• Panthers down Cleveland in Nike Invite

  • BEAVERTON — The reigning state champion South Medford girls basketball team found a way to get past an elite opponent from Washington in the Nike Northwest Invitational on Thursday.

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  • BEAVERTON — The reigning state champion South Medford girls basketball team found a way to get past an elite opponent from Washington in the Nike Northwest Invitational on Thursday.
    The Panthers received 30 points and key free throws down the stretch from junior Ashley Bolston as South Medford pulled away for a 74-63 victory over Cleveland High Wash., at Southridge High School.
    South Medford's victory, however, came with a price as it lost Luisa Tago to a knee injury in the fourth quarter. The Panthers continue the event today at 8 p.m.
    The Panthers ran into other problems as well as starters Andee Ritter and Yaremi Mejia both ran into foul trouble early, resulting in 14 minutes of playing time apiece.
    "We were very fortunate to get out of the gym with a win under these circumstances," Panthers coach Tom Cole said of Washington's top-ranked team.
    "(Cleveland was) extremely talented and very fast. This is the fastest team we've seen in a high school game in a long time."
    Kylie Towry and Bolston guided a group of freshmen who gave the Panthers some valuable minutes in the absence of three starters.
    The Panthers trailed by as many six in the second quarter but went into halftime with a two-point cushion.
    Towry knocked down two 3-pointers in the third quarter and Mejia added another triple before picking up her fourth foul.
    Towry, who finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, combined with Bolston to knock down free throws that helped the Panthers pull away late in the fourth quarter.
    "Bolston was a dominating presence on both ends of the floor," said Cole.
    Bolston pitched in eight rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Mejia contributed nine points, three steals and a pair of assists in limited action.
    Cleveland's Division I talents, Makayla Roper and MyMy Ladd, poured in 20 points and 16 points, respectively.
    CLEVELAND (63) — Webber 0, Ladd 16, Christopher 8, Saun. Sampson 0, Mefi 8, Davis 4, Roper 20, Harrell 7. Totals: 19 18-25 63.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (74) — Towry 19, Luisa Tago 4, Ritter 2, Bolston 30, J. Tago 4, Sleezer 4, Falls 2, Mejia 9. Totals: 21 24-31 74.
    Cleveland 17 11 13 19 — 63
    South Medford 15 19 22 18 — 74
    3-point goals — Cleveland 5 (Roper 3, Ladd 2), South Medford 5 (Towry 3, Bolston 2). Fouled out — Ritter, Mejia.
    SOUTH EUGENE 62, GRANTS PASS 37 — At Eugene, senior Kayla Bice led Grants Pass in scoring with 12 points in the opening-night loss.
    The Cavers surrendered five 3-pointers and were outscored 39-17 in the second half.
    GRANTS PASS (37) — Miller 5, Chapman 0, Bice 12, Jordan 6, Knott 2, Phillips 4, Davidson 4, Potter 0, Henderson 4. Totals: 9 19-24 37.
    SOUTH EUGENE (62) — Nordstramd 2, Sims 10, Thallon 15, Moore 4, Tessler 6, Sager 1, Moran 6, Franz 0, Vanderkley 12, Evans 4, Myer 2. Totals: 23 11-20 65.
    Grants Pass 8 12 6 11 — 37
    South Eugene 15 8 20 19 — 62
    3-point goals — South Eugene 5 (Sims 2, Thallon 1, Vanderkley 2).
    ASHLAND 54 SHASTA 34 — At Yreka, Georgia Williams scored 16 points and Kasydie Winner added 10 for the Grizzlies, who led 35-15 at the half.
    ASHLAND (54) — Williams 16, Winner 10, Kuykendall 0, Teixeria 3, Dunn 8, Henderson-Brazie 0, Kasiah 6, Walker 0, Read 0, Thornton 4, Brookins 7. Totals: 8 13-20 54.
    SHASTA (34) — Sarti 5, Abbott 2, Hansen 7, Jaegel 3, Anbrus 6, Peruzzi 0, Cain 9, Maumasi 2, Morris 0, Stock 0. Totals: 12 9-24 34.
    Ashland 18 17 8 11 — 54
    Shasta 9 6 10 9 — 34
    3-point goals — Ashland 5 (Winner 2, Dunn 2, Kasiah 1), Mt. Shasta 1 (Sarti 1).
    MARSHFIELD 38, NORTH VALLEY 27 — At Merlin, Kenzie Schmoll scored 17 points for North Valley, which turned the ball over 27 times compared to just four for Marshfield.
    Mikala Mohr and Lexi Pittman contributed 10 rebounds each for North Valley, which made just 3 of 14 free throws.
    MARSHFIELD (38) — Thrall 9, Scott 2, Babb 13, Mosieur 6, Rossback 4, Dehett 4, Chavez 0, Guirado 0, Tavernier 0. Totals: 16 0-2.
    NORTH VALLEY (27) — Schmoll 17, Scott 2, Werner 1, McElheran 2, Mohr 1, Pittman 4, Dart 0, Gronholm 0. Totals: 12 3-14 27.
    Marshfield 15 7 12 4 — 38
    North Valley 9 9 4 5 — 27
    3-point goals — Marshfield 4 (Thrall 3, Babb 1).
