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PREP BASKETBALL: Crater pulls out win, honors Bittle

Nate Bittle, shown during his signing earlier this year, got his own Senior Night Monday after Crater’s win over Ashland.

CENTRAL POINT — Ashland had a chance to pull out a victory over Crater in boys basketball, but a 3-piont attempt in the final seconds didn’t fall, leaving the Comets with a 43-41 win in their gym Monday.

Crater limited the Grizzlies to six points in the final quarter, and kept them at bay for the last 43 seconds as Ashland had possession.

Colton Vranes scored 17 points and made three of the eight 3-pointers for the Comets (6-3). Hunter Chubb added nine points and Blake Eaton eight.

Finn Hilden paced Ashland (4-6) with 16 points, and Egan Shields scored 10.

After the game, Crater honored former player Nate Bittle, a senior who studied at the school and graduated with his class last week. Bittle missed this senior season of basketball because, with no guarantees Oregon would play, he joined an academy team in California.

The 6-foot-11 Bittle, who has the career record for points, rebounds and blocks at Crater, was also recognized for his selection to the McDonald’s All-American Game. The game was canceled this year because of COVID-19.

Bittle will next play at Oregon and will head to the school this week, preventing him from being present when Crater holds its official Senior Night on Friday.

ASHLAND (41): Coster 0, Lapierre 4, Hilden 16, Williams 4, Barnes 7, Shields 10. Totals: 16 4-5 41.

CRATER (43): Vranes 17, Chubb 9, K. Price 0, Turner 0, L. Price 0, Eaton 8, Grant 6, Broesder 3, Acrey 0, Rucker 0. Totals: 17 1-4 43.

Ashland137156— 41

Crater1310812— 43

3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Hilden 3), Crater 8 (Vranes 3, Chubb 2, Eaton 2, Broesder 1).

JV result — Crater 75, Ashland 43

NORTH MEDFORD 68, EAGLE POINT 34: North Medford pulled away with a 22-point second quarter in the SOC game at North Medford High.

Landon Ellis scored nine of his 13 points in the period, and Tyson Neff came off the bench for five as the Black Tornado (11-1) opened a 42-15 halftime lead.

Treyson Neff heated up in the first half as well and led North Medford with 19 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists. Ellis added four assists to his double-figure point total, and Bryce Dyer had nine points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Eagle Point (0-12) was paced by Adan Quintero’s 10 points and nine by Alex Smith, who made three 3-pointers.

EAGLE POINT (34): Smith 9, Valdovinos 2, Dutton 2, Amidei 0, Neyt 6, Quintero 10, Carlton 0, Esquibel 3, Uribe 2. Totals: 14 3-8 34.

NORTH MEDFORD (68): McLean 2, Ty. Neff 5, Tr. Neff 19, Plankenhorn 3, Orozco 0, Karrick 8, Ellis 13, Young 0, Miller 2, Dyer 9, Goodrich 2, Dominguez 2, Conrad 3. Totals: 29-52 1-5 68.

Eagle Point114127— 34

North Medford20221610— 68

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Smith 3), North Medford 9-19 (Ty. Neff 1, Tr. Neff 5, Plankenhorn 1, Ellis 1, Conrad 1).

JV result — North Medford 66, Eagle Point 35

SOUTH MEDFORD 69, ROSEBURG 61: At Roseburg, Jackson Weiland scored 25 points and South Medford pulled away in the fourth quarter of the SOC contest.

The Panthers (9-1) trailed for most of the game, including 51-50 entering the final period.

Weiland scored 11 of his points in the fourth, including on nine on 3-pointers.

Isaiah McNaught had a big offensive contribution for South Medford with 16 points, including going 4-for-4 on free throws. The Panthers were 14 of 16 at the line.

Jeremy Gaut added 11 in the win.

Roseburg’s fourth straight loss dropped it to 4-7.

SOUTH MEDFORD (69): Weiland 25, McNaught 16, Gaut 11, Adee 3, Bloodsaw 0, Pannell 6, Booth 0, Malcolm 8. Totals: 23 14-16 69.

