• Big second half propels South

  • Dramatic improvement in shooting in the second half boosted the South Medford boys basketball team to a 78-54 nonconference win over visiting Summit Friday.
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  • Dramatic improvement in shooting in the second half boosted the South Medford boys basketball team to a 78-54 nonconference win over visiting Summit Friday.
    The Panthers (2-0) shot 64 percent (16 of 25) from the field in the second half to pull away from a 30-20 halftime advantage. They hit 36 percent in the first half.
    "We just did a much better job against their zone of moving the ball," said South coach Dennis Murphy, adding that the Panthers defended well in the third quarter as well, allowing only eight points.
    Ben Orndoff started for the first time in his career and paced South with 18 points. He was 6 of 12 from the field, perfect on five free throws and added six rebounds and three assists.
    "It's the best he's ever played as a basketball player at South Medford," Murphy said of the 6-foot-2 senior wing. "He earned the right to start and he responded."
    Orndoff scored eight of his points in the first quarter.
    Brayden Massey scored 11 and Hunter Bradford was strong off the bench with six points, six rebounds and two steals.
    The Panthers, who host Bend at 12:45 p.m. today, outrebounded the Storm, 35-20.
    Nick Moyer scored 14 for Summit, including 12 straight early in the fourth.
    SUMMIT (54) — Moyer 14, Derman 3, Cherry 5, Cornett 2, J. Garcia 1, Hurley 7, Mullen 4, Michalski 5, Waterman 0, O. Garcia 2, Reeves 2, McCormick 2, Menefee 7, Shelton 0. Totals: 19 13-22 54.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (78) — Orndoff 18, Massey 11, Keepes 8, Winans 7, English 6, Lallo 6, Bradford 6, Monical 6, Lupton 5, Robertson 3, Carpenter 2. Totals: 26 22-30 78.
    Summit 12 8 8 26 — 54
    South Medford 19 11 21 27 — 78
    3-point goals — Summit 3 (Hurley 1, Moyer 2), South Medford 4 (Lupton 1, Orndoff 1, Massey 1, Monical 1). Fouled out — Carpenter, Menefee.
    JV result — Summit won.
    GRANTS PASS 56, SUTHERLIN 42 — At Grants Pass, Grants Pass' Micah Johnson produced 17 points and nine rebounds at the Southern Oregon Invitational.
    Grants Pass raced to a 25-13 lead after one quarter.
    Sean Ryan had nine points and three rebounds for the host Cavemen (2-0).
    SUTHERLIN (42) — Callier 18, Martineau 8, Eakin 1, McKnight 2, Carson 3, Harwood 5, Anspach 4, Shelton 1. Totals: 17 7-16 42.
    GRANTS PASS (56) — Johnson 17, Ryan 9, Luther 7, Cotton 7, Meadows 6, Brooks 5, McKinley 5, Jensen 0, Stoffel 0, Appling 0, Musser 0. Totals: 19 13-23 56.
    Sutherlin 13 8 7 14 — 42
    Grants Pass 25 12 14 5 — 56
    3-point goals — Sutherlin 1 (Carson 1), Grants Pass 5 (Luther 1, McKinley 1, Meadows 2, Brooks 1). Fouled out — Anspach.
    SPRINGFIELD 60, EAGLE POINT 56 — At Grants Pass, Eagle Point struck for 27 points in the fourth quarter but couldn't overtake Springfield in the Southern Oregon Invitational.
    The Eagles (0-2) take on Sutherlin today.
    Jorge Quintero and David Barber scored 11 points apiece and combined to go 12-for-12 on free throws for the Eagles, who went 20-for-25. Quintero added six steals and Barber, who was 7-for-7 at the line, had four steals.
    The Eagles got nine points and five boards from Bryson Baker.
    SPRINGFIELD (60) — Ahsam 15, Eubanks 0, Swartout 2, Cook 12, Stewart 10, Wilson 9, Pougassa 0, Harrington 12. Totals: 21 12-22 60.
    EAGLE POINT (56) — Quintero 11, Barber 11, Chavez 9, Baker 9, Edwards 7, Holmes 6, Jones 3, Morris 0, Hunter 0, Dole 0, Devore 0. Totals: 17 20-25 56.
    Springfield 14 13 12 21 — 60
    Eagle Point 13 8 8 27 — 56
    3-point goals — Springfield 6 (Cook 4, Ahsam 2), Eagle Point 2 (Chavez 2). Fouled out — Harrington.
    BUTTE FALLS 46, ST. MARY'S JV 28 — Emmitt Bateman scored 13 points for Butte Falls in the opener of the Cattleguard Classic at Cascade Christian High School.
    Bateman also had three assists and six steals while Evan Givens scored 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the tournament host Loggers (1-0). Butte Falls plays Cascade Christian's JV today at 6:15 p.m.
    Alex Cool-Hunsaker had 12 points for the Loggers and Jared McGonagle nine rebounds. The Loggers committed just five turnovers in the second half.
    ST. MARY'S JV (28) — Travis 9, Morgan 8, Jason 2, Jeremy 2, Nic 4, Hunter 3, Chandler 0, Mark 0. Totals: 12 2-11 28.
    BUTTE FALLS (46) — E. Bateman 13, Al. Cool-Hunsaker 12, Givens 11, Marley 6, J. McGonagle 2, W. Bateman 2, Wilson 0, Tacchini 0, L. McGonagle 0, Ulrey 0, Palomino 0, Ai. Cool-Hunsaker 0. Totals: 18 9-17 46.
    St. Mary's JV 4 7 7 10 — 28
    Butte Falls 12 13 13 8 — 46
    3-point goals — St. Mary's JV 2 (Morgan 2), Butte Falls 1 (E. Bateman 1).
    CAMAS VALLEY 55, PROSPECT 35 — At Prospect, Darrin Stillwagon, Matt Rader and Spenser Scofield all had seven points for Prospect in nonleague action.
    Theran Hunt led Camas Valley with 24.
    Andrew Castro added nine rebounds for the Cougars (0-2), who trailed 22-15 at halftime.
    CAMAS VALLEY (55) — T. Hunt 24, Lindsey 7, Tilton 4, Powell 1, R. Gallagher 14, Thompson 5, House 0, J. Gallagher 0, J. Hunt 0. Totals: 23 6-15 55.
    PROSPECT (35) — Stillwagon 7, Rader 7, Scofield 7, Bliss 3, Castro 3, Gaines 3, Cryts 5, Raines 0. Totals: 10 13-31 35.
    Camas Valley 13 9 18 15 — 55
    Prospect 5 10 8 12 — 35
    3-point goals — Camas Valley 3 (Lindsey 1, R. Gallagher 1, Thompson 1), Prospect 2 (Gaines 1, Stillwagon 1). Fouled out — Stillwagon.
    JV score — Prospect 42, Camas Valley 39.
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