The game was still up for grabs when the Ashland girls basketball team turned to its leader, and Mya Elder-Hammond answered the call.
Elder-Hammond scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter as Ashland snapped a three-game losing streak with a 52-45 nonleague win over Phoenix, Tuesday at Mountain Avenue Gym.
The Grizzlies, who improved to 3-7, outscored the Pirates 13-11 in the third to take a one-point lead into the fourth, where Elder-Hammond took over to help Ashland build a 10-point lead and put the game out of reach.
Elder-Hammond, a senior, also had eight steals, six assists and five rebounds for Ashland, which continues its Midwestern League schedule Friday at Churchill.
Ashland coach Antione Perry said he inserted Elder-Hammond, Sarah Summers, Kendyl Abel, Malia Rodriguez and Alie Voskes to start the fourth quarter, and the group took charge right from the get-go.
“We pressed and got some easy buckets,” Perry said. “And (Elder-Hammond) did a little bit of everything. She’s our best defender on the floor and to me she’s one of the best defenders in the state. She’s really the leader of our team because she will play hard every single night.”
Rodriguez, Ashland’s 5-foot-6 post, added eight points and seven boards, and Vita Witnauer 10 points.
Phoenix (2-9), which went 21-for-29 at the line, cut into the final margin at the charity stripe but not enough to get within striking distance late.
Taylor DeVry led Phoenix with 16 points and Maggie Carrillo added 13.
PHOENIX (45): Carrillo 13, Viiilsenor 0, DeVry 16, Kentner 0, Perez-Hernandez 0, Lopez 12, Tellez 0, Bolstad 0, Parent 6. Totals: 11 21-29 45.
ASHLAND (52): Altig 3, Voskes 0, Sollinger 0, Barnes 6, Gorringe 2, Moran 0, LaCoste 0, Munson 5, Elder-Hammond 16, Summers 2, Witnauer 10, Rodriguez 8, Abel 0. Totals: 22 8-24 52.
3-point goals — Phoenix 2 (DeVry 2). Fouled out — Bolstad.
JV — Phoenix 40, Ashland 38.