St. Mary’s survives Cougars scare

St. Mary’s came through when it mattered most, shrugging off a steady challenge by Illinois Valley with a surge in the final minute to secure a 46-43 nonleague girls basketball victory Thursday night at St. Mary’s High.

“We got away with one tonight; we got lucky,” said St. Mary’s head coach Richard Vasey. “We were trailing the whole game pretty much. They played great and we let them hang around until in the end, we just hung on.”

The Crusaders (9-6) trailed 33-30 entering the fourth quarter but eventually tied the game at 35-all and then waged a back-and-forth battle.

With the score at 43-all and about one minute to play, St. Mary’s senior Emma Bennion stepped up with a big steal that resulted in her converting one foul shot to finally put her team ahead.

Illinois Valley (5-12) then came down and had four opportunities to score before the Crusaders finally regained possession. With 4.6 seconds to play, senior Emma Ward tacked on a layup to build a three-point cushion that wasn’t threatened after an errant 3-point desperation shot by the Cougars.

Bennion led St. Mary’s with 22 points, while senior Ibixica Alvarez added nine points.

Bailee Moore scored 18 points before fouling out for IV.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (43): Aly. Miller 8, Mendoza 6, Navarro 3, Brooks 8, Moore 18, Peters 0, Tallman 0, Ale. Miller 0. Totals: 15 9-17 43.

ST. MARY’S (46): Young 4, Alvarez 9, Bennion 22, Conner 3, Rothfus 4, Ward 4, Lippert 0, Christman 0. Totals: 19 5-12 46.

Illinois Valley8141110— 43

St. Mary’s8111116— 46

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 4 (Aly. Miller 2, Navarro 1, Moore 1), St. Mary’s 3 (Alvarez 2, Conner 1). Fouled out — Moore.


GRANTS PASS 60, SOUTH MEDFORD 20: Brayden Ostvik and Killian Cosgrove each recorded falls for host South Medford but Grants Pass proved too much in the Southwest Conference dual.

Ostvik scored a fall in 1 minute, 23 seconds at 113 pounds over Diego Chavez, while Cosgrove pinned Ethan Diatte at 132 in 3:38.

South Medford also scored a pair of major decisions by Aidan Rania (106) and Andrew Hall (145).

106 — Aidan Rania, SM, major dec. Robert Miner, 13-4; 113 — Brayden Ostvik, SM, pinned Diego Chavez, 1:23; 120 — Josef Miner, GP, pinned Connor Maukonen, :46; 126 — Ryan Johnston, GP, pinned Isaac Rubus, 2:29; 132 — Killian Cosgrove, SM, pinned Ethan Diatte, 3:38.

138 — Elliot Harris, GP, pinned Connor Singer, 2:48; 145 — Andrew Hall, SM, major dec. Gavin Johnston, 20-6; 152 — Jordan Poynter, GP, pinned Lucas Rivera, 1:37; 160 — Jerry Watts, GP, won by forfeit.

170 — Hayden Lackey, GP, pinned Wyatt Rasor, 1:28; 182 — Dredan Myers, GP, won by forfeit; 195 — David Ruiz, GP, won by forfeit; 220 — Samuel Pinon, GP, won by forfeit; *285 — Logan Burden, GP, pinned Antonio Cruz, 1:16.

* starting weight

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