Two tries, two titles

Ashland High's Allison Gida made a play well beyond her years Saturday night in the championship game of the Ashland Rotary Hoop Classic.

The sophomore guard came off a pick-and-roll with teammate Brenna Heater and layed in the game-winning basket with about five seconds to play to give the Grizzlies a hard-fought 39-38 victory over North Medford at Ashland High School.

"We ran a pick-and-roll with Brenna and had a shooter in the corner so (North) couldn't help," said first-year Grizzly coach Steve Farley. "Allison made a tough shot. She was very, very tired and really gutted it out at the end."

Ashland (6-2), which has won six straight, led for most of the game until the fourth quarter.

In the final period, North Medford actually led by one and had the ball with under 30 seconds to play before turning the ball over back to Ashland to set up Gida's shot.

Following the Grizzlies go-ahead bucket, the Black Tornado turned the ball over with less than a second to play.

"It went back and forth in the fourth quarter several times," said Farley. "It was a good balgame."

The Grizzlies, behind the scoring of Heater, Gida and McKinnis, jumped out to a 13-2 lead after the first quarter.

North (4-1) regrouped to cut its deficit to 19-13 at the half.

Heater led all scorers with 15 points and she had 13 rebounds and five blocks. McKinnis added 13 points and Gida tallied 11 to go with four steals.

McKinnis also turned in a solid defensive effort on North's Erica Schultz, who entered the game averaging double figures but finished with nine points.

Heidi Siebenlist and Rachel Pavlich also had strong efforts on the defensive end.

For the Black Tornado, sophomore point guard Karissa Dixon scored a career-high 14 points, while Jana Parker added 11 points.


Dixon 14, Schultz 9, Satterfield 1, Dekorte 0, Parker 11, Egge 1, Smith 2, Abeloe 0. Totals: 15 8-12 38.

ASHLAND (39) &

Heater 15, McKinnis 13, Gida 11, Pavlich 0, Silvowitz 0, Zare 0, Siebenlist 0, Petitt 0, DelCarlo 0. Totals: 12 12-21 39.

North Medford 2 11 8 17 ""38

Ashland 13 6 9 11 ""39

3-point goals &

Ashland — (McKinnis 2, Gida 1). Fouled out &

Siebenlist. Technical foul &

North Medford bench.

Boys basketball

Dillon Thigpen drained a 3-pointer with five seconds left in overtime to lift Ashland to a 72-71 win over Marshfield in the championship game of the Ashland Rotary Hoops Classic.

Thigpen connected on five 3-pointers overall and finished with 17 points. Matt Lipski added 22 of his game-high 24 points in the second half for the Grizzlies (3-5). Lipski also had eight rebounds and four blocks.


Oswald 19, Giorgis 6, Flack 8, Shepherd 2, McClintock 8, Porter 2, Graves 14, Statham 7, Griffin 2, Tedder 3. Totals: 25 10-15 71.

ASHLAND (72) &

Lipski 24, Thigpen 17, Sebrell 3, Clement 10, Moskowitz 5, Tygerson 8, Raymond 5, Javna 0, Resch 0, Wilson 0. Totals: 25 15-28 72.

Marshfield 13 10 26 14 8 "" 71

Ashland 21 8 20 14 9 "" 72

3-point goals &

Marshfield 11 (Oswald 5, Flack 2, McClintock 2, Tedder 1, Giorgis 1), Ashland 7 (Thigpen 5, Moskowitz 1, Raymond 1).

Prep hockey

At Klamath Falls, Ashland received goals from three different players and held Klamath Falls to just eight shots in the match to claim the 3-1 victory at Bill Collier Ice Rink.

Casey Skolnik scored once and assisted on goals from Lewis Sebrell and Trevor Perry.

The Ice Hawks received their goal from Derek Hines.

Ashland 0 2 — "" 3

Klamath Falls 0 0 — "" 1

Women's basketball

The Southern Oregon University women's basketball team on Saturday won its fourth consecutive contest and avenged one of its two season losses with a resounding 84-63 nonconference triumph over Holy Names University at McNeal Pavilion.

The Raiders (7-2) never trailed after surging to a 12-2 edge and extended a 21-point halftime bulge to as many as 31 in the second half.

SOU was paced by sophomore post Jacki Speer's 14 points, while freshman reserve Carly Wood and senior all-star Chelsey Muri each added 13.

The perennial California Pacific Conference power Lady Hawks (4-8), who topped the Raiders 81-78 in Oakland on Nov. 24, received 12 points from senior forward Angelita Hutton and a game-best 15 boards from senior post Martha Spivey.

Plagued by game-long foul trouble, cold-shooting and 24 turnovers, HNU managed only three field goals through the opening 13 minutes and finished with a frigid 19-for-67 clip.

Southern shot 36 percent but compensated with a 57-50 rebounding advantage, including 11 by junior forward Ashley Baker.

SOU returns to Cascade Conference action at home Tuesday and Wednesday against Evergreen State and Northwest, respectively.

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