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Comets surge late, rout Ashland

ASHLAND — Crater used a strong surge at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth to finally pull away from upset-minded Ashland en route to a 58-37 victory Tuesday in Midwestern League girls basketball action at Mountain Avenue Gym.

The Comets led the Grizzlies by eight late in the third before scoring the last six points of the quarter and first four of the fourth, stretching a 10-point lead to 18. The run finished the Grizzlies and clinched for Crater no worse than a third-place finish in the top-heavy Midwestern League.

“They shot really well in first quarter and did job handling our pressure,” Crater coach Scott Dippel said. “We had more defensive intensity and loose balls in second half, and turned those into points.”

The Comets improved to 18-5 overall and 9-4 in league play heading into Friday’s regular-season finale against Thurston.

Ashland (3-20, 0-13) has one more chance to avoid a winless MWL campaign Friday against league-leading Marist.

Maya Van Hook had 14 points, four rebounds and two steals to lead Crater, which has won four of its last five games. Alexus Woodard added 12 points and seven board, and Sydney Gray 14 points, six assists and four boards.

For Ashland, Jayd Sollinger scored 10 points, Nina Munson eight and Mya Elder-Hammond seven.

CRATER (58): Westbrock 2, Dance 0, Idiart 5, Van Hook 14, Ryerson 1, Robison 4, Duran-Espino 0, Gray 14, Ellis 2, Bowers 2, A. Woodard 12, Young 2, K. Woodard 0. Totals: 24 8-13 58.

ASHLAND (37): Altig 0, Voskes 2, Sollinger 10, Gorringe 0, LaCoste 0, Munson 8, Elder-Hammond 7, Summers 0, Witnauer 0, Rodriguez 3, Abel 7. Totals: 15 4-7 37.

Crater;13;13;15;17;—;58

Ashland;14;8;6;9;—;37

3-point goals — Crater 2 (Idiart 1, A. Woodard 1), Ashland 3 (Sollinger 2, Munson 1).

JV result — Crater won.

SPRINGFIELD 42, EAGLE POINT 31: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point stayed close to MWL second-place Springfield but turnovers at key times hurt the Eagles’ cause in the home loss.

Ashli Meerten scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds to pace the Eagles (10-14, 4-9 MWL), who are still alive for a postseason berth. Eagle Point hosts Churchill in its final regular season game on Friday.

The Millers went on a 9-2 run in the fourth quarter to secure their 20th victory of the season.

For Springfield (20-3, 11-2), senior guard Cielo Gonzalez scored a game-high 20 points.

SPRINGFIELD (42): Newell 10, Birkby 1, Dade 8, Barraza 3, Gonzalez 20, Mathews 0, Oswalt 0, Tarvertini 0. Totals: 15 7-21 42.

EAGLE POINT (31): Hogan 2, Flores 4, Rincones 6, Lawler 3, Meerten 10, Hart 6, Shelton 0, Monroe 0, Swanson 0, Amidei 0. Totals: 10 8-20 31.

Springfield;9;10;12;11;—;42

Eagle Point;11;6;8;6;—;31

3-point goals - Springfield 2 (Gonzalez 2), Eagle Point 3 (Meerten 2, Lawler 1).

JV result - Springfield won.

GRANTS PASS 31, ROSEBURG 18: At Roseburg, junior Ahdra Klingler tossed in 13 points to lead Grants Pass to the SWC road victory.

The Cavers (15-9, 7-5 SWC) led by four points at halftime then pulled away by outscoring Roseburg 14-6 in the third period.

The Indians complete the season 7-16 overall and 1-11 in the SWC.

GRANTS PASS (31): Etheridge 4, Gaither 5, Lingo 0, England 1, Ay. Klingler 2, Williams 3, Ah. Klingler 13, Rucker 0, Bruner 3, Yount 0. Totals: 11 6-9 31.

ROSEBURG (18): Bartlett 6, Robles 6, Olsen 0, Am. McCraw 0, As. McCraw 0, Lake 0, Vredenburg 0, Melvin 0, Knudson 2, Wheeler 2, Bergmann 2. Totals: 5 7-10 18.

Grants Pass;8;3;14;6;—;31

Roseburg;5;2;6;5;—;18

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Gaither 1, Williams 1, Ah. Klingler 1), Roseburg 1 (Robles 1).

