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DUTCH BROS CLASSIC: Challenger boys roll past Butte Falls

As it has much of the season, the Cascade Christian boys basketball team leaned heavily on its defense and came away with a 61-41 win over Butte Falls/Crater Lake in the first round of the Dutch Bros Christmas Classic Thursday at Cascade Christian High.

The three-day tournament features eight-team boys and girls brackets and 18 sub-varstiy contests.

The Challengers, ranked eighth in Class 3A, remained undfeated at 7-0 and expect to get a test in the semifinal round. Cascade Christian will play the winner of a late game between Dayton and Hidden Valley at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Dayton is ranked second in 3A, and Hidden Valley is a Class 4A team. Both entered the tournament with 5-2 records.

Against the Class 2A Loggers (2-2), Cascade Christian pulled out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter and didn’t let Butte Falls back into it.

“That’s the big thing this year,” said Challengers coach Brian Morse, “we’ve got a really strong defensive team. We really got out and pressured the ball.”

Butte Falls has two outstanding offensive players in point guard Colby Wood and 6-foot-3 forward Devon Malcolm, both sophomores.

Wood “is a really good scorer,” said Morse. “I had a little sophomore, Cody Reece, who’s a great defensive player, on him all night. He did a really good job.”

Kiegan Schaan defended Malcolm, “who is just a beast,” said Morse, and did a similarly fine job.

Wood and Malcolm each scored eight points.

“We knew we could not shut those two guys downs,” said Morse, “but if we could slow them down ... our defensive pressure had something to do with (the Loggers) shooting poorly.”

Butte Falls made only 15 of 52 field goals (29 percent). Cascade Christian was 22 of 48 from the field (46 percent). Levi Underhill paced the Loggers with nine points.

On the offensive end for the Challengers, Donminic Lewis scored 20 points and Layne Collom 10. Each had six points in the first quarter as Cascade Christian set the tone.

“We were just moving the ball well and they were doing a switching, matchup zone thing,” said Morse. “We were just attacking it pretty well and pretty efficiently and getting some really good looks.”

Cascade Christian has its top eight players back from last year, when most of them were sophomores and took some lumps.

The strength of its schedule this year has gradually increased in difficulty.

“It’s been baby steps for us,” said Morse, “but, hey, the boys are playing really good basketball right now.”

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (61): Reece 5, Coster 7, Schaan 9, Miller 0, Meilicke 0, Coppedge 4, Lewis 20, Collom 10, Schmidt 0, Spurlock 6, Brehm 0. Totals: 22 15-24 61.

BUTTE FALLS (41): White 0, McGuire 2, Malcolm 8, Wood 8, Clayborn 2, Underhill 9, Redondo 8, Johnson 4. Totals: 15 9-13 41.

Cascade Christian17151316— 61

Butte Falls4101017— 41

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Coster 1, Lewis 1), Butte Falls 2 (Wood 2). Fouled out — Malcolm, Redondo, Johnson.

PHOENIX 62, WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN 57: Phoenix rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit against the ninth-ranked Class 3A team in the state to capture the first-round contest.

The 4A Pirates (5-2) were outscored 20-10 in the second and trailed 36-28 at the break. They tallied 17 points and held the Eagles (7-3) to five in the final period.

Phoenix got 17 points from Braeden Watts and 11 from Ethan Hutsell. The Pirates play Santiam Christian, the No. 3 3A team, at 7:30 tonight in the semifinals.

Westside Christian’s Luke Jun scored 19.

PHOENIX (62): Watts 17, Clayton 2, Goff 2, E. Hutsell 11, Stanfield 7, Jenkins 7, D. Hutsell 4, Ortega 8, Olsiewski 4.

WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN (57): C. Snodgrass 0, Golsan 0, Jun 19, L. Snodgrass 0, Jackson 9, Thom 11, Poindexter 0, Hollis 4, Chung 3, Lammers 2, Scales 9.

Phoenix18101717— 62

Westside Christian1620165— 57

Fouled out — Thom.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 62, ST. MARY’S 50: St. Mary’s got off to an early lead before the No. 3 team in Class 3A rallied with 47 second-half points in the first-round game.

St. Mary’s (3-7) led 12-2 after one quarter and 25-15 at halftime.

But the Eagles (6-3) turned to the hot hand of Ben Galceran in the second half and benefited from 26 of their 32 free throw attempts.

Galceran, who made six 3-pointers in the game, scored 17 of his 25 points after halftime, and Santiam Christian made 19 foul shots in the same span.

Tre Foster paced the Crusaders with 13 points, and Nathan Sternenberg added 10.

St. Mary’s takes on Westside Christian, the No. 9 3A team, at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN (62): Galceran 25, Villers 5, Risinger 10, MaQatish 8, Bain 5, Williamson 9, Vanderhoof 0, Hill 0. Totals: 16 22-32 62.

ST. MARY’S (50): Banton 7, Kaeo-Wailehua 9, Kranenburg 6, Bennion 3, Sternenberg 10, Snyder 2, Foster 13, Aldrich 0, Hadley 0. Totals: 19 9-16 50.

Santiam Christian2132324— 62

St. Mary’s12131114— 50

3-point goals — Santiam Christian 8 (Galceran 6, Villers 1, Risinger 1), St. Mary’s 3 (Banton 1, Kaeo-Wailehua 1, Bennion 1). Fouled out — MaQatish. Technical foul — St. Mary’s coach Vasey.

