Ashland girls fall to Willamette, take second

Third-ranked Willamette remained undefeated with a 47-35 victory over Ashland in the championship game of the South Coast Les Schwab Tournament Wednesday in Coos Bay.

The Wolverines (10-0) are the Class 5A defending state champions.

Ashland (7-5) stayed with Willamette until a 32-second stretch in the second quarter, when Alyssa Worthen made three of her four 3-pointers. The Wolverine ended the quarter with a buzzer-beating trey for a 31-14 lead at halftime.

"That was the ballgame right there," Grizzlies coach Tom McCracken said.

Ashland was able to whittle the deficit to 38-32 but couldn't get closer.

Allison Gida fouled out for the second time in three tournament games but was named the eight-team event's most valuable player. She had 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists against Willamette.

Kayla Reynolds made the all-tourney first team for the Grizzlies, and Callie McCoy scored 10 points against the Wolverines.

Worthen finished with 12 points.

ASHLAND (35) — Shulenberger 4, Van Vleck 2, Sturges 2, McCoy 10, Reynolds 3, Gida 14, Patton 0. Totals: 13 7-11 35.

WILLAMETTE (47) — Alsalani 0, Josh 8, Wilkinson 5, Harper 3, Lein 4, Crane 1, Glassow 3, Worthen 12, Mahaffie 9, Robertson 2, Winther 0. Totals: 11 19-26 47.

Ashland 9 5 9 12 — 35

Willamette 10 21 7 9 — 47

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Reynolds 1, Gida 1), Willamette 6 (Josh 1, Harper 1, Worthen 4). Fouled out — Gida.

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