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St. Mary's rides defense into semifinals

COOS BAY — St. Mary’s found itself in need of a kick-start in the Class 3A boys basketball state quarterfinals Thursday, and the Crusaders got it from their defense.

St. Mary’s defeated Blanchet Catholic of Salem, 44-33, at Marshfield High to move into the semifinals today against Portland Adventist Academy. Portland Adventist downed Amity, 84-82.

St. Mary’s and the Cougars meet at 1:45 p.m.

Both quarterfinals were upsets. St. Mary’s (21-6) is the sixth seed and defeated No. 3 Blanchet (22-6). Portland Adventist (19-9) is No. 10, and Amity (23-4) is No. 3.

De La Salle North Catholic plays Dayton in the other semifinal.

St. Mary’s game against Blanchet was one of swings. The Crusaders opened the contest with a 10-0 run, and the Cavaliers responded with a 17-0 spree.

The Crusaders trailed 24-20 at halftime.

After St. Mary’s opening surge, Blanchet called a timeout.

“I told the boys at that point that it was far from over,” said Crusaders coach Greg Conway. “They’re a very, very quality team, and they were going to hit us back. We took a little nose dive there.”

But the second half was a different story, as the St. Mary’s revved up its defense.

It limited Blanchet to only five points until only 1:18 was left in the game. That’s when the Cavaliers’ Ryan Scanlan made a four-point play — he was fouled on a successful 3-pointer and made the free throw — but the Crusaders still led 38-33 after the sequence.

Blanchet didn’t score again.

“Really, the defense was the difference-maker,” said Conway. “Our posts did a great job in the post, and our wings and guards did a great job on the perimeter. That combination really just shut them down.”

The difference between the first and second halves wasn’t schematic, he said.

“Our intensity picked up two notches on defense,” he said.

Michael Crennen had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Connor Vinyard had 15 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks for the Crusaders. Kele Eaton added five points and six assists.

ST. MARY’S (44): Crennen 18, Vinyard 18, Eaton 5, Conway 2, VanValkenburg 2, Yaeger 2, Rothfus 0, West 0. Totals: 15-39 14-19 44.

BLANCHET CATHOLIC (33): Scanlan 13, Witwer-Dukes 11, Veliz 7, Bartch 2, Bogat 0, Contonwine 0, Collier 0, Orlandini 0. Totals: 11-46 7-7 33.

St. Mary's10;10;10;14;—; 44

Blanchet Catholic;9;15;5;4;—;33

3-point goals — St. Mary's 0-5 (Crennen 0-2, Vinyard 0-1, Conway 0-2), Blanchet Catholic 4-17 (Witwer-Dukes 3-5, Scanlan 1-3, Cantonwine 0-2, Veliz 0-7).


RV ADVENTIST 48, CONDON/WHEELER 42: At Baker City, Rogue Valley Adventist took an early lead and kept it through most of the consolation semifinals of the Class 1A girls basketball state tournament at Baker High.

The Mountain Valley League champion (24-3) got 15 points each from Ashton Petray and Savanah Zamora and will next play at 8 a.m. today against Adrian. A win gives the second-seeded Red Tail Hawks fourth place, a loss would make them sixth.

This is RVA’s first trip to the state tournament.

Adrian (21-6), the fifth seed, defeated Crane, 35-30, Thursday.

Against Condon/Wheeler, the Red Tail Hawks trailed only once, 2-0. There were four ties thereafter, the last at 31-31 before Zamora hit a jumper with five seconds left in the third quarter to make 33-31 entering the fourth.

Rose Tovar sandwiched a field goal and free throw around a Petray foul shot to make it 37-31, and moments later Hannah Wood made a layup on a feed from Tovar for a 39-31 lead.

RVA’s largest lead was nine points, achieved once in the third and twice in the fourth.

Tovar added nine points, and Carli Zamora led the Red Tail Hawks with seven rebounds, including three offensive. Petray had three assists and a steal.

Emma Logan had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Condon/Wheeler.

CONDON/WHEELER (42): Logan 17, Dyer 13, Rietmann 8, Carnine 2, Terland 2, Reser 0, Aamodt 0, Horner 0, K. Jaeger 0, B. Jaeger 0, Ramsey 0. Totals: 18-50 4-4 42.

RV ADVENTIST (48): Petray 15, S. Zamora 15, Tovar 9, Wood 7, C. Zamora 2. Totals: 16-36 16-27 48.


RV Adventist;14;11;8;15;—; 48

3-point goals — Condon/Wheeler 2-6 (Logan 1-5, Dyer 1-1), RV Adventist 0-1 (Petray 0-1). Fouled out — Logan.