JV result — Phoenix 68, St. Mary’s 52.

Girls

EAGLE POINT 46, PHOENIX 43: Phoenix bolted out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter, but Eagle Point rallied in the first-round contest.

The Eagles (4-4) had a 13-0 run of their own to end the first half and to take a 28-21 halftime lead. They made four free throws in the final 1 1/2 minutes to hold Phoenix (3-4) at bay.

Eagle Point got 14 points each from Kierssa Hogan and Andrea Flores. Hailey Burcham tallied 10.

Josie Bolstad had 21 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and a steal for Phoenix. Delani Parent recorded seven points and six rebounds, and Allie Jackson came off the bench for a spark and produced four assists in the second half.

PHOENIX (43): James 3,Skaff 6, Lumbreras 6, Bolstad 21, Parent 7, Flores 0, Jackson 0, Champion Blazio 0. Totals: 17 8-18 43.

EAGLE POINT (46): Hogan 14, Flores 14, Whitman 5, Burcham 10, Swanson 2, McCornack 1, Nielsen 0, Balero 0, Sked 0, Conte 0. Totals: 15 8-15 46.

Phoenix138913— 43

Eagle Point919711— 46

3-point goals — Phoenix 1 (Parent 1), Eagle Point 8 (Hogan 3, Flores 2, Whitman 1,Burcham 2).

JV result — Eagle Point def. Phoenix.

ASHLAND 51, ST. MARY’S 29: Jayd Sollinger scored 15 points and Ashland pulled away from the get-go for the lopsided win.

The Grizzlies improved to 5-1 and will next meet Midwestern League rival Crater in the quarterfinals Friday at 3 p.m.

The Crusaders dropped to 1-9.

Ashland scored 20 second-period points and led 28-12 at halftime. Sollinger and Kirsten Morgan each scored six points in the second.

Sollinger added six rebounds and four steals for the Grizzlies, and Anna Barnes had 10 points and six rebounds. Morgan and Aubrey Losinski checked in with 10 points apiece for Ashland.

St. Mary’s was led by Ryker Rothfus, who scored nine of her 20 points in the fourth quarter.

ASHLAND (51): Altig 6, Sollinger 15, Barnes 10, Morgan 10, Losinski 10, Walda 0, Cooper 0, Abel 0. Totals: 18 6-10 51.

ST. MARY’S (29): Lippert 4, Rajagopal 3, Conner 0, Rothfus 20, Christman 0, Ashland 0, Dunn 0, Mejia 2. Totals: 11 7-15 29.

Ashland820914— 51

St. Mary’s210611— 29

CRATER 64, KLAMATH UNION 36: McKenzie Hirsch scored 16 points, Teya Amidei had 12 points, five rebounds and two assists and Crater outscored Klamath Union by 17 points in the second quarter to take a 31-11 lead into halftime and cruise into the semifinals.

Kayleigh Gugliotta added four assists, Averi Young 12 points and Taryn Dance nine points for the No. 6-ranked Comets (6-1), who face Ashland Friday at 3 p.m.

ShieTeal Watah led Klamath Union (4-5) with 16 points.

CRATER (64): Gugliotta 2, Dance 9, Hanson 0, Hirsch 16, Robison 4, Amidei 12, Waters 0, Stidham 4, Dutkiewicz 2, Woodard 3, Young 12. Totals: 22 14-20 62.

KLAMATH UNION (36): Mendez 6, Probst 5, Anderson 0, Wells 0, Mahan 6, Bustamante 3, Watah 16. Totals: 11 9-15 36.

Crater10211815— 64

Klamath Union741411— 36

3-point goals — Crater 6 (Dance 3, Hirsch 1, Amidei 2), Klamath Union 5 (Mendez 2, Probst 1, Bostamonte 1, Watah 1).

JV result — Crater def. St. Mary’s.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 43, SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 36: Paisley Fish was everywhere with seven points, seven rebounds and three steals and Katelyn Willard played stellar defense against seventh-ranked Santiam Christian’s top scorer, Audrey Miller, as Cascade Christian pulled off the first-round upset at Cascade Christian High School.

Willard scored 10 points, but it was her defensive work while holding Miller to three field goals — none in the second half — that helped the Challengers (5-1) pull away in the fourth quarter.

Paisley Fish added seven points, seven rebounds and three steals for Cascade Christian, which plays Eagle Point Friday at 6 p.m.

Miller led the Eagles (7-3) with 14 points.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN (36): Atkins 2, Risinger 2, Roberts 1, Yost 5, Miller 14, Allman 5, Carley 5, Beck 2, Gurr 0. Totals: 11 12-25 36.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (43): Joseph 2, Willard 10, Fish 7, Ferreira 6, White 14, Hagloch 2, Sweem 2. Totals: 14 13-25 43.

Santiam Christian98127— 36

Cascade Christian175615— 43

3-point goals — Santiam Christian 2 (Miller 2), Cascade Christian 2 (White 1, Fish 1); Fouled out — Willard.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCascade's Cody Reece shoots for 2 points during the 3rd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCascade's Cody Reece dives for the ball over Butte Falls Nathan Horton during the 3rd quarter.