Ashland boys, girls victorious in Rotary Hoops Classic openers

Four Grizzlies scored eight points and one of those, Garrett Tygerson, also had 11 rebounds as Ashland nixed Port Angeles' try at a third straight Ashland Rotary Hoops Classic championship Friday night.

Ashland scored seven straight points early in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Jayson Wilson, en route to the 47-42 win at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Wilson, Tygerson, Ethan Moskowitz and Matt Lipski each tallied eight points for the Grizzlies (2-5), who wrap up the boys tourney Saturday against Marshfield.

Ashland head coach Larry Kellems said the Roughriders' 4-0 record in Ashland which included two tourney titles provided plenty of motivation for the Grizzlies.

"We talked about that in the locker room," Kellems said. "We knew that they were a good team and they always come down here and play hard and play to win, obviously. So, we knew we had to go out and play our game. The kids came out and played hard."

The game was close throughout, but Ashland managed to stay in front most of the way. That changed briefly in the third quarter, when the Roughriders of Washington scored the first four points of the second half to go up 26-23. Ashland responded with a 9-0 run of its own and never trailed again.

"I feel like we're playing a lot better," Ashland senior guard Dillon Thigpen said. "We're shooting a lot better, knocking down our free throws and I think our seniors are starting to realize that we need to step up."

PORT ANGELES (42) Lane 15, Stephenson 2, Walsh 0, Williams 3, Schumacher 8, Madison 5, Knowles 2, Owens 0, Fairchild 7. Totals: 13 11-12 42.

ASHLAND (47) Moskowitz 8, Tygerson 8, Lipski 8, Wilson 8, Thigpen 3, Javna 4, Sebrell 5, Clement 3, Raymond 0. Totals: 15 11-17 47.

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3-point goals Port Angeles 5 (Lane 3, Williams 1, Madison 1), Ashland 6 (Moskowitz 2, Wilson 2, Thigpen 1, Sebrell 1).

Girls basketball

Allison Gida scored a team-high 15 points and Brenna Heater added 11 as Ashland trounced Summit 44-32 on the first day of the Ashland Rotary Hoops Classic girls tournament Friday.

The win was the Grizzlies' fifth straight since their 0-2 start. They'll next face North Medford in Saturday's tournament finale. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

Ashland used a stout defense to survive an 0-for-13 night from 3-point range. Heater had seven blocks while Gida and Rachel Pavlich added four steals apiece.

Also for Ashland, Natalie DelCarlo and Heidi Siebenlist pulled down seven rebounds apirece.

"We did a good job of pressuring the ball and getting a few steals," said Ashland coach Steve Farley, who credited Siebenlist and DelCarlo with spearheading the Grizzlies' defensive effort.

Summit was led by Taylor Pierce's seven points.

SUMMIT (32) Pierce 7, Wilson 6, Defoe 0, J. Luersen 6, Yeakel 5, Martin 2, Mondry 2, Mosier 4. Totals: 13 3-8 32.

ASHLAND (44) Gida 15, Van Vleck 4, Pavlich 0, Silbowitz 0, Zare 4, Siebenlist 0, McKinnis 8, Petitt 0, Del Carlo 2, Heater 11. Totals: 20 4-6 44.



3-point goals Summit — (Yeakel 1).

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