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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Crater goes cold in loss to Churchill

CENTRAL POINT — Crater head coach Scott Dippel kept waiting and waiting for the Comets’ offense to arrive Friday night.

And while it arrived in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to offset the previous three.

Third-ranked Crater and Churchill played out another physical and low-scoring contest, but the Comets were unable to completely shake their offensive struggles in a 34-30 loss to the Lancers in Midwestern League girls basketball action.

“We had to obviously get the ice bags out because it was very physical,” said Dippel, noting that Friday’s game was just as physical as the Jan. 21 meeting with Churchill, one the Lancers won 39-34. “Our perimeter shooting just wasn’t there. We shot 11% outside of the key, and part of that was just the physicality of the game. (Churchill) did a great job of closing out and intimidated the shooters and we rushed some things.

“They had a really good game plan. It took us a little while to adjust. We got the shots we were looking for, but just couldn’t hit them.”

The win by the Lancers (17-6, 11-4 MWL) pulled them even with the Comets (18-6, 11-4) for second place in the league standings with one game remaining. Both teams play their respective regular-season finales Tuesday night, with Crater hosting Eagle Point and Churchill — which has won six straight — going on the road to face North Eugene.

Despite going without a field goal in the first quarter and having just 11 points at the half, the Comets found themselves tied at 22-all early in the fourth quarter thanks to a 6-1 run to open the final period.

After Churchill went back in front by four, Crater again tied the game at 26-all thanks to a McKenzie Hirsch elbow jumper and Addison Dippel’s transition layup with just over two minutes to go.

Churchill, however, came right down the court and reclaimed the lead on Brooklyn Moody’s 3-pointer from the left wing.

Crater came within two points on a pair of possessions, including 30-28 with less than a minute to go on Abigail Winslow’s transition layup, but was unable to tie it one final time.

“I felt like we needed another minute,” said coach Dippel. “We came alive there a little bit at the end, and I kept looking up at the clock thinking, ‘How fast can we score? How fast can we foul?’”

Winslow finished with nine points to lead Crater, while Hirsch finished with seven points and two steals. Crater’s Chase Weaver and Lydia Traore both pulled down four rebounds.

Rivers Richardson finished with nine points to lead Churchill.

The Comets finished with 17 turnovers compared to the Lancers’ 14.

“We just needed to convert the turnovers,” said coach Dippel. “We were getting some late deflections and, I think, they got on their heels a little bit, so we were able to attack and get some quick buckets. It was kind of like we had played a pace that was really wearing them down but it wasn’t until the last couple of minutes until we were able to get past them on drives and were able to finish at the hoop.”

CHURCHILL (34): Dotts 3, Gansen 1, Rodman 1, Jackson 0, Moody 4, Statzer 7, Scott 3, Richardson 9. Totals: 8 14-25 34.

CRATER (30): K. Gugliotta 0, Dippel 2, Weaver 4, Hirsch 7, Stidham 2, S. Winslow 6, McCauley 0, A. Winslow 9, Vranes 0, A. Gugliotta 0, Traore 0. Totals: 10 10-20 30.

Churchill651013— 34

Crater29514— 30

3-point goals — Churchill 1 (Moody 1). Fouled out — Richardson.

SOUTH MEDFORD 65, NORTH MEDFORD 20: South Medford’s strong start proved to be too much for North Medford to overcome and the host Panthers rolled to victory in the Southwest Conference rivalry.

Donovyn Hunter registered 13 points, three rebounds and five steals while Sierra Logue went for 13 points and five rebounds for the third-ranked Panthers (20-3, 9-0 SWC), who were up 38-8 at halftime and forced 19 turnovers in the contest.

The Panthers also picked up 10 points and five rebounds from Kimberly Ceron, and seven points and eight rebounds from Tatum Schmerbach.

Ali Stevens led North Medford (7-15, 1-8) with eight points and Olivia Boger added five.

NORTH MEDFORD (20): Patel 0, Gallery 2, Hamlin 0, Stevens 8, Miller 0, Jackson 0, Raines 2, Richardson 0, McNamee 0, Boger 5, Lane 3, Harris 0. Totals: 8 2-12 20.

SOUTH MEDFORD (65): Settle 4, Hunter 13, Dillard 6, S. Schmerbach 0, Ceron 10, Logue 13, West 0, Bullock 4, T. Schmerbach 7, Fealey 8. Totals: 27 8-15 65.

North Medford44210— 20

South Medford1721198— 65

3-point goals — North Medford 2 (Boger 1, Lane 1), South Medford 3 (Dillard 1, S. Schmerbach 1, Hunter 1).

