Ashland boys, girls earn SSC victories

Dillon Thigpen and Matt Lipski combined to score 40 points as the Ashland High boys basketball team remained atop the Southern Sky Conference standings with a 67-52 win over Mazama Friday night at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Thigpen scored 21 points and Lipski added 19 to help the Grizzlies improve to 7-1 in league play, 12-9 overall. Mazama fell to 3-5 in the SSC.

Ashland used a fullcourt press to quickly extend a five-point halftime lead to 11 in the third quarter. The cushion grew to 18 before the quarter ended and Ashland cruised from there.

"We were rested and I know coming out of halftime I always try to do that to try to keep our energy level up," Ashland head coach Larry Kellems said of employing the press. "We've been doing that pretty consistently."

Kellems gave Jesse Javna and Cameron Clement credit for adding a spark to Ashland's pressure defense and said Lipski, who scored most of his points in the paint, continued to grow as an offensive force inside.

Matt also grabbed five rebounds as the Grizzlies went 24-for-40 from the field.

"He's getting better and better every game," Kellems said of Lipski. "His footwork is really coming along and for a big guy he moves extremely well."

Kolton Nelson scored 24 points to lead the Vikings, who took advantage of Ashland's foul trouble by going 18-for-24 from the free-throw line. Ashland continues its 12-game SSC schedule Tuesday at Eagle Point.

MAZAMA (52) K. Nelson 24, J. Nelson 9, Rose 9, Fields 2, Mawson 2, Millsap 6, Mathis 0, Schiess 0, Swann 0, Quirk 0, Bedard 0, Ayers 0, Reinhard 0. Totals: 15 18-24 52.

ASHLAND (67) Thigpen 21, Lipski 19, Javna 6, Sebrell 5, Clement 6, Moskowitz 4, Tygerson 4, Raymond 2, Pavlich 0. Totals: 24 15-26 67.



3-point goals Ashland 4 (Thigpen 3, Sebrell 1), Mazama 4 (J. Nelson 2, K. Nelson 2). Fouled out Clement, J. Nelson. Technical fouls Clement, J. Nelson, Mazama bench 2. JV score Ashland 61, Mazama 32.

Girls basketball

At Klamath Falls, Ashland extended a six-point lead to 15 in a two-minute, game-clinching stretch of the fourth quarter en route to a 61-45 Southern Sky Conference win over Mazama on Friday.

The Grizzlies (19-2, 8-0 SSC) were led by Kelsey McKinnis' game-high 21 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. The junior guard also had four assists and four steals. Brenna Heater added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Allison Gida had 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Ashland head coach Steve Farley said McKinnis' aggressive play isn't happening by chance.

"Last year (McKinnis) settled for 3s a lot and she's worked very hard to get herself better at putting the ball on the floor," Farley said, "and I think she's showed this year that she's more than a 3-point shooter."

College Basketball

At Portland, the Southern Oregon University women's basketball team picked apart Cascade College 84-60 to remain tied with Eastern Oregon for first place in the Cascade Collegiate Conference standings on Friday.

No statistics were available at press time.

The Southern Oregon men also beat Cascade, 81-73.

Game stats should be available Saturday at .

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