• 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.
    SOUTH MEDFORD 56, GRANTS PASS 43 — Mark Winans scored nine of his 14 points in the second half and Matt Toreson hit a pair of third-quarter 3-pointers that helped spark South Medford to the Southern Oregon Hybrid victory at South Medford High.
    Toreson finished with 13 points and CJ Keepes added 10 points for the Panthers (15-4, 7-1 SOH), who trailed 12-4 after one quarter but outscored the Cavemen 52-31 the rest of the way.
    Adrian Garcia had 11 assists, six points, six steals and three rebounds and Jesse Mondry added seven points and seven rebounds.
    Dylan Strempel had 13 points and Brian Luther 11 to lead Grants Pass (6-11, 2-6).
    GRANTS PASS (43) — Strempel 13, Luther 11, Johnson 8, Meadows 5, Brennan 4, McKinley 2, Busald 0, Musser 0. Totals: 16 4-5 43.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (56) — Winans 14, Toreson 13, Keepes 10, Mondry 7, Garcia 6, Robertson 4, Lallo 2, Carpenter 0, Massey 0. Totals: 21 11-17 56.
    Grants Pass 12 8 10 13 — 43
    South Medford 4 17 16 19 — 56
    3-point goals — Grants Pass 7 (Meadows 1, Luther 3, Strempel 3), South Medford 3 (Toreson 3). Fouled out — Luther. Technical fouls — South Medford coach Murphy.
    JV score — Grants Pass 48, South Medford 43.
    ROSEBURG 53, NORTH MEDFORD 47 — At Roseburg, aside from a fourth-quarter surge, short-handed North Medford struggled to hang with Alex Johnson and Roseburg in SOH play.
    The Black Tornado (12-7, 3-5 SOH), minus Brandon DeBerry and Garrett Knox due to illness and an injured Julian Gray, forced 11 turnovers in the fourth but it wasn't enough to overcome the Indians' 45-33 advantage entering the frame.
    Tristen Holmes scored 14 points to lead the Black Tornado while Christian Reyes had 12 and Aaron Browne-Moore tallied 10.
    Johnson racked up 28 points for the Indians (14-5, 5-3), who shot 61 percent from the field and had a 26-18 advantage on the boards.
    NORTH MEDFORD (47) — Holmes 14, Reyes 12, Browne-Moore 10, Bailey 6, Bush 3, Polataivao 2, Klug 0, Ecker 0, Sherbourne 0. Totals: 19-46 3-7 47.
    ROSEBURG (53) — Johnson 28, Seeley 4, Reid 6, Haskett 5, Lent 0, Groshong 0, Caylor 5, Weber 5. Totals: 20-33 10-14 53.
    North Medford 9 7 17 14 — 47
    Roseburg 11 15 19 8 — 53
    3-point goals — North Medford 6 (Holmes 2, Reyes 2, Bush 1, Bailey 1), Roseburg 3 (Johnson 2, Haskett 1). Technical foul — North Medford bench.
    JV score — North Medford 59, Roseburg 57.
    CRATER 63, ASHLAND 49 — At Ashland, Crater shut out Ashland in the opening quarter before going up by as many as 34 points in the third quarter of the nonleague affair.
    The Comets' Cody Dismukes went for 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
    Despite limited minutes for the Comets (11-9), Connor Lane scored 13 points and Kory Bennett turned in 11 points and four steals. Dean Orozco added five rebounds and five assists.
    The Grizzlies (1-17) were led by Gabe Stanley's 11 points and Steen Fredrickson's 10.
    CRATER (63) — Dismukes 18, Lane 13, Bennett 11, Stewart 6, Erskine 3, Martin 2, Jaasko 2, Reiter 2, Orozco 0, Gustafason 2, Morgan 4. Totals: 26 8-13 63.
    ASHLAND (49) — Stanley 11, Fredrickson 10, Atteberry 6, Kaegi 4, Shibley 2, Walters 4, Feinberg 0, Layton 4, Crenshaw 2, Hasskamp 3, Malcolm 3. Totals: 17 9-10 49.
    Crater 13 13 20 17 — 63
    Ashland 0 11 13 25 — 49
    3-point goals — Crater 3 (Erskine 1, Dismukes 1, Bennett 1), Ashland 5 (Fredrickson 2, Stanley, Hasskamp 1, Malcolm 1).
    JV result — Crater won.
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