Summit girls hoops takes tourney title in Ashland

staff report / The Bulletin /

ASHLAND — Summit turned in its best defensive effort of the season Saturday as the Storm knocked off Crescent Valley 43-37 in the championship game of the Ashland Rotary Hoops Classic girls basketball tournament.

Freshman Sarah Heinly scored 13 points and junior Shannon Patterson added 12, but it was Summit’s defense that highlighted their play against the Raiders. The Storm allowed just 15 field goals and held Crescent Valley to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters of the game to claim the tournament title.

“Defensively, it was a great effort,” said Summit coach Ryan Cruz, whose team led 14-12 at halftime. “Especially the first half. We did a good job contesting shots and not letting them have many second-chance opportunities.”

With the Storm clinging to a 38-37 lead late in the fourth quarter, Maddy Cuniff had a three-point play — she made a bucket while being fouled and hit the free throw — that put Summit ahead 41-37.

“That was huge,” Cruz said. “After she hit the free throw, it made it a two-possession game.”

The Storm, who improved to 3-2 with the win, were again extremely effective from the outside. Summit went seven of 18 from behind the three-point line. Heinly led the way with three three-pointers.

“This was a big week for us,” Cruz said about his team’s two wins in Ashland. The Storm topped the host Grizzlies 62-34 on Friday night.

“The girls are having fun,” he said, “and being rewarded for their efforts.”

Summit hosts Mazama in a nonleague game on Tuesday.

In other Saturday action:

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Skyview (Wash.) 76

Mountain View 56

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington’s reigning Class 4A state champions were too much for the Cougars as the Storm jumped out to a 25-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Skyview’s Stephanie McDonagh led all scorers with 18 points, 15 of which came on three-pointers. Rhiannon Alexander paced Mountain View (3-2 overall) in the nonleague matchup with 16 points and seven rebounds. Megan McCadden and Maddy Booster scored 12 points apiece and McCadden grabbed seven rebounds. The Cougars start Intermountain Hybrid play on Thursday with a home game against Crook County.

Crook County 54

Douglas 37

JUNCTION CITY — Kimmer Severance had another big game for the Cowgirls, scoring 22 points and grabbing 16 rebounds to lead Crook County to victory in the consolation final of the Junction City/Cottage Grove Holiday Tournament. Jessie Maley-Loper had six steals and five assists to go with six points for the Cowgirls, and Maddie Lindburg led the winners in assists with seven. Crook County finished 2-1 in the three-day, eight-team tourney. The Cowgirls (3-4 overall) play at La Salle in Milwaukie on Tuesday.

Redmond 46

Burns 44

REDMOND — Kendall Current scored a team-high 16 points and also had six rebounds, four assists and two steals in leading the Panthers to a come-from-behind win against the Hilanders. Redmond trailed 23-16 at the intermission, but Panthers coach Angela Capps said her team got going in the first four minutes of the third quarter, during which several steals by Baileigh Baker resulted in Redmond baskets. “It was big to come out like that,” Capps said, referring to her team’s third-quarter surge. “I was really proud of them.” Baker chipped in 10 points and Chantel Dannis added eight for the Panthers, who held on to win despite missing 11 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter. Redmond (5-2) travels to Summit on Friday.

Mazama 70

Sisters 46

GLADSTONE — The Vikings handed the Outlaws their first loss of the season in the championship game of the Gladstone Holiday Classic. Savannah Spear scored 14 points and Taylor Nieri had 12, but Sisters could not overcome Mazama’s length and athleticism. “They’re very physical and they’re very fast,” Outlaws coach Julianne Horner said. “And they’re extremely athletic. They moved the ball at a pace we’re not used to.” The defeat dropped Sisters to 6-1 on the season. The Outlaws host The Dalles Wahtonka on Thursday.

Culver 37

South Wasco County 35

CULVER — Lori Sandy scored 12 points as the Bulldogs won their consolation game at the Culver Booster Club Invitational. Chantelle Seehawer added seven points for Culver, and Andrea Retano and Reanne Slaught scored six points apiece. The Bulldogs (2-3 overall) play Lost River on Thursday to kick off the three-day Klamath Klash in Klamath Falls.

Paisley 51

Gilchrist 37

GILCHRIST — Ashley James scored 23 points for the Grizzlies, but Gilchrist’s offense never really got going in the Mountain Valley League defeat. After trailing 6-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Broncos outscored the Grizzlies 17-5 in the second period. Gilchrist (0-2 MVL, 2-5 overall) is off until after the new year, when they play at Rogue Valley Adventist in Medford.

Hosanna Christian 54

Trinity Lutheran 26

Rachel Spencer recorded 11 points and five rebounds for the Saints in their Mountain Valley League loss. Hosanna Christian led 26-14 at halftime before outscoring Trinity Lutheran of Bend 28-12 in the second half. The Saints (0-2 MVL, 3-4 overall) play C.S. Lewis Academy of Newberg in their own tournament in Bend on Dec. 28.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Mountain View 82

La Pine 49

Sharp shooting by Mitch Modin and Davis Holly fueled a convincing nonconference win by the 5A Cougars over the 4A Hawks. Modin, who finished with a game-high 20 points, hit six of his seven shots from the field and eight of nine free-throw attempts. Holly, a freshman, made five of six tries from the field — including four of four three-point shots — for 14 points. Grant Lannin added 12 points and four blocked shots, and Erik Siefken had eight points and a game-high nine rebounds for the winners. Chance Syres scored 10 points to lead La Pine, which also got nine points from Cameron Kraft and eight from Tyler Parsons. The Cougars (5-0) host Crook County on Thursday in their Intermountain Hybrid opener. La Pine (4-4) plays Estacada on Thursday in the first round of the Seaside Holiday Classic.

