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St. Mary's downs Harrisburg for third place

After St. Mary's post Michael Crennen went down with an ankle injury early in a boys basketball game against Harrisburg Wednesday, a handful of Crusaders helped fill the void left by the star post.

in the contest, the St. Mary’s boys basketball team had a handful of players fill the void, including Kodiak Yaeger and Eli Conway down the stretch on Wednesday.

Eli Conway’s jumper in the key with 38 seconds to play put St. Mary's up by four points, and Kodiak Yaeger sank a pair of free throws as the Crusaders won, 52-48, to lock up third place in the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic at Cascade Christian High.

St. Mary's (8-1) had been perfect through seven games until losing to Nyssa in the semifinals. Nyssa fell to Santiam Christian in the title game, 36-35.

“It was a good bounce-back win after just not playing our game yesterday,” said St. Mary’s coach Greg Conway. “After our workhorse, Mike, went down, to have us rebound and get back to the way we like to play was a good way to bounce back.”

Crennen sprained an ankle late in the first quarter and did not return. His status for Monday’s game in the Crusader New Year’s Invitational in Salem, against Harrisburg again, is up in the air.

Fortunately for St. Mary’s, its other go-to guy, Connor Vinyard, put up 18 points and 12 rebounds. After Vinyard picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter, however, the Crusaders watched their 16-point lead slowly disappear. Harrisburg whittled the deficit to two late in the fourth.

The physical game resulted in each team shooting 35 free throws and three players fouling out.

One of St. Mary’s players who fouled out was Hunter Rothfus, whose defense helped limit Harrisburg’s top scorer, Pel Jones, to 17 points.

“He just played stellar defense against their main guy (Jones),” said Greg Conway. “He just really frustrated the heck out of him and made him work hard for everything.”

Rothfus finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Kelly Eaton pulled down 10 boards. Yaeger and Conway had six points apiece, with Conway also collecting five rebounds and a pair of steals.

HARRISBURG (48): Ranch 6, Oakerman 2, Parmenter 4, Jones 17, Headings 6, Kuschel 0, Knox 8, Perry 4, Morton 1. Totals: 12 19-35 48.

ST. MARY’S (52): West 7, Rothfus 11, Conway 6, Eaton 0, Yaeger 6, Vinyard 18, Crennen 4, Sue 0. Totals: 16 18-35 52.

Harrisburg;16;4;11;17;—;48

St. Mary’s;11;14;15;12;—;52

3-point goals — Harrisburg 5 (Jones 2, Ranch 1, Headings 1, Perry 1), St. Mary’s 2 (Yaeger 1, Vinyard 1). Fouled out — Vinyard, Rothfus, Headings.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 63, CRATER 50: Carson Cochran poured in 18 points to guide tournament host Cascade Christian to fourth place.

Cochran was 4-for-4 on 3-pointers and 7-for-8 overall for the Challengers (7-2), who were 11 of 17 from downtown and sprung out to a 37-22 lead over Crater (3-6). Reserve Joel McLemore made all of his three 3-pointers for nine points.

The Comets’ Kiefer Edwards led all scores with 19 points.

CRATER (50): White 4, Branes 7, Lane 0, Howell 2, Kramer 0, Kiefer Edwards 19, Henderson 5, Muraviov 0, Mallams 9, Ko. Edwards 4, 18 8-15 50.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (63): Palmer 9, Dunn 5, Wheeler 0, Morse 6, McLemore 9, Hadley 7, Flores-Alatorre 0, Cochran 18, Winter 9. Totals: 24 4-7 63.

Crater;15;7;16;12;—;50

Cascade Christian;18;19;16;10;—;63

3-point goals Crater 6 (Mallams 3, Ki. Edwards 2, White 1), Cascade Christian 11 (Palmer 2, Dunn 1, McLemore 3, Hadley 1, Cochran 4).

EAGLE POINT 68, MYRTLE POINT 37: Mario Quintero scored 18 points and Zakk Scott added 14 for Eagle Point in consolation action.

Levi Scott had 10 points for the Eagles (3-5), who led 24-13 at halftime.

EAGLE POINT (68): Nielsen 7, Perkins 3, Shopp 4, Hill 4, Reyes-Serna 2, L. Scott 10, McHugh 2, Z. Scott 14, Quintero 18, Vasquez 3, Morgan 0, Bell 1. Totals: 24 12-19 68.

MYRTLE POINT (37): Isehart 2, Sears 7, Aasen 0, Shinn 3, Stevens 2, Miller 8, McCloud 0, Robbins 0, Strain 0, Newton 6, Herman 6. Totals: 15 5-7 37.

Eagle Point;9;15;21;23;—;68

Myrtle Point;6;7;8;16;—;37

3-point goals — Eagle Point 8 (Nielsen 1, Perkins 1, L. Scott 1, Z. Scott 2, Quintero 3), Myrtle Point 2 (Sears 1, Herman 1).

Girls

NYSSA 51, PHOENIX 21: Alexis De La Torre and Kaylene Ritter each scored seven points for Phoenix in the fourth-place contest.

The Pirates (2-6) trailed 30-8 at halftime against Nyssa (7-2).

PHOENIX (21): Ritter 7, Rodriguez 4, Orndorff 1, De La Torre 7, Kentner 2, Hague 0, Lopez 0, Burns 0, Marroquin 0, Peugh 0. Totals: 8 4-13 21.

NYSSA (51): Arredondo 8, R. Hartley 1, Ramirez 4, Mitchell 4, Hernandez 16, Phillips 2, A. Trujillo 2, S. Hartley 2, Martinez 8, Olvera 4, L. Trujillo 0. Totals: 20 8-17 51.

Phoenix;4;4;7;6;—;21

Nyssa;15;15;11;10;—;51

3-point goals — Phoenix 1 (Ritter 1), Nyssa 3 (Martinez 2, Arredondo 1).

ST. MARY’S 48, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 24: Ibixica Alvarez had a career-high 15 points with four 3-point makes and Emma Bennion scored 14 for St. Mary’s in a consolation game.

Sabrina Miller added eight points for the Crusaders (4-5), who led 24-12 at halftime. Emily Stephens recorded 11 points for Cascade Christian (0-6).

ST. MARY’S (48): Alvarez 15, Bennion 14, Vasey 5, Miller 8, Birmingham 6, Wheelock 0, Ward 0, Shean 0. Totals: 17 9-19 48.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (24): Alvarez 6, Alexander 2, Brown 2, Stephens 11, Payne 3, Laird 0, Beard 0, Rineman 0. Totals: 9 5-18 24.

St. Mary’s;10;14;14;10;—;48

Cascade Christian;8;4;11;1;—;24

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 5 (Alvarez 4, Birmingham 1), Cascade Christian 1 (Payne 1).

BUTTE FALLS 53, CASCADE CHRISTIAN JV 41: Katie Munsell set career highs with 30 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Butte Falls, which played well without post Raleigh Weaver.

Angel Johnston started in Weaver’s absence and had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Because of vacations, the Loggers (4-2) had only five players.