CORVALLIS, Ore. — The third time was the charm for the Crater girl's basketball team. After losing the two regular-season meetings with Churchill, the Comets and the Lancers met again in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
For the first time this season, Crater emerged victorious, winning 48 to 46 to advance to Thursday's semifinal game against top-ranked Silverton.
It was an all-around team effort from the Comets, with 10 players combing for their 48 points and not a single one scoring more than 10 points. Nearly half of the 18 made field goals were assisted and the team also pulled down a total of 30 rebounds.
The Lancers were led by junior Tiara Bolden, who scored a game-high 17 points. She was on fire from beyond the arc, going 5-for-7 from three.
It truly was a back and forth game, as teams alternated big quarters. Churchill outscored Crater 10 to 4 and 21 to 12 in the first and third quarters, respectively. Meanwhile, Crater was able to outpace the Lancers in the second and fourth quarters, 20 to 6 and 12 to 9, respectively.