• Panther girls perfect at line in triumph

  • PORTLAND — Top-ranked South Medford doesn't mind getting a little charity.

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  • PORTLAND — Top-ranked South Medford doesn't mind getting a little charity.
    The Panthers' girls basketball team was 14-for-14 at the charity stripe, or free-throw line, and defeated No. 10 St. Mary's, 70-58, in nonconference play Friday.
    South Medford (4-0) was to be part of a four-team tournament. But it would have played second-ranked Westview tonight — after having played the Wildcats last week — and the teams elected to cancel the game. The Panthers will likely try to add a game later in the season.
    Free throws have been good to South Medford of late. Against Westview last week, it missed only once.
    Against St. Mary's, "They were huge," said Panthers coach Tom Cole. "Especially in the second half. They made a run in the third quarter."
    South Medford led by eight at halftime and got off to a fast start in the third before St. Mary's stemmed the tide.
    Panther senior point guard Yaremi Mejia scored 25 points. She was 8 of 10 from the field and 8 of 8 at the line, including five makes in the fourth.
    "Yaremi was really poised," said Cole, who also praised the inside work of Ashley Bolston, who had 10 rebounds and six assists, and the play of 5-foot-10 sophomore reserve MacKenzie Cox against the taller Blues. Cox had five rebounds.
    South Medford was undermanned. Freshman Jasmine Falls wasn't available because she was entered in the scorebook with the wrong number (the Panthers used different road uniforms than they had most recently), and starting post Luisa Tago is out with an injury.
    Putting the 5-11 Falls in would have resulted in a technical foul.
    "We could have really used her," said Cole. "We gave up a lot of inside points in the first half. We struggled in that area."
    Kylie Towry scored 18 points, making four of the Panthers' six 3-pointers.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (70) — Towry 18, Ritter 9, Bolston 8, J. Tago 4, Sleezer 6, Mejia 25, Cox 0. Totals: 25 14-14 70.
    ST. MARY'S (58) — Allen 0, Lanz 11, McCowan 4, Bilbreu 2, Torregano 21, Wooten 8, Sellers 2, Blake 10. Totals: 23 9-19 58.
    South Medford 15 20 15 20 — 70
    St. Mary's 16 11 18 13 — 58
    3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Towry 4, Ritter 1, Mejia 1), St. Mary's 3 (Torregano 3).
    NORTH MEDFORD 46, BEND 33 — McKensey Peters racked up 21 points and 13 rebounds as North Medford picked up the pace after a sluggish opening quarter to prevail over Bend at North Medford High.
    Maryssa Becker also helped the Black Tornado (3-0) in the paint with eight points and 10 rebounds while Joci Ellis, who ran into early foul trouble, went for four points three assists and a pair of steals.
    Ellis also took a charge on Montana University-bound Mekayla Issak, which gave the Lava Bears' star post her second foul in the opening quarter.
    BEND (33) — Froelich 0, Maddox 0, Lundy 0, Kramer 2, Silvester 7, Crook 10, Isaak 4, Maloney 0, McClay 9, Hayes 0, Wheeler 0, Burnham 1. Totals: 13 6-8 33.
    NORTH MEDFORD (46) — Ellis 6, Anderson 0, Martin 0, Thomas 8, Erb 0, Peters 21, O'Connor 0, Williamson 2, Randelman 2, Becker 8. Totals: 14 18-29 46.
    Bend 14 7 8 4 — 33
    North Medford 8 15 14 9 — 46
    3-point goals — Bend 1 (Sylvester). Fouled out — Isaak.
    JV result — Bend won.
    SHELDON 65, CRATER 51 — At Eugene, Crater was impressive on the defensive end, but turnovers doomed the Comets in the Luke Roth Tip-Off Tournament at Sheldon High.
    Courtney Setzer led the way with 12 points, Brittaney Scott 11 and Bailey Bascom nine for the Comets (0-2), who take on Thurston today at 6:15 p.m.
    CRATER (51) — Setzer 12, Scott 11, Bascom 9, E. Gavin 5, J. Gavin 5, Noles 4, B. Heard 3, Fahndrich 2, M. Heard 0. Totals: 16 16-32 51.
    SHELDON (65) — Land 15, Nicklason 11, Haug 7, Hamilton 8, Diouf 6, Clark 4, Hall 4, Kirton 3, Moore 2, King 2, Rodrigues 2, Bartram 0. Totals: 26 9-14 65.
    Crater 12 5 8 26 — 51
    Sheldon 14 12 23 16 — 65
    3-point goals — Crater 3 (Scott 1, B. Heard 1, J. Gavin 1), Sheldon 3 (Land 2, Kirton 1).
    JV result — Sheldon won.
    WEST ALBANY 50, GRANTS PASS 30 — At Albany, Grants Pass hit just 6 of 40 shots from the field and committed 26 turnovers, leading to West Albany's early takeover in the West Albany Bulldog Classic.
    Emily Davidson corralled 10 rebounds to go with six points and a pair of steals for the Cavers (1-3), who play Marshfield today at 11 a.m. Kayla Bice led GP with eight points.
    GRANTS PASS (30) — Miller 0, Chapman 0, Bice 8, Jordan 2, Phillips 6, Davidson 6, Henderson 8. Totals: 6 16-21 30.
    WEST ALBANY (50) — James 7, Duvall 2, Hibbs 6, Melke 2, Siegner 16, Cale 4, Conser 13, Wetmore 0. Totals: 16 13-14 50.
    Grants Pass 9 1 5 15 — 30
    West Albany 17 15 10 8 — 50
    3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Davidson 2), West Albany 5 (Conser 3, James 1, Siegner 1).
    JV score — Grants Pass 67, West Albany 52.
    EAGLE POINT 49, NORTH VALLEY 42 — At Merlin, Casie Johnson scored 22 points for Eagle Point in the nonconference game.
    Adrian Wood added 14 points for the Eagles.
    For North Valley (2-2), Lexi Pittman had 11 points and seven rebounds and Kenzie Schmoll, who was saddled with foul trouble much of the game, scored 10. Kasey Werner had nine points and five steals.
    EAGLE POINT (49) — Cowden 6, Dena 1, Cooper 3, Hoe 2, Wood 14, Johnson 22, Nielsen 1, May 0. Totals: 17 10-15 49.
    NORTH VALLEY (42) — Schmoll 10, Scott 8, Pittman 11, Werner 9, McElheran 2, Dart 2, Mohr 0. Totals: 14 12-23 42.
    Eagle Point 8 16 13 12 — 49
    North Valley 9 14 11 8 — 42
    3-point goals — Eagle Point 5 (Cowden 2, Wood 3), North Valley 2 (Pittman 2).
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