• Ellis helps boost Tornado over Roseburg

  • North Medford junior Joci Ellis provided a little bit of everything for the Black Tornado on Friday night to help her team finish strong in the second round of play for Southern Oregon Hybrid girls basketball.

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  • North Medford junior Joci Ellis provided a little bit of everything for the Black Tornado on Friday night to help her team finish strong in the second round of play for Southern Oregon Hybrid girls basketball.
    Ellis scored 12 points but her main asset came on the defensive end with a lockdown effort against Roseburg standout Shelby Snook that spurred the Black Tornado to a 41-29 victory at North Medford High.
    After going 0-4 in the first round of SOH play, North Medford finished the second round 3-1 to move into a tight race for second place behind second-ranked South Medford. The Black Tornado improved to 12-6 overall with its fourth win in the last five games, and at 3-5 in SOH play is one game behind second-place Roseburg (14-6, 4-4) and Grants Pass (7-10, 4-4) entering the third and final round.
    "The key for us was Joci Ellis," said North Medford head coach Tim Karrick. "Her 12 points were big but she got the assignment guarding Snook, who had 27 the first time we played them (in a 53-47 overtime loss Jan. 15) and she held her bucketless. (Snook) had two points tonight and both were free throws. That's pretty tough when you don't come out and you have to guard the other team's best player but Joci just did a fantastic job."
    Black Tornado senior McKensey Peters chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds and Maryssa Becker had seven points and seven rebounds.
    North Medford led by only one point at halftime but built a cushion with a 12-4 surge in the third quarter and sealed the victory by going 6-for-9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Ellis and Katie Williamson hit key back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter to push North's lead to eight points.
    Jaclyn Humphry and Ashley Backen each scored eight points to lead Roseburg, which played again without SOH-leading scorer Pele Gianotti. Snook was averaging 20 points in league play entering Friday's game.
    ROSEBURG (29) — Humphry 8, Backen 8, Snook 2, K. Chong 3, M. Chong 0, Provencal 0, Thrush 0, Fox 1, Griggs 7, Wyscaver 0. Totals: 11 4-5 29.
    NORTH MEDFORD (41) — Ellis 12, Peters 12, Hogue 0, Martin 0, Thomas 6, O'Connor 0, Williamson 4, Becker 7. Totals: 13 11-17 41.
    Roseburg 9 7 4 9 — 29
    North Medford 10 7 12 12 — 41
    3-point goals — Roseburg 3 (Humphry 2, Griggs 1), North Medford 4 (Ellis 2, Williamson 1, Becker 1).
    JV result — Roseburg won.
    SOUTH MEDFORD 80, GRANTS PASS 41 — At Grants Pass, South Medford senior point guard Yaremi Mejia scored 19 of her game-high 23 points in the middle two quarters and was 11-for-15 from the field to efficiently lead the second-ranked Panthers to the SOH win.
    Ashley Bolston barely missed a triple-double for South Medford with 11 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, six steals and three blocks.
    Kylie Towry (15 points), Julissa Tago (12) and Andee Ritter (10) also finished in double figures for the Panthers (15-4, 8-0 SOH).
    Kayla Bice had 14 points and nine rebounds and Emily Davidson added 10 points and seven rebounds for GP (7-10, 4-4).
    SOUTH MEDFORD (80) — Mejia 23, Towry 15, L. Tago 8, Ritter 10, Bolston 11, J. Tago 12, Falls 1, Cox 0. Totals: 32 10-16 80.
    GRANTS PASS (41) — Bice 14, Davidson 10, Miller 7, Clark 3, Chapman 0, Jordan 0, Nott 0, Phillips 4, Blacksmith 0, Potter 0, Henderson 3. Totals: 18 4-10 41.
    South Medford 19 24 21 16 — 80
    Grants Pass 7 7 19 8 — 41
    3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Towry 3, L. Tago 1, Ritter 2), Grants Pass 1 (Miller 1).
    JV score — South Medford 43, Grants Pass 40.
    CRATER 53, ASHLAND 36 — At Central Point, Brittaney Scott's return to the lineup helped Crater snap an eight-game losing streak.
    Scott, who missed five games because of a broken nose, led all scorers with 15 points in the nonleague game. The senior guard added six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
    Becca Heard added 12 points and five rebounds and Emmie Gavin chipped in 10 points and three steals for the Comets (6-13), who came away with 21 steals.
    Ashland (7-12) received eight points each from Georgia Williams, Hannah Thornton and Frankie Brookins.
    ASHLAND (36) — Williams 8, Thornton 8, Brookins 8, Winner 5, Dunn 5, Kasiah 2, Kuykendall 0, Teixeira 0, Walker 0, Read 0. Totals: 13 9-17 36.
    CRATER (53) — Scott 15, B. Heard 12, E. Gavin 10, Fahndrich 4, M. Heard 4, Noles 2, Ryerson 2, Laws 2, Bascom 2, J. Gavin 0, Bean 0, Turituri 0, McElravy 0. Totals: 21 9-14 53.
    Ashland 7 5 11 13 — 36
    Crater 16 11 10 16 — 53
    3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Dunn 1), Crater 2 (B. Heard 1, Scott 1).
    JV score — Crater 44, Ashland 22.
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