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Comets' defense shackles Grizzlies

ASHLAND — Cheyenne Scott’s hot shooting and the Crater full-court press doomed Ashland in Midwestern League girls basketball action Tuesday.

The Comets created 31 turnovers en route to a 58-39 victory over the Grizzlies at the Mountain Avenue gym.

“Our press forced a lot of turnovers that led to a lot of fastbreak points,” Crater coach David Heard said. “We did a good job of converting the steals into points.”

Scott benefitted from the defensive success by hitting 7 of 8 from 2-point range and finished with a game-high 20 points. Scott also had seven steals and five assists.

“The girls did a good job of finding (Scott) on the weak side of the zone,” said Heard. “She was hitting her shots and got a lot of steals in the press and did a good job converting.”

Crater’s success with its pressure defense resulted in a 38-15 halftime lead.

The Comets (9-5, 1-1 MWL) received productive all-around performances from Destiny Fahndrich and Mallory Heard. Fahndrich, a senior wing, scored 16 points to go with eight rebounds and seven steals, while Heard, a junior guard, added eight points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

For Ashland (2-11, 0-2), Hailee Hayes had a team-best nine points and Kasydie Winner and Ava Altig both scored eight. Winner grabbed eight rebounds as did teammate Mya Elder-Hammond, who also had five assists and three steals.

CRATER (58): Ryerson 0, Yother 2, Jensen 0, Gray 0, Fahndrich 16, E. Scott 2, Heard 8, C. Scott 20, Ellis 0, Lane 0, Woodard 3, Pons 0, Kent 7. Totals: 21-57 10-17 58.

ASHLAND (39): Voskes 0, Winner 8, Altig 8, Miller 0, Hayes 9, O’Conner 7, Elder-Hammond 5, Rooney 2. Totals: 12-32 11-17 39.

Crater;19;19;5;15;—;58

Ashland;8;7;12;12;—;39

3-point goals — Crater 6 (Fahndrich 1, Heard 1, C. Scott 3, Woodard 1), Ashland 4 (Winner 1, Altig 2, Hayes 1).

JV result — Crater won.

GRANTS PASS 55, YREKA 32: At Grants Pass, Abi Johnson scored 16 points and Jacque Luaders added all 11 of her points in the second half to help lead Grants Pass to the nonleague victory.

Jordan Kujawski added eight points for the Cavers (6-4), who led 25-11 at halftime.

Nichelle Lafoon scored 11 points to pace Yreka (6-10).

YREKA (32): Smith 0, Brown 4, Crawford 0, Toolanen 5, Jochim 4, Buelna 4, Cox 4, Laffoon 11. Totals: 13 5-15 32.

GRANTS PASS (55): Klingler 6, Wise 2, Torgerson 0, Lapan 0, Johnson 16, Musser 0, Luaders 11, Tobey 4, Dinkel 6, Beck 0, Etheridge 2, Kujawski 8. Totals: 21 4-5 55.

Yreka;9;2;10;11;—;32

Grants Pass;14;11;16;14;—;55

3-point goals — Yreka 1 (Toolanen 1), Grants Pass 9 (Johnson 3, Luaders 3, Dinkel 2, Klingler 1).

NORTH VALLEY 52, PHOENIX 28: At Merlin, Phoenix led early but 32 turnovers proved costly in the Skyline Conference loss

The Pirates (6-8, 0-1 Sky) grabbed a 10-8 advantage after one quarter but the Knights stormed back to go up 28-17 at halftime.

Alexis De La Torre, a senior wing, paced Phoenix with 13 points and eight rebounds and junior guard Kaylene Ritter chipped in 10 points.

Amanda Stewart led all scorers with 20 points for North Valley (7-7, 1-0).

PHOENIX (28): Burns 2, Ritter 10, Lopez 2, Marroquin 1, De La Torre 13, Hague 0, Tous 0, Rodriguez 0, Orndorff 0, Peugh 0, Kentner 0. Totals: 11 6-16 28

NORTH VALLEY (52): Kirkland 2, Touey 3, Banuelos 5, Robles 5, Stewart 20, Otteson 4, Rau 8, Kersten 5, Huff 0, Welch 0 Kelly 0. Totals: 22 5-11 52.

Phoenix;10;7;7;4;—;28

North Valley;8;20;6;18;—;52

3-point goals — North Valley 3 (Touey 2, Robles 1, Kersten 1).

JV result — North Valley won.

ROGUE RIVER 33, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 32: Freshman forward Emily Stephens posted a double-double for Cascade Christian during the Southern Cascade League home loss.

Stephens scored a game-high 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.

Rogue River (3-9, 1-0 SCL) trailed 18-13 at halftime but built as much as a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, then held off the Challengers (1-10, 0-1).

The Chieftains were paced by sophomore Sequoia Worthington with 11 points.

ROGUE RIVER (33): Hamilton 8, K. Worthington 6, Langfield 4, S. Worthington 11, Herinckx 0, Birdsall 4, Howard 0. Totals: 13 7-20 33.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (32): Alexander 2, Brown 12, Stephens 16, Johnston 2, Plankenhorn 0, Laird 0, Beard 0, Rineman 0, Payne 0. Totals: 12 5-15 32.

