Ashland High boys, girls set to host Rotary Hoops Classic

The Ashland High boys basketball team will try to put Tuesday's blowout loss to North Medford behind it when it hosts Henley tonight in one of four games that will make up the first day of the sixth annual Ashland Rotary Hoops Classic.

The boys and girls tournament will be held at Mountain Avenue Gym, where the Ashland girls will face Henley at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Ashland-Henley boys game, scheduled to tipoff at 7:15.

In other opening-day action, Crescent Valley and Summit will square off in a boys game at 2 p.m., followed by the girls game, at 3:45.

The tournament concludes with four more games Saturday, with the Grizzly boys set to face either Summit or Crescent Valley at 3 p.m. and the Grizz girls scheduled to take on either Summit or CV at 5 p.m.

The Ashland boys (3-2) are coming off their worst loss of the season, a 75-41 shellacking at the hands of North Medford. The Grizzlies entered the nonleague clash on a three-game winning streak, but were outscored 31-10 in the second quarter and never had a chance.

Ashland's leading scorer is Billy Hansen, a junior guard who scored 37 points against Eureka last week but was held to 11 by the Black Tornado.

Henley, a Class 4A school that competes in the Skyline Conference, will be playing in just its second game after beating La Pine 70-60 on Dec. 7.

The Ashland girls will try to snap a two-game losing streak tonight following a 49-34 loss Tuesday at North Medford. Grizzlies' senior post Willie Michiels scored in double figures in each of Ashland's first three games before the Black Tornado limited her to five points. Junior guard Allison Shulenberger, sophomore guard Shelby Minor and junior guard Sarah Pavlich also play key roles for the Grizzlies.

The Classic will also feature a 3-point shooting contest. Each school will provide one boy and one girl to compete in the two-round event, which will be held following the Ashland-Henley girls game.

The tournament is sponsored by the Ashland Rotary Foundation, which has contributed more than $1 million in scholarships to Ashland High students since 1972.

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