Fisher leads Grizzlies to GS victory

Ashland High's Dylan Fisher won the individual giant slalom by a fraction of a second and Megan Ganim was the runner-up in the girls race as the Grizzlies dominated a Southern League invitational at Mount Ashland Friday.

Fisher led four Ashland boys who finished in the top 10 and Ganim paced six Grizz girls with top-10 finishes, as the Grizzlies rolled to victory in both team competitions. That gives each team eight team points, which are used to determine league champions.

Fisher completed his first run in 39.11 seconds and his second run in 40.14 for a total of 1:19.25, just good enough to edge Klamath's Ted Wogan, who placed second in 1:20.12. Fisher's win earned him 100 points toward the Southern League giant slalom individual title.

Also putting together solid runs for the AHS boys were Austin Lawrence (sixth, 1:26.25), Logan McKelvey (seventh, 1:27.15), Alek Bishop (ninth, 1:29.47) and Collin Hamel (11th, 1:29.86).

In the girls' giant slalom, McKenzie Legg of Phoenix finished with a combined time of 1:23.25 to edge Ganin (1:26.75) by 3.5 seconds.

Four of the next five placers represented Ashland High: Maddie Chaves finished third in 1:28.20, Jasmine Terry-Shindelman was fourth in 1:33.39, Lauren Wilson took fifth in 1:38.13 and Maya Terry-Shindelman grabbed seventh in 1:41.51.

Men's Basketball

David Grant and Humphrey Jackson got hot in the second half and helped the Southern Oregon men come from behind for a 77-72 Cascade Conference victory over Corban on Friday at Salem.

Southern Oregon improved to 11-10 overall and 3-9 in league play. Corban dropped to 6-17 overall and 1-11.

Grant finished with 16 points for the Raiders, while Jackson finished with 14 points.

Ben Potloff had 21 points for the Warriors.

Trailing 45-32 early in the second half, Jackson took over the for the Raiders. The senior hit a layup and then three straight 3-pointers to cut the Warriors' lead to 47-43.

Grant then scored six straight points for the Raiders to give SOU a 49-47 lead.

Grant later scored on a three-point play to give SOU a 66-57 lead with a little more than six minutes to play, and free throws by Drew Herrera pushed the lead to double-digits at 68-57.

Corban cut the SOU lead to 73-72 with 31 seconds to play, but Grant stepped to the line and nailed a pair of free throws, then scored a breakaway layup to give the Raiders the winning margin.

Women's Basketball

Jacki Speer and Ashley Baker each tallied double-doubles, but Southern Oregon couldn't overcome a first-half deficit and fell to Corban 67-64 Friday in Salem.

The Warriors improved to 9-16 overall and 4-8 in Cascade Conference play. Southern Oregon dropped to 15-8 overall and 4-8 in conference action. The Raiders travel to Northwest Christian Saturday night.

Speer led the way for the Raiders with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Baker finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Tess Bennett led the Warriors with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

After the game was tied at 11-11 midway through the first half, Corban sprinted away from the Raiders and took a 38-27 lead at the break.

The Corban lead was 15 at 55-40 with 12:39 to play when the Raiders came storming back.

A layup by Emily Brookins, a free throw by Baker and a layup by Krystal Smith cut the Corban advantage down to eight at 55-47. Carly Wood then hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 55-50.

Freshman Gabe Johnson cut the advantage to 60-56 with a layup at the four-minute mark.

With under two minutes to play, Speer hit a layup and a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 63-62, but the Warriors hit four free throws down the stretch to hold off the Raiders.

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