Already bolstered by one of the top scoring tandems in the state, the Grizzlies found a third option Tuesday to keep their winning streak alive.

Junior post Natalie Del Carlo scored a personal high 20 points and Brenna Heater added 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals as the Ashland High girls basketball team extended its winning streak to 15 straight with a 55-30 Southern Sky Conference win over Klamath Union at Mountain Avenue Gym.

The blowout improved the Grizzlies to 4-0 in SSC play and 15-2 overall. Ashland hasn't lost since starting the season 0-2 in November. Klamath Union, led by Katie Gilbert's 10 points, fell to 1-9 overall and 0-2 in league play.

The Pelicans employed a zone defense in an effort to slow down an Ashland offense that relies heavily on Heater and sophomore point guard Allison Gida. The Grizzlies countered by playing three posts &

Heater, Del Carlo and Layla Zare &

and working the ball through Heater at the high post. The strategy freed up Del Carlo down low, and the 6-foot-2 junior made the Pelicans pay &

especially in the second quarter, when she scored 11 points to help Ashland open up a 28-18 lead.

"(Heater) did a good job in that second quarter of being unselfish and (Del Carlo) did a great job of being very, very aggressive and attacking the basket," Ashland head coach Steve Farley said.

Ashland picked apart KU's defense all night and finished with 18 assists on its 23 baskets and just 11 turunovers, a season low. Gida led everyone with five assists, while senior Heidi Siebenlist added four rebounds.

Ashland was coming off a disappointing effort against Mazama on Saturday. The Grizzlies beat the Vikings, but weren't pleased with their performance. Farley asked for a better effort against the Pelicans and afterward was pleased with how the Grizzlies responded.

"I think they bounced back with a great effort against a team that's scrappy," Farley said.

Ashland doesn't play again until Jan. 25, when Mazama visits Mountain Avenue Gym. The Grizzlies will start the long break with two days off in a row, something they haven't had since December.

As far as the streak goes, Farley said the Grizzlies aren't really thinking about it.

"One of the things we talked about before our first league game was, however many wins in a row we had coming into league games, those really don't matter any more," Farley said. "The games that count start with league, that's how you get into the state tournament. But at the same time it's hard to win (15) games in a row and I think the girls have done a great job and have stayed focused throughout."

Klamath Union (30) &

Katie Gilbert 10, Doshier 0, Choukalos 6, Walker 0, Cesena 2, Bliss 0, Luther 0, Holloway 6, Kellom 4, Witeraft 0, Roberts 2, Rudd 0. Totals: 13 1-3 30.

Ashland (55) &

Del Carlo 20, Heater 16, Gida 4, Pettitt 4, McKinnis 0, Siebenlist 2, Zare 0, Silbowitz 0, Pavlich 4, Van Vleck 5. Totals: 23 9-12 55.

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3-point goals &

Klamath Union — (Gilbert), Ashland 0.

Fouled out &

none. Technical fouls &

none.

JV score &

Ashland won.

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