Grizzlies stay perfect in SSC play

Ashland High head coach Tom McCracken approached his star play-maker after the game and explained the difference between a good foul and a bad one.

Senior guard Allison Gida, who made up for her bad one, smiled and asked, "Did I scare you, coach?"

Maybe just a little.

Gida scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the second half after picking up her third foul just five minutes into the game as fourth-ranked Ashland used a big third quarter to bury Klamath Union 53-26 in a Southern Sky Conference girls basketball clash Friday at Mountain Avenue Gym.

With the win, the Grizzlies (18-5, 10-0 SSC), who have won 11 straight, clinched the conference championship outright. The Grizzlies also completed a three-game season sweep of Klamath Union (7-15, 2-7), which lost for the fifth time in six games.

Gida picked up a reaching foul after a turnover with Ashland ahead 13-2 in the first quarter. The mistake forced McCracken to bench the league's top scorer for the rest of the half, and the Pelicans capitalized by outscoring Ashland 15-9 over the next 11 minutes to cut the deficit to 22-17 at the half.

"I told them that if (we lose), we're going to be the first Ashland team that has lost a conference game in three years and the first team to lose in this gym," McCracken said of his halftime speech.

The Grizzlies took McCracken's words to heart, scoring the first 10 points of the second half to regain control. Gida and Drew Van Vleck sparked the run — both contributed six quick points, with Van Vleck nailing two 3-pointers.

Gida added nine rebounds and five steals for Ashland, which has already secured a berth in the Class 5A state tournament.

Brenna Burns paced Klamath Union with seven points.

With the league title in hand, Ashland's last two conference games — Friday against Mazama and Feb. 23 at Eagle Point — are essentially state tourney tune-ups, but McCracken plans to keep the pedal to the medal.

"Our goal is to finish strong and be undefeated in league play for the third consecutive year," he said. "That's how we look at it. "¦We have to peak. We'll just try to maintain our intensity level and go out and try to get better."

KLAMATH UNION (26) — Lundy 3, Gardner 2, Glasson 1, Porter 6, Burns 7, Hollaway 6, Silva 1. Totals: 9 8-11 26.

ASHLAND (53) — Shulenberger 4, Van Vleck 8, Sturges 0, Minor 0, Kasiah 2, McCoy 5, Reynolds 3, Pavlich 2, Patton 8, Gida 19, Michiels 2. Totals: 19 11-13 53.

Klamath Union 7 10 5 4 — 26

Ashland 15 7 19 12 — 53

3 point goals — Klamath Union 0, Ashland 4 (Van Vleck 2, Reynolds 1, Gida 1). Fouled out — none. Technical Fouls — none.

JV — Ashland 42, Klamath Union 24.

Boy's Basketball

Adam Pavlich's 21-point effort and Ashland's third-quarter stand pushed the Grizzlies to a power-shifting 64-56 Southern Sky Conference win over Klamath Union.

With Grizzlies' victory and Mazama's loss to Crater, Ashland moved into sole possession of first place in the SSC at 8-2 in league and 15-7 overall. Mazama dropped one game back at 7-3, while Klamath Union is 6-3 in the SSC.

Ashland still has a date with Mazama next Friday.

Pavlich scored 12 of his 21 points in the second half and dished out nine assists.

Mason Costantino scored all 10 of his points in the second half and knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers late in the third period, helping his team to a 42-29 lead heading into the fourth.

Jordan Resch also had 10 points to go with eight rebounds for the Grizzlies.

Randy Denson and Deon McLaughlin both had 12 points for the Pelicans.

ASHLAND (64) — Pavlich 21, Costantino 10, Resch 10, Foley 7, Hansen 9, Chasmar 5, Kendall 2. Totals: 22 13-18 64.

KLAMATH UNION (56) — Randy Denson 12, McLaughlin 12, Chavarria 2, Whistler 3, Kochenderfer 4, Miles 7, Bartolomei 4, Stork 5. Totals: 17 11-15 56.

Ashland 17 6 19 22 — 64

Klamath Union 12 11 6 20 — 56

3-point goals — Ashland 7 (Pavlich 2, Costantino 2, Hansen 1, Chasmar 1, Foley 1), Klamath Union 4 (Denson, Whistler 1, Miles 1, Bartolomei 1). Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.

JV — Ashland 68, Klamath Union 52.

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