• South Medford win sets up state-title rematch

  • BEAVERTON — South Medford and Westview didn't have to wait long to renew their girls basketball rivalry.

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  • BEAVERTON — South Medford and Westview didn't have to wait long to renew their girls basketball rivalry.
    The two combatants from last year's Class 6A state championship — South Medford triumphed, 61-46 — will meet tonight for the title of the Nike Northwest Invitational.
    In Friday's semifinals of the eight-team event, South Medford routed host Southridge, 66-42, and Westview knocked off Central Catholic, the state's top-ranked team in the coaches' preseason poll, 63-49.
    They play at 6:30 tonight at Southridge High.
    "Them beating Central Catholic shows how capable they are," Panthers coach Tom Cole said of the Westview, which his team defeated three times last season in posting the first perfect record, 30-0, in Oregon big-school history. "It'll be interesting. We played them three times last year and here we are starting the season playing them in the first tournament. It'll be a good barometer of where teams stand in the state."
    South Medford (2-0) got balanced play from its veteran crew. Yaremi Mejia had 18 points and five assists, Ashley Bolston 14 points, 11 rebounds and five steals and Kylie Towry 12 points and five steals.
    Julissa Tago, a freshman, replaced her injured senior sister, Luisa, in the starting lineup and scored 11 points. Luisa Tago injured a knee in the Panthers' opening game and won't know the severity of it until she sees a doctor early next week.
    South Medford trailed by five points in the first quarter and didn't assert itself until a run late in the second quarter for a 33-21 halftime lead.
    "At halftime we talked about trying to get out fast in the second half, and we did," said Cole, whose team built the advantage to 20 in the third, then withstood a surge or two by No. 8 Southridge. "All the kids played tonight and played meaningful minutes and made meaningful contributions. That was important for us."
    SOUTH MEDFORD (66) — Towry 12, Ritter 5, Bolston 14, J. Tago 11, Sleezer 6, Falls 0, Mejia 18, Cox 0. Totals: 21 23-27 66.
    SOUTHRIDGE (42) — Giles 2, Bell 5, Rose 6, T. Loo 2, Dummer 9, Brock 7, N. Loo 3, Fieldhouse 4, Hansen 4. Totals: 15 9-10 42.
    South Medford 13 20 15 18 — 66
    Southridge 12 9 8 13 — 42
    3-point goals — South Medford 1 (Towry 1), Southridge 3 (Bell 1, Dummer 1, N. Loo 1). Fouled out — Brock.
    ST. MARY'S 55, ASHLAND 44 — At Yreka, Calif., Emily Alvarez and Lillian Martin scored 13 points apiece for St. Mary's in the semifinals of the Yreka Miners Invitational.
    Nina Console scored nine points and Viv Juncal added seven for the Crusaders (2-0), who trailed 22-19 at halftime.
    Georgia Williams recorded 14 points and Michaela Dunn added eight for Ashland (1-1), which committed 28 turnovers.
    St. Mary's will play either Klamath Union or Del Norte in tonight's final.
    ASHLAND (44) — Williams 14, Winner 4, Kuykendall 0, Teixeria 4, Dunn 8, Henderson-Brazie 0, Kasiah 5, Thornton 5, Brookins 4. Totals: 15 11-13 44.
    ST. MARY'S (55) — DeBoer 0, E. Alvarez 13, Console 9, Eaton 3, Martin 13, Juncal 7, Vasey 6, Rothfus 0, Ramsay 0, Barnum 4. Totals: 19 16-32 55.
    Ashland 7 15 8 14 — 44
    St. Mary's 5 14 18 18 — 55
    3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Williams 1, Dunn 1, Thornton 1), St. Mary's 1 (E. Alvarez 1).
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN 37, HIDDEN VALLEY 29 — At Murphy, Alaina Thomson's three-point play late in the fourth quarter gave Cascade Christian the separation it needed to pick up a season-opening victory.
    Thomson was fouled on a made reverse lay-in and made her free throw to put the Challengers (1-0) up 34-26 with about four minutes remaining. She finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
    Michelle Kinney and Stephanie Croy both added eight points for the Challengers, who finished third in the Class 3A state tournament last season.
    The Mustangs (0-1) were led by Morgan Hanson's 17 points.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (37) — Boles 2, Croy 8, Stani 6, Kinney 8, Thomson 13, Alvarez 0, Battiato 0, Miller 0. Totals: 9 13-19 37.
    HIDDEN VALLEY (29) — McGuiness 2, Davis 3, Richardson 3, Goree 4, Hanson 17, Taylor 0, Waggoner 0, Spahn 0, Devos 0. Totals: 11 4-9 29.
    Cascade Christian 8 7 9 13 — 37
    Hidden Valley 10 2 6 11 — 29
    3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Kinney 1, Thomson 1), Hidden Valley 1 (Richardson 1). Fouled out — Hanson.
    JV result — Hidden Valley won.
    SOUTH MEDFORD JV 56, ROGUE RIVER 19 — At Rogue River, forward Emily Roldan scored 10 points to lead Rogue River in the season-opening loss.
    Guards Kortney Moore and Makenzie Smith added four points apiece for the Chieftains, who trailed 31-7 at the half.
    Emily Lemons netted 12 points to pace the South Medford JV.
    SOUTH MEDFORD JV (56) — Johnson 8, Williams 10, Angelitta 3, Smith 6, Lemons 12, Metcalf 0, Gomez 2, Nunez 0, Burns 2, Christopher 2, Miles 11, Jackson 0. Totals: 24 8-24 56.
    ROGUE RIVER (19) — Hamilton 0, Worthington 0, Downhill 0, Moore 4, Roldan 10, Pampola 1, Smith 4, Lamar 0, Stiebs 0, Emerson 0. Totals: 6 5-7 19.
    South Medford 18 13 14 11 — 56
    Rogue River 4 3 8 4 — 19
    3-point goals — Rogue River 2 (Roldan 2).
    BUTTE FALLS 46, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 17 — At Canyonville, Tamika Funk amassed 18 points, eight rebounds and 10 steals as Butte Falls advanced to the championship game of the Canyonville Christian Tournament.
    The Loggers (1-0) got stellar play from seniors Funk, Sierra Kirkpatrick and Joli Hobbs. Kirkpatrick had 13 points and seven steals and Hobbs 10 points and 14 rebounds.
    Butte Falls will face Glendale for the title today.
    BUTTE FALLS (46) — Kirkpatrick 13, Funk 18, Stubbs 0, Weaver 3, O'Keefe 2, White 0, Hobbs 10, Solo-Davis 0, Creech 0. Totals: 21 3-14 46.
    CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN (17) — Beltrain 2, Cyubohiro 0, Ho 4, G. Tuan 0, K. Tuan 5, Teng 6, Sales 0. Totals: 5 7-10 17.
    Butte Falls 14 7 14 11 — 46
    Canyonville Christian 5 2 6 4 — 17
    3-point goals — Butte Falls 1 (Kirkpatrick 1).
    LODI ADVENTIST ACADEMY 36, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 32 — At Angwin, Ashton Petray had 11 points and seven steals for Rogue Valley Adventist in the Pioneer Invitational.
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