Rogue River;8;5;9;11;—;33

Cascade Christian;8;10;4;10;—;32

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 1 (Brown 1).

RV ADVENTIST 41, CHILOQUIN 38: At Chiloquin, Savannah Zamora had 11 points and four steals and Ashton Petray added 10 points and two steals to lead Rogue Valley Adventist to a key road win in Mountain Valley League action.

Carli Zamora added eight points and seven rebounds for the Red Tail Hawks (10-3, 4-1 MVL), who led 24-17 at halftime and went 8-for-14 from the foul line to secure the win.

The loss was the first in MVL play for Chiloquin (7-5, 4-1).

PROSPECT 44, BUTTE FALLS 42: At Prospect, Savannah Breiholz scored nine of her 11 points in the fourth quarter and had six steals to help Prospect rally past Butte Falls in Mountain Valley League play.

Julia Latona added 10 points and Baley VanWormer had eight points and six blocks for Prospect (6-8, 1-4 MVL), with Latona and VanWormer also adding four steals apiece.

Butte Falls (4-7, 0-5) led by two points midway through the fourth quarter when Katie Munsell fouled out, leaving the Loggers to play with four players down the stretch. Munsell finished with 13 points, while Raleigh Weaver scored seven of her nine points in the final frame.

Boys

NORTH VALLEY 52, PHOENIX 50: At Merlin, Elias Stegemiller scored 16 points and Darron Scott’s putback basket with three seconds to go lifted North Valley to the Skyline Conference-opening win.

Angel Sauceda drilled four 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and four assists for Phoenix (3-11, 0-1 Skyline). Thomas Skaff totaled 12 points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals, Mase Masalosalo had 11 points and seven rebounds and Kyle Botermans added 10 points and six rebounds for the Pirates.

Scott and Michael Martz each finished with 10 points for the Knights (8-5, 1-0).

PHOENIX (50): Masalosalo 11, Sauceda 13, Skaff 12, Knowles 2, Sabino 0, George 2, Ky. Botermans 10, Turnbull 0, Beer 0. Totals: 17 6 10-15 50.

NORTH VALLEY (52): A. Hobgood 4, J. Lauby 5, Stegemiller 16, C. Hobgood 2, Martz 10, Scott 10, C. Lauby 3, Segura 2, Dubawsky 0, Blaich 0. Totals: 21 3 7-13 52.

Phoenix;9;17;10;13;—;50

North Valley;12;11;16;13;—;52

3-point goals — Phoenix 6 (Sauceda 4, Skaff 2), North Valley 3 (J. Lauby 1, Stegemiller 1, C. Lauby 1).

JV result — North Valley won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 53, ROGUE RIVER 37: Cascade Christian jumped on Rogue River early in the spirited game between Southern Cascade League foes at the Cascade gym.

After grabbing a 12-point first quarter lead, the Challengers (10-3, 1-0 SCL) battled Rogue River even over the next two periods.

Chad Morse paced Cascade Christian with 14 points, including eight in the first quarter, and Carson Cochran added 11. Cochran grabbed nine rebounds and five of Morse’s six rebounds came on the offensive end.

For Rogue River (7-11, 0-1), Rio Lopez and Chris Campbell both had 10 points.

ROGUE RIVER (37): Lopez 10, Campbell 10, Woodall 7, Ehrhardt 3, Valle 3, Nelson 0, Tambellini 0, Pratt 2, Hansen 2. Totals:10 13-19 37.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (53): Palmer 8, Dunn 8, Wheeler 0, Morse 14, McLemore 6, Agnifili 0, Hadley 5, Flores-Alatorre 0, Cochran 11, Winter 1. Totals: 17 14-26 53.

Rogue River;4;12;8;13;—;37

Cascade Christian; 16;12;8;17;—;53

3-point goals — Rogue River 4 (Campbell 3, Valle 1), Cascade Christian 5 (Palmer 1, Morse 2, Hadley 1, Cochran 1). Fouled out — Pratt, Winter, Morse. Technical fouls — Palmer, Rogue River coach Haynes 2.

CHILOQUIN 59, RV ADVENTIST 47: At Chiloquin, Trevor Haugen notched 26 points and four rebounds but Rogue Valley Adventist fell short in part because of too many turnovers in the Mountain Valley League affair.

Jared Cumbee finished with eight points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Red Tail Hawks (7-6, 3-2 MVL), while Nathaniel James added eight points and three rebounds against Chiloquin (8-4, 4-1).

PROSPECT 48, BUTTE FALLS 41: At Prospect, Prospect outscored Butte Falls 12-5 in the fourth quarter to pull out the MVL victory.

The teams were tied 36-all entering the final period.

Prospect (5-10, 3-2 MVL) was led by Sean Derr’s 15 points and 15 rebounds. Jarred Gaines added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars.

Luke McGonagle had 11 points and seven rebounds for Butte Falls (2-10, 1-3) and Wil Bateman also had 11 points.