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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Churchill clips Comets, nears MWL title

CENTRAL POINT — Crater’s hopes of a Midwesern League girls basketball championship were all but dashed in a marquee matchup of top-five Class 5A teams Tuesday.

Churchill, ranked third in the coaches poll, got off to a hot start, then held off the No. 5 Comets, 43-36, to go 11/2 games up in the standings. Crater has one game left and Churchill (19-4, 14-0 MWL), which has beaten Crater twice, has two.

The Comets (20-3, 13-2 MWL) visit Thurston Friday. A win likely gives Crater a home game in the state playoffs.

On Tuesday, Churchill broke loose for several early transition baskets — including three right off the bat by Danika Starr — and Crater found itself in an immediate hole.

“They’d get a rebound and release Starr and we didn’t rotate correctly,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel.

Starr scored 13 of her 18 points in the first quarter as the Lancers went ahead 15-6.

They opened the second quarter with consecutive 3-pointers to make it 21-6.

Crater isolated McKenzie Hirsch in the second quarter, and she responded with 10 of her 14 points in the period. Kate Stidham added four points in a late surge, and Allison Waters finished the half with a three-point play to pull the hosts within 24-17 at the break.

A strong defensive stand helped them get as close as four in the third.

Crater was still down four midway through the fourth, but an intentional foul by the Comets led to a four-point swing in favor of the Lancers.

“That was kind of the difference,” said Dippel. “We didn’t really come back from that.”

Hirsch added five rebounds, and Averi Young produced eight points and four rebounds for Crater. Stidham had six points, two rebounds and two assists.

CHURCHILL (43): N. Elstone 14, Bolden 5, S. Elstone 4, Starr 18, Scott 2, Rousseau 0. Totals: 15 9-12 43.

CRATER (36): Gugliotta 0, Bittle 0, Dance 0, Hirsch 14, Robison 0, Amidei 0, Waters 4, Stidham 6, Dutkiewicz 2, Woodard 2, Westbrock 0, Young 8. Totals: 14 8-12 36.

Churchill159514— 43

Crater611811— 36

3-point goals — Churchill 4 (N. Elstone 2, Bolden 1, S. Elstone 1).

JV result — Crater 60, Ashland 15.

GRANTS PASS 42, ROSEBURG 36: At Roseburg, Camdyn Bruner exploded for a game-high 18 points to lift Grants Pass in the Southwest Conference tilt.

Grants Pass jumped out to a 14-8 first quarter score and coasted from there. Freshman guard Alexa Medley scored nine points (two 3-pointers) and sophomore Skylar Willey pitched in with seven points to lead the Cavers to a 10-12, 3-6 SWC record.

Roseburg would score six 3-pointers in the game, but dropped to 2-21, 0-9 SWC.

GRANTS PASS (42): Medley 9, Rucker 4, Childers 1, Mock 2, Snyder 0, C. Bruner 18, Willey 7, Teagle 2. Totals: 12 10-14 42.

ROSEBURG (36): Anderson 2, Murphy 3, Vredenburg 9, White 3, Russell 0, Allen 3, Knudson 6, Miller 0. Totals: 9 2-5 36.

Grants Pass148138— 42

Roseburg8864— 36

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Medley 2, Rucker 1), Roseburg 6 (Murphy 1, Vredenburg 1, White 1, Allen 1, Knudson 2).

ASHLAND 52, SPRINGFIELD 37: At Springfield, Ashland remained on pace for a top-four spot in the Midwstern League with the victory.

Four teams advance to the state playoffs. The Grizzlies are 13-9 overall and 8-6 in league. They were tied with Thurston for fourth place entering Tuesday and have two MWL games remaining.

Ashland outscored Springfield (3-20, 2-12) in the middle two quarters, 33-14, to pull away.

Jayd Sollinger had 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals to pace the Grizzlies, with seven of her points coming in the second quarter. Nina Munson scored seven of her 14 — Ashland’s entire output — in the first. She added four assists and thre steals.

Kendyl Abel scored 11, while Kirsten Morgan notched four rebounds and four steals.

ASHLAND (52): Moran 2, Sollinger 17, Barnes 3, Morgan 4, Baldwin 0, Munson 14, Losinski 1, Cooper 0, Abel 11. Totals: 20 10-19 52.

SPRINGFIELD (37): Thompson 0, Phillips 10, Hiestand 6, Morgan 7, Rawson 10, Rankins 3, Bartlow 1, Alstrander 0. Totals: 12 9-19 37.

Ashland7191412— 52

Springfield610417— 37

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Sollinger 1, Barnes 1), Springfield 4 (Phillips 2, Hiestand 1, Rankins 1). Fouled out — Morgan.

NORTH EUGENE 39, EAGLE POINT 19: At Eugene, Eagle Point’s Kierssa Hogan and Andrea Flores each scored five points in the Midwestern League contest.

The Eagles (8-15, 3-11 MWL) struggled to get their offense going against North Eugene’s defensive pressure, falling behind 10-1 after one quarter and 26-6 by halftime.

Reice Newell and Kodi Chapman each scored 12 points for North Eugene (8-14, 6-9).

EAGLE POINT (19): Hogan 5, Flores 5, Whitman 2, Burcham 2, Swanson 4, McCornack 1, Balero 0, Sked 0, Conte 0. Totals: 6 5-8 19.

NORTH EUGENE (39): Collie 3, Manley 6, Newell 12, Chapman 12, Hobbs 5, Becraft 1, Santolaja 0, Barraza 0, Devine 0. Totals: 14 6-12 39.

Eagle Point1576— 19

North Eugene101658— 39

3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (Hogan 1, Flores 1), North Eugene 5 (Manley 2, Chapman 2, Hobbs 1). Fouled out — . Technical foul — Swanson.

HIDDEN VALLEY 48, PHOENIX 38: At Phoenix, Josie Bolstad had a game-high 18 points in addition to nine rebounds but third-ranked Hidden Valley earned its 12th straight victory in the Skyline Conference matchup.

Phoenix (11-11, 4-6 Skyline) fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter and fought back to within four points in the third quarter, but the Mustangs’ Kaiah Fisher scored 16 points to keep Hidden Valley (22-2, 10-0) in the drivers’ seat.

Senior Cristal Tellez had nine points, eight rebounds and three steals, and led the way with her defensive effort for the Pirates. Delani Parent had four points and eight rebounds.

HIDDEN VALLEY (48): Powers 11, Noga 1, Steele 10, Hurley 5, Elmore 3, Brown 2, Fisher 16. Totals: 16 10-23 48.

PHOENIX (38): James 0, Skaff 0, Chistiansen 2, Lumbreras 5, Bolstad 18, Tellez 9, Jackson 0, Parent 4. Totals: 17 3-8 38.

Hidden Valley1613811— 48

Phoenix61399— 38

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 6 (Powers 3, Hurley 1, Elmore 1, Fisher 1). Phoenix 1 (Lumbreras 1). Fouled out — Tellez.

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