BOYS BASKETBALL

CRATER 69, ASHLAND 38: At Ashland, Crater led from start to finish as it claimed the outright MWL title with a convincing win over Ashland at Mountain Avenue Gymnasium.

The Comets (22-1, 12-1) clinched a share of the league crown last Friday night with their win over 52-42 win over Marist Catholic. Tuesday night, Crater earned the full share.

Comets senior guard Mason Vranes scored a game-high 23 points and hit four of his team’s six 3-pointers. Senior wing Kiefer Edwards also had a big night, finishing with 20 points, while freshman forward Nathan Bittle added 11.

Despite the loss, Ashland (7-16, 3-10) remained tied with North Eugene for sixth place in the league standings thanks to the Highlanders’ 67-27 loss to Thurston on Tuesday night.

The MWL’s sixth-place finisher will play the No. 3 seed from the Mid-Willamette League in one of next Wednesday’s eight play-in games for the OSAA Class 5A state tournament.

For Ashland, guards KJ Pippa and Anthony Swanson both had a team-high 10 points, while Joseph Wallner-Sentle added nine.

CRATER (69): J. Vranes 2, Horton 6, M. Vranes 23, Archer 1, Hollingsworth 0, Ki. Edwards 20, Kr. Edwards 2, Weaver 1, Stollings 1, Bittle 11. Totals: 25 12-15 69.

ASHLAND (38): Pippa 10, Swanson 10, Wallner-Sentle 9, Ekwall 0, Hanks 0, A. Jones 6, Shibley 0, Smith 0, Desmond 0, Saulsbury 3, C. Jones 0. Totals: 13 5-10 38.

Crater;23;17;17;12;—;69

Ashland;10;12;4;12;—;38

3-point goals — Ashland 7 (Pippa 2, Swanson 1, Wallner-Sentle 1, A. Jones 2, Saulsbury 1), Crater 6 (M. Vranes 4, Horton 2).

JV result — Crater won.

SPRINGFIELD 66, EAGLE POINT 40: At Eagle Point, Dennen Adams led Eagle Point with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals, but the visiting Millers jumped out to a 31-19 halftime lead then held the Eagles to three points in the third quarter to pull away at Eagle Point High School.

Zakk Scott added eight points and six rebounds and Tyler Vance eight boards for Eagle Point (3-20, 2-11 MWL).

For Springfield (17-6, 10-3), Zach Brown scored a game-high 21 points and Javier Carrillo added 11.

SPRINGFIELD (66): Alonso-Sotelo 2, Bresee 10, Ja. Carrillo 11, Hill 8, Bryant 5, Jo. Carrillo 6, Phillips 3, Brown 21, Garcia 0. Totals: 22 18-29 66.

EAGLE POINT (40): Adams 13, Z. Scott 8, L. Scott 4, Neyt 4, Graham 3, Shaffer 0, Hoppes Jr. 3, Vance 2, Gelbrich 3, Gorman 0. Totals: 16 6-14 40.

Springfield;16;15;12;23;—;66

Eagle Point;6;13;3;18;—;40

3-point goals — Springfield 4 (Hill 1, Bryant 1, Brown 2), Eagle Point 2 (Graham 1, Gelbrich 1). Fouled out — Vance. Technical fouls — L. Scott.

JV result — Eagle Point won.

GRANTS PASS 45, ROSEBURG 39: At Grants Pass, Tyler Rund and Taylor Anderson scored 11 points apiece and Grants Pass recovered from a rough first quarter to avoid an upset.

The win clinched a second-place league finish for Grants Pass (11-13, 2-10 Southwest Conference), which enters the postseason having won four of its last five games.

Collin Warmouth scored 14 points and Jon Crince 11 for Roseburg (11-13, 2-10), which jumped out to an 8-2 lead after one.

ROSEBURG (39): Warmouth 14, Crince 11, Ellis 10, Johnson 3, Stone 1, Seely 0, Brooksby 0, Lake 0, Medak 0. Totals 15 5-6 39.

GRANTS PASS (45): Rund 11, Anderson 11, Phillips 10, Rich 7, Lopez 4, Clark 2, Rucker 0, Lackey 0. Totals 16 9-11 45.

Roseburg;8;8;10;13;—;39

Grants Pass;2;18;12;13;—;45

3-point goals — Roseburg 4 (Ellis 2, Warmouth, Johnson), Grants Pass 2 (Rich, Phillips). Fouled out — Warmouth.