• Black Tornado boys stave off Axemen

  • South Eugene made things a bit more interesting in the second half, but the North Medford boys basketball team would not be denied a spot in the Abby's Holiday Classic championship game.
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  • South Eugene made things a bit more interesting in the second half, but the North Medford boys basketball team would not be denied a spot in the Abby's Holiday Classic championship game.
    And even sweeter for the Black Tornado — they will take on rival South Medford (6-3) for the title today at 6 p.m.
    Backed by balanced scoring and timely defensive stops, North Medford held off South Eugene's fourth-quarter surge for a 70-62 victory on Friday at South Medford High.
    North Medford (7-1) limited the Axemen (5-4) to just seven points on 15 percent shooting in the first quarter but South Eugene made halftime adjustments to become much more effective in the second half.
    South Eugene sophomore star Eli Lininger found his stride in the second half, where he scored 22 of his 26 points as the Axemen continually made it a point to feed him the ball.
    "A silky smooth left-hander, he's very good," said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn on Lininger. "He's a special player already and he's just a sophomore. It was a chore for us to guard him."
    The Black Tornado stormed out of the second half with an 8-0 run that extended its lead to 38-20, but Lininger and the Axemen came alive to match North Medford's 25-point third quarter.
    The Axemen clawed within six points in the fourth but, over the final moments, North Medford made the key free throws and defensive stops necessary to secure the win.
    "We've been playing pretty well lately but we have a lot of things we need to work on," said Plankenhorn. "Hopefully we find ourselves again (in the championship game)."
    Oshea Bailey navigated North's balanced attack with 15 points to go along with eight assists and four rebounds. Tristen Holmes registered 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals while Julian Gray notched 11 points, four boards and three assists.
    Aaron Browne-Moore and Brandon DeBerry added nine points apiece for the Black Tornado, who went 7-for-10 from 3-point range.
    South Eugene's Brandon Thompson scored 13 points and Mason Green-Richards chipped in 12.
    NORTH MEDFORD (70) — Bailey 15, Holmes 14, Gray 11, Klug 2, Browne-Moore 9, Knox 6, Reyes 0, DeBerry 9, Sherbourne 4. Totals: 26-52 11-19 70.
    SOUTH EUGENE (62) — Lininger 26, Green-Richards 12, Strgar 0, Chubb-Fertal 0, Moran 3, Bassett 4, O'Neil 0, Lea 4, Thompson 13, Richards 0. Totals: 24-63 12-16 62.
    North Medford 17 13 25 15 — 70
    South Eugene 7 13 25 17 — 62
    3-point goals — North Medford 7 (Bailey 3, Gray 2, Holmes 2), South Eugene 2 (Green-Richards 2).
    CRATER 59, MCMINNVILLE 51 — At McMinnville, Cody Dismukes hit 9 of 10 shots on his way to a game-high 22 points, powering Crater to the nonconference win.
    Dismukes, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, also had four steals while holding McMinnville's top scorer, Gage Gubrud, to three points. Connor Lane added seven points and nine rebounds for the Comets (6-4).
    McMinnville (4-5) was paced by Tanner Autencio's 18 points.
    CRATER (59) — Dismukes 22, Bennett 6, Erskine 4, Martin 0, Marineau 4, Jaasko 8, Lane 7, Reiter 0, Orozco 6, Morgan 2. Totals: 22 13-18 59.
    McMINNVILLE (51) — Autencio 18, Dyle 1, Gubrud 3, Anderson 4, Vickman 14, Coste 0, Parker 7, Long 4. Totals: 12 23-29 51.
    Crater 15 18 11 15 — 59
    McMinnville 11 8 16 16 — 51
    3-point goals — Crater 2 (Dismukes 1, Jaasko 1), McMinnville 4 (Autencio 4). Fouled out — Erskine.
    JV score — McMinnville 58, Crater 56.
    THURSTON 66, EAGLE POINT 52 — At Wilsonville, Thurston ended Eagle Point's six-game winning streak in the semifinals of the Wilsonville Invitational.
    The Eagles (7-3) will play in the third-place game today.
    STAYTON 39, HIDDEN VALLEY 35 — At Stayton, Hidden Valley rallied after a 23-8 halftime deficit but came up short in the Stayton Holiday Classic.
    Mike Hults connected on all three of his 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help pull the Mustangs to within one point of host Stayton, 36-35, with 90 seconds to go. But the Eagles converted three free throws down the stretch for the final margin of victory.
    Guards Alan Rojas and Hults each scored nine points to pace Hidden Valley (3-8). Kody Garrison hauled in six rebounds and Hults had five.
    Andrew Reardon scored 18 points for Stayton (5-5).
    HIDDEN VALLEY (35) — Rojas 9, Hults 9, Flynn 5, Elkins 5, Bennett 3, Vaughn 2, Gilbert 2, Garrison 0, Fields 0, Chastain 0, Campbell 0. Totals: 13 4-6 35.
    STAYTON (39) — Reardon 18, Brown 7, Bucheit 7, Johnson 7, Chappell 0, Lopez 0. Totals: 11 17-22 39.
    Hidden Valley 4 4 14 13 — 35
    Stayton 12 11 5 11 — 39
    3-point goals — Hidden Valley 5 (Hults 3, Bennett 1, Flynn 1). Fouled out — Garrison.
    SUMMIT 54, NORTH MEDFORD 47 — At Bend, senior post McKensey Peters scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds but North Medford suffered its first loss of the season in the Les Schwab Holiday Tournament at Summit High.
    The Black Tornado (6-1) plays Liberty High of Hillsboro at 12:45 p.m. today.
    The Storm made five of its six 3-pointers and shot 65 percent from the field in the first half to take a commanding 35-15 lead.