Grants Pass 58

Summit 46

ASHLAND — The Class 5A Storm battled back from a 30-14 halftime deficit, getting within two points of the 6A Cavemen in the fourth quarter. In the end, however, it was the free throw line that decided the outcome, with Grants Pass hitting 12 shots from the stripe and Summit making zero in the championship game of the Ashland Rotary Hoops Classic. Nick Moyer paced the Storm with 15 points, and Cade Cattell finished with nine. Summit (3-3) visits Redmond High on Friday to open up Intermountain Conference play.

Pendleton 58

Redmond 54

REDMOND — A slow start proved more than the host Panthers could overcome, and Pendleton prevailed in the nonconference contest. The Buckaroos charged to a 17-1 lead in the opening minutes and led 19-7 after one quarter. “We just didn’t have the legs today,” said Redmond coach Jon Corbett, whose team was playing its third game in four days. But Redmond outscored Pendleton 25-18 in the second period, led by eight points by Trevor Genz, and trailed just 37-32 at halftime. The Panthers continued to chip away in the second half, and a three-pointer by Mason Rodby tied the score 52-52 midway through the fourth quarter. Redmond never led, however, and the Bucks held on with a late run of free throws. Genz finished with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. Rodby added 12 points, nine rebounds and six steals for the Panthers (4-2), who host Summit on Friday.

Sisters 58

Douglas 34

SISTERS — Eli Harrison scored 20 points, Brandon Pollard added 14 and Cole Moore contributed 13 to lead the Outlaws to their first victory of the season. “We played well defensively and finally played four quarters,” Sisters coach Rand Runco said. The Outlaws (1-5 overall) led 33-14 at halftime and limited Douglas to just 12 field goals. Sisters is at Gladstone on Tuesday.

Gladstone 51

Crook County 34

PRINEVILLE — The visiting Gladiators outscored the Cowboys 31-12 in the second half to grab the nonconference win. Troy Benton led Crook County with 11 points, but the Cowboys (5-2 overall) struggled to get going offensively in the second half after leading 22-19 at halftime. “It was just one of those nights shooting,” Crook County coach Jeff Lowenbach said. “We got some good looks, but they were all on the perimeter.” Marcus Greaves added nine points for the Cowboys, who are at The Dalles Wahtonka on Tuesday.

Culver 62

Lost River 31

CULVER — The Bulldogs ended the Culver Booster Club Invitational with a win, cruising past Lost River in the tournament’s consolation game. Gerson Gonzalez led all scorers with 17 points and Clay Gibson added eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals for Culver. The Bulldogs (3-2 overall), who shot 50 percent from the field, spread the ball around as John Slaght contributed 16 points and Joe Daugherty scored eight points. “We played tough defense and we shot well,” Culver coach Brennan Whitaker said. The Bulldogs face Lost River again on Thursday in the first round of the Klamath Klash tourney in Klamath Falls.

Gilchrist 44

Paisley 34

GILCHRIST — Trinton Koch scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Grizzlies past the Broncos in Mountain Valley League play. Dillon Link added seven points and 12 rebounds for Gilchrist, which is now 2-0 in league play and 5-1 overall. The Grizzlies trailed 16-15 at halftime before using a full-court press in the second half to change the course of the game. Gilchrist plays at Summit’s JV on Dec. 27.

Hosanna Christian 75

Trinity Lutheran 7

Hosanna Christian improved to 4-1 on the season with the Mountain Valley League victory over the Saints of Bend. Nate Carpenter led Trinity Lutheran with four points, five rebounds and five blocks. The Saints (0-2 MVL, 1-7 overall) play at Summit’s junior varsity on Wednesday.

SWIMMING

Storm boys fifth, girls sixth in Salem

SALEM — Mackenzie Halligan and Blake Kaufman led Summit’s efforts at the Central Valley Conference Invite at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. The Storm boys finished fifth out of nine teams, while the girls were sixth among eight squads. South Salem won the boys meet and West Salem prevailed in the girls field. Halligan finished second in the 200-yard individual medley, posting the best individual finish of any Summit girl. She teamed with Skyler Howe, Merrit Allen and Ali Epple for a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay, and with Allen, Epple and Kate Gilreath for a third-place result in the 200 freestyle relay. Kaufman took second place in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 200 free to lead the Storm boys. Marshall Allen contributed third- and fourth-place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, respectively.

WRESTLING

Bulldogs fourth at Central Linn tourney

HALSEY — Culver placed four wrestlers in the championship finals as the Bulldogs placed fourth at the 12-team Central Linn Tournament. Cottage Grove won the event with 216 points, the host Cobras took second with 200 points, Waldport was third with 177 points and Culver ended the day in fourth with 157 points. Jared Kasch (126 pounds), Bolt Anglen (132) and Mitch Adams (195) all won their brackets, and Kyle Belanger was the runner-up at 160 pounds. Adams’ win was the first tournament title of his career. Levi Vincent added a third-place finish at 145 pounds. The Bulldogs face Vashon Island (Wash.) on Friday in Roseburg.

NORDIC SKIING

Storm teams triumph in opener

Summit swept the top spots in both the team and individual standings in a season-opening Oregon High School Nordic classic meet at Meissner Sno-park. The Storm finished first, followed by Bend High and Hood River Valley, in both the girls and boys team standings in the 5-kilometer competition. The individual winners were Summit’s Emily Hyde on the girls side (17 minutes, 32 seconds) and Summit’s Alec Wiltz for the boys (14:25). Hyde was followed by Vivian Hawkinson of South Salem (18:47) and Kira Smiley of Bend (19:49). Wiltz led a top-three sweep for the Summit boys, as the Storm’s Casey Shannon (15:30) and Max Millslagle (16:06) finished second and third, respectively.