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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Slow start dooms Ashland

ASHLAND — The Ashland girls basketball team’s final nonleague game of the 2021-22 season saw about the opposite kind of start that they were hoping for take place.

Yreka put Ashland into a 21-point first-quarter hole and the Grizzlies were never able to recover on their way to a 54-21 loss to the Miners at North Mountain Gym on Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies (1-7) were the only local team to see their game played Tuesday as travel conditions brought on by winter weather caused cancellations for the vast majority of area schools.

Ashland’s slow start allowed Yreka (8-7) to build a 34-7 lead going into halftime.

With Yreka being ahead by 32 points after three quarters, the final period was played with a running clock.

Ashland senior Gabby Heiken led the Grizzlies with seven points and added five rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Flannery Lundgren pulled down a team-high six rebounds for the Grizzlies, who return to Midwestern League play on Jan. 4 against No. 4-ranked Crater (8-2, 2-0 MWL).

Yreka’s Kyle Daws and Alexes Collier both scored a game-high 16 points.

YREKA (54): A. Bennett 2, Daws 16, Harris 0, Fogle 4, Collier 16, Freitas 12, Odbert 4. Totals: 24 6-6 54.

ASHLAND (21): Montgomery 0, Caruso 2, G. Crater 4, Jenkins 3, Heiken 7, L. Carter 0, Robinson 0, Lundgren 0, Pokrob 5. Totals: 8 2-2 21.

Yreka268164— 54

Ashland52113— 21

3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Jenkins 1, Heiken 1, Pokrob 1).

JV result — Yreka won.