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PREP BASKETBALL: Strong ‘D’ sends Cascade Christian to final four

Basketball

Cascade Christian’s defense lived up to its billing in the quarterfinals of the Elite 8 boys basketball tournament to determine the Class 3A state champion.

The Challengers, allowing 37 points per game, held Vale below that figure in a 59-27 victory Monday at Cascade Christian High.

“That’s one good thing,” said Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse. “Our defense is the best in 3A, statistically. We forced a lot of turnovers.”

Vale turned the ball over 18 times against the active Challengers (12-0).

Cascade Christian is the No. 1 seed and next plays Monday’s Santiam Christian-Westside Christian winner at 5 p.m. Thursday at Marshfield High, where the final four will be conducted.

Vale, the eighth seed, dropped to 5-4.

Cody Reece made 8 of 12 shots from the field and scored 16 points for Cascade Christian, which led 38-9 at halftime. He added four assists.

“We got out and ran and they had trouble stopping our penetration,” said Morse. “It was kind of more of the same. We jumped on them early and were able to rest guys for Thursday.”

Levi Marincus scored 11 points and Braydn Coppedge pulled down eight rebounds to go with six points.

VALE (27): McGourty 0, Stapleton 2, Gregory 14, Steele 2, Lamb 0, Haueter 6, Johnson 3. Totals: 11-51 4-5 27.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (59): Reece 16, Marincus 11, Anderson 3, Coppedge 6, P. Maurer 2, Hess 3, McPheeters 6, Nering 5, Brown 7. Totals: 25-53 5-10 59.

Vale36117— 27

Cascade Christian2018129— 59

3-point goals — Vale 1 (Johnson 1), Cascade Christian 4 (Marincus 1, Anderson 1, Hess 1, Brown 1). Fouled out — Steele.

SOUTH MEDFORD 60, EAGLE POINT 50: Devon Malcolm took over the game and led South Medford in the SOC Tournament quarterfinal contest at South Medford High.

Malcolm scored 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, made four steals and blocked four shots in a dominant display as the Panthers improved to 12-1.

South Medford advanced to meet Crater in the semifinals Wednesday.

Jackson Weiland added nine points and Junior Sleezer and Isaiah McNaugnt eight each for South Medford. Jude Pannell dished five assists.

Eagle Point (1-14) got 16 points from Alex Smith. The Eagles play Grants Pass in the consolation round Wednesday.

EAGLE POINT (50): Smith 16, Valdovinos 0, Dutton 3, Neyt 13, Quintero 9, Carlton 6, Esquibel 5, Uribe 0. Totals: 21 1-4 50.

SOUTH MEDFORD (60): Weiland 9, Sleezer 8, McNaught 8, Gaut 4, Adams 2, Bloodsaw 0, Pannell 0, Booth 0, Malcolm 29. Totals: 25 8-13 60.

Eagle Point8161016— 50

South Medford17121417— 60

3-point goals — Eagle Point 7 (Smith 2, Dutton 1, Neyt 2, Quintero 1, Esquibel 1), South Medford 2 (Sleezer 1, Weiland 1).

CRATER 65, GRANTS PASS 47: Crater’s hot outside shooting, ball movement and solid defense fueled its convincing win over Grants Pass in the quarterfinals of the SOC Tournament at South Medford High.

Hunter Chubb and Tate Broesder dropped in 15 points apiece for the Comets (8-4), who take on South Medford in the semifinals Wednesday.

Broesder knocked down three of the Comets’ 11 3-pointers, Chubb added a pair from downtown and Colton Vranes scored 10 points.

The Cavemen (2-10) were led by Brady Robertson’s 13 points and Brandin Ziegler’s 11.

GRANTS PASS (47): Anderson 2, Alderson 0, Bennett 7, Blanchard 0, Polen 7, Robertson 13, Greenburg 2, Brandes 5, Ziegler 11. Totals: 16 12-14 47.

CRATER (65): Idiart 0, Smith 6, Vranes 10, Acrey 0, Chubb 15, K. Price 8, Turner 0, L. Price 0, Dahlin 3, Eaton 3, Grant 1, Broesder 15, Rucker 4. Totals: 24 6-10 65.

Grants Pass815717— 47

Crater2022203— 65

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Bennett 2, Robertson 1), Crater 11 (Smith 2, Chubb 2, K. Price 2, Dahlin 1, Eaton 1, Broesder 3).

ROSEBURG 51, ASHLAND 47: Fourth-seeded Roseburg held on to defeat short-handed Ashland in the quarterfinals of the SOC Tournament at South Medford High.

Finn Hilden, playing point guard for the first time this season in place of starter Toby Barnes, paced the No. 5 Grizzlies with 11 points and did well as the floor general. Hawthorn Lapierre added 10 points.

