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Prep Girls Basketball: Roseburg drops season finale to Grants Pass, 31-18

February 21, 2018

Too little offense.

That summed up Roseburg’s performance against Grants Pass in their Southwest Conference girls basketball game Tuesday night at Robertson Memorial Gym.

The Indians played the defense they needed, but managed only five field goals in their season-ending 31-18 loss to the Lady Cavers.

Grants Pass (15-9, 7-5 SWC) finishes fourth in the conference and advances to the Class 6A playoffs. Sheldon (19-5, 10-2) and North Medford (16-8, 10-2) share the SWC title, and South Medford (16-9, 9-3) takes third.

Roseburg (7-16, 1-11), which defeated South Eugene 34-28 last Friday in Eugene to notch its first conference victory and snap an 11-game losing streak, finishes seventh.

The Tribe was in contention against Grants Pass through three quarters, trailing by 12, but the Cavers scored the first five points of the fourth period to open up a 30-13 advantage and pretty much close the coffin.

Junior guard Ahdra Klingler scored nine of her game-high 13 points in the second half for G.P., which was coming off a 57-52 upset of Sheldon at home.

“We had a hard time producing shots,” said Roseburg coach Rich Robles. “They clamped down in the second half with their man-to-man defense, and we didn’t execute real well. We had some looks, but just couldn’t put the ball in the basket. The only place we scored was at the free-throw line.

“I was really happy with our defense, but you’re going to have to score at some point.”

The Indians started well on senior night, with Jalen Robles opening the scoring with a 3-point field goal and Katie Knudson scoring on a putback to give the hosts a 5-2 advantage. But Roseburg would proceed to go the next 9 1/2 minutes of the first half without scoring.

Still, the Tribe was only down 11-7 at intermission.

“That’s what we were saying. We were right there, right where we want to be,” coach Robles said. “We know they’ll come out with energy and probably will pressure us full-court ... we have to handle that pressure and execute our plays. We drew up some things at halftime, but just couldn’t get to that. They were really pressuring us in the front court and we just couldn’t get into our rhythm.”

Hannah Bartlett and Jalen Robles each finished with six points for the Indians. Samie Bergmann pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds and Knudson grabbed six.

“I agree with that (lack of offense),” said RHS guard Haley Olsen. “We played some really good defense and I’m really proud of us. We were having a little bit of trouble getting into the paint and finishing the way we wanted to, but for the most part I think we gave our best effort and that’s all you can ask for.”

Olsen and Jalen Robles played their final game for Roseburg and were honored before the contest.

“The only hard thing for me is knowing that I’m not going to play with Jalen anymore,” Olsen said. “That’s probably the toughest part for me.

“I think we’re a good team overall. We just couldn’t pull it together and do what we wanted to do. We love each other and love playing together, and we just left it all on the court.”

Bergmann, Bartlett and Sarah Lake are among six juniors who are expected to return next season.

“I told the girls I was super proud of the way they composed themselves all year long,” said Rich Robles. “They didn’t let things get them down. Sometimes you learn more about yourself going through a season with a lot of adversity than you do when everything goes hunky-dory and smooth. I was proud of how they stuck together ... they kept plugging along and improved.”

GRANTS PASS (31) — Ahdra Klingler 13, Etheridge 4, Gaither 5, Lingo, England 1, Ay. Klingler 2, Williams 3, Rucker, Bruner 3. Totals 11 6-9 31.

ROSEBURG (18) — Jalen Robles 6, Hannah Bartlett 6, Olsen, Am. McCraw, Ash. McCraw, Lake, Vredenburg, Melvin, Knudson 2, Wheeler 2, Bergmann 2. Totals 5 7-9 18.

Grants Pass;8;3;14;6;—;31

Roseburg;5;2;6;5;—;18

3-Point Goals — G.P. 3 (Gaither, Williams, Ah. Klingler), Rose. 1 (Robles). Total Fouls — G.P. 8, Rose. 10.

JV Score — Grants Pass 41, Roseburg 39, OT.