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DUTCH BROS CLASSIC: Cascade Christian upsets No. 2 Dayton

Defense has been the Cascade Christian boys basketball team’s calling card so far this season, and its effort at that end of the floor on Friday led to victory over No. 2-ranked 3A Dayton in the Dutch Bros Christmas Classic Tournament.

Although undersized, the Challengers used feistiness to disrupt Dayton and remain undefeated with a 41-33 victory at Cascade Christian High.

The eighth-ranked Challengers (8-0) will take on Santiam Christian in the championship game in the final round of the three-day event at 6 p.m. today. Santiam Christian, ranked third in 3A, downed Phoenix, 54-49.

“We just played good man and help defense, and that was evident tonight,” said Challengers coach Brian Morse. “Anytime you can hold Dayton to 33 points, that’s a big deal for us.”

Perhaps most impressive was sophomore guard Cody Reece’s defense on Dayton star Dawson Ashley, who led his team in scoring the night before in a win over Hidden Valley. Reece was able to help prevent Ashley from scoring which caused Dayton’s offense to sputter.

“Reece’s defensive pressure is just amazing,” said Morse. “We played great team defense but it was a kind of an ugly game offensively.”

Challengers senior guard Layne Collom led all scores with 18 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter. Collom hit a dagger 3-pointer with 3:40 left that put the Challengers up 37-23.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (41): Reece 2, Foster 5, Schaan 7, Miller 0, Meilicke 0, Coppedge 0, Lewis 7, Collom 18, Schmidt 0, Spurlock 2, Brehm 0. Totals: 13 10-14 41.

DAYTON (33): Hudson 2, Kody Fuller 8, Garrison 7, Ja. Morales 3, Spink 8, Fergus 0, Ju. Morales 5, Dawson Ashley 0. Totals: 15 2-6 33.

Cascade Christian991013— 41

Dayton76614— 33

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 5 (Coster 1, Schaan 1, Lewis 1, Collom 2), Dayton 4 (Spink 3, Ja. Morales 1).

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 54, PHOENIX 49: Santiam Christian outscored Phoenix 14-4 in the fourth quarter to advance to the championship game.

The Eagles (7-3), ranked No. 3 in 3A, face No. 8 3A team and host, Cascade Christian, at 6 p.m. today.

Phoenix (5-3) plays Dayton for third place at 3 p.m.

Ethan Hutsell scored 15 points and Braeden Watts 13 for the Pirates.

ST. MARY’S 58, WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN 57: St Mary’s survived a nail-biter as Tre Foster scored 18 points and Josh Banton pitched in with 13.

After trailing by nine at the half to the ninth-ranked 3A school, the Crusaders (4-7) got it going in the third quarter when Luke Bennion and Sean Snyder each hit a 3-pointer. Foster then scored 10 of his 18 points to take over the lead.

Banton had nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter while Aiiloa Kaeo-Wailehua applied defensive pressure with the press on the Westside Christian perimeter guards to preserve the game.

WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN (57): Gunn 9, Jacskon 15, Comm 12, Poindexter 2, Harless 5, Lambers 2, Scales 12. Totals: 18 18-24 57.

ST MARYS (58): Banton 13, Kranenburg 8, Bennion 10, Hadley 4, Sternenberg 2, Snyder 3, Foster 18. Totals: 23 7-15 58.

Westside Christian9201216— 57

St. Mary’s8122315— 58

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 5 (Banton 1, Bennion 2, Snyder 1, Foster 1), Westside Christian 3 (Jun 1, Jackson 1); Fouled out — Banton; Technical foul — Kaeo-Waukehua, Jackson.

BUTTE FALLS 63, HIDDEN VALLEY 58: In a battle waged from the 3-point line, 2A Butte Falls outlasted 4A Hidden Valley.

Butte Falls’ Colby Wood banged home seven of his team’s nine 3-pointers. He scored 24 points for the 2-2 Loggers. Devon Malcolm scored 22 points (two 3-pointers), including 10-for-14 at the foul line to seal the victory.

Hidden Valley had seven 3-pointers but missed important free throws down the stretch to drop to 5-4 on the season.

HIDDEN VALLEY (58): Tanner 14, Burchfield, 15, Matasik 3, Nega 12, Byrd 3, Tackett 0, Iwamizu 11. Totals: 18, 15-29 58.

BUTTE FALLS (63): McGuire 0, Malcolm 22, Wood 24, Clayborne 6, Underhill 4, Redondo 0, Johnson 7. Totals: 16 22-37 63.

Hidden Valley14111122— 58

Butte Falls14161221— 63

3-point goals — Butte Falls 9 (Malcolm 2, Wood 7), Hidden Valley 7 (Matasik 1, Tanner 1, Nega 2, Byrd 1, Iwamizu 1). Fouled out — Underhill, Redondo, Tanner.

