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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Crater win sets up pivotal MWL tilt

CENTRAL POINT — A change in defensive scheme and waves of capable players to call upon helped Crater score a key Midwestern League girls basketball victory Friday, with the sixth-ranked Comets easing past Willamette, 46-36, in the Crater High gym.

Taryn Dance contributed 10 points, three assists and three steals and Kayana Woodard had six points, four rebounds and five steals for Crater (20-2, 13-1 MWL), which earned its eighth straight victory.

“I really thought, for the most part in the game, we controlled the pace,” said Comets coach Scott Dippel, “and our depth really showed at the end of the game.”

Madison Dutkiewicz added seven points, Averi Young had five rebounds and four blocks and McKenzie Hirsch had eight points and four rebounds for the Comets, who set up a huge matchup Tuesday with the win against No. 3-ranked and MWL unbeaten Churchill.

Willamette (12-10, 9-4) held the early edge thanks to seven first-quarter points by Natalie Willoughby before Crater adopted a three-quarter court press that resulted in three of Woodard’s steals and a handful of transition baskets to put the Comets up 15-10 at the break.

Utilizing 13 players, Crater was able to keep throwing fresh pressure on the Wolverines and broke the game open with an 11-6 edge in the third quarter.

“We were able to play a lot of kids and they weren’t able to get into their bench very deep so I think our depth was the difference in that third quarter and the beginning of the fourth,” said Dippel.

WILLAMETTE (36): Blackburn 2, Gayle 0, Young 3, Crawford 5, Evans 6, Lee 7, Willoughby 13. Totals: 14 6-12 36.

CRATER (46): Gugliotta 2, Bittle 3, Dance 10, Bowers 0, Hanson 0, Hirsch 8, Robison 6, Amidei 0, Waters 0, Stidham 0, Dutkiewicz 7, Woodard 6, Young 4. Totals: 19 6-9 46.

Willamette108612— 36

Crater1511119— 46

3-point goals — Willamette 2 (Young 1, Evans 1), Crater 2 (Dance 1, Dutkiewicz 1). Fouled out — Crawford.

SOUTH MEDFORD 82, ROSEBURG 33: At Roseburg, South Medford senior Bella Pedrojetti led three Panthers in double figures with 20 points in a runaway Southwest Conference victory.

Emma Schmerbach had 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals for second-ranked South Medford (20-3, 8-0 SWC), which opened a 23-11 lead after one quarter and went up 46-15 at halftime.

Kaili Chamberlin chipped in with 15 points, six rebounds and four steals and Tanesha Coley pulled in eight rebounds against Roseburg (2-20, 0-8).

SOUTH MEDFORD (82): Chamberlin 15, Coleman 8, Dillard 4, E. Schmerbach 18, Pedrojetti 20, Coley 0, Dahlin 5, Stone 4, Teague-Perry 8, T. Schmerbach 0, Fealey 0. Totals: 37-83 4-5 82.

ROSEBURG (33): Anderson 6, Murphy 8, Vredenburg 7, White 3, Allen 2, Knudson 6, Miller 1. Totals: 12-42 6-14 33.

South Medford23232115— 82

Roseburg114711— 33

3-point goals — South Medford 4 (Pedrojetti 2, Chamberlin 1, Dahlin 1), Roseburg 3 (Vredenburg 2, White 1).

JV result — South Medford won

SOUTH EUGENE 60, NORTH MEDFORD 28: At Eugene, North Medford wasn’t able to find its stroke against host South Eugene, which took control early in the Southwest Conference contest.

Jazmyne Wells led the Black Tornado (6-16, 2-6 SWC) with 10 points and Jaida Ross pulled down nine rebounds.

The win moved the Axe to 12-11 overall and 5-3 in the SWC.

NORTH MEDFORD (28): Richardson 2, Ersepke 6, Wells 10, Weaver 3, Christiansen 2, Drysdale 3, Ross 2, Stewart 0, Chavez 0. Totals: 6 3-9 28.

SOUTH EUGENE (60): Lewis 11, Lucas 3, Megert 8, Glenzel 10, Stein 9, Harris 13, Bryant 6, Jacobsen 0, Ellison 0, Gonzalez 0. Totals: 21 12-16 60.

North Medford9957— 28

South Eugene12142218— 60

3-point goals — North Medford 3 (Ersepke 1, Wells 2), South Eugene 6 (Lewis 1, Lucas 1, Megert 1, Stein 1, Harris 2)

JV result — South Eugene won.

SHELDON 46, GRANTS PASS 28: At Grants Pass, Camdyn Bruner had 12 points to lead Grants Pass in the Southwest Conference loss.

Sheldon (9-12, 2-6 SWC) established the tempo in the third quarter and turned a two-point halftime lead into a 12-point edge heading to the final quarter.

