PREP BASKETBALL: Ashland grinds out win over EP
ASHLAND — Hawthorn Lapierre dropped in 23 points and went 6-for-7 from the foul line in the fourth quarter for the host Ashland boys basketball team, which locked up third place in the Midwestern League with a 46-39 win over Eagle Point on Monday.
Just three players scored for the Grizzlies in their victory, which improved Ashland’s regular season record to 13-9 overall and 10-5 in MWL play. Because the Grizzlies won both games against the Eagles (17-6, 10-5 MWL), Eagle Point will land the MWL’s fourth and final state playoff spot, despite sharing the same league record as Ashland.
“We’re just truly excited to be in the Round of 16,” Grizzlies coach Sam Osofsky said. “We don’t care who we play or where we go. We’re just going to be focused on staying sharp and getting better.”
Lapierre helped the Grizzlies go 10-for-12 from the free-throw line in the fourth. Egan Shields finished with 12 points and Izzy Golden added 11 points with three 3-pointers to account for the rest of Ashland’s points as a team.
“Down the stretch we got good looks and shot great from the free throw line,” Osofsky said. “It was good we found a way at the end. That was a big win for us and it’s pretty cool to get two big home wins to end the season.”
Brennen Neyt paced the Eagles with 17 points and Triston McGuire pitched in eight.
EAGLE POINT (39): Quintero 2, Smith 2, Dutton 3, Neyt 17, Carlton 2, Johnson 3, McGuire 8, Redondo 2. Totals: 15 7-9 39.
ASHLAND (46): Lapierre 23, Golden 11, Shields 12, Stowasser 0, Wright 0, Thompson 0, Barnes 0. Totals: 13 15-19 46.
Eagle Point117813— 39
3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (Dutton 1, McGuire 1), Ashland 5 (Lapierre 1, Golden 3, Shields 1).
JV result — Ashland won.
EAGLE POINT 45, ASHLAND 37: At Ashland, Emilee Nielsen and Morgan Dole combined for 34 points to rally Eagle Point past Ashland in the Grizzlies’ season finale.
Ashland shut out Eagle Point in the opening quarter but the Eagles (6-16, 3-12 Mountain Valley League) responded in the second and grabbed an 18-17 halftime lead by forcing turnovers to collect easy baskets in transition and by getting to the foul line, where they went 6-for-10 in the period.
The Eagles also went on a 6-0 run late in the third and early in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies (1-22, 0-16) weren’t able to make up ground.
The senior guard Nielsen splashed in four 3-pointers on her way to 18 points and Dole, a junior guard, had 16.
In their final game, Ashland senior Gabby Heiken generated 14 points, four triples, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks while fellow senior Lindsay Jenkins finished with six points and Isabella Robinson chipped in with two points, six boards and two blocks.
EAGLE POINT (45): Raber 0, Dole 16, Nielsen 18, Hanan 4, Baldwin 2, Pena 0, Munoz 0, Balero 0, McCornack 3. Totals: 15 8-17 45.
ASHLAND (37): Montgomery 0, Sayre 5, Lambert 2, Caruso 6, G. Carter 2, Jenkins 6, Heiken 14, Robinson 2, Pokrob 0. Totals: 11 6-7 37.
Eagle Point0181413— 45
3-point goals — Eagle Point 5 (Nielsen 4, Dole 1), Ashland 9 (Heiken 4, Jenkins 2, Caruso 2, Sayre 1).
JV result — Eagle Point won.