EAGLE POINT — Ashland, which recently learned it would have to forfeit nine games, including five victories, because of an ineligible player, responded with tough defense in a 37-19 win over Eagle Point in a Class 5A SOH contest.
Ashland is planning to appeal the ruling to have the forfeits overturned.
With the forfeits — which included a 48-43 home win over Eagle Point — Ashland and the Eagles were 1-1 against each other. If the forfeits are upheld, the two are expected to play off to see which gains the two-team league's automatic berth to state.
Michaela Dunn had 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks for the Grizzlies (6-17, 1-1 SOH). Georgia Williams tallied 11 points and six boards, and notched Hanna Greenberg seven points, nine rebounds and two steals.
Adrienne Wood scored 10 points for the Eagles.
ASHLAND (37) — Williams 11, Altig 0, Tilley 2, Greenberg 7, Teixeira 0, Dunn 13, Sukles 0, Kasiah 4, Read 0, Turner 0. Totals: 13 8-9 37.
EAGLE POINT (19) — Morris 0, Sweem 0, Crowe 0, Wood 10, Beebe 0, Lester 3, Alden 0, Briggs 2, Nielsen 0, Bradshaw 4, Hoefft 0. Totals: 7 3-8 19.
Ashland 9 11 11 6 — 37
Eagle Point 7 4 4 4 — 19
3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Williams 1, Greenberg 1, Dunn 1), Eagle Point 2 (Wood 1, Lester 1).
JV result — Eagle Piont won.
At Gresham, Ashland High senior swimmer Cole Harding qualified for the finals in both of his events in the OSAA Class 5A state championships Friday at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatics Center.
The only Grizzly to qualify for state, Harding placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle preliminary and sixth in the 50-free prelim. The finals will be held this morning and can be viewed via live streaming video at nfhsnetwork.com.
In the 500 free, Harding's time of 4 minutes, 59.32 seconds was about five seconds behind No. 4 qualifier Taj Mercer of Summit and 11 seconds off the pace of top qualifier Wyatt Engler of Lebanon. In the 50 free, Harding finished in 22.98, just ahead of seventh-place finisher Trevor Gourley of Corvallis (23.02).