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Fast start lifts Ashland boys over Eagle Point; SOU women win

EAGLE POINT — Coming off a pair of conference losses, Ashland wasted little time in taking control of a Southern Sky Conference boys basketball contest against Eagle Point Saturday.

The Grizzlies scored 28 first-quarter points and built a 47-14 halftime lead in dispatching the Eagles, 78-44.

"They came out of the gates and just shot an incredible percentage tonight," said Eagle Point coach Brian Winter, whose team dropped to 7-10 overall and 0-6 in league. "We struggled to find any flow offensively."

Four players reached double figures for Ashland (11-9, 4-3 SSC), led by freshman Billy Hansen, who made four of the team's eight 3-pointers and scored 17 points.

Eagle Point's offense bogged down in part because point guard Austin Marlia was out with a sprained ankle.

"We didn't adjust very well," said Winter. "It was point guard by committee, and we struggled a little in that area."

The Eagles were also without starting wing Derek Tuttle, who's in jeopardy of missing the rest of the season with cartilage damage in a knee.

Ashland played without Adam Pavlich and Mason Costantino.

Garrett Tygerson added 16 points, Jamie Amrhein 15 and Charlie Sebrell 14 for the Grizzlies, who lost games to Crater and Klamath Union earlier in the week.

"Ashland came out ready," said Winter. "We didn't get in a rhythm on offense and we didn't get back in transition on defense. The floodgates opened early and we were never able to recover."

Tyrone Holmes led the Eagles with 14 points and eight rebounds, and Austin Rowley scored 14.

ASHLAND (78) — Sebrell 14, Tygerson 16, Amrhein 15, Resch 9, Hansen 17, Haggard 7, Stone 0, Kendall 0, Chasmar 0. Totals: 31 8-11 78.

EAGLE POINT (44) — Winter 8, Reed 8, Holmes 14, Rowley 14, VanDyke 0, Gonzalez 0, Foster 0, Morris 0, Rogers 0. Totals: 19 4-7 44.

Ashland 28 19 15 16 — 78

Eagle Point 8 6 6 24 — 44

3-point goals — Ashland 8 (Sebrell 1, Amrhein 3, Hansen 4), Eagle Point 2 (Winter 2).

JV result — Ashland won.

College Wrestling

The second-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team won seven of 10 championships Saturday at the Boxer Open at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Mitchell Lofstedt (125 pounds), Simplico Valladolid (133), Austin Vanderford (165), Tyler Thomas (174), Shaun Ceremmello (184), John Harrison (197) and John Bates (Hwt) all came home with top honors for the Raiders.

Vanderford won his title by fall and Thomas and Ceremello both won by major decision.

Jonny Ulredy took home second place honors at 149.

The Raiders are now off until Feb. 14, when they host Pacific University at McNeal Pavilion.

Women's Basketball

Southern Oregon's Jacki Speer poured in 21 points to lead the Raiders to a 72-69 victory over Eastern Oregon in Cascade Conference women's basketball Saturday at La Grande.

Speer finished with 21 points and nine rebounds, snapping her streak of four straight double-doubles. Rhiannon Dickison added 19 points for the Raiders (19-4, 11-3 CC), while Ashley Baker finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Whitney Scott added 11 points and seven assists.

Tana Stickney led Eastern Oregon (14-7, 9-5) with 18 points on 8 of 13 shooting.

Eastern Oregon jumped out to a 36-28 lead after shooting 50 percent in the first half, but the second half was all SOU.

The Raiders shot 64 percent on 16-for-25 shooting in the second half to secure the three-point victory.

Southern Oregon returns home next week when it plays host to Cascade College Friday night at McNeal Pavilion.

Men's Basketball

No. 18 Eastern Oregon jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as the Mountaineers sent Southern Oregon to its third straight Cascade Conference defeat, 84-49, Saturday at La Grande.

Neil Fryer led Eastern Oregon (17-5, 10-4 CC) with 14 points.

Josh McDermott hit on 6 of 12 shots to lead the Raiders (7-16, 5-9) with 15 points. Eli Thornton added 10 points and six rebounds.

Eastern Oregon jumped out to a 49-26 halftime lead and pushed the lead to 30 early in the second half as the Mountaineers shot 49 percent for the game.

The Raiders shot 31 percent from the field and 18 percent from 3-point range.

Sports editor Joe Zavala can be reached at 482-3456 x 224 or joe.zavala@dailytidings.com