Raiders, Speer come up short

Jacki Speer came oh so close. Her team, not so much.

College of Idaho routed Southern Oregon 75-57 in the semifinals of the Cascade Conference women's basketball tournament Friday, ending the Raiders' season and Speer's spectacular four-year run at Caldwell, Idaho.

Speer did her best to keep it going, but her 23 points, 20 rebounds and three blocks weren't nearly enough. Adding insult to injury, the senior forward finished one point shy of equaling Melissa Bogh's school record for career points (1,865).

Nicole Gall led College of Idaho with 23 points.

The Yotes (20-7) broke the game open at the start of the second half, outscoring the Raiders 25-4 in an eight-minute span to surge ahead 57-29.

A jumper by Speer at the 10:50 mark of the first half gave the Raiders a 15-9 advantage, but the hosts came back to tie the game at 17-all, then pushed ahead 32-25 at the break.

Senior Emily Brookins added 12 points for the Raiders (20-11), who needed to win the league tourney to earn their third straight trip to the NAIA Division II national tournament.

The game was the finale for five SOU seniors: Speer, Brookins, Ashley Baker, Keri Nakamura and Chelsea Winner.

Prep Wrestling

Jake Scarminach pushed the defending state champion to the limit, but couldn't get the necessary takedown in a 5-1 loss to Cody Jones of Dallas in the 160-pound state semifinals Friday at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Scarminach, a junior, trailed 3-1 throughout most of the third round before being taken down in the final seconds after attempting a desperation lunge.

"(Jones) was just too much for us," Ashland head coach Joe Crane said. "He stayed heavy on Jake's head and kept moving Jake around.

"Jake was all over him in the third period, on his legs a couple times and almost took him down, but just wasn't quite enough."

The loss dropped Scarminach into the consolation semifinals, where he will face either Trevor Davis of Churchill or Cole Neuhaus of West Albany.

Ashland's only other remaining wrestler coming into the day, heavyweight Sam Cowan, fell to Andrew Vandetta of Lebanon in the consolation quarterfinals.

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