Barnes missed the game due to a family commitment.

Ashland (5-7) will next host the fourth-place game Friday. Roseburg (5-9) plays No. 1 North Medford in the semifinals Wednesday. The Black Tornado had a quarterfinal bye.

ROSEBURG (51): Pinard 8, Mendoza 2, J. Parker 3, Marsters 9, Stedman 7, M. Parker 5, Martin 17. Totals: 14 18-25 51.

ASHLAND (47): Lapierre 10, Hilden 11, Stowasser 7, Williams 3, Nogues 8, Shields 2, Golden 0. Totals: 18 2-4 47.

Roseburg12131016— 51

Ashland952013— 47

3-point goals — Roseburg 5 (Stedman 1, M. Parker 1, Martin 3), Ashland 9 (Lapierre 2, Hilden 3, Stowasswer 1, Williams 1, Nogues 2). Fouled out — Nogues, Lapierre.

Girls

EAGLE POINT 39, NORTH MEDFORD 38: Haley McCornack made a basket with 1.7 seconds left to lieft Eagle Point in the quarterfinals of the SOC Tournament at North Medford.

Trailing by one point, McCornack was to hand the ball to teammate Kierssa Hogan for the final shot, but the two didn’t connect, and McCornack took it from there, scoring on a layup.

It was the lone lead of the night for the Eagles (4-10) against the Black Tornado (3-11).

Eagle Point next plays in the semifinals against Crater on Wednesday. North Medford has a bye into the fourth-place game Friday.

Hogan scored 16 points to lead the Eagles, while McCornack had six points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Jaiden Gallery scored 10 for North Medford, and Jazmyne Wells had eight.

EAGLE POINT (39): Raber 0, Hogan 16, Nielsen 0, Hanan 6, Balero 6, McCornack 6, Ar. Cabrera 5, Al. Cabrera 0. Totals: 11 16-20 39.

NORTH MEDFORD (38): Gallery 10, Stewart 3, Stevens 2, Wells 8, Patel 4, Hamlin 4, McNamee 7, Chavez 0. Totals: 13 9-16 38.

Eagle Point 6 9 4 20— 39

North Medford 7 14 5 12— 38

3-point goals — Eagle Point 1 (Hogan 1), North Medford 3 (Gallery 1, Wells 2). Fouled out — Stevens.

ASHLAND 29, ROSEBURG 23: Jayd Sollinger racked up 17 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three blocks to lead Ashland in the quarterfinals of the SOC Tournament at North Medford High.

Kirsten Morgan added seven points for Ashland (7-4), and Gracie Carter grabbed nine rebounds.

The Grizzlies held the Indians to nine points through three quarters.

Ashland next faces Grants Pass in the semifinals Wednesday.

ROSEBURG (23): S. Muntifering 0, Morrello 3, Mohlsick 2, Carpenter 4, J. Muntifering 2, Pinard 4, McClatcher 2, Miller 2, Murphy 4. Totals: 9 3-14 23.

ASHLAND (29): Montgomery 0, Lambert 1, Sollinger 17, Carter 2, Morgan 7, Heiken 2, Sayre 0, Losinski 0. Totals: 10 9-13 29.

Roseburg51314— 23

Ashland9479— 29

3-point goals — Roseburg 1 (Morello 1).

CHURCHILL 46, CRATER 33: At Eugene, powerful Churchill held Crater scoreless for a seven-minute stretch spanning the second and third quarters and improved to 13-1.

The Comets (10-3) got nine points, two rebounds and two steals from McKenzie Hirsch, and three points, two rebounds, two blocks and three steals from Madison Dutkiewicz.

CRATER (33): Sizemore 5, Amidei 2, Weaver 2, Hirsch 9, Waters 2, Winslow 0, Dutkiewicz 3, Richardson 4, Valencia 2, Gonzalez 0, Gish 0, Gugliotta 4. Totals: 12 6-9 33.

CHURCHILL (46): Bolden 12, Gansen 0, Poetzl 0, Richardson 16, Woolley 0, Jackson 0, Woody 6, Statzer 0, Ripley 6, Scott 2, Rodman 4. Totals: 18 8-13 46.

Crater87711— 33

Churchill9101314— 46

3-point goals — Crater 3 (Sizemore 1, Dutk 1, Gugliotta 1), Churchill 2 (Bolden 2).

NIXYAAWII 50, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 40: At Baker, Emma Bischoff scored 23 points but it wasn’t enough to carry Rogue Valley Adventist in the Class 1A state tournament.

The Red Tail Hawks (7-2) were seeded 12th and faced fifth-seeded Nixyaawii (7-6), from Pendleton. RVA takes on Eddyville in the consolation bracket Tuesday.

Bischoff made 6 of 9 3-pointers. Isabell Zamora scored eight points and Michaela Porter six.