 68.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (57): Palmer 9, Dunn 5, Wheeler 0, Morse 8, McLemore 0, Hadley 10, Flores-Alatorre 0, Cochran 13, Winter 13. Totals: 21 10-22 68.

Santiam Christian;9;14;14;9;7;15;—;68

Cascade 6;12;14;14;7;4;—;57

3-point goals Santiam Christian 9 (Swigart-Risinger 1, Draper 3, Kontra 3, Bain 1, Smith 1), Cascade Christian 5 (Palmer 1, Hadley 3, Cochran 1). Fouled out — Bain, Palmer, Dunn.

ST. MARY’S 54, CRATER 49: Tyler West made 4 of 5 free throws down the stretch to help undefeated St. Mary’s hold on in the opening-round victory.

St. Mary’s (7-0) plays Nyssa, a 69-28 winner over Myrtle Point, in today’s semifinals at 4:30 p.m.

Michael Crennen led the Crusaders with 19 points and also grabbed eight rebounds, while Connor Vinyard scored 15 points to go with 12 rebounds and four steals.

Crater (2-5) was paced by senior guard Tanner Mallams’ 11 points.

ST. MARY’S (54): West 9, Rothfus 2, Conway 5, Eaton 4, Yaeger 0, Vinyard 15, Crennen 19, Sue 0.

CRATER (49): White 4, Howell 7, Kramer 3, Ke. Edwards 12, Henderson 8, Mallams 11, Ko. Edwards 4.

St. Mary’s;13;10;12;19;—;54

Crater;15;9;8;17;—;49

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 1 (Conway 1), Crater 4 (Howell 1, Henderson 1, Mallams 2). Fouled out — Rothfus, Eaton.

HARRISBURG 59, EAGLE POINT 54: Tel Jones tossed in a game-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and Harrisburg rallied in the fourth-quarter to post the first-round victory.

Eagle Point (2-4) held a 43-40 lead over Harrisburg (4-2) going into the final period.

Mario Reyes-Serna, a senior guard, paced the Eagles with 12 points and sophomore guard Coldin Shopp added 10. Jax Bell pulled down nine rebounds for the Eagles.

EAGLE POINT (54): Nielsen 2, Rodgers 4, Perkins 1, Shopp 10, Hill 0, Reyes-Serna 12, L. Scott 2, McHugh 0, Z. Scott 8, Quintero 10, Morgan 0, Bell 5. Totals: 21 8-13 54.

HARRISBURG (59): Alonzo 2, Logan 0, Stephen 4, Jones 21, Conway 9, Bryce 2, Hunter 4, Joey 10, Elijah 0, James 7. Totals: 22 7-10 59

Eagle Point;16;12;15;11;—;54

Harrisburg;21;12 7;19;—;59

3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Z. Scott 2, Reyes-Serna 2), Harrisburg 8 (Jones 5, Conway 1, Joey 2).

EAGLE POINT JV 56, BUTTE FALLS 47: Jimmy Kinyon went for 18 points and six rebounds but Butte Falls wasn’t able to hang with Eagle Point’s junior varsity at Cascade Christian High.

The Loggers (1-4) also got nine points and 13 rebounds from Kadin Ault.

MARSHFIELD JV 85, BUTTE FALLS 42: Tyler Davis led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds for Butte Falls.

Jimmy Kinyon added 12 points and four boards with Kadin Ault chipping in 10 points and five rebounds for the Loggers (1-5).

Girls

CRATER 66, ST. MARY’S 23: Senior guard Emily Scott took advantage of her first start this season by scoring 15 of her 16 points in the second quarter to help Crater pull away in the opening-round contest.

Scott sant four 3-pointers in the second period as the Comets outscored St. Mary’s 24-7 and took a 37-9 halftime lead.

Mallory Heard added nine rebounds, eight steals and four assists for Crater (4-2).

St. Mary’s (3-4) top scorer was Adrienne Birmingham with seven points.

ST. MARY’S: Alvarez 3, Bennion 4, Miller 6, Wheelock 2, Birmingham 7, Ward 1, Vasey 0, Shean 0. Totals: 10 2-8 23.

CRATER (66): Ryerson 4, Yother 3, Gray 2, Fahndrich 7, E. Scott 16, Heard 4, C. Scott 12, Ellis 4, Woodward 10, Harris 2, Kent 2. Totals: 26 7-17 66.

St. Mary’s;2;7;12;2:—;23

Crater;13;24;18;11;—;66

3-point goals — Crater 7 (E. Scott 4, C. Scott 2, Woodward 1).

EAGLE POINT 57, PHOENIX 46: Adrienne Wood scored 29 points as Eagle Point pulled away.

The Eagles (2-5) will take on the winner of Monday’s late Cascade Christian-Harrisburg game today at 6 p.m.

Wood also collected five steals, Carlene Hart added 10 points and Ashli Meerten pulled down 11 rebounds for the Eagles.

The Pirates (1-5) were led by Kaylene Ritter’s 18 points.

PHOENIX (46): Burns 8, Tous 3, Ritter 18, Rodriguez 3, Lopez 4, Marroquin 5, Orndorff 2, De La Torre 2, Kentner 3. Totals: 15 16-23 46.

EAGLE POINT (57): Morris 1, Lilly 8, Crowe 5, Wood 29, C. Beal 2, Meerten 2, Hart 10, Miller 0, Alden 0. Totals: 19 17-27 57.

Phoenix;13;12;12;11;—;46

Eagle Point;10;13;18;16;—;57

3-point goals — Phoenix 2 (Tous 1, Ritter 1), Eagle Point 2 (Crowe 1, Wood 1). Fouled out — Meerten. Technical foul — Phoenix.