Speer-led Raiders beat Holy Names

Junior Jacki Speer recorded her second straight double-double to lead Southern Oregon to a 72-64 victory over Holy Names Friday night in the annual Coming Attractions Theatres Women's Basketball Classic.

Southern Oregon is now 5-0 on the season and Holy Names fell to 2-4. On Saturday, Oregon Tech faces Holy Names at 4 p.m. and Southern Oregon takes on Menlo at 6 p.m. Menlo defeated Oregon Tech in double overtime in the opener Friday night.

Speer led the Raiders with 28 points and 12 rebounds. The Cascade Conference Presesaon Player of the Year finished 16 of 18 from the free throw line in a game that featured 95 free throws.

While Speer had the stats, it was Emily Brookins that got the Raiders going.

After the Hawks had pushed the lead to 11 at 49-38, Brookins hit a free throw to cut the lead to 10.

Brookins then went to work on the boards and got the Raiders out and running. A spurt that included a 3-pointer by Carly Wood and a layup by Speer cut the Hawks' lead to 53-48. Brookins then rebounded a Speer miss and scored to cut the lead to 53-50 and on the next possession came away with an offensive rebound and layup to get the Raiders to within one at 53-52 with 7:31 to play.

Speer hit a pair of free throws to give SOU the lead at 54-53 and they never looked back.

"Emily gave us the extra spark," SOU Head Coach Lynn Kennedy said. "She got us offensive rebounds and then on the defensive end shut down (Raquel) Hyche. She got us going."

Brookins finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Senior Rhiannon Dickison was the other Raider in double-digits with 12 points and she also added six rebounds.

Britni Ronolo led Holy Names with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Men's Basketball

Lee University ran its winning streak to six in a row with a 102-82 victory Friday over Southern Oregon in the first game of the Midland Empire Liberty Northwest Tournament, at Danny Miles Court in Klamath Falls.

Lee remained perfect at 6-0 with the nonconference victory while SOU fell to 1-2.

Southern scored the opening bucket, but Lee scored 17 of the next 19 points to take a 17-4 lead and eventually pushed the gap to 17 points at 42-25.

Southern Oregon cut the deficit to eight points at 43-34, but Lee rallied again to take a 54-41 advantage into the locker room.

The Flames led by as many as 27 points in the second half.

The Flames shot a blistering 59.4 percent (41-for-69) from the floor, including 8-for-13 from long range. The Raiders shot 47.5 percent (28-for-59) on the night, connecting on 7 of 12 treys.

Five players scored in double digit for Lee, with Nate Minnoy leading the way with 15 points and Paco Diaw adding a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.

Southern's Jarrad Childs finished with a team-high 14 points, while Eli Thornton netted 13. Humphrey Jackson and Kory Mahr finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

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