    ST. MARY'S 49, BROOKINGS 38 — Lillian Martin hit her second 3-pointer late in the third quarter to give host St. Mary's the lead for good.
    Junior guard Emily Alvarez led St. Mary's in scoring with 16 points, including two 3-pointers.
    Crusader Sarah Ramsay, who sat out last season, finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.
    BROOKINGS (38) — Fort 3, Keys 4, Morrington 2, Glazebrook 3, McDonald 5, Farmer 10, Hart 2, Gonzalez 6, Kay 2, S. Hatcher 1, Baron 0, Vaught 0, L. Hatcher 0. Totals: 15 7-10 38.
    ST. MARY'S (49) — E. Alvarez 16, Console 6, R. Alvarez 5, Martin 9, Vasey 5, Ramsay 8, Deboer 0, Eaton 0, Juncal 0, Rothfus, Barnum 0. Totals: 20 4-7 49.
    Brookings 13 7 8 10 — 38
    St. Mary's 10 15 6 18 — 49
    3-point goals — Brookings 1 (Glazebrook), St. Mary's 5 (E. Alvarez 2, R. Alvarez 1, Martin 2).
    SOUTH EUGENE 64, GRANTS PASS 44 — At Eugene, Micah Johnson scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds for Grants Pass, which was outscored 35-18 in the middle two quarters.
    Drake Brennan also contributed four points and eight rebounds, while Zech Iwamizu played an excellent defensive game with four steals for Grants Pass.
    GRANTS PASS (44) — Johnson 12, Brooks 6, Iwamizu 4, Luther 0, Mckinley 2, Strompel 8, Busald 3, Jensen 3, Musser 2, Brennan 4. Totals 15 11-16 44.
    SOUTH EUGENE (64) — Richards 5, Morrison 1, Emrick 2, Lininger 24, Basset 2, O'Neal 1, Lea 7, Thompson 17 Richardson 5. Totals 21 14-27 64.
    Grants Pass 11 6 12 15 — 44
    South Eugene 15 15 20 14 — 64
    3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Brooks 1, Busald 1, Jenson 1), South Eugene 3 (Richards 1, Lininger 1, Thompson 1). Fouled out — Luther.
    WEST SALEM 78, CRATER 69 — At Eugene, Crater was saddled by foul trouble in a contest that had 74 free throws attempted on the opening day of the Connor Ausland Memorial Tip-off Tournament.
    RJ Morgan went for 16 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Comets (0-1), while Evan Erskine added 12 points and five assists. Crater committed 33 fouls to the Titans' 21.
    Cody Dismukes added 12 points for the Comets.
    Boise State University-bound guard Alex Roth led the Titans with 26 points.
    CRATER (69) — Bennett 0, Stewart 8, Erskine 12, Martin 5, Marineau 0, Dismukes 13, Jaasko 7, Lane 2, Reiter 5, Orozco 0, Gustafason 1, Morgan 16. Totals: 22 21-29 69.
    WEST SALEM (78) — Erickson 9, Cappelle 0, Cavell 18, Roth 26, Hall 8, Henry 8, Kizer 0, Feler 9. Totals: 23 29-45 78.
    Crater 11 26 13 19 — 69
    West Salem 18 21 23 16 — 78
    3-point goals — Crater 4 (Morgan 2, Martin 1, Dismukes 1), West Salem 3 (Cavell 1, Roth 1, Feler 1). Fouled out — Stewart, Dismukes, Erickson. Technical fouls — Morgan, Dismukes, Roth.
    NORTH VALLEY 46, MARSHFIELD 31 — At Coos Bay, J.J. Chirnside scored 17 points for the Knights in their season-opening victory.
    Cameron Lyon contributed 11 points, two steals, and an assist in the winning effort.
    Kevin Brazille added six points and five assists for North Valley, while Tristan Burke provided six points, seven rebounds and four steals.
    NORTH VALLEY (46) — Chirnside 17, Lyon 11, Brazille 6, Burke 6, McCue 4, Morsa 2. Totals: 18 9-11 46.
    MARSHFIELD (31) — Woods 21, Howerton 3, Burton 2, Miles 2, Boler 2, Torres 1. Totals: 11 8-13 31.
    North Valley 10 15 13 8 — 46
    Marshfield 6 14 7 4 — 31
    3-point goals — North Valley 1 (Lyon 1), Marshfield 1 (Howerton 1). Technical fouls — Chirnside.
    ST. MARYS 67, YREKA 63 — At Yreka, Calif., junior Kade Benton scored 24 points for St. Mary's in a game that went down to the wire.
    Freshman post Connor Vinyard provided 16 points for the Crusaders, while senior guard Glen Alvarez played a fine all-around game with seven points, 11 assists and three steals.
    ST. MARYS (67) — Alvarez 7, Robino 4, Marchini 8, Lewis 2, Benton 24, Vinyard 16, Crennen 6. Totals: 26 13-22 67.
    YREKA (63) — Curry 24, Blanchard 3, Cadola 4, Griffith 11, Cult 10, Pom 2, Johnson 3, Sellens 6. Totals: 25 10-17 63.
    St. Marys 21 12 16 18 — 67
    Yreka 13 14 17 19 — 63
    3-point goals — St. Marys 2 (Benton 1, Marchini 1), Yreka 1 (Cult 1). Fouled out — Cult.
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