Sticking with it

Colin Malcolm scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and also pulled down 17 rebounds as the Ashland High boys basketball team came back to beat Rogue River 62-54 in the first round of the Phoenix Invitational on Thursday at Phoenix High School.

Jackson Byers added 15 points, six rebounds and four steals and Gabe Stanley scored eight points before fouling out for the Grizzlies (2-0), who already have more wins than they managed all last season.

"In my mind, without any practice at all and playing a game after a complete week off I thought that there were some moments there where we played very well offensively and defensively," Ashland head coach Jeff Schlecht said. "Considering that I hadn't seen them in a week and we hadn't done anything, to come out here and come away with the win was satisfying."

Ashland will play Cascade Christian at 5:30 p.m. today in the semifinals of the eight-team tournament, which wraps up with placing games Saturday. Cascade Christian beat Mazama 64-38 in another first round game.

Class 3A Rogue River outscored Ashland 17-6 in the second quarter to take a 25-21 lead into the break. The Grizzlies cut the deficit to one point heading into the fourth, then jumped on Malcolm's back to pull away down the stretch.

Malcolm and Jack Feinberg both hit key 3-pointers in the final quarter for Ashland, which nailed five triples as a team. The Grizzlies overcame a miserable 13-for-30 night at the free throw line. At one point in the fourth quarter, they clanked five in a row.

"They are continuing to bond," Schlecht said, "and the struggle is just going to make them sharper in the future."

Rogue River, which was playing its season opener, was led by Chris Campbell (12 points, four rebounds, three steals), Jordan Ehrhardt (12 points, three rebounds) and Cole McFetridge (10 points), who gave the Chieftains a lift off the bench.

"We came back a little then we just hit that lull early in the fourth quarter and we just couldn't make that up," said Rogue River head coach Ron Haynes, whose team will play a consolation game today against Mazama.

ASHLAND (62) — Pruitt 0, Layton 0, Harfst 5, Fredrickson 0, Hasskamp 4, Feniberg 5, Byers 15, Shibley-Styer 5, Crenshaw 0, Stanley 8, Malcolm 20, Jones 0. Totals: 22 13-30 62.

ROGUE RIVER (54) — McFetridge 10, Lopez 8, Campbell 12, Perston 5, Ehrhardt 12, Woodall 0, Strickland 3, Rideout 2, Conley 2. Totals: 12 21-37 54.

Ashland 15 6 16 25 — 62

Rogue River 8 17 14 15 — 54

3-point goals — Ashland 5 (Malcolm 2, Stanley 2, Feinberg 1), Rogue River 3 (Campbell 2, Perston 1). Fouled out — Stanley, Jones.

Girls Basketball

At Phoenix, Emily Alvarez scored 20 points as St. Mary's beat Ashland 54-39 in the first round of the Phoenix Invitational on Thursday.

The Crusaders (2-0), the Class 3A state runners-up last season, led 19-14 before pulling away in the second half.

Rose Alvarez added 16 points for St. Mary's, and like her sister, made two 3-pointers.

Georgia Williams scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies (1-1). Michaela Dunn had seven points and seven rebounds.

Ashland takes on Cascade Christian at 2:30 p.m. today.

ASHLAND (39) — Williams 15, Altigg 2, Greenberg 5, Teixeira 2, Dunn 7, Sukles 2, Walker 2, Read 1, Tilley 3. Total: 12 11-16 39.

ST. MARY'S (54) — Weiland 1, E. Alvarez 20, R. Alvarez 16, Juncal 6, Rothfus 9, Ramsey 2, Barnum 0. Totals: 24 2-8 54.

Ashland 6 8 12 13 — 39

St. Mary's 8 11 16 19 — 54

3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Williams 1, Greenberg 1, Dunn 1, Tilley 1), St. Mary's 4 (E. Alvarez 2, R. Alvarez 2).

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