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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Crater rolls past Ashland

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ASHLAND — Kayana Woodard got Crater off to a fast start, and Ashland was unable to overcome it in a Midwestern League girls basketball game Tuesday at Ashland High.

The sixth-ranked Comets opened a 19-7 first-quarter lead, saw Ashland close the gap in the second, then pulled away by intermission en route to the comfortable victory.

Crater entered the night a half game behind first-place and third-ranked Churchill in the MWL, and improved to 19-2 overall and 12-1 in league. The Comets host Churchill next Tuesday.

Ashland dropped to 11-9 and 6-6.

“We executed our offensive game plan early,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel. “Kayana had three buckets in the first quarter off designed plays. We played them two weeks ago, and I thought we came in and executed on offense really good in the first quarter.”

Ashland closed the deficit to single digits early in the second and trailed 23-15, but the Comets pulled away for good.

With a pressing defense leading the way, Crater increased the second-quarter margin to as much as 18 points, 36-18.

Dippel’s reserve unit set the tone in the second.

“The group that came in pressed and changed the speed of the game a little bit,” said Dippel. “I thought that difference changed things a little bit.”

“That second group, we’re trying to get in before our opponent gets into their bench a little bit. We had three turnovers right at the very beginning and converted all three of them. That little six-point spurt pushed (the lead) from 12 to 18 points.”

Ashland’s Anna Barnes hit both her 3s in the second, and teammate Jayd Sollinger made one from the top of the key to cut the score to 36-21 at halftime.

After a fairly even third, the Comets extended the lead in the fourth.

“They got back into it with their 3s,” said Dippel, who encouraged his players to rotate better to the shooters in the second and make them put the ball on the floor.

Averi Young and McKenzie Hirsch were Crater’s leading scorers with eight points as all the Comets got on the board. Young added seven rebounds, and Hirsch had five rebounds and two steals.

Kate Stidham had six points and five assits.

The Grizzlies’ Sollinger paced all scorers with 13 points, and Barnes had eight.

CRATER (64): Gugliotta 6, Bittle 2, Dance 2, Bowers 2, Hanson 2, Hirsch 8, Robison 9, Amidei 5, Waters 4, Stidham 6, Dutkiewicz 2, Woodard 6, Valencia 2, Young 8. Totals: 28 5-9 64.

ASHLAND (31): Moran 2, Sollinger 13, Barnes 8, Morgan 1, Baldwin 2, Caruso 0, Munson 1, Losinski 0, Lambert 0, Cooper 0, Abel 4. Totals: 13 2-6 31.

Crater19171513— 64

Ashland71446— 31

3-point goals — Crater 3 (Robison 1, Amidei 1, Stidham 1), Ashland 3 (Sollinger 1, Barnes 2).

JV result — Crater won.

SOUTH MEDFORD 68, GRANTS PASS 20: At Grants Pass, Kaili Chamberlin and Bella Pedrojetti each knocked down four of South Medford’s 10 3-pointers in the runaway Southwest Conference win.

Chamberlin finished with 16 points and five rebounds, Pedrojetti had 12 and Toni Coleman added 14 points and five steals for the Panthers (19-3, 7-0 SWC), who held Grants Pass scoreless in the first quarter to build a 19-0 cushion.

Shakia Teague-Perry chipped in with a solid all-around performance with eight points, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks for South Medford, and Bella Stone dished out eight assists.

Kylie Rucker scored seven points and Camdyn Bruner had six to pace the Cavers (9-11, 2-5).

SOUTH MEDFORD (68): Chamberlin 16, Coleman 14, Dillard 5, E. Schmerbach 4, Pedrojetti 12, Coley 6, Dahlin 0, Stone 0, Teague-Perry 8, T. Schmerbach 3, Fealey 0. Totals: 27 4-4 68.

GRANTS PASS (20): Medley 3, Lopez 1, Rucker 7, Childers 0, R. Bruner 0, Mock 1, Snyder 2, C. Bruner 6, Willey 0, Teagle 0. Totals: 7 5-10 20.

South Medford19172012— 68

Grants Pass0794— 20

3-point goals — South Medford 10 (Chamberlin 4, Pedrojetti 4, Dillard 1, T. Schmerbach 1), Grants Pass 1 (Rucker 1).

SHELDON 63, NORTH MEDFORD 24: Fourth-ranked Sheldon outscored North Medford 29-9 in the first half and rolled to the Southwest Conference victory in the North Medford gym.

The Black Tornado (6-15, 2-5 SWC) got seven points from Savannah Weaver, but turnovers and Sheldon’s pressing defense stymied North Medford. Hannah Drysdale added six points and Abby Christiansen pitched in five.

Sheldon improved to 18-4 and 6-1.

SHELDON (63): Sowers 1, Rhode 7, Sperry 3, Merabile 9, Glenn 2, Pierzina 10, Wheeler 2, Scurlock 5, West 2, Bruegman 8, Kelty 16. Totals: 25 12-22 63.

NORTH MEDFORD (24): Ersepke 3, Weaver 7, Christiansen 5, Drysdale 6, Jaida Ross 3. Richardson 0, Stewart 0, Wells 0, Seney 0, Chavez 0. Totals: 9 2-8 24.

Sheldon10191719— 63

North Medford5496— 24

3-point goals — North Medford 4 (Ersepke 1, Weaver 1, Christensen 1, Drysdale 1) , Sheldon 3 (Rhode 1, Sperry 1, Mirabile 1).

MAZAMA 42, PHOENIX 28: At Klamath Falls, Josie Bolstad had 13 points, nine rebounds and a steal to lead Phoenix in the Skyline Conferece road contest.

Trailing by just four at the half, Phoenix (10-10, 3-5 Skyline) struggled with turnovers in the second half and ultimately could not answer the scoring of Mazama’s Averie Romander, who finished with 16 points.

Delani Parent joinied Bolstad in pulling in nine rebounds for Phoenix, while Cristal Tellez had three points and three steals.

Mazama improved to 12-7 and 6-2 in Skyline play.

PHOENIX (28): James 0, Skaff 6, Hernandez 0, Lumbreras 0, Bolstad 13, Tellez 3, Flores 2, Jackson 0, Champion-Blazio 0, Parent 4. Totals: 10 7-13 28.

MAZAMA (42): Clemens 7, Charkins 10, Romander 16, Lease 2, Baley 4, Spoon 0, Jeffrey 0, Holbrook 0, Gilmore 3, Hamilton 0. Totals: 15 8-16 42.

Phoenix38710— 28

Mazama961314— 42

3-point goals — Phoeninx 1 (Bolstad), Mazama 4 (Charkins 1, Romander 2, Bailey 1). Fouled out — Skaff.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater’s McKenzie Hirsh shoots for 2 points during the 3rd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater’s Teya Amidei shoots for 3 points during the 3rd quarter.