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PREP BASKETBALL: Snyder's shot at buzzer lifts St. Mary's

PHOENIX — Sean Snyder made a 10-foot shot at the buzzer to give St. Mary’s a 41-39 boys basketball win over Cascade Christian and the No. 3 seed in the Far West League Thursday at Phoenix High.

The two teams tied for third place in the FWL. St. Mary’s next visits second-place Brookings-Harbor Friday with the state playoffs at stake.

St. Mary’s (13-12) attempted to run a pick-and-roll for the final shot, but the ball was tipped and landed in the junior Snyder’s hands. His medium-range runner just beat the buzzer.

“It’s a rivalry game, and the place kind of went crazy,” said St. Mary’s coach Kevin Dixon. “It was nice for our kids to get to storm the court. It wasn’t a pretty game on either side. It was low scoring, and both of us made a lot of mistakes, but the ball went in for us.”

The Crusaders led by five points before Cascade Christian (8-17) rallied to tie it late, leading to Snyder’s heroics.

Gavin Rajagopal made back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth to give the Crusaders the lead.

Trevahn Foster had 10 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocks for St. Mary’s. Francis Okeyia added 10 points.

Donminic Lewis scored 15 and Kiegan Schaan 14 for the Challengers.

The teams’ three games against each other, including an overtime contest, were decided by five points.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (39): Reece 2, Sciapiti 2, Schaan 14, Coppedge 1, Lewis 15, Collom 0, Sample 0, Spurlock 5. Totals: 17 3-7 39.

ST. MARY’S (41): Hristov 7, Kaeo-Wailehua 0, Okeyia 10, Conner 0, Reynolds 0, Rajagopal 6, Sternenberg 4, Snyder 4, Foster 10. Totals: 19 0-12 41.

Cascade Christian121098— 39

St. Mary’s6101312— 41

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Spurlock 1, Lewis 1), St. Mary’s 3 (Hristov 1, Rajagopal 2).

SHELDON 40, GRANTS PASS 36: At Grants Pass, Taylor Anderson scored 10 points and Randy Clark nine to lead Grants Pass in the Southwest Conference game.

The Cavemen (7-15, 3-5 SWC) trailed by three points going into the fourth quarter of the low-scoring contest against the SWC-leading Irish (13-10, 6-2) but couldn’t overtake the visitors.

SHELDON (40): Herbert 14, McGarvey 11, Seghetti 5, Prickel 4, Tucker 2, Wagers 2, Gittins 2, Line 0, Frey 0. Totals: 14 11-14 40.

GRANTS PASS (36): Anderson 10, Clark 9, Coyle 6, Rich 5, Lopez 2, Maravilla 2, Bellum 0, Lackey 2. Totals 13 9-13 36.

Sheldon814108— 40

Grants Pass101187— 36

3-point goals — Sheldon 1 (McGarvey 1), Grants Pass 1 (Rich 1).

JV score — Sheldon 65, Grants Pass 38.

Girls

SUTHERLIN 65, ST. MARY’S 47: At Sutherlin, Sutherlin earned the Far West League’s No. 2 spot to the state playoffs with the victory.

St. Mary’s, which finished the season with a 12-10 record, was third in the league, and Sutherlin (14-11) placed second. Brookings-Harbor won the league and takes the FWL’s No. 1 seed to state.

“This is four years in a row we’ve been in this game,” said St. Mary’s coach Richard Vasey. “It’s kind of a mountain we need to climb. We’ll see if we can get over the hump next year.”

Sutherlin made eight of its 10 3-point field goals in the first half, taking a 32-12 lead.

“It was a perfect storm,” said Vasey. “We could not hit a shot. The same thing happened when we came up here earlier in the season.”

Emma Bennion ignited the Crusaders in the second half, scoring 20 of her 22 points. She made five steals, got layups on three of them and was fouled on the other two.

“She just went off,” said Vasey. “She put together a really great season.”

Olivia Lippert scored eight for St. Mary’s, and teammates Ibixica Alvarez and Zoe Young scored seven each.

ST. MARY’S (47): Young 7, Alvarez 7, Bennion 22, Conner 1, Lippert 8, Christman 2, Rajagopal 0, Dunn 0, Rothfus 0, Ward 0. Totals: 19 6-9 47.

SUTHERLIN (65): Murphy 1, Ganger 6, Bailey 14, Vermillion 21, Carrillo 11, McHugill 2, Nielsen 4, Masterfield 5, Turner 1, Jarmin 0. Totals: 22 11-20 65.

St. Mary’s481916— 47

Sutherlin14181617— 65

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 3 (Alvarez 1, Lippert 2), Sutherlin 10 (Ganger 2, Bailey 3, Masterfield 1, Vermillion 3, Carrillo 1). Fouled out — Alvarez.

RV ADVENTIST 34, HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 20: At Prospect, Rogue Valley Adventist earned the Mountain Valley League’s top seed to the state playoffs and will host a game a week from Saturday.

The Red Tail Hawks (20-2) and Lions tied for the league title with 14-2 records.

Savanah Zamora had 17 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists for Rogue Valley, which led 24-10 at halftime. She shot 57 percent from the field.

Zoe Belovitch contributed nine points, 10 rebounds and two assists, and Sienna Day had four points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Trevahn Foster, shown in an earlier game, leads St. Mary's past Cascade Christian.