• Panthers perfect again, overwhelm Cavers

  • Second-ranked South Medford completed its third straight undefeated league season, defeating Grants Pass, 91-37, in Southern Oregon Hybrid girls basketball Tuesday.

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  • Second-ranked South Medford completed its third straight undefeated league season, defeating Grants Pass, 91-37, in Southern Oregon Hybrid girls basketball Tuesday.
    The Panthers, who have gone 12-0 each of the past three seasons in conference, have won 38 straight in league. Their last loss was on Feb. 17, 2010, 50-45 to North Medford.
    "I'm glad we were able to win another conference title," said South Medford coach Tom Cole, whose team wrapped up the title 11/2 weeks ago. "Our hope is that we constantly get better. We're going to have to be prepared for what will be a dramatic shift in competition."
    South Medford (20-4), the defending state champion, has a home playoff game next Wednesday against a team to be determined. The Panthers must win that and another playoff game March 2 to earn a trip back to Portland for the eight-team tournament.
    Senior guard Kylie Towry made all seven of her 2-point field goals and scored 28 points to lead the Panthers. She made three 3-pointers and was 10 of 12 (83 percent) from the field.
    All but one South Medford player shot better than 50 percent. The Panthers were 39 of 63 from the field for 62 percent.
    South Medford blitzed the Cavers in the first half, limiting them to two first-quarter points and surging to a 51-7 halftime lead.
    "The last few games, we've had the ability to establish a lead early and play with a bit of a cushion," said Cole. "We're able to do a lot of things in the rotation to allow everyone to get balanced minutes."
    Freshman Julissa Tago scored 17 points, and junior Ashley Bolston had 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals.
    Kayla Bice scored nine points to pace Grants Pass (9-13, 5-7 SOH).
    GRANTS PASS (37) — Miller 7, Clark 0, Chapman 4, Bice 9, Jordan 0, Phillips 5, Blacksmith 0, Lauders 0, Davidson 10, Johnson 0, Potter 2, Henderson 0. Totals: 15 4-15 37.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (91) — Towry 28, L. Tago 0, Ritter 6, Bolston 15, J. Tago 17, Sleezer 8, Falls 4, Mejia 9, Cox 4. Totals: 39 10-14 91.
    Grants Pass 2 5 15 15 — 37
    South Medford 21 30 27 13 — 91
    3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Miller 1, Chapman 1, Phillips 1), South Medford 3 (Towry 3).
    JV result — South Medford won.
    ROSEBURG 42, NORTH MEDFORD 36 — At Roseburg, Roseburg was 7 of 9 on free throws in the fourth quarter and clinched sole possession of second place in the SOH.
    North Medford (14-8, 5-7 SOH) needed a win to tie the Indians (17-7, 7-5) for second. The Black Tornado tied Grants Pass (9-13, 5-7) for third place.
    Trailing by three entering the final quarter, North went 2 of 4 at the line in the fourth.
    Shelby Snook had 13 points and Ashley Backen 12 for Roseburg.
    Maryssa Becker turned in 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists and McKensey Peters nine points for North. Katie Williamson chipped in five steals.
    North Medford will play in a Class 6A state play-in contest next week.
    NORTH MEDFORD (36) — Ellis 4, Hogue 0, Thomas 3, Peters 9, O'Connor 7, Williamson 3, Becker 10. Totals: 13 7-14 36.
    ROSEBURG (42) — Snook 13, K. Chong 0, Humphry 2, M. Chong 0, Johnson 4, Backen 12, Thrush 0, Fox 0, Griggs 11. Totals: 16 9-12 42.
    North Medford 4 12 12 8 — 36
    Roseburg 4 13 14 11 — 42
    3-point goals — North Medford 3 (Thomas 1, Peters 1, Williamson 1), Roseburg 1 (Snook 1).
    JV result — Roseburg won.
    Skyline Conference Playoffs
    MAZAMA 52, PHOENIX 29 — At Klamath Falls, Mazama (22-2) won the Skyline playoffs and the top seed to state, beating a cold shooting Phoenix team for the fourth time this season.
    The Pirates (16-8), the Skyline No. 2 seed, will host a state play-in game on Friday.
    Phoenix shot 30 percent (10-for-33) from the field and was 8 of 24 on free throws.
    Junior wing Baylee Toney led the Pirates with 11 points and seven rebounds.
    PHOENIX (29) — B. Tally 7, Skaff 2, Marshall 3, Hamilton 6, Toney 11, Brown 0, D. Tally 0. Totals: 10 8-24 29.
    MAZAMA (52) — Reynolds 15, Totten 3, Morris 4, Lease 4, Mathis 4, Mallams 4, Foust 7, Smith 11, Paschal 0. Totals: 23 4-8 52.
    Phoenix 7 5 7 10 — 29
    Mazama 18 11 15 8 — 52
    3-point goals — Phoenix 1 (B. Tally 1), Mazama 2 (Reynolds 1, Totten 1). Technical foul — Phoenix coach Kirkland.
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