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PREP BASKETBALL: No. 5 Eagles ease past Thurston

EAGLE POINT — The thing about winning a lot of games is you’re not going to surprise anyone, and that’s the lot for the Eagle Point boys basketball team.

The fifth-ranked Eagles shook off a good challenge from Thurston on Thursday night behind a big third quarter to hold serve on its home court, 61-49.

Senior wing Brennen Neyt scored 19 points and Tommy Johnson had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Eagle Point, which improved its overall record to 15-2 and moved to 8-1 in Midwestern League play.

“We’re getting everybody’s best shot and it just keeps getting tougher and tougher as we keep going,” said EP head coach Ryan Marrs, whose team trails only Churchill in the MWL standings. “Thurston played a very good game tonight and were really well-coached. We’re just going to have to keep rising to the occasion.”

Alejandro Redondo added eight points and seven assists for the Eagles, who led 27-25 at halftime but weren’t quite playing the way they needed to, according to Marrs.

“We just had a very honest conversation at halftime about just being stagnant on offense and completely going away from our game plan,” said Marrs. “We do that at times and they go out and improvise. In the third quarter our patience was much better on the offensive side and then on the defensive side we started showing more defensive intensity.”

Jacob Newell scored 28 points to lead Thurston (6-12, 4-6 MWL).

THURSTON (49): Perez 4, Burkhead 0, Stutesman 0, Bonar 0, Humphries 0, Gallup 2, Stiffler 8, Molony 0, Efseaff 0, James 7, Newell 28. Totals: 17 10-17 49.

EAGLE POINT (61): Quintero 0, Smith 6, Dutton 0, Pierce 2, Neyt 19, Carlton 2, Johnson 18, McGuire 4, Redondo 8, Uribe 2. Totals: 23 12-15 61.

Thurston11141113— 49

Eagle Point13142014— 61

3-point goals — Thurston 3 (Newell 3), Eagle Point 3 (Smith 2, Johnson 1).

JV result — Thurston won.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 71, NORTH LAKE/PAISLEY 44: At Silver Lake, Rogue Valley Adventist junior David Zamudio was 6-for-9 from 3-point range and finished with 24 points, seven assists and three steals to lead his team to the Mountain Valley League victory.

Lucas Christensen added 15 points, six rebounds and three steals and Alex Wiggers had 14 rebounds and six points for the Red Tail Hawks (20-2, 12-1 MVL).

RVA opened a 35-21 lead by halftime on North Lake/Paisley (9-9, 7-6).

Girls

THURSTON 45, EAGLE POINT 40: At Eagle Point, Morgan Dole, Emilee Nielsen and Kylie Balero each knocked down three 3-pointers for Eagle Point but it was Thurston’s efforts from beyond the arc that made the difference in the fourth quarter of the Midwestern League contest.

Dole finished with 11 points, Nielsen had 10 and Balero nine for the Eagles (3-12, 0-8 MWL), who led 35-33 heading into the final quarter.

Thurston (6-9, 4-6) got two 3-pointers from Morgan Casley and another by Riyen Kauffman in the fourth to spark a 12-5 rally.

THURSTON (45): Casley 12, Carpenter 4, Jones 0, Hall 4, Newell 0, Kauffman 16, Tovey 7, Custer 2. Totals: 12 (5) 6-12 45.

EAGLE POINT (40): Dole 11, Nielsen 10, Hanan 2, Pena 2, Balero 9, McCornack 1, Cabrera 5. Totals: 5 (9) 3-7 40.

Thurston1451412— 45

Eagle Point1114105— 40

3-point goals — Thurston 5 (Casley 2, Kauffman 3), Eagle Point 9 (Dole 3, Nielsen 3, Balero 3). Fouled out — Balero.

JV result — Thurston won.

SOUTH UMPQUA 42, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 33: At Myrtle Creek, Timnah Roberson scored 13 points but 4-for-25 shooting from the free-throw line hindered Cascade Christian’s cause in the Far West League loss late Wednesday night.

Emma Coats added six points and Callie Sweem had five for the Challengers (5-15, 0-7 FWL).

Brooklyn McCaughan scored 11 points to lead South Umpqua (5-11, 2-5).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (33): Cramer 2, Shipman 1, Sweem 5, Folin 0, Coats 6, Jones 4, Pierson 2, Roberson 13. Totals: 13 4-25 33.

SOUTH UMPQUA (42): Kelley 10, McElmurry 4, McCaughan 11, Pratt 0, Richardson 9, Woodruff 0, Martin 0, Donahoe 8. Totals: 18 3-10 42.

Cascade Christian79611— 33

South Umpqua7101510— 42

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 3 (Cramer 1, Roberson 2), South Umpqua 3 (Kelley 1, McCaughan 1, Richardson 1). Technical foul — Cascade Christian coach Roberson 2.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 40, NORTH LAKE/PAISLEY 24: At Silver Lake, Rogue Valley Adventist junior Emma Bischoff dominated play with 34 points, 16 rebounds and four steals to lead the Red Tail Hawks in Mountain Valley League play.

Bischoff shot 74% from the field, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, to guide RVA (16-3, 9-2 MVL) despite facing added defensive attention by North Lake/Paisley (12-5, 9-2).

Isabell Zamora chipped in with four points and 10 assists for the Hawks.

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