Ashland water polo team falls in third-place game

The Ashland High School girls water polo team fell to Summit 3-2 in overtime Saturday, in the Class 5A/4A Oregon state third-place match at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis.

The Grizzlies trailed late in the fourth quarter when freshman Malia Lucero scored to knot the score at 2-2.

In overtime, Summit's Conner Hamlin scored her third goal of the game to give the Storm the lead for good.

Ashland took an early lead when junior Fiona Johnson scored in the first quarter, and the Grizzlies still led 1-0 at halftime. Summit tied the game on Hamlin's third-quarter goal and took a 2-1 lead on her second score early in the fourth.

Ashland goalkeeper Isabelle Nicolier had seven saves for the Grizzlies, including three in the opening quarter.

The Grizzlies, who were coached by Natalie Del Carlo, were shooting for their sixth top-three trophy after placing first in 2008, second in 2011 and third in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Women's Basketball

At San Francisco, Southern Oregon defeated an NCAA Division II team for the third year in a row Monday night, escaping San Francisco State with a 62-60 win after some late heroics at The Swamp.

With 1:02 left and SOU trailing 58-57, Raider forward Ariel Augustine spotted up for a 3-pointer on the right wing and put it down. The lead was short-lived, as Gators forward Tyiteyana Jefferson scored inside for the tie at the end of the shot clock on the other end, but Destinee Jones got it back with 11 seconds to go by taking a post pass and finishing over her defender.

The Gators (0-1) had a couple chance on the other end: Jones blocked an Imani Smith layup out of bounds, and Smith was fouled after taking the ensuing inbounds pass but clanked both free throws.

The 15th-ranked Raiders improved to 2-0 going into the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic, where they'll play Simpson (Calif.) on Friday and William Jessup (Calif.) on Saturday.

Led by 13 points apiece from guards Toria Bradford and Remi Mejia, the Raiders overcame a 35-percent shooting night and went 9-for-17 in the fourth quarter. After misfiring on 16 of 19 attempts from downtown through the first three periods, they went 4-of-10 in the last.


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