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Cascade Christian comeback falls short

The second-ranked Cascade Christian boys basketball team rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter before losing 44-43 to No. 8 Horizon Christian of Tualatin on Thursday in the opening round of the Academy Mortgage Invitational at Westside Christian High in Tigard.

It was the season-opener for the Challengers (0-1), who trailed 42-31 with four minutes to play before knocking down four straight 3-pointers — one apiece by Kyle Reece, Tyler Cochran, Joel McLemore and Ben Dunn — during a 12-0 to take their first lead of the game.

The Hawks then answered with Nathan Murrell, a 6-foot-4 senior, converting a basket from the post that turned out to be the game-winner, as Cascade Christian missed shots on its final two possessions to retake the lead.

“They’re a good team and we can’t wait until the last four minutes to finally start hitting some shots,” Challengers coach Brian Morse said.

McLemore, a 6-2 senior wing, had 15 points to lead Cascade Christian, which — as usual — delayed the start of its season by a week due to the success of its football team, which won the Class 3A state championship and also comprised the majority of the basketball team’s roster.

The Challengers return nearly everyone from last year’s state final-four team.

“I told the guys after the game, ‘The state championship was not won or lost tonight,'" Morse said.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (43): Reece 5, Crowl 0, Dunn 9, H. Schaan 4, K. Schaan 2, Cochran 8, McLemore 15, Dexter 0, Flores-Alatorre 0. Totals: 11 6-6 43.

HORIZON CHRISTIAN (44): Olson 0, Egger 0, Free 0, Schiele 2, Shelby 5, Murrell 13, Sprauer 24. Totals: 15 6-12 44.

Cascade Christian;2;14;11;15;—;43

Horizon Christian;8;16;13;7;—;44

3-point goals — Cascade 5 (Reece 1, Dunn 1, 3 McLemore); Horizon 3 (Shiley 1, Shelby 1, Murillo 1).

CRATER 78, SOUTH ALBANY 55: At Central Point, senior wing Kiefer Edwards had 26 points and 10 rebounds as Crater stayed unbeaten with the Crater Invitational victory.

Sophomore guard Jayden Vranes added nine points, seven assists and two steals for the Comets (4-0), who resume tournament play tonight at 8 against Liberty, a 55-50 winner over Ridgeview.

SOUTH ALBANY (55): Patrick 2, Rodriguez 10, Castello 9, McCoy 0, Gulliford 5, Colson 7, Nothziger 5, Miller 13, Mercado 0, Myers 4, Southwick 0. Totals 9 11-21 55.

CRATER (78): J. Vranes 9, M. Vranes 12, Ki. Edwards 26, Kr. Edwards 2, Johnson 0, Weaver 9, Stallings 11, Bittle 9. Totals 18 9-12 78.

South Albany;12;11;20;12;—;55

Crater;20;24;20;14;—;78

3-point goals — South Albany 8 (Rodriguez 3, Castello 1, Colson 1, Nothziger 1, Miller 1, Myers 1). Crater 11 (J. Vranes 1, M. Vranes 2, Keifer Edwards 4, Weaver 1, Bittle 3).

SUTHERLIN 47, ST. MARY’S 29: Recent offensive struggles continued for host St. Mary’s against Sutherlin, which cruised to the nonleague victory.

Trey Foster, a sophomore forward, finished with eight points and seven rebounds for the Crusaders (2-3), who were also stung by turnovers.

SUTHERLIN (47): Horn 2, Daniels 5, Carr 8, Gill 23, Marifield 0, Christianson 4, Westbrooks 3, Hope 2, Haggar 0, Bailey 0. Totals 13 9-11 47.

ST. MARY’S (29): Miles 0, Mayer 3, Hadley 3, Sternenberg 0, Grant 0, Rajagopal 5, Silsbee 5, Snyder 2, Bowling 3, Reynolds 0, Foster 8. Totals 8 4-9 29.

Sutherlin;15;11;7;14;—;47

St. Mary’s;9;5;4;11;—;29

3-point goals — Sutherlin 4 (Daniels 1, Carr 2, Westbrooks 1); St. Mary’s 3 (Mayer 1, Hadley 1, Rajagopal 1). Technical foul — None. Fouled out — None.

JV result — St. Mary’s won.

Girls

RENO 36, NORTH MEDFORD 33: At Roseville, Calif., North Medford cut Reno’s lead to within one possession in the fourth quarter before losing in the opener of the Elite Showcase tournament on a night when both teams weren’t sharp on offense.

