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PREP ROUNDUP: Defense sparks Crater in win over Eagle Point

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EAGLE POINT — Once the defense started turning into offense for the Crater girls basketball team Friday night, it was full steam ahead.

Led by junior McKenzie Hirsch and freshman Abigail Winslow, Crater cranked up the defensive pressure on Eagle Point and was able to take command early en route to a 59-26 win over the Eagles to remain perfect to begin the spring season.

“Really it was about halfway through the first quarter we started generating some turnovers and turning them into points,” Crater head coach Scott Dippel said. “That continued at the beginning of the second quarter and we were able to force 10 turnovers in that quarter.”

Hirsch and Winslow both led the Comets (5-0) with 14 points. Hirsch scored seven of her 14 points in the first quarter, while Winslow recorded 10 of her 14 points in the second quarter.

Crater built a 27-14 lead after one quarter and led 41-16 at halftime.

“McKenzie got a lot of her points in the halfcourt,” Dippel said. “(Winslow) got a lot of her points releasing on turnovers and getting ahead to finish in transition after we turned (Eagle Point) over. She finished really well in the second quarter, and she really carried the scoring for the bench kids when they were in there in the second quarter.”

Madison Dutkiewicz did a little bit of everything for the Comets, finishing with five points, eight rebounds and five steals. Chase Weaver had seven points, four assists and four steals, while Teya Amidei finished with five points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Senior guard Kierssa Hogan led Eagle Point (0-4) with nine points, all coming on a trio of 3-pointers. Hailey Burcham and Emilee Nielsen each had six points.

Crater will put its unbeaten record up against South Medford (3-0) at home Tuesday night. Eagle Point will also be in action Tuesday, playing on the road against Phoenix (3-1).

“South is an elite team in the state,” Dippel said. “We have a lot of young kids and it will great for them to compete and play against that speed. We’re playing hard right now and we have to be a little smarter to get to that same elite level, but I do like the effort we’re giving.”

CRATER (59): Sizemore 7, Amidel 5, Weaver 7, Hirsch 14, Waters 2, Winslow 14, Dutkiewicz 5, Richardson 5, Vranes 0, Valencia 0, Gonzalez 0. Totals: 24 7-10 59.

EAGLE POINT (26): Hogan 9, Nielsen 6, Burcham 6, Hanan 0, Balero 0, McCornack 3, Al. Cabrera 2, Ar. Cabrera 0. Totals: 9 4-8 26.

Crater271499— 59

Eagle Point14219— 26

3-point goals — Crater 4 (Sizemore 1, Amidei 1, Hirsch 1, Dutkiewicz 1); Eagle Point 4 (Hogan 3, Burcham 1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 49, SOUTH UMPQUA JV 30: At Myrtle Creek, Katelyn Willard paced Cascade Christian with 18 points and the Challengers picked up their first win of the season.

Freshman Timnah Roberson also finished in double figures with 11 points for the Challengers (1-2), who built a 30-11 halftime lead.

Cascade Christian hit seven 3-pointers, with Willard and Roberson connecting on three apiece.

Montanah Love led South Umpqua with eight points.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (49): Willard 18, Roberson 11, Sweem 5, White 5, Holt 4, Snowden 4, Joseph 2, Pierson 0, Dunn 0, Shipman 0, Akins 0. Totals: 18 6-9 49.

SOUTH UMPQUA (30): Love 8, Kelley 7, Whetzel 6, Duke 4, Martin 2, McCaughan 2, Rohm 1, Coleman 0, Donahoe 0. Totals: 11 6-16 30.

Cascade Christian1812811— 49

South Umpqua74109— 30

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 7 (Roberson 3, Willard 3, Snowden 1).

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 44, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 18: Sophomore forward Emma Bischoff started the spring season off in impressive fashion, as Rogue Valley Adventist rolled to the win.

Bischoff finished with 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds to power RVA (1-0), which had to delay the start of its season due to COVID-19 protocol.

Fellow sophomores Isabell Zamora and Michaela Porter each had eight points, while senior Madelyn Bennett dished out six assists.

CHILOQUIN 42, PROSPECT 35: At Chiloquin, Alissa Oliver paced Prospect with 16 points but the Cougars fell short in a tough loss to Chiloquin.

The Cougars (1-2) clung to a 35-34 lead with about 2 minutes and 30 seconds remaining when their main defensive presence in the paint, McKenzie Thompson, fouled out. Chiloquin took advantage by closing out the game on an 8-0 run.

Mackenzie Doud tallied 11 points for the Cougars.

Boys Basketball

CRATER 60, EAGLE POINT 42: At Eagle Point, Colton Vranes led a balanced offensive attack with 15 points as Crater stretched its winning streak to four games with a victory over Eagle Point.