JV result — South Medford JV2 won.

GRANTS PASS 69, ROSEBURG 12: At Roseburg, Brooke Anderson scored 22 points and hit four of Grants Pass’ 12 3-pointers in a rout of Roseburg.

Grants Pass (12-9, 5-5 SWC), which held a commanding 39-8 lead at the half, also got 10 points from Brooklyn Wakefield while Lauren Robinson chipped in eight points.

Chelsea Miller scored five points to lead Roseburg (1-18, 0-9).

GRANTS PASS (69): Brandes 2, Kleiner 6, Anderson 22, Thompson 8, Bruner 0, K. Wakefield 3, Pastrell 2, Mock 5, Robinson 3, B. Wakefield 10, Vainuku-Johnson 6, Mizer 0, Tobey 2. Totals: 27 3-7 69.

ROSEBURG (12): Bowman 3, S. Muntifering 0, Smith 3, J. Muntifering 0, Murphy 0, Klopfenstein 0, Sikes 0, Miller 5. Totals: 5 1-6 12.

Grants Pass20191218— 69

Roseburg5322— 12

3-point goals — Grants Pass 12 (Kleiner 2, Anderson 4, Thompson 1, K. Wakefield 1, Mock 1, Robinson 1, B. Wakefield 2), Roseburg 1 (Bowman 1).

NORTH EUGENE 49, EAGLE POINT 43, OT: At Eagle Point, Emilee Nielsen’s career night helped rally Eagle Point twice but, in overtime, North Eugene went on a 9-0 run to steal a road MWL win.

The senior guard Nielsen poured in a career-high 18 points and added three steals. Her 3-pointer broke the ice in overtime to put the Eagles (5-16, 2-12 MWL) up 43-40 before the Highlanders (7-14, 4-11) took command.

The Highlanders began the game on a 14-2 run before the Eagles caught back up by closing the first quarter with eight consecutive points. Eagle Point fell behind again by double digits in the third quarter but with about five minutes in the fourth, Alondra Cabrera was fouled on her basket in the paint to tie the game up at 37-all. Cabrera then converted on the free throw to give the Eagles their first lead of the game.

With about 40 seconds left, EP’s Morgan Dole, who finished with eight points, was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made 2-of-3 at the foul line to knot the score at 40-all and send the game into overtime.

Eagle Point received eight points and strong defensive play from Rikki Baldwin off the bench and Haley McCornack led the team in rebounding with seven.

NORTH EUGENE (49): Filipe 5, Rutledge 5, Rankin 3, Schpankyn 3, Nguyen 16, Hobbs 14, Hardrath 2, Becraft 4. Totals: 18 2-5 49.

EAGLE POINT (43): Dole 8, Nielsen 18, Baldwin 8, Balero 2, McCornack 2, Cabrera 5, Raber 0, Hanan 0, Pena 0, Munoz 0. Totals: 11 10-16.

North Eugene1461559— 49

Eagle Point10101193— 43

3-point goals — North Eugene 4 (Nguyen 2, Schpankyn 1, Hobbs 1), Eagle Point 6 (Dole 1, Nielsen 3, Baldwin 2).

SPRINGFIELD 63, ASHLAND 16: At Ashland, Ashland endured a rough first half offensively to allow Springfield to take control and seize the Midwestern League victory.

Junior Abbey Lambert led the Grizzlies (1-20, 0-14 MWL) with six points.

Springfield (17-7, 11-4) was guided by Danaeja Romero-Ah Sam, who racked up 26 points.

SPRINGFIELD (63): Morgan 6, Wilson 5, Phillips 12, Smith 0, Bartlow 6, Rawson 2, Weimer 6, Romero-Ah Sam 26, Cline 0, Ostrander 0. Totals: 20 14-17 63.

ASHLAND (16): Montgomery 2, Sayre 0, Lambert 6, Caruso 3, G. Carter 0, Jenkins 0, Heiken 3, L. Carter 2, Robinson 0, Lundgren 0, Pokrob 0, Ayala 0, Pistole 0. Totals: 6 2-2 16.

Springfield1819206— 63

Ashland02104— 16

3-point goals — Springfield 9 (Wilson 1, Phillips 3, Weimer 1, Romero-Ah Sam 4), Ashland 2 (Caruso 1, Heiken 1).

JV result — Springfield won.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Abigail Winslow, seen here in a file photo from earlier this season, scored a team-high nine points for the Comets in Friday’s game against Churchill.