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PREP ROUNDUP: Composed Comets fend off Cavers

CENTRAL POINT — Amid a host of graduation distractions and the unusual circumstances of playing a girls basketball game on a Saturday in June, the Comets handled matters just fine on their home court against Grants Pass.

Freshman Abigail Winslow scored 12 points and joined junior McKenzie Hirsch in converting two key free throws apiece down the stretch to fend off the Cavers for a 46-41 victory.

“I was happy that with all that’s going on with graduation parties and all the other distractions out there that we were able to remain composed and pull out the victory,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel.

Crater senior Teya Amidei connected on two of her team’s four 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Comets (7-1) made adjustments against Grants Pass (4-3) that paid off in building a 27-21 halftime advantage. Amidei finished with eight points.

Senior Allison Waters also supplied a second-quarter 3-pointer and finished with five points, five rebounds and two steals, while junior Kayleigh Gugliotta also converted from beyond the arc to help her post nine points.

“We always play really close games with Grants Pass,” said Dippel. “They’re great defensively and well-coached (by Scott Wakefield) so they always know who the best player is out there and they scheme really well to make you do other things. I was really proud of the fact that we made a couple adjustments late in the second quarter and started opening things up with those four 3-pointers for 12 of our 17 points.”

Senior Madison Dutkiewicz added five rebounds, three assists and two blocks for Crater, which used a 6-0 surge at the end of the third quarter to nearly double its lead.

Grants Pass freshman Brooke Anderson spearheaded a comeback bid in the final frame, scoring seven of her team-high 17 points, but Crater was able to manage the clock, grab a couple offensive rebounds and get those one-and-one free throws by Winslow and Hirsch to secure the win.

GRANTS PASS (41): Lopez 0, Anderson 17, Bruner 2, Pastrell 0, Mock 5, Rund 8, Seidel 3, Teagle 0, Poteet 6 . Totals: 16 5-8 41.

CRATER (46): Gugliotta 9, Sizemore 0, Amidei 8, Weaver 2, Hirsch 7, Waters 5, Winslow 12, Dutkiewicz 3, Richardson 0, Gonzales 0. Totals: 15 10-16 46.

Grants Pass615416— 41

Crater1017910— 46

3-point goals — Grants Pass 4 (Anderson 2, Rund 2), Crater 6 (Amidei 2, Gugliotta 1, Waters 1, Winslow 1, Dutkiewicz 1). Fouled out — Bruner.

JV result — Crater 41, Grants Pass 31

PHOENIX 48, NORTH VALLEY 21: At Merlin, Phoenix senior Josie Bolstad had 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Pirates swiped 18 steals overall in a solid defensive performance.

Morgan James added eight points, six steals and six rebounds and Lola Lumbreras had eight points and six steals to pace Phoenix (5-2).

The Pirates will play their final two home games at the high school this week before construction at the school, which had been pushed back as long as possible, will require their other two remaining home games to be played at Talent Middle School.

Karlee Touey had seven points for North Valley (1-4).

PHOENIX (48): James 8, Skaff 3, Hernandez 0, Lumbreras 8, Potratz 2, Rector 0, Bolstad 16, Flores 6, Parent 5. Totals: 19 10-16 48.

NORTH VALLEY (21): Moore 2, Kirkland 4, Hawkins 0, Schrock 0, Wheeler 1, Pedersen 4, Cooke 0, Touey 7, Fagert 1, Hansen 0, Godfrey 2. Totals: 8 4-10 21.

Phoenix10171011— 48

North Valley6852— 21

3-point goals — North Valley 1 (Touey 1).

JV result — Phoenix won.

Boys Basketball

PHOENIX 76, NORTH VALLEY 45: At Merlin, Phoenix junior Jake Olsiewski contributed a career-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds and freshman Dylan Harper added 14 points and four steals to help the Pirates earn their first win.

Phoenix (1-4) knocked down 10 3-pointers, led by five from Olsiewski, and built a commanding 25-12 lead after one quarter.

Brady Huff scored 20 points for North Valley (0-5).

PHOENIX (76): Talbott 8, Selden 8, Monroe 7, Stubbs 6, Valadez 2, Osorio 11, Harper 14, Olsiewski 20, Morrison 0, Meeder 0, Loy 0. Totals: 28 10-16 76.

NORTH VALLEY (45): Scharpen 4, Huff 20, Cartwright 6, Hawkins 3, Koren 2, Jones 10. Totals: 14 17-31 45.

Phoenix25221613— 76

North Valley1216125— 45

3-point goals — Phoenix 10 (Talbott 2, Selden 1, Monroe 1, Osorio 1, Olsiewski 5).

JV result — North Valley won.

Crater's Madison Dutkiewicz drives to the hoop during the 1st quarter recently against Eagle Point. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune