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Comets stave off Crusaders, make final

Crater overcame a dearth of field goals in the second half to knock off St. Mary’s, 49-47, in the girls semifinals of the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic Thursday at Cascade Christian High.

The defending-champion Comets (6-0) face Lost River for the championship at 7:30 tonight at Cascade Christian.

Class 5A Crater built a 37-27 lead entering the fourth quarter despite making only two field goals in the third. It didn’t make any in the fourth but scored 12 points on 16 attempts from the free-throw line.

“We didn’t execute, and they did a really good job,” said Comets coach David Heard of the 3A Crusaders (5-4). “They hit shots and completely outplayed us.”

Crater led by three with 1:10 left, but a turnover led to an Emma Bennion layup to pull the Crusaders within one. The Comets averted further trouble by making their free throws down the stretch.

St. Mary’s Ibixica Alvarez’s 3-pointer at the buzzer created the final margin.

Bennion scored 21 and Alvarez 15.

“They were the two best players on the floor,” said Heard.

The Comets’ Aleesa Yother had 10 points and five rebounds, and Sydney Gray grabbed 11 rebounds to go with eight points and four assists.

Crater turned the ball over 15 times to St. Mary’s 11, but outrebounded the Crusaders 39-23 despite foul trouble for post Evie Kent.

ST. MARY'S (47): Wheelock 2, Alvarez 15, Bennion 21, Pyka 0, Klott 2, McGill 0, Shean 2, Alftine 0, Birmingham 5, Ward 0. Totals: 19-56 4-8 47.

CRATER (49): Yother 10, Jensen 3, Idiart 0, Ryerson 3, Heard 7, Gray 8, Ellis 6, Woodard 2, Harris 3, Kent 7. Totals: 14-42 18-26 49.

St. Mary's;14;4;9;20;—;47

Crater;15;13;9;12;—;49

3-point goals — St. Mary's 5 (Alvarez 3, Bennion 1, Birmingham 1), Crater 3 (Jensen 1, Heard 1, Harris 1).

LOST RIVER 40, PHOENIX 29: Kaylene Ritter’s all-around game wasn’t enough for Phoenix to escape Lost River in the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic at Cascade Christian High.

The Pirates (4-3) wrap up the event today against St. Mary’s at 3 p.m.

Ritter registered 21 points, six rebounds, four steals and a pair of blocks for the Pirates, who led early but were outscored by Lost River 17-4 in the second quarter.

PHOENIX (29): Burns 4, Ritter 21, Kentner 4, Rodriguez 0, Lopez 0, Marroquin-Salazar 0, Carrillo 0. Totals: 13 2-4 29.

LOST RIVER (40): O’Grady 2, Saluskin 10, Peek 2, Addington 3, Taylor 2, Girtman 2, Carleton 2, Parks 17. Totals: 13 11-15 40.

Phoenix;9;4;6;10;—;29

Lost River;7;17;7;9;—;40

3-point goals — Phoenix 1 (Ritter), Lost River 3 (Parks 3). Fouled out — Carrillo.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 58, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 17: At Adair Village, Emily Stephenson recorded nine points in a nonconference loss for Cascade Christian (4-4).

Rebecca Preston dropped in 25 points for Santiam Christian (4-2), which led 35-6 at halftime over the Challengers.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (17): Stephens 9, Laird 1, Alexander 1, Beard 1, Miller 2, Meilicke 2, Baldwin 0, Mayben 0, Plankenhorn 0, Rineman 0, Carlson 0, Nichols 0, Winter 0, Johnston 0. Totals: 7 3-14 17.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN (58): Atkins 5, Preston 25, Carley 9, Watson 9, Bain 1, Ropp 11. Totals 19 5-8 58.

Cascade Christian;6;0;6:5;—;17

Santiam Christian;20;15;13;10;—;58

3-point goals — Santiam Christian 5 (Atkins 1, Preston 2, Carley 1, Ropp 1).

Boys

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 66, WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN 34: Carson Cochran supplied 23 points and nine rebounds to guide Cascade Christian over Westside Christian in the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic.

The Challengers (6-1) will take on Santiam Christian today at 4:30 p.m.

Joel McLemore added 11 points and five assists for the Challengers who picked up six points and five assists from Tyler Cochran.

Anthony Dorrance led Westside Christian with 15 points.

WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN (34): Jun 9, Becker 0, Alexander 0, Hensen 8, Wolfe 2, Carr 0, Mager 0, Stromyic 0, Mount 0, Dorrance 15, Scales 0. Totals: 12 4-8 34.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (66): Reece 7, Crowl 0, Dunn 10, Schaan 6, T. Cochran 6, Collom 0, McLemore 11, Agnifili 2, C. Cochran 23, Flores-Alatorre 1. Totals: 28 6-10 66.

Westside Christian;9;14;9;2;—;34

Cascade Christian;20;16;16;14;—;66

3-point goals — Westside Christian 6 (Dorrance 3, Jun 2, Hensen 1), Cascade Christian 4 (Reece 1, Dunn 1, McLemore 1, C. Cochran 1).

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 30, PHOENIX 21: Phoenix couldn’t keep pace with Santiam Christian, dropping their Day 2 game in the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic at Cascade Christian High.

With the loss the Pirates fell to 0-7 on the season.

ST. MARY’S 51, LOST RIVER 29: Thys Kuitert poured in a career-high 17 points to go with eight rebounds and St. Mary’s took care of Lost River in the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic at Cascade Christian High.

The Crusaders (4-5) will conclude the six-team event today against Westside Christian at 1:30 p.m.

Travis Danielson added 10 points and seven boards with Gabriel Mayer chipping in nine points for the Crusaders.

LOST RIVER (29): C. McAuliffe 4, A. McAuliffe 2, Mantanona 6, Orozco 3, Cobian 1, Moore 8, Pena 3, Beltran 2. Totals: 10 7-12 29.

ST. MARY’S (51): Kuitert 17, Danielson 10, Mayer 9, Bramscher 5, LaFond 4, Johnson 4, Rajagopal 2, Reynolds 0, Dexter 0, Silsbee 0, Bowling 0. Totals: 16 14-24 51.

Lost River;2;9;7;11;—;29

St. Mary’s;7;17;15;12;—;51

3-point goals — Lost River 2 (Orozco 1, Pena 1), St. Mary’s 5 (Kuitert 2, Johnson 1, Mayer 1, LaFond 1). Fouled out — Beltran.