Girls

CRATER 51, ASHLAND 25: McKenzie Hirsch had the hot hand early to lead defending champion Crater back to the championship game with the win over its Midwestern League rival.

Hirsch scored nine of her 13 points in the first quarter as the Comets (7-1), ranked sixth in Class 5A, bolted to a 17-4 lead by the end of the period and was never threatened.

Crater’s defense limited Ashland (5-2) to single digits in each quarter. The Comets made 17 steals and held the Grizzlies to 9 of 40 shooting from the field.

Crater will play Eagle Point, a 43-40 overtime winner over Cascade Christian, for the title at 7:30 tonight.

Taryn Dance produced seven rebounds and five steals to go with four points for the Comets. Averi Young grabbed six boards.

Ashland was led by Jayd Sollinger’s eight points, seven rebounds and two steals. Nina Munson had eight rebounds, three assists and four steals, and Aubrey Losinski grabbed six boards.

Ashland plays for third place at 4:30 p.m. against Cascade Christian.

ASHLAND (25): Altig 0, Sollinger 8, Barnes 4, Morgan 0, Munson 3, Losinski 4, Cooper 2, Abel 4. Totals: 9 7-12 25.

CRATER (51): Gugliotta 6, Dance 4, Hanson 0, Hirsch 13, Robison 7, Amidei 3, Waters 2, Stidham 2, Dutkiewicz 4, Woodard 2, Young 8. Totals: 20 8-11 51.

Ashland4687— 25

Crater1771512— 51

3-point goals — Crater 3 (Gugliotta 1, Hirsch 1, Amidei 1).

EAGLE POINT 43, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 40, OT: Eagle Point got a late basket from Andrea Flores to force overtime, then pulled away for the win and a berth in the championship game.

The Eagles (5-4) face defending champion Crater at 7:30 tonight for the championship.

Flores scored from beneath the basket inside the final five seconds of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime tied at 36-36.

A 3-pointer put the Eagles in front for good in the extra session.

Flores, Kierrsa Hogan and Hailey Burcham each scored eight points for the Eagles.

Sophie Ferriera had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Challengers (5-2), and Paisley Fish had 12 points and five boards. Liz White chipped in six assists, three rebounds and three steals, and Elliana Hagloch had five boards.

EAGLE POINT (43): Flores 8, Hogan 8, Burcham 8, Whitman 7, Nielsen 3, Balero 3, Swanson 2, Sked 2, McCormack 2. Totals: 14 11-23 43.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (40): Ferreira 18, Fish 12, Hagloch 5, Willard 3, White 2, Sweem 0, Williams 0, Joseph 0. Totals: 15 7-13 40.

Eagle Point781297— 43

Cascade Christian1313554— 40

3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Hgoan 1, Whitman 1, Balero 1, Burcham 1), Cascade Christian 3 (Fish 2, Willard 1). Fouled out — Fish, White, Whitman.

JV result — Ashland def. Cascade Christian.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 36, PHOENIX 31: Santiam Christian, the No. 7 3A team, stole the ball on in-bound pass in the final minute to seal the win.

Santiam Christian used an aggressive double-team to shut down Phoenix’s top scorer, Josie Bolstad, and ran its record to 8-3.

Phoenix got nine points from Lola Lumbreras, while Morgan James came of the bench for seven points, four rebounds, three blocks and a steal. Delani Parent added seven points, 12 rebounds and one block for the Pirates (3-5).

PHOENIX (31): James 7, Skaff 0, Lumbreras 9, Bolstad 0, Tellez 4, Jackson 4, Parent 7. Totals: 11 6-14 31.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN (36): Kniebuehler 0. Atkins 6, Risinger 2, Roberts 2, Miller 8, xx. Totals: 14 7-14 36.

Phoenix79510— 31

Santiam Christian510813— 36

3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (Lumbreras 1, Jacon 1, Parent 1), Santiam Christian 1 (Gurr).

KLAMATH UNION 68, St. MARY’S 40: St. Mary’s had no answer for ShieTeal Watah, who scored 42 points (12 of 13 on free throws).

The 4A Pelicans (5-5) led by 10 at the half.

St. Mary’s (1-10) was paced by Kathy Mejia with 10 points while Olivia Lippert added eight points.

ST. MARYS (40): Lippert 8, Rajagopal 3, Connor 8, Young 0, Rothfus 5, Christman 6, Mejia 10. Totals: 12 12-17 40.

KLAMATH UNION (68): Mendez 5, Delaney 0, Anderson 2, Wells 0, Mahan 8, Bustamante 11, Watah 42. Totals: 26 12-18 68.

St. Mary’s1011811— 40

Klamath Union18131126— 68

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 4 (Lippert 2, Mejia 2), Klamath Union 4 (Mendez 1, Bustamante 1, Watah 2); Fouled out — Anderson, Wells. Conner;

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCascade's Christian's Cody Reece, shown in an earlier game, paced the Challengers with his defense.