CRANE vs. DAMASCUS CHRISTIAN: Crane cruises to victory

March 02, 2001 12:00 am

By GERRY STEELE

Of the Baker City Herald

Crane made Damascus Christians first-ever game in the OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 1A state girls basketball tournament a disappointment Thursday in the first round of championship action.

Crane jumped out to a 12-4 first-quarter lead, then held off several Eagles challenges to earn a 55-39 victory at Baker High School.

Crane meets (Elkton or South Wasco County) in the chmapionship semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday. Damascus Christian played (Elkton or South Wasco County) in the consolation semifinals Friday morning.

Against Damascus Christian, Kathryn Nichols, Jennifer White and Megan Davies each scored four points in the first quarter to give Crane its lead.

Then, after Damascus Christian cut the deficit to 15-13 midway through the second quarter, Crane scored 12 of the final 15 points in the half for a 27-16 halftime advantage.

Nichols had five points, and Davies and Jaime Cargill four each in the second period.

Neither team could find the nets for most of the third period. Damascus Christian made a brief run late in the period to cut Cranes lead to 31-26 entering the final period. But that was as close as the Eagles would get. Despite going 2 for 8 from the free throw line in the period, Nichols scored nine points to lead the Mustangs charge. White added six points, and Davies four.

Although she had a sub-par shooting game, Nichols led all scorers with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five steals. Davies added 14 points and 13 rebounds, and White 10 points.

Alisa Thompson led Damascus Christian with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Damascus Christian (39) Tweed 1 1-2 3, Thompson 2 4-6 8, Lowe 2 0-0 5, Tillstrom 3 0-0 6, Buller 2 2-6 6, Oakley 1 0-0 2, McCluskey, Trautman, R. Rossos 1 0-0 2, Dennis, Howells, B. Rossos 2 3-3 7. Totals 14 10-17 39.

Crane (55) Maher 1 3-4 5, Davies 7 0-1 14, Nichols 5 5-14 18, Adams, White 3 4-5 10, Wright, Oelke, Ugalde 1 0-0 2, Cargill 2 0-0 4, Villagrana 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 12-24 55.

Damascus Christian 4 12 10 13 39

Crane 12 15 4 24 55

Three-point goals Lowe, Nichols 3. Fouled out Tweed, Tillstrom, Buller, Adams. Total fouls Damascus Christian 20, Crane 14. Technicals Damascus Christian (illegal substitution).