Coyotes bite back, nip Raiders in Cascade Conference showdown

The 23rd-ranked College of Idaho women's basketball team got 36 points from Nicole Gall and downed 16th-ranked Southern Oregon 98-86 Saturday at McNeal Pavilion.

The Coyotes are 10-1 overall and 2-0 in Cascade Conference play. Southern Oregon's first loss of the season dropped it to 8-1 and 1-1.

The setback snapped SOU's 21-game home winning streak.

Gall tied a school-record with her 36 points and also tied a school record with eight 3-pointers. The performance overshadowed an impressive outing by SOU's Jacki Speer.

Speer had 20 points, 20 rebounds and three blocks for the Raiders.

The Coyotes took a commanding, 55-33 halftime lead and held the Raiders to 32 percent shooting for the first 20 minutes.

The lead grew to 65-40 with 16:44 to play before SOU took off.

A 15-0 run over the next three minutes cut the gap to 65-55 on an Ashley Baker layup. A pair of Speer free throws cut the lead to 81-73 with seven minutes to play, and a free throw by Rhiannon Dickison made it 83-76, but that's as close as the Raiders would get.

Dickison added 21 points for the Raiders, and Baker came up with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Alexandria Allen had 15 points for the Coyotes.

SOU returns to nonconference action Friday when it faces Willamette in Klamath Falls.

Men's Basketball

In a game that featured woeful shooting, the College of Idaho had just enough to take down Southern Oregon, 55-44, Saturday at McNeal.

The Coyotes improved to 4-6 overall and 1-1 in Cascade Conference play. SOU fell to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in conference action.

The Raiders are now off until Dec. 15, when they host Fresno Pacific.

SOU held a 23-22 lead at halftime after shooting 39 percent from the field, while the Coyotes shot 38 percent.

In the second half, the Yotes made a run and took control of the game thanks to an improved 45 percent shooting over the last 20 minutes.

SOU shot just 30 percent in the second half. For the game, SOU was 3-for-20 from 3-point ranges and 1-for-7 from the free-throw line.

The College of Idaho's Bryan Camp led all scorers with 17 points.

SOU's Dustin Vaughn came off the bench for career highs in points (10) and rebounds (11). Freshman Joe White added nine points on three 3-pointers.

Prep Hockey

At Medford, Casey Skolnik scored four goals to give Ashland (1-3) its first win of the season, 8-3, on Saturday at The RRRink.

Grizzly goalie Gabe Dean recorded 31 saves, and Sam Taylor added two goals in the win.

Chris Hallen led South Medford (1-3) with two goals, and Brandon Andrews had 19 saves for the Panthers in goal.

Samantha Andrews added one goal and two assists for the Panthers.

South Medford 1 1 1 — 3

Ashland 2 3 3 — 8

Girls Basketball

At Corvallis, Canby took advantage of short-handed Ashland with continual pressure defense to beat the Grizzlies 54-39 Saturday in the Craig Ellingson Classic at Crescent Valley High.

The Grizzlies were without star point guard Allison Gida, who has a sprained ankle. Kelsey McKinnis handled the point in her absence and scored a hard-fought 10 points.

Natalie DelCarlo led the Grizzlies with 15 points despite being saddled with three fouls before halftime and having to sit out part of the contest.

"They wore us down," Ashland coach Tom McCracken said. "They double-teamed and trapped the entire game, and we were playing without Allison. When you take your point guard out against a pressing, trapping team, that makes it tough."

Gida sprained her ankle a week ago in practice. She tried to play in the season opener Friday but could only go a couple minutes before having to come out. The junior didn't play at all Saturday.

The game was tied 24-24 in the second, then a 3-pointer and foul after the shot resulted in a five-point play for Canby. The Grizzlies rallied to tie the game late in the third quarter before the Cougars pulled away.

"We just ran out of gas," said McCracken.

The Grizzlies dropped to 0-2. They lost the tournament opener 51-40 to host Crescent Valley.

"We improved from yesterday to today, and that's what we were shooting for," said McCracken.

CANBY (54) — Evans 0, Hansen 4, Friedman 3, McGraw 7, Melissa Fowler 20, Schmidt 4, Kutfey 6, Myatt 2, Huggins 0, Van Acher 8. Totals: 18 14-17 54.

ASHLAND (39) — Van Vleck 8, Contreras 0, McKinnis 10, Palmesano 2, Reynolds 0, Pavlich 2, Natalie DelCarlo 15. Totals: 14 10-13 39.

Canby 13 15 10 16 — 54

Ashland 16 7 8 8 — 39

3-point goals — Canby 4 (Friedman 1, McGraw 1, Van Acher 2), Ashland 1 (McKinnis 1). Fouled out — DelCarlo.

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