Ashland's defense smothers Lake Oswego as Grizzlies advance to Interstate Shootout final

The Ashland High girls basketball team held Lake Oswego to just nine points in the first half en route to a 42-20 victory over the host team in the semifinals of the Lake Oswego Interstate Shootout Monday at Lake Oswego.

Ashland (5-5) will play Class 6A fourth-ranked South Eugene (8-0) for the championship of the 16-team tourney. The title game begins at 7:15 tonight.

The Grizzlies, who have won four of their last five games since starting the season 1-4, came up with their best defensive effort of the season against the 6A Lakers (4-2). Lake Oswego managed just four field goals as Ashland limited the Lakers to one shot most of the game and won the rebounding battle.

It was Lake Oswego's lowest scoring output of the season. Its previous low was a 39-point performance in a win over Aloha.

"It was the best defense we've played, maybe ever," Ashland head coach Tom McCracken said. "They have a 6-foot-5 girl in the middle and we did a good job (against her). Natalie (DelCarlo) got in foul trouble early doing it, but she did a good job on her and we got good help from Allison (Gida) on the other side."

DelCarlo scored all six of her points in the first quarter, helping Ashland jump out to a 13-4 lead.

Ashland senior guard Kelsey McKinnis led all scorers with 16 points a day after being held to two points in Ashland's quarterfinal win over Aloha.

The Grizzlies have allowed just 49 points in their last two games, including Sunday's 45-29 win over Aloha. They've also dominated the glass, outrebounding Aloha 40-19 on Sunday and holding Lake Oswego to zero rebounds in the first half and three for the game.

McCracken was most encouraged with the Grizzlies' defensive effort, however.

"Defense is just a lot of guts, a lot of intensity and a lot of hard work, but we've just worked on it and hopefully we'll just get better," he said.

South Eugene, which beat Tigard to advance to the championship game, should provide the stiffest test yet for Ashland's defense. The Axemen score about 60 points per game.

"They're very good, very deep," McCracken said, "but if we come out and play like we're capable we'll be in the game. That's all there is to it."

ASHLAND (42) — Van Vleck 8, McKinnis 16, Petitt 7, Patton 0, Palmesano 0, Contreras 0, Gida 5, DelCarlo 6. Totals: 16 6-10 42.

LAKE OSWEGO (20) — Babcock-Krenk 10, Reis 2, Prince 0, Chase 3, Pyle 0, Guthrie 0, Childs 2, Herald 3, Richardson 0. Totals: 4 11-15 20.

Ashland 13 6 13 10 — 42

Lake Oswego 4 5 7 4 — 20

3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Van Vleck 2, McKinnis 2), Lake Oswego 1 (Chase 1).

Boys Basketball

Revenge was sweet for the Ashland boys basketball team.

Jamie Amrhein scored a left-handed layin at the buzzer on an assist from Adam Pavlich as the Grizzlies stunned Sherwood 45-44 on Monday in the opening game of the Summit Tournament, at Bend.

Sherwood ended Ashland's season a year ago with a 44-43 victory in the second round of the state playoffs.

"It was nice to get revenge with a one-point win," Ashland assistant coach Nathe Suter said. "It was an emotional game because of that."

For the Grizzlies (5-4), Charlie Sebrell had 13 points and Garrett Tygerson also had 13 — 11 coming in the second half.

Brock Lutes finished with 12 for Sherwood. Colin Wester added nine, including a layin with 10 seconds remaining that put the Bowmen in front 44-43.

Ashland called timeout with six seconds left. The Grizzlies inbounded to Pavlich, Amrhein set a screen for Tygerson on the block and slipped to the basket as Pavlich delivered the pass for the game-winning score.

The basket capped a furious second-half rally for the Grizzlies, who trailed by 12 at the break after scoring just three points in the third quarter.

But Ashland held Sherwood to 17 total points in the second half through a variety of defenses.

"We switched up from man press to trapping and zone," Suter said. "It was really the boys' ability to transition from one to the next that caused them some problems and kept them out of rhythm."

The Grizzlies also took advantage of an overly aggressive Sherwood defense with "quite a few back-door plays," Suter said.

Ashland plays either Summit or Lebanon tonight at 6:45.

SHERWOOD (44) — Lutes 12, Wester 9, Peterson 10, Tary 3, Gough 8, Cornell 2, Howard 0, Thorsen 0. Totals: 20 2-5 44.

ASHLAND (45) — Sebrell 13, Tygerson 13, Costantino 4, Pavlich 6, Amrhein 6, Resch 3, Kendall 0. Totals: 17 9-14 45.

Sherwood 16 11 7 10 — 44

Ashland 12 3 15 15 — 45

3-point goals — Sherwood 2 (Wester 1, Peterson 1), Ashland 2 (Sebrell 2).

Women's Basketball

At Azusa, Calif., in a battle of NAIA-ranked women's basketball teams, Azusa Pacific held off every challenge from Southern Oregon and came away with a 68-67 victory Monday at Azusa Pacific's Cougar Classic.

Azusa Pacific, ranked fifth in the NAIA Division I poll, improved to 9-2 with the victory. Southern Oregon, ranked 20th in the latest NAIA Division II rankings, dropped to 9-2 overall. SOU wraps up the Cougar Classic today when they take on Hope International.

"Of course a win would have been nice, but we wanted to play this game to get ready for the rest of the season and the tough games ahead of us," SOU head coach Lynn Kennedy said. "I think this says a lot about our team to have shot to win it at the end."

Juniors Ashley Baker and Jacki Speer both turned in double-doubles for the Raiders. Baker finished with a team-high 15 points and 12 rebounds. Speer had 13 points and 11 rebounds.


Baker 7-13 1-2 15, Cooper 4-8 0-0 8, Speer 4-8 5-6 13, Scott 3-12 0-0 7, Dickison 5-13 0-0 14, Schmitz 0-0 0-2 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Wood 2-3 0-0 6, Brookins 1-3 0-0 2, Scheffler 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 27-64 6-10 67.


Moore-Porter 8-13 4-6 22, Hala'ufia 7-14 0-2 14, Hall 4-11 0-2 8, Hill 3-12 4-5 10, Byrd 2-5 0-4 4, Higgenbottom 2-4 0-05, Raber 1-3 0-0 3, Reed 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 1-4 0-0 0. Totals: 28-66 8-19 68.

Halftime — Southern Oregon University 37, Azusa Pacific 31. 3-point goals — SOU 7-24 (Dickison 4-11, Wood 2-3, Scott 1-6, Speer 0-1, Brookins 0-1, Scheffler 0-2), AP (Moore-Porter 2-4, Raber 1-2, Higgenbottom 1-3, Hall 0-1, Hill 0-5). Rebounds — SOU 46 (Baker 12), AP 37 (Hala-ufia, Byrd 7). Assists — SOU 13 (Dickison 5), AP 21 (Hall, Hill, Byrd 4). Personal fouls — SOU 17, AP 14. A — 88.

Men's Basketball

At Salem, Willamette trailed early but built a 53-37 halftime margin and led by as many as 25 points in the second half in a 95-81 win over Southern Oregon.

The Raiders (3-9) jumped out to a 9-6 lead, then the Bearcats went on a 8-0 run and never trailed again.

Scott Tiefenthaler led SOU with 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Humphrey Jackson finished with 19 points and Ryon Pool had 11 points for the Raiders.

Cameron Mitchell paced Willamette (4-3) with game highs of 24 points and 19 rebounds.

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