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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Defense ignites Crater in big second half

CENTRAL POINT — In need of a spark, the Crater girls basketball team turned to the defensive end to get something going Friday night.

Once a few turnovers were forced, off the Comets went.

Fueled by a 15-0 run that spanned from late in the third quarter to the early minutes of the fourth, Crater turned a close game into a runaway and claimed a 54-23 win over Class 4A Mazama.

“We just generated tips and turnovers so we could get in transition,” Crater head coach Scott Dippel said of what turned the tide defensively. “We forced turnovers early, but a lot of them were dead ball and then we didn’t execute in our halfcourt. We were able to turn around and do something with it right away and that really changed the complexity of the third quarter.”

The Comets (5-1) held a 26-18 lead late in the third quarter right before they went on their run.

By the end of it, Crater was ahead 41-18 and well on its way to its second win in as many nights.

Freshman guard Addison Dippel — who had 15 points in Thursday’s win over Hidden Valley — continued her hot shooting and finished with a game-high 17 points to go along with a pair of steals. She hit five of Crater’s six 3-pointers against Mazama (2-2), with four of them coming in the second half.

Crater senior McKenzie Hirsch added 16 points, four steals and two assists, while sophomore Abigail Winslow had five steals and five assists to go along with four points.

Freshman Alexa Gugliotta pulled down eight rebounds for Crater, which opens Midwestern League play Tuesday at North Eugene.

“Defensively, we forced eight turnovers in the third quarter,” said coach. “We got some transition baskets, a couple of trail 3s, which allowed us to go on the run.”

MAZAMA (23): McGirr 3, Bailey 6, Lueker 0, Hill 7, Lindo 4, Hamilton 0, Heaton 0, Gilmore 3. Totals: 7 9-22 23.

CRATER (54): K. Gugliotta 6, Sizemore 2, Dippel 17, Weaver 0, Hirsch 16, S. Winslow 4, McCauley 2, A. Winslow 4, A. Gugliotta 0, Traore 3. Totals: 22 4-4 54.

Mazama11255— 23

Crater1581813— 54

3-point goals — Crater 6 (Dippel 5, Hirsch 1). Fouled out — Weaver.

JV result — Crater won.

BEND 41, NORTH MEDFORD 32: At Bend, gritty play on the road earned North Medford the lead at halftime but Bend was able to get to the free-throw line for 25 second-half attempts and pulled away to earn its first win of the season.

Jaiden Gallery dropped in 12 points and drained three 3-pointers for North Medford (1-2), which led 15-12 at the intermission but also committed 21 turnovers as a team.

The Black Tornado also got 10 points from freshman Caileigh Raines.

The Lava Bears (1-2), who were led by Olive Nye’s 15 points, went 7-for-13 from the charity stripe in the third quarter and were 7-for-12 in the fourth.

NORTH MEDFORD (32): Gallery 11, Raines 10, Patel 4, Boger 3, Lane 2, McNamee 1, Richardson 1, Hamlin 0, Stevens 0, Pyka 0. Totals: 13 2-4 32.

BEND (41): Nye 15. LeLuge 8, Zahniser 6, Cook 4, Gardner 4, Kowalski 3, Spikerman 1. Totals: 12 16-29 41.

North Medford78611— 32

Bend481712— 41

3-point goals — North Medford 4 (Gallery 3, Boger 1), Bend 1 (Nye 1).

JV result — Bend 36, North Medford 30.

DOUGLAS (NEV.) 55, GRANTS PASS 40: At Minden, Nevada, Brooke Anderson paved the way for Grants Pass with 16 points, but the Cavers went cold in the second half to come up short.

Raegan Bruner added seven points for Grants Pass (2-2), which led 30-27 at halftime but managed only 10 points in the second half.

GRANTS PASS (40): Anderson 16, Thompson 4, Bruner 7, Pastrell 0, Mock 4, Wakefield 5, Seidel 2, Vainuku-Johnson 0, Tobey 2. Totals: 12 10-17 40.

DOUGLAS (55): Girdner 6, Dedmon 5, Tretton 1, Butalon 1, Doerr 14, Weaver 2, Miller 12, Simpson 6, Mello 8. Totals: 23 3-7 55.

Grants Pass121828— 40

Douglas16111810— 55

3-point goals — Grants Pass 6 (Anderson 3, Bruner 1, Mock 1, Wakefield 1), Douglas 6 (Girdner 1, Dedmon 1, Simpson 2, Mello 2).

HIDDEN VALLEY 46, EAGLE POINT 45: At Eagle Point, Morgan Dole connected on a jumper with 23 seconds to go to put Eagle Point in the lead but Hidden Valley came up with the ball on a scramble and converted with about five seconds left to seal the road win.

Dole finished with 17 points and Emilee Nielsen had 16 for the Eagles (0-2), who trailed 35-29 entering the fourth quarter.

Skylar Willey scored 14 points and Teryn Powers added nine for the Mustangs (3-2).

HIDDEN VALLEY (46): Powers 9, Rommes 2, Tiffin 3, Bents 6, Noga 8, Lowery 2, Willey 14, Bennett 2. Totals: 17 6-9 46.

EAGLE POINT (45): Dole 17, Nielsen 16, Hanan 8, Balero 2, Cabrera 2, Raber 0, Baldwin 0, Pena 0, Munoz 0, McCornack 0. Totals: 16 3-8 45.

Hidden Valley1291411— 46

Eagle Point148716— 45

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 2 (Powers 1, Tiffin 1), Eagle Point 2 (Dole 1, Nielsen 1).

JV result — Eagle Point won.

SUTHERLIN 50, PHOENIX 20: At Phoenix, Phoenix couldn’t keep pace with Sutherlin in the first half, falling to the visiting Class 3A Bulldogs.

Phoenix (2-3) trailed 12-6 after the first quarter but was outscored 22-5 in the second period to go into halftime down 34-11.

Phoenix junior Morgan James finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman center Addyson Clark had a game-high 15 points to lead Sutherlin (4-0).

SUTHERLIN (50): Edmonson 2, Wicks 14, Gary 0, Gill 6, Vermillion11, Wagner 2, Clark 15, Huntley 0. Totals: 18 7-15 50.

PHOENIX (20): James 7, Nolan 4, Woodward 0, Vos 0, Potratz 4, Delgado 5, Rector 0, McConnell 0, Mohamud 0. Totals: 7 6-9 20.

Sutherlin1222124— 50

Phoenix6590— 20

3-point goals — Sutherlin 4 (Wicks 2, Vermillion 1, Clark 1).

JV result — Sutherlin won.

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