    North Medford rallied in the second half — outscoring Summit 25-5 — to tie the game 40-all with five minutes to go. But the Storm (6-3) connected on 8 of 9 free throws in the final period to pull out the victory.
    Raja Char tallied a game-high 24 points for Summit.
    NORTH MEDFORD (47) — Peters 19, Ellis 7, Hogue 1, Larson 0, Thomas 10, O'Connor 0, Williamson 1, Randleman 0, Becker 9. Totals: 16 14-22 47.
    SUMMIT (54) — Char 24, Heinly 9, Cuniff 0, Patterson 9, Trejo 9, Hasemoehrl 0, Nichols 0, Powers 3. Totals: 17 10-15 54.
    North Medford 9 6 16 16 — 47
    Summit 15 20 4 15 — 54
    3-point goals — North Medford 1 (Ellis 1), Summit 6 (Char 2, Trejo 2, Patterson 1, Heinly 1). Fouled out — Cuniff.
    MCNARY 60, CRATER 55 — At Lake Oswego, Courtney Setzer had 15 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals but Crater squandered a 15-point first-half lead at the Nike Interstate Shootout.
    The Comets (2-4) led McNary (5-5) 35-23 at the half before the Celtics went on a 37-20 run behind Lauren Hudgins and Teresa Peterson, who scored 14 points apiece. Each of McNary's 16 fourth-quarter points were scored at the free-throw line.
    Crater, which will play Salt River, Ariz., at 10 a.m. today, also got strong performances out of Becca Heard (14 points, five rebounds) and Britt Scott (nine points, four rebounds, three steals).
    MCNARY (60) — Hudgins 14, Peterson 14, Darras 8, Tartak 6, Hingston 5, Strand 5, Titchenal 4, Rice 2, Rohl 2, Ernest 0. Totals: 19 21-34 60.
    CRATER (55) — Setzer 15, B. Heard 14, Scott 9, Bascom 5, J. Gavin 5, Noles 4, E. Gavin 3, Ryerson 0, M. Heard 0, Fahndrich 0. Totals: 20 11-19 55.
    McNary 11 12 21 16 — 60
    Crater 16 19 7 13 — 55
    3-point goals — McNary 1 (Hingston 1), Crater 4 (Bascom 1, J. Gavin 1, B. Heard 1, Scott 1). Fouled out — E. Gavin, B. Heard.
    WEST ALBANY 53, GRANTS PASS 34 — At Bend, Ashton Siegner led West Albany with 16 points as the Bulldogs (8-0) won the second game of the Les Schwab Holiday Tournament at Summit High.
    Kayla Bice led Grants Pass (2-5) with 13 points.
    GRANTS PASS (34) — Bice 13, Miller 4, Clark 2, Chapman 0, Jordan 3, Knott 0, Phillips 5, Blacksmith 0, Davidson 5, Potter 0, Henderson 2. Totals: 12 5-8 34.
    WEST ALBANY (53) — James 11, Duvall 7, Hibbs 0, Nelke 7, Kimura 2, Siegner 16, Cale 2, Conser 8. Totals: 21 6-13 53.
    Grants Pass 11 5 7 11 — 34
    West Albany 17 11 10 15 — 53
    3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Miller 1, Phillips 1), West Albany 5 (James 2, Siegner 2, Conser 1.) Fouled out — James, Jordan.
    ASHLAND 43, NORTH BEND 29 — At Coos Bay, sophomore guard Georgia Williams had 13 points and 11 rebounds as Ashland bounced back from Thursday's last-second loss to advance to the fifth-place game in the Les Schwab South Coast Holiday Invitational at Marshfield High School.
    Sophomore guard Hannah Teixeira added 11 points and Sadie Kasiah 10 for the Grizzlies (5-6), who will play North Salem at 10:15 a.m. today.
    Britini Ring led North Bend (1-8) with 12 points.
    NORTH BEND (29) — Ring 12, Powley 0, Edwards 1, Spence 7, Collicott 0, Forderer 0, Noble 0, Hobson 2, Williams 0, Waddington 0, Oman 2, Barker 5. Totals: 7 14-31 29.
    ASHLAND (43) — Williams 13, Winner 0, Kuykendall 0, Teixeira 11, Dunn 3, Kasiah 10, Walker 0, Read 2, Brookins 4. Totals: 17 6-10 43.
    North Bend 11 5 6 7 — 29
    Ashland 12 13 15 3 — 43
    3-point goals — North Bend 1 (Ring 1), Ashland 3 (Williams 1, Kasiah 2). Fouled out — Dunn, Ring.
    STAYTON 51, HIDDEN VALLEY 43 — At Stayton, Hidden Valley's Morgan Hansen had 13 points and four assists but tournament host Stayton pulled away in the second half of the Stayton Holiday Classic.
    The Mustangs (1-8) next play Scappoose in the seventh-place game at 9 this morning.
    Monsha Goree logged 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Mustangs and Curli Devos pulled down nine rebounds to go with her six points.
    Presley Gescher led Stayton with 15 points.
    HIDDEN VALLEY (44) — Schiavone 6, Taylor 0, Waggoner 1, McGuinness 3, Davis 0, Spaun 2, Richardson 3, Goree 10, Devos 6, Hansen 13. Totals: 17 9-30 44.
    STAYTON (51) — Cowan 2, Hemphill 0, Gescher 15, Bradley 0, Pietrock 0, Shryock 11, Gross 0, Cozart 2, Anderson 4, Summers 14. Totals: 18 12-21 51.
    Hidden Valley 11 11 8 13 — 44
    Stayton 16 8 11 16 — 51
    3-point goals — Stayton 3 (Summers 2, Gescher 1). Fouled out — Summers.
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