Panthers roll in state finals rematch

December 07, 2013

BEAVERTON — The top-ranked South Medford girls basketball team got some sweet revenge in its season opener on Friday at Southridge High, cruising past Central Catholic, 67-30, in a rematch of last year's Class 6A state title game.

The last time the two squads met, the Rams beat the Panthers, 57-36, in the final at the Rose Garden.

The tables quickly turned at the Northwest Invitational, where South raced out to a 40-13 lead by halftime.

With the triumph, the Panthers punched their ticket to today's title game against Lynnwood, Wash. The contest is set for 6:15 p.m. Lynwood, which finished 22-2 last season, has advanced to three of Washington's last four state tournaments.

Against Central Catholic, 6-foot-2 South senior Ashley Bolston led the charge with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Junior Andee Ritter had nine points and eight steals and freshman Lauren Orndoff turned in 10 points off the bench for the Panthers, who held the Rams to one point in the third quarter and entered the final period with a 41-point advantage.

"There wasn't anybody who didn't remember how our season ended last year," South head coach Tom Cole said. "We lost to a very good Central Catholic team in the state championship. I think the kids were motivated. The kids who were a part of that season last year and remembered that sting, I think it provided some extra motivation for them."

Jasmin Falls chipped in five points and seven rebounds and Julissa Tago had seven points and five assists for South, which won the Northwest Invitational last winter.

Both programs mostly used their second units in the second half. The Panthers finished with 26 steals and 39 rebounds.

"I was proud of the intensity level we played with," said Cole, whose team is ranked 25th nationally in an ESPN poll.

Amirah Abraham scored nine points to pace Central Catholic (1-1), which graduated four starters from last year's championship roster.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (30) — Abraham 9, Nizich 6, Logan 5, Paine 4, Eby 3, Criswell 2, Hale 1, Santos 0, Hutson 0, Mayes 0, Johnson 0. Totals: 8 11-18 30.

SOUTH MEDFORD (67) — Bolston 20, Orndoff 10, Ritter 9, Sleezer 8, Tago 7, Falls 5, Johnson 3, Williams 3, Washington 2, Lemons 0. Totals: 23 19-26 67.

Central Catholic 4 9 1 16 — 30

South Medford 19 21 15 12 — 67

3-point goals — Central Catholic 3 (Abraham 1, Nizich 1, Eby 1), South Medford 2 (Ritter 1, Tago 1). Fouled out — Falls.

RV ADVENTIST 44, PINE HILLS 31 — At Angwin, Calif., Kaelyn Scott had 19 points to help guide Rogue Valley Adventist at the Pioneer Invitational.

Ashton Petray recorded seven points, five assists and four steals, Carli Zamora eight points and 10 rebounds and Hannah Wood 10 points for RVA (2-2).

PINE HILLS (31) — Chang 4, Inwards 0, Hall 0, Barial 2, Campbell 0, Nelson 1, Aldred 5, Maciel 0, Mertz 6, Christensen 0, Velasquez 0, Hofmann 4, Smith 4, Deed 0, Devai 3, Botth 2. Totals: 14-54 1-6 31.

RV ADVENTIST (44) — Petray 7, Tavarez 0, Haddad 0, Wood 10, Griest 0, Scott 19, Zamora 8, Velasco 0. Totals: 21-55 0-2 44.

Pine Hills 4 8 12 7 — 31

RV Adventist 11 12 13 8 — 44

3-points goals — Pine Hills 2 (Aldred 1, Devai 1), RV Adventist 2 (Petray 1, Scott 1).

Boys Basketball

RV ADVENTIST 56, SACRAMENTO 40 — At Angwin, Calif., Caleb Allen erupted for 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to lead Rogue Valley Adventist past Sacramento Adventist Academy and into today's Pioneer Invitational title game.

The Red Tail Hawks face Loma Linda today. RVA beat the California squad, 83-76, in the final last season.

Brian Wachter turned in 15 points and 10 rebounds for RVA (3-0), which used a 17-6 run in the third quarter to pull away.

SACRAMENTO ADVENTIST ACADEMY (40) — Genobaga 10, Bushnell 0, McKinney 7, Trull 11, Wagness 8, Collins 4, Gallaher 0. Totals: 16-46 3-3 40.

RV ADVENTIST (56) — Cumbee 0, Bornemann 2, J. James 11, N. James 3, Allen 25, Wachter 15. Totals: 25-53 5-10 56.

Sacramento 10 13 6 11 — 40

RV Adventist 12 11 17 16 — 56

3-point goals — Sacramento 5 (Genobaga 2, McKinney 1, Trull 2), RV Adventist 1 (J. James 1).