For the Cavers (9-12, 2-6), Skylar Willey had six points and Rachel Snyder added five.

SHELDON (46): Sowers 0, Rhode 8, Spery 3, Mirabile 14, Glenn 0, Pierzina 0, Wheeler 4, West 0, Bruegman 5, Kelty 12. Totals: 18 5-11 46.

GRANTS PASS (28): Medley 0, Lopez 0, Rucker 2, Childers 0, R. Bruner 0, Mock 1, Snyder 5, C. Bruner 12, Willey 6, Teagle 2. Totals: 9 10-15 28.

Sheldon971713— 46

Grants Pass12277— 28

3-point goals — Sheldon 5 (Rhode 2, Sperry 1, Mirabile 2), Grants Pass 0.

ASHLAND 41, NORTH EUGENE 37: At Eugene, Ashland rallied from deficits at halftime and through three quarters to take the Midwestern League contest.

The Grizzlies trailed 19-14 at intermission and by two entering the fourth quarter, when it scored 16 points.

Ashland (12-9, 7-6 MWL) pulled into a fourth-place tie with Thurston in the league standings with three games to play. The top four teams qualify for the state playoffs.

Nina Munson scored nine of her 18 points in the fourth for the Grizzlies, and Jayd Sollinger was 3 of 4 from the line down the stretch en route to 14 points. Munson had five steals and four rebounds, Sollinger seven boards and Kendyl Abel eight rebounds.

North Eugene is 7-14 and 5-9.

ASHLAND (41): Moran 3, Sollinger 14, Barnes 2, Morgan 1, Munson 18, Losinski 0, Abel 3. Totals: 13 14-21 41.

NORTH EUGENE (37): Collie 0, Manley 13, Newell 9, Barraza 5, Chapman 3, Hobbs 5, Becraft 2, Devine 0. Totals: 13 8-11 37.

Ashland771216— 41

North Eugene41599— 37

3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Moran 1), North Eugene 3 (Manley 1, Barraza 1, Hobbs 1). Fouled out — Morgan.

EAGLE POINT 39, NORTH BEND 34: At North Bend, Hailey Burcham and Andrea Flores dropped in 11 points apiece to help Eagle Point grind out its second Midwestern League win in a row.

Burcham also grabbed five rebounds and Kierssa Hogan added 10 points for the Eagles (8-14, 3-10 MWL).

Eagle Point was able to fend off North Bend, which made a run in the fourth quarter with its foul shooting where it was 7 of 10.

EAGLE POINT (39): Hogan 10, Nielsen 2, Flores 11, Whitman 0, Burcham 11, Swanson 1, McCornack 4, Conte 0, Sked 0. Totals: 16 3-9 39.

NORTH BEND (34): Frank 0, Proett 9, Holling 7, Barker 2, Lillebo 1, Matthews 6, Gochnour 0, Holmes 3, Cunningham 2, Anderson 4. Totals: 8 15-25 34.

Eagle Point891111— 39

North Bend74914— 34

3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Hogan 3, Burcham 1), North Bend 3 (Holling 1, Matthews 2) . Fouled out — Flores. Technical foul — Eagle Point scorebook.

JV score — North Bend 34, Eagle Point 33.

PHOENIX 82, KLAMATH UNION 43: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix had six girls score in double figures to win the Skyline Conference contest and stay in the race for a playoff spot.

Phoenix (11-10, 4-5 Skyline) took full advantage of a depleted Pelican roster and jumped out to a 49-28 lead in the first half.

Lola Lumbreras had a game-high 15 points to go with nine rebounds, three steals and five assists for the Pirates, while Delani Parent led the defensive effort and produced 14 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two assists.

Also for Phoenix, Cristal Tellez added 10 points, eight rebounds, eight steals and two assists, Josie Bolstad had 12 rebounds and 10 points and Kassandra Skaff scored 10 points.

ShieTeal Watah led Klamath Union (8-15, 1-8) with 30 points.

PHOENIX (82): James 12, Skaff 10, Hernandez 0, Lumbreras 15, Bolstad 10, Tellez 10, Flores 5, Jackson 6, Champion-Blazio 0, Parent 14. Totals: 37 1-3 82.

KLAMATH UNION (43): Delaney 0, Peterson 1, Langley 8, Mahan 4, Matheney 0, Cisneros 0, Watah 30, Hicks 0, Olson 0. Totals: 14 9-17 43.

Phoenix23262013— 82

Klamath Union1414133— 43

3-point goals — Phoenix 7 (Skaff 2, Lumbreras 3, Jackson 2), Klamath Union 6 (Langley 2, Watah 4). Technical foul — James.

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