ROSEBURG (61): Pinard 8, Mendoza 2, J. Parker 10, Marsters 14, Stedman 2, M. Parker 10, Martin 15. Totals: 17 20-25 61.

South Medford9221919— 69

Roseburg20161510— 61

3-point goals — South Medford 9 (Weiland 5, McNaught 1, Gaut 2, Adee 1), Roseburg 7 (J. Parker 1, Marsters 1, M. Parker 1, Martin 4). Fouled out — Pinard. Technical foul — Malcolm.

JV result — Roseburg 61, South Medford 53

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 59, CHILOQUIN 37: Cody Mendenhall scored 21 points and added four assists and two steals as Rogue Valley Adventist rallied from a sluggish first half and raised its record to 6-4.

The Red Tail Hawks trailed 24-17 at halftime before erupting for 42 points in the second half.

Alex Wiggers added 18 points — including 10 at the free-throw line — and nine rebounds for RVA, and David Zamudio contributed 13 points, four assists and four steals.

Girls

EAGLE POINT 42, NORTH MEDFORD 32: At Eagle Point, Kierssa Hogan’s jumper in the third quarter put Eagle Point up for good and the Eagles were able to overcome a blazing start by North Medford.

Eagle Point (3-8) held North Medford (3-9) to 14 points over the final three quarters after the Black Tornado put up 18 in the opening period.

Hogan poured in 14 points, knocked down three 3-pointers and came away with three steals for the Eagles, who picked up 11 points from Hailey Burcham, eight points from Jocelyn Hanan and 12 rebounds from Haley McCornack.

The Black Tornado received 13 points and three treys from Jazmyne Wells and eight points from Ali Stevens.

NORTH MEDFORD (32): Gallery 2, Stevens 8, Wells 13, Patel 3, Hamlin 3, Chavez 3, McNamee 0, Stewart 0. Totals: 13 1-2 32.

EAGLE POINT (42): Hogan 14, Nielsen 5, Burcham 11, Hanan 8, McCornack 2, Ar. Cabrera 2, Raber 0, Balero 0. Totals: 11 4-9 42.

North Medford18347— 32

Eagle Point117816— 42

3-point goals — North Medford 5 (Wells 3, Patel 1, Chavez 1), Eagle Point 5 (Hogan 3, Burcham 2).

JV result — Eagle Point won

CRATER 61, ASHLAND 31: At Central Point, behind big nights from juniors McKenzie Hirsch and Kayleigh Gugliotta, Crater took control early.

The Comets (9-1), who also turned the ball over a season-best three times, received 17 points apiece from Hirsch and Gugliotta. For Gugliotta, it was a career high in points to go with four rebounds, and Hirsch added seven rebounds and four steals.

Abigail Winslow chipped in 14 points for Crater, which allowed just one point in the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies (5-4) received 13 points from Jayd Sollinger.

ASHLAND (31): Montgomery 0, Lambert 2, Sollinger 13, Carter 0, Morgan 7, Heiken 4, Robinson 0, Sayre 0, Losinski 0, Abel 5. Totals: 10 11-20 31.

CRATER (61): Gugliotta 17, Sizemore 7, Amadei 4, Weaver 0, Hirsch 17, Stidham 0, Winslow 14, Dutkiewicz 0, Richardson 2, Valencia 0, Gonzalez 0. Totals: 24 7-11 61.

Ashland610141— 31

Crater18171610— 61

3-point goals — Crater 6 (Gugliotta 1, Sizemore 1, Hirsch 3, Winslow 1).

JV result — Crater won.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 49, CHILOQUIN 24: Emma Bischoff and host Rogue Valley Adventist shook off a slow start and denied Chiloquin a single basket in the second half.

The Red Tail Hawks (5-1) held a 23-21 lead at halftime but amped up their defense to not allow a made field goal and just three free throws in the second half.

Bischoff was 8-for-16 from the floor and registered 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Red Tail Hawks who also received 14 points on 7-for-13 shooting and 10 boards from Michaela Porter.

Rogue Valley Adventist also picked up 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting and three steals from Isabelle Zamora, and Madelyn Bennett dished out nine assists to go with four points.