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PREP BASKETBALL: Cascade wins again at Salem tourney

SALEM — For the second straight game at the Crusader Classic New Year’s Invitational, a team found out just how fast Cascade Christian’s Austin Maurer can take things over.

After a 36-point performance 24 hours earlier, the 6-foot-10 Maurer scored a game-high 27 points and had 19 rebounds to lead No. 3-ranked Cascade Christian to a 63-53 win over Class 2A Regis in the tournament semifinals Friday afternoon at Salem Academy.

“He was real active around the basket. He was slashing and taking it strong to the basket,” Cascade Christian head coach Brian Morse said of Maurer, who also had four blocks and three steals. “We expect that play out of him every day and when the other guys step up ... it’s really what the other guys can do that can make us better because we expect so much out of Austin and he performs at such a high level.”

Maurer scored what Morse described as “an easy 36 points” in Thursday’s win over Nyssa. A day later, Maurer scored 17 points before halftime, leading the charge as the Challengers built a 40-26 lead heading into the break.

“We knew that Regis is a tough, physical team, so we had to match that intensity,” Morse said. “Our guys did that. It was a good physical game for us. I thought our guys got better.”

Cascade’s Cannon Anderson finished with 11 points and three assists, while senior point guard Cody Reece added 10 points, dished out seven assists and had three steals.

Triston Wallace added five points and nine rebounds.

Freshman guard Isaiah Koehnke scored a team-high 21 points for Regis (6-2), which is ranked sixth in the 2A coaches poll. He made five of the Rams’ seven 3-pointers against the Challengers. Sophomore guard Noah Koenig also finished in double figures with 18 points.

Cascade Christian (6-3), which has won five of its last six games, will face the winner of the other semifinal matchup between Dayton and host Salem Academy in tonight’s 8 p.m. title game.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (63): Reece 10, Anderson 11, Wallace 5, P. Maurer 4, Hess 4, A. Maurer 27, Bryant 0, Nering 2. Totals: 22 17-24 63.

REGIS (53): Dickey 0, Vaughn 0, Manning 5, Woods 7, Gould 0, Koeing 18, Koehnke 21, Goesch 2, Voltin 0. Totals: 20 6-11 53.

Cascade Christian1822716— 63

Regis1115619— 53

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Anderson 1, A. Maurer 1), Regis 7 (Woods 1, Koeing 1, Koehnke 5). Fouled out — Woods.

ASHLAND 72, PHOENIX 41: At Phoenix, Ashland senior Hawthorn Lapierre scored a game-high 31 points in his return to action to lead the Grizzlies over Phoenix in nonleague action.

Lapierre, who served a one-game suspension in Ashland’s loss to North Medford at the Abby’s Holiday Classic on Thursday, scored 19 points in the first half as the Grizzlies built a 41-18 lead heading into halftime.

Ashland junior center Egan Shields finished with 20 points, while junior guard Sean Thompson added nine points.

Phoenix (4-6) got 12 points from junior Isaiah Ayala Talbott. Sophomore Dylan Harper added nine and senior Jack Monroe had eight.

ASHLAND (72): Stowasser 0, Lapierre 31, Golden 5, Wright 2, Cooper 0, Thompson 9, Lehnerz 0, Barnard 0, Hermogenes 0, McNamara 5, Shields 20. Totals: 27 12-15 72.

PHOENIX (41): White 0, Brown 0, Monroe 8, Stubbs 3, Je. Selden 4, Trenbeath 3, Harper 9, Ayala-Talbott 12, Ponce 0, Bolstad 2, Hernandez 0. Totals: 17 0-2 41.

Ashland24171516— 72

Phoenix612185— 41

3-point goals — Ashland 6 (Lapierre 2, Golden 1, Thompson 1, McNamara 1, Shields 1), Phoenix 7 (Monroe 2, Stubbs 1, Trenbeath 1, Harper 1, Ayala-Talbott 2). Fouled out — Stubbs.

Girls

NORTH MEDFORD 52, UMATILLA 19: At Salem, freshman Caileigh Raines recorded a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead North Medford over Class 3A Umatilla in the consolation bracket of the Crusader Classic New Year’s Invitational at Salem Academy.

Raines also had six steals and five blocks, while fellow freshman Olivia Boger had nine points, seven rebounds and three steals off the bench for North (5-4).

The Black Tornado, coming off a loss to Class 2A Gervais on Thursday, had 25 steals and held a commanding 32-3 lead at halftime.

North senior Jaiden Gallery added five points, six rebounds, five steals and an assist.

North Medford will face Yamhill-Carlton in the consolation championship at 3 p.m. today.

NORTH MEDFORD (52): Raines 18, Boger 9, Stevens 6, Gallery 5, Harris 4, Lane 3, Patel 3, Miller 2, Pyka 2, Jackson 0. Totals: 20 9-21 52.

UMATILLA (19): Montez 11, Sanchez 4, McLeod 2, Rodriguez 2, Hartley 0, Serrano 0, Schaefer 0, Leon 0, Bow 0, Zuniga 0. Totals: 7 1-2 19.

North Medford1319137— 52

Umatilla21115— 19

3-point goals — North Medford 3 (Lane 1, Boger 1, Patel 1), Umatilla 4 (Montez 3, Sanchez 1). Fouled out — Serrano.

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