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Gray, Comets close out Colts

CENTRAL POINT — With the postseason on the horizon, Sydney Gray and the Crater girls basketball team turned a shaky start into a strong finish Friday against Thurston as Midwestern League play wrapped up.

Gray finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals, and the Comets closed out the Colts in the fourth quarter in a 43-34 victory at Crater High School.

The Comets, who finished third in the Midwestern League, will try to secure a berth in the Class 5A playoffs with a win over South Albany in a play-in game at Crater on Tuesday.

With the Colts leading 34-33 with around 2 minutes and 26 seconds left to play, Nehkyah Ellis knocked down a 3-pointer that put the Comets (19-5, 10-4 MWL) out in front for good, 36-34. On the Comets’ next possession, Maya Van Hook’s basket made it 38-34 with and Thurston was forced to foul thereafter.

“It was back-and-forth the entire game until those last two minutes,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel.

The Comets faced an uphill battle after the Colts opened the game on a 6-0 run but received a much-needed spark off the bench from Eliza Idiart, who scored the last four points of the first quarter and the first four points of the second.

Idiart finished with 11 points while Ellis tied a career-high in blocks with eight to go with five points and six rebounds. Van Hook added six points.

THURSTON (34): Bradley 0, Birkby 2, Herrick 0, Weiss 3, Miller 8, Gilbert 13, Rice 6, Petersen 0, Williams 1, Hallett 1, Stevens 0, Norman 0. Totals: 13 7-17 34.

CRATER (43): Westbrock 0, Dance 0, Idiart 11, Van Hook 6, Ryerson 3, Robison 0, Duran-Espino 0, Gray 15, Ellis 5, Bowers 0, L. Woodard 1, Young 2, K. Woodard 0. Totals: 16 9-12 43.

Thurston;10;9;8;7;—;34

Crater;8;15;6;14;—;43

3-point goals — Thurston 1 (Gilbert), Crater 2 (Ellis 1, Ryerson 1).

JV score — Crater 55, Thurston 30.

CHURCHILL 58, EAGLE POINT 41: At Eagle Point, in her final game, senior Ashli Meerten poured in a career-high 16 points as Eagle Point’s season concluded.

Carlene Hart and Nicole Lawler chipped in six points apiece for the Eagles, who finished 10-15 overall and 4-10 in the MWL following an 0-23 season in 2017.

The Lancers (10-13, 7-7) had three players score in double figures and led 28-16 at halftime.

CHURCHILL (58): N. Elstone 8, Smith 12, S. Elstone 11, Young 3, Nesbitt 10, Acker 8, Miller 2, Kuhl 4, Aley 0. Totals: 17 3-9 58.

EAGLE POINT (41): Hogan 5, Flores 2, Burgess 3, Rincones 3, Lawler 6, Meerten 16, Hart 6, Shelton 0, Monroe 0, Torres 0, Swanson 0, Amidei 0. Totals: 9 5-12 41.

Churchill;14;14;18;12;—;58

Eagle Point;9;6;16;10;—;41

3-point goals — Churchill 7 (N. Elstone 2, Smith 1, S. Elstone 1, Young 1, Aker 2), Eagle Point 6 (Hogan 1, Burgess 1, Lawler 2, Meerten 2).

JV result — Churchill won.

MARIST 66, ASHLAND 33: At Ashland, the Grizzlies concluded their 2017-18 season with a loss to the MWL regular-season champion Spartans.

Freshman wing Jayd Sollinger scored a team-high 10 points for the Grizzlies, while sophomore guard Nina Munson added nine.

Sollinger recorded both of Ashland’s 3-pointers in the game.

Marist (21-3, 13-1) outscored Ashland 22-4 in the second quarter to go into halftime up 41-15.

Kayley Elliot’s game-high 15 points paced a balanced Spartans offense that saw four players score at least eight points.

Ashland finished its season with an overall record of 3-21 and 0-14 in the MWL.

MARIST (66): C. Eagen 9, Conway 0, Williams 9, Cary 0, Harding 3, Stephenson 0, Elliot 15, Doerr 6, McKenney 8, Husk 0, Flcek 4, Johnson 6, L. Eagen 6. Totals: 26 7-10 66.

ASHLAND (33): Altig 0, Voskes 4, Sollinger 10, Barnes 0, Gorringe 3, Munson 9, Elder-Hammond 2, Summers 1, Witnauer 2, Rodriguez 1, Abel 1. Totals: 11 9-22 33.

Marist;19;22;20;5;—;66

Ashland;11;4;9;9;—;33

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Sollinger 2), Marist 5 (Williams 1, Elliot 1, McKenney 2, L. Eagen 1).

JV result — Marist won.

Boys

CHURCHILL 70, EAGLE POINT 28: At Eugene, Eagle Point’s 22 turnovers contributed to the MWL road loss.

Churchill (17-7, 9-5 MWL) outscored the Eagles 24-1 in the second quarter to take command.

Levi Scott scored six points and had three steals and Quinton Gelbrich pulled down six rebounds for Eagle Point, which finished the season 3-21 overall and 2-12 in league.

EAGLE POINT (28): Adams 5, Judd 3, L Scott 6, Graham 5, Neyt 5, Shaffer 2, Hoppes Jr. 0, Aguilar 0, Vance 0, Gelbrich 2, Gorman 0. Totals: 10 4-11

CHURCHILL (70): S. Bennion 18, T. Bennion 6, Schwin 5, Brothers 1, Nchekwube 20, O’Neil 10, Wilkenson 4, Carson 2, Lewis 4. Totals: 26 11-14

Eagle Point;7;1;13;7;-;28

Churchill;17;24;18;11;-70

3-point goals - Eagle Point 4 (Adams 1, Judd 1, L. Scott 2), Churchill 7 (S. Bennion 4, T. Bennion 1, Schwin 1, O’Neil 1).

JV result - Churchill won.

MARIST 82, ASHLAND 65: Marist used a big second quarter to pull away, but thanks to Springfield’s 50-42 win over North Eugene, Ashland (7-17, 3-11 MWL) claimed the Midwestern League’s sixth and final playoff spot via a tiebreaker.

Ashland will play on the road at the third-place finisher from the Mid-Willamette League, Crescent Valley (14-10, 9-5), on Wednesday night in a Class 5A play-in game.

The difference Friday night was the second quarter, as the Spartans caught fire and outscored the Grizzlies 26-8 in the period.

Four different Grizzlies scored in double figures, led by senior Anthony Swanson’s 14 points, 10 of which came in the second half. KJ Pippa and Joseph Wallner-Sentle each had 12 points, while Adam Jones added 10.

MARIST (82): B. Morehouse 0, Franssen 11, Collins 0, Coleman 9, Hopkins 7, Zachem 31, S. Morehouse 0, Hart 0, Courtemanche 12, Whittaker 4, Krier 8. Totals: 30 14-17 82.

ASHLAND (65): Pippa 12, Swanson 14, Wallner-Sentle 12, Ekwall 6, Olson 0, A. Jones 10, Shibley 2, Smith 0, Desmond 2, Saulsbury 2, C. Jones 5. Totals: 25 10-15 65.

Marist;18;26;19;19;—;82

Ashland;17;8;16;24;—;65

3-point goals — Ashland 5 ( Wallner-Sentle 2, A. Jones 2, C. Jones 1), Marist 8 (Coleman 2, Zachem 4, Krier 2).

JV result — Marist won.