Eagle Point’s Brennen Neyt scored 27 points, including 12 points in the fourth quarter alone. He also had one of the Eagles’ two 3-pointers.

Vranes also had three assists and a pair of steals for Crater (4-1), while Tate Broesder finished in double figures with 10 points. Hunter Chubb had with eight points, eight blocks and six steals.

Eagle Point fell to 0-6 with he loss.

CRATER (60): M. Idiart 0, Smith 0, Vranes 15, Acrey 0, Chubb 8, K. Price 4, L. Price 6, Dahlin 0, Eaton 6, Broesder 10, Turner 8, Rucker 3. Totals: 22 13-20 60.

EAGLE POINT (42): Smith 0, Valdovinos 2, Dutton 2, Neyt 27, Quintero 3, Carlton 1, Esquibel 3, Uribe 4, Gorman 0. Totals: 15 10-14 42.

Crater12161913— 60

Eagle Point951711— 42

3-point goals — Crater 6 (Vranes 2, Chubb 1, Broesder 1, Turner 2); Eagle Point 2 (Quintero 1, Neyt 1).

JV result — Crater won.

ASHLAND 52, GRANTS PASS 49: At Ashland, Ashland’s Finn Hilden exploded for 18 points in the game’s first 10 minutes on his way to a 28-point night to lead the Grizzlies over Grants Pass at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Hilden, a senior wing, hit six of Ashland’s 10 3-pointers in the game, helping fuel the Grizzlies’ early 22-10 lead.

Hilden was the lone player for Ashland (2-3) to score in double figures. Hawthorne Lapierre added eight points and hit a pair of 3s.

Sophomore guard Jackson Polen scored 15 points to lead the way for Grants Pass (1-3), which has now lost three straight. Trent Anderson added 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

GRANTS PASS (49): Anderson 14, Alderson 5, Bennett 0, Blanchard 0, Polen 15, B. Robertson 2, Greenberg 0, Sawyer 0, P. Robertson 0, Brandes 8, Ziegler 5. Totals: 19 2-4 49.

ASHLAND (52): Lapierre 8, Golden 0, Hilden 28, Stowasse 3, Nogues 0, Cooper 0, McNamara 5, Thompson 0, Barnes 2, Shields 6. Totals: 18 6-9 52.

Grants Pass10111018— 49

Ashland228715— 52

3-point goals — Grants Pass 9 (Anderson 4, Alderson 1, Polen 3, Brandes 1); Ashland 10 (Lapierre 2, Hilden 6, Stowasse 1, Shields 1); Fouled out — Anderson.


ROSEBURG 42, CRATER 31: At Central Point, Crater picked up some big wins, but fell short in its dual with Roseburg at Dutch Meyer Stadium.

Crater’s Kellen Kerrigan earned an 11-4 decision over one of Roseburg’s top wrestlers, Kahleb Diaz, at 145 pounds, while Kabb Christensen earned one of the most convincing victories for the Comets with an 11-3 major decision over Darian Thacker in the 182-pound class.

At 152 pounds, Crater’s Matthew Bolanos outlasted Rhett Martin in overtime to earn an 11-9 victory and 120-pounder Ty Havniear pinned the Roseburg’s Koen Shelby in 1 minute and 24 seconds.

The Comets’ Joseph Jordahl needed just 28 seconds to pin Grady Hamilton in the 220-pound class. Crater’s Ryan Hill also picked up a 7-2 decision over Levi Campbell.

106* — Gage Singleton, R, won by forfeit; 113 — Higen Spani, R, won by forfeit; 120 — Ty Havniear, C, pinned Koen Shelby, 1:24; 126 — Ayden Tazioli, C, won by forfeit; 132 — Nash Singleton, R, pinned Colton Bryant, 0:00.

138 — Ryan Hill, C, dec. Levi Campbell, R, 7-2; 145 — Kellen Kerrigan, C, dec. Kahleb Diaz, 11-4; 152 — Matthew Bolanos, C, pinned Rhett Martin, SV-1 11-9; 160 — Varrius Scanlan, R, pinned Brayden Gray, 5:36.

170 — Darian Thacker, R, won by forfeit; 182 — Kabb Christensen, C, maj. dec. Darian Thacker, 11-3; 195 — Rogan Coffman, R, pinned Ethan VanHook, 0:58; 220 — Joseph Jordahl, C, pinned Grady Hamilton, 0:28; 285 — Tyler Estes, R, pinned Gabriel Williams, 0:45.

* starting weight

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Chase Weaver takes the ball away from Eagle Point's Jocelyn Hanan during the first quarter of Friday night’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Teya Amidel shoots a 3-pointer in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Eagle Point.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Madison Dutkiewicz drives to the basket during the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Eagle Point.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Chase Weaver and Abigail Winslow pressure Eagle Point's Kylie Baleron during Friday night’s game.