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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Crater slips past Ashland

CENTRAL POINT — Fifth-ranked Crater struggled shooting the ball Tuesday but the Comets used a stifling third quarter on defense to separate from Ashland for a 42-32 victory in Midwestern League girls basketball at Crater High.

Crater senior post Kayana Woodard managed 11 points and eight rebounds and freshman Kate Stidham added eight points to propel the Comets (15-2, 8-1 MWL), who held only a 19-16 lead at halftime over the Grizzlies (9-8, 4-5).

“I thought Ashland did a really good job defensively with their assignments,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel, “and then when we got ourselves open shots, we didnt’ knock them down.”

“In the first half we shot 28 percent from the field,” added Dippel. “It was by far our worst shooting game, and then you throw in the 39 percent from the foul line (11-for-28), that’s not a good night.”

Helping Crater turn things around was a third quarter that saw the Comets outscore Ashland 13-3 to take control of the contest.

“That was the biggest difference in the game was that third quarter,” said Dippel. “We concentrated on the defensive end and were much more patient on offense so we could get our best shot possible, and we knocked down a few.”

Madison Dutkiewicz had five points, six rebounds and three steals and McKenzie Hirsch added five points for the Comets.

Dippel credited Ashland junior post Kendyl Abel for closing off the paint defensively, especially in the first half, and for her offensive execution in the second half. Abel finished with seven of her nine points in the final two quarters.

Nina Munson added 10 points and Jayd Sollinger had seven for the Grizzlies.

ASHLAND (32): Sollinger 7, Barnes 2, Moran 0, Morgan 4, Baldwin 0, Caruso 0, Munson 10, Abel 9. Totals: 11 10-18 32.

CRATER (42): Gugliotta 2, Bittle 0, Dance 0, Bowers 0, Hanson 0, Hirsch 5, Robison 6, Amidei 2, Stidham 8, Dutkiewicz 5, Woodard 11, Young 2, Gonzalez 1. Totals: 15 11-28 42.

Ashland88313— 32

Crater1271310— 42

3-point goals — Ashland 0, Crater 1 (Stidham 1). Fouled out — Munson.

JV score — Crater 45, Ashland 7

PHOENIX 64, KLAMATH UNION 48: At Phoenix, Josie Bolstad and Delani Parent both posted double-doubles and Cristal Tellez put together her best game of the season to help Phoenix pull away in the fourth quarter for the Skyline Conference victory.

Bolstad recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds while the senior forward Tellez poured in a season-high 17 points to go with five steals. Tellez had six points and three steals in the fourth.

The Pirates (9-7, 2-2 Skyline) picked up 15 points and 12 rebounds from Parent and Kassandra Skaff provided 12 points and was 5-for-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

The Pelicans fell to 7-11 overall and 0-4 in Skyline play.

KLAMATH UNION (48): Mendez 7, Probst 2, Anderson 0, Wells 8, Mahan 2, Bustamante 4, Watah 25, Hernandez 0. Totals: 16 14-21 48.

PHOENIX (64): James 2, Skaff 12, Lumbreras 0, Bolstad 17, Tellez 17, Jackson 0, Parent 15. Totals: 22 17-27 64.

Klamath Union6191310— 48

Phoenix9231220— 64

3-point goals — Klamath Union 2 (Wata 2), Phoenix 3 (Skaff 1, Parent 2). Fouled out — Bustamante, Bolstad. Technical foul — Klamath Union coach Ramirez 2.

JV result — Phoenix won.

SUTHERLIN 48, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 36: At Sutherlin, Paisley Fish finished with 13 points and Katelyn Willard added 11 points for Cascade Christian in the Far West League loss.

Willard also finished with three assists, four rebounds and two steals for the Challengers (10-10, 3-4 FWL)

Sutherlin (19-2, 7-0) opened a 29-18 halftime lead and had three players score in double figures to remain undefeated in Far West League play.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (36): Fish 13, Willard 11, Ferreira 6, Hagloch 2, White 2, Joseph 2, Holt 0. Totals: 12 10-12 36.

SUTHERLIN (49): Haines 13, Bailey 11, Vermillion 7, Wicks 13, Ganger 2, Masterfield 2. Totals: 19 5-12 49.

Cascade Christian612117— 36

Sutherlin1217136— 49

3-point goals — Sutherlin 5 (Bailey 1, Haynes 2, Wicks 2) Cascade Christian 2 (Willard 2) Fouled out — White.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 35, PROSPECT 32: At Prospect, despite 15 points from inside threat Alissa Oliver, Prospect dropped a closely fought Mountain Valley League battle with Hosanna Christian.

With 20 seconds to play and the game tied, Hosanna Christian’s Jade Jackson hit the game-winning layup off an inbounds pass to help lift the Lions (5-14, 4-9 MVL).

For Prospect (6-13, 1-11 MVL), Mckenzie Thompson had six points, Stormie Thompson added five points and Leeanna Lands was steady in running the offense from the point guard position.

RV ADVENTIST 36, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 25: Emma Bishoff registered 16 points and eight rebounds for host Rogue Valley Adventist, which picked up its 12th consecutive victory.

The Red Tail Hawks (17-3, 14-1 Mountain Valley League) limited Central Christian to just four fourth-quarter points.

Madelyn Bennett added eight points and Isabella Zamora had eight rebounds.

Central Christian dropped to 5-12 overall and 4-8 in MVL action.