Roseburg led for more than 25 minutes in Tuesday’s nonconference girls basketball game against Ashland, but ultimately fell 41-37 at Stewart W. Robertson Memorial Gymnasium.
“That was a winnable game,” RHS coach Dane Tornell said. “Our man offense is frantic ... and frankly, we missed probably like 11, 12 layups today. It’s hard to win varsity basketball games when you get the steals, but miss the layups.”
With 5:27 left in the game, Ashland’s Jayd Sollinger was fouled and made both of her free throws to tie the game at 34. Sollinger finished as the game’s leading scorer with 13 points, going 5 of 7 from the free throw line.
Sollinger would score again with 4:23 left on the clock to put the Grizzlies (2-1) up 36-34 and added an outside shot, from just inside the 3-point arc, with 2:44 left.
Roseburg (1-3) committed another foul with a minute left and Nina Munson was able to convert one of her two free throws to put the Grizzlies up 39-34.
A shot by Roseburg sophomore Jazz Murphy with 55 seconds to go hit the rim, but bounced out. Murphy, Ericka Allen, Rylee Russell and Katie Knudson all got shots up, but none of those went in.
Knudson was fouled on her attempt and got a chance to shoot free throws, converting one of two. Ashland’s Sollinger and Munson got in one more free throw apiece.
Knudson then made a lay-up with one second left to account for the final margin.
“I think we were just a little frantic at the end,” Russell said. “We just need to slow down the game, because we do best when we move the ball around.”
Russell finished the game with seven points, including the lone 3-pointer in the game. Murphy, a sophomore, led Roseburg with nine points.
Ashland’s Munson was the second leading scorer overall, going 6 of 11 from the line and scoring 10 points.
The Grizzlies went 19-for-28 from the charity stripe as a team, compared to 8-for-17 for Roseburg.
Roseburg got into some trouble with 26 personal fouls, including four each for Russell and Sarah Lake. Kaylee White was the only Roseburg player who did not get a personal foul.
“Our aggressive defense helped us tonight, but we need to be smart and know when to foul and when to be more disciplined,” Russell said.
The Tribe started off strong, leading 14-4 after the first quarter.
Ashland outscored Roseburg 13-5 in the second quarter. The Grizzlies got seven of their 13 points off free throws and six from the field in the quarter.
“I feel like playing hard defense is something that has to be taught, it’s not something where you can go tell a kid ‘go play hard.’ You have to teach them how,” Tornell said. “Early in the season we’re learning how quick we are, learning what our skills are, reading the offensive player. Those kinds of things make you a good defensive player. With our aggressive nature and a little bit of training we’re going to shut a lot of people down defensively.”
Roseburg held on in the third quarter and early in the fourth, but foul trouble and Ashland’s free throw shooting eventually caught up with the Tribe.
“We can just get better from here,” Russell said. “I think that we were definitely the better team, but we need to be more disciplined on our defense and run our offense more. I said that like 20 times, but that’s what we need to do.”
Roseburg will host Corvallis on Friday.
ASHLAND (41) — Jayd Sollinger 13, Munson 10, Abel 9, Altig 2, Barnes 2, Witnauer 2, Rodriguez 2, Larson 1, Baldwin. Totals 11 19-28 41.
ROSEBURG (37) — Jazz Murphy 9, Russell 7, Vredenburg 6, Allen 4, Knudson 3, Bergmann 3, Anderson 2, Lake 1, Robbins, Wayman, White. Totals 14 8-17 37.
Ashland 4 13 11 13 – 41
Roseburg 14 5 13 5 — 37
3-Point Goals — Ash. 0, Rose. 1 (Russell). Total Fouls — Ash. 14 Rose. 26. Fouled Out — Abel.
JV Score — Roseburg 33, Ashland 18.