CENTRAL POINT &

Brenna Heater was a force against Crater in Southern Sky Conference girls basketball Friday.




The Ashland 6-foot-3 junior center got the Grizzlies off to a fast start en route to a 46-41 victory at the Comets' gym.




The victory clinched the conference title outright for the second-ranked Grizzlies (20-2, 11-0 SSC).




Heater scored 12 of Ashland's 14 first-quarter points and had 18 of her game-high 21 points in the opening half.




"We did a great job of getting the ball to (Heater) early," said Ashland coach Steve Farley. "She made some strong post moves. She showed a glimpse of how she can play with one-on-one matchups.




Heater also grabbed five rebounds to go with eight blocks.




Ashland bolted to a 20-5 before the Comets starting finding the range. Carly Deschamps second 3-pointer cut Crater's deficit to 27-19 right before the halftime buzzer.




Crater (11-8, 7-3 SSC) got to within three points of Ashland on Jenni Noon's drive for a three-point play about mid-way through the fourth quarter.




"They hit some tough shots and battled back," said Farley. "We weathered the storm when they had runs and kept our composure."




Alana Harding paced Crater with 12 points and Deschamps added nine.




ASHLAND (46) &

Heater 21, Gida 10, McKinnis 10, Zare 5, Del Carlo 0, Petitt 0, Siebenlist 0, Pavlich 0. Totals: 15 14-20 46.




CRATER (41) &

Harding 12, Albright 8, Britton 0, Saling 4, Heard 3, Steel 2, Noon 3, Deschamps 9, Hills 0, Kappel 0. Totals: 16 6-11 41.




Ashland14 13 109 "" 46




Crater5 14 10 12 "" 41




3-point goals &

Ashland 2 (McKinnis 1, Zare 1), Crater — (Deschamps 3). Fouled out &

Britton.




JV result &

Crater won.




Prep swimming




At Gresham, Ashland High senior Dash King had the top qualifying time in both the 50-yard freestyle (22.18 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (49.01) Friday in the preliminary round of the OSAA Class 5A state swim meet at Mount Hood Community College.




The finals will be held Saturday.




Ashland also advanced to the finals its boys 400-yard freestyle relay team, which finished fourth in 3:30.15. Swimming for that team is King, Lucas Opgenorth, Troy Robinson and Rafferty Swink.




Prep wrestling




At Portland, Ashland High senior wrestler Julian Ewald was knocked out of the OSAA Class 5A state meet Friday, losing a 4-3 decision to the No. 2-seeded 189-pounder, Riley Mitchell of Hillsboro, in the consolation quarterfinals.




Women's basketball




At Eugene, the 18th-ranked Southern Oregon women had five players score in double figures to cruise to a 86-72 win over Northwest Christian.




Chelsey Muri led Souther Oregon with 15 points.




Jacki Speer added 13 points and seven rebounds.




The Raiders took a commanding 45-28 lead at halftime by forcing Northwest Christian into 19 turnovers and coverting them into 30 points. Southern Oregon was able to maintain the lead by shooting 48% from the field for the night.




Northwest Christian was led by junior forward Elise Gray, who scored 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting.




SOUTHERN OREGON (24-4, 15-3 CC)




Cooper 1-3 3-3 4, Speer 4-13 3-4 13, Muri 6-13 2-4 15, Brookins 4-5 0-0 11, Dickison 2-6 3-4 7, Nakamura 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-1 0-2 2, Wood 1-3 2-2 4, Scott 3-8 2-2 11, Baker 5-7 0-0 10, Porter 0-2 0-0 0, Scheffler 3-4 2-5 8. Totals: 31-65 17-26 86.




NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (14-13 8-9 CC)




Gray 10-18 4-5 27, Nelson 1-3 1-1 3, Lipp 2-5 6-7 11, Croll 1-3 1-2 3, Renner 3-10 4-7 13, Bolander 1-5 0-1 2, Monteith 1-2 1-1 3, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Gambee 3-6 0-0 6, Gustafson 0-0 0-0 0, Crocker 0-2 0-0 0, VanLoon 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 24-56 17-24 72.




Halftime &

Southern Oregon 45, Northwest Christian 28. 3-point goals &

Southern Oregon 7-17 (Brookins 3-4, Scott 3-6, Muri 1-3, Wood 0-1, Dickison 0-3), Northwest Christian 7-16 (Gray 3-5, Renner 3-5, Lipp 1-2, Bolander 0-2, Crocker 0-2). Fouled out &

none. Rebounds &

Southern Oregon 39 (Speer 7), Northwest Christian 36 (Gray 6). Assists &

Southern Oregon 17 (Cooper, Muri, Brookins, Scheffler 3), Northwest Christian 18 (Croll 8). Total Fouls &

Southern Oregon 18, Northwest Christian 21.