Senior post Megan Fossen paced North Medford (2-1) with 13 points and Rylee Karrick added seven points.

NORTH MEDFORD (33): Ersepke 2, T. Baker 5, Karrick 7, Christiansen 0, A. Baker 3, McLemore 0, Graff 3, Fossen 13. Totals 13 7-15 33.

RENO (36): Ramos 4, Hackbusch 3, Wilmont 4, N. Shultz 0, Talonen 0, K. Shultz 13, Biahson 12, McGwire 0, Taylor 0. Totals: 14 6-12 36.

North Medford;9;7;8;9;—;33

Reno;8;8;14;8;—;36

3-point goals — Reno 2 (M. Shultz 2).

CRATER 62, SOUTH ALBANY 30: At Central Point, Crater’s box-and-one defense on Montana University-bound star Katie Mayhue took South Albany out of its offense, and the Comets allowed just four first-half points on the opening day of the Crater Invitational.

Crater's Mackenzie Ryerson, Presley Robison and Mague Duran-Espino combined to hold Mayhue to three first-half points. Mayhue finished with 16.

The Comets (2-0) received 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals from Alexus Woodard, and 13 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks from Maya Van Hook.

Sydney Gray added nine points, six boards and four assists for Crater.

In another tourney game, Mazama defeated Ridgeview, 48-31.

SOUTH ALBANY (30): Lewis 0, Flores 0, Mayhue 16, Sadowsky 2, Angel 1, Barbe 3, Maynard 3, Vargas 4, Johnston 0, Caspino 0, Mitchell 0, Jazzmyn 1. Totals: 8 9-16 30.

CRATER (62): Idiart 5, Van Hook 13, Ryerson 3, Robison 0, Espino 0, Gray 9, Ellis 8, A. Woodard 16, Young 0, K. Woodard 8. Totals: 23 9-20 62.

South Albany;3;1;13;13;—;30

Crater;16;15;21;9;—;62

3-point goals — Crater 7 (A. Woodard 3, Gray 2, Idiart 1, Ryerson 1), South Albany 2 (Mayhue 2). Technical foul — Mayhue.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 49, CITY CHRISTIAN 37: At Tigard, Cascade Christian made several clutch free throws down the stretch to post its first victory in the first round of the Academy Mortgage Invitational at Westside Christian High.

Abbey Alexander, a junior forward, had 15 points and Emily Stephens, a junior center, recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Challengers (1-1), who led by 11 points in the first half before City Christian rallied to tie it with four minutes to play.

Freshman guards Liz White (10 points, four assists) and Katelyn Willard (four points, six steals) also contributed solid performances for Cascade Christian, which plays either LaPine or DeLaSalle at 3 p.m. today.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (49): Willard 4, Alexander 15, Meilicke 7, L. White 10, Ferreira 2, Stephens 11, Miller 0, R. White 0, Rineman 0, Reed 0. Totals 18 7-11 49.

CITY CHRISTIAN (37): Costello 4, Laciter 2, Bowen 16, Faria 9, Cruz 6. Totals 9 7-12 37.

Cascade Christian;15;8;12;14;—;49

City Christian;6;11;10;10;—;37

3-point goals — Cascade 2 (Willard 1, Malachi 1); City 4 (Faria 3, Bowen 1).

SUTHERLIN 52, ST. MARY’S 41: Junior guard Emma Bennion poured in a season-high 24 points, but St. Mary’s was stung by key injuries in the second half in the nonleague loss.

The Crusaders (0-5) rallied to within five points of Sutherlin early in the fourth quarter but lost starting guard Adrien Birmingham and starting forward Zoe Alftine to injuries, finishing the game with one junior and four freshmen on the court.

SUTHERLIN (52): Hanes 7, Bailey 11, Baker 16, Porter 5, Carillo 4, McHugill 9. Totals 10 11-18 52.

ST. MARY’S (41): Bennion 24, Dunn 2, Christman 4, Birmingham 7, Ward 4, Alftine 0, Lippert 0, Conner 0, Young 0, Jimenez 0. Totals 14 7-12 41.

Sutherlin;16;9;15;12;—;52

St. Mary’s;8;10;17;6;—;41

3-point goals — Sutherlin 7 (Hanes 1, Bailey 3, Baker 2, McHugill 1); St. Mary’s 2 (Birmingham 2). Fouled out — Porter.

JV result — Sutherlin won.