• Panthers win without Murphy

  • GRANTS PASS — The South Medford boys basketball team survived its first game without head coach Dennis Murphy and defeated Grants Pass, 55-46, Friday to maintain its lead in the Southern Oregon Hybrid.

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  • GRANTS PASS — The South Medford boys basketball team survived its first game without head coach Dennis Murphy and defeated Grants Pass, 55-46, Friday to maintain its lead in the Southern Oregon Hybrid.
    Murphy, the school athletic director, is on strike with the Medford Education Association. He was replaced by varsity assistant Kirk Daley, who last served as a head coach with St. Mary's for a three-year stretch in the mid-1990s.
    South (14-6, 7-1 SOH) made its final 12 free throws in the fourth quarter and 15 of 17 for the game to keep the Cavemen (12-6, 3-5) at bay. The Panthers have a one-game lead over North Medford.
    The Medford teachers went on strike Thursday. Classes have been canceled through Monday.
    "I give the kids a lot of credit," said Daley. "They were extremely good. You can't replace a Dennis Murphy and I told the kids I'm not even going to try. The kids did a great job with everything going on, and all the assistant coaches were extremely helpful."
    It helped, too, Daley said, that the Panthers started fast and built a 21-10 halftime lead.
    "When the kids are flying around like that, it makes it fun and easy," he said.
    Murphy and Daley decided it would lessen the distraction if Murphy didn't attend the game.
    "They were fired up," Daley said of the South players. "They wanted to make sure Murph was proud of them.
    "Murph is our head coach and hopefully he'll get back soon. It's just a bad situation all the way through, but we made the most of it tonight. We're in position to be in first place and we didn't want to go out and stub our toe tonight given all that's going on."
    The Panthers led 37-22 entering the fourth quarter. They missed the first foul shot of the period, then were perfect. Mark Winans made six and Ben Orndoff four down the stretch.
    Orndoff led South with 14 points, Brayden Massey scored 12 and Winans nine.
    The Panthers had 15 assists on their 18 field goals and committed only seven turnovers. Brandon Robertson had five assists and Massey four.
    Brian Luther and J.C. McKinley each scored 13 for Grants Pass.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (55) — Lupton 0, Winans 9, Robertson 5, Orndoff 14, Massey 12, Bradford 7, Keepes 2, Monical 2, English 4, Lallo 0. Totals: 18 15-17 55.
    GRANTS PASS (46) — Johnson 10, Brooks 0, Meadows 0, Weiss 0, Musser 0, Ryan 8, Luther 13, Jensen 0, McKinley 13, Brennan 2. Totals: 14 17-22 46.
    South Medford 11 10 16 18 — 55
    Grants Pass 6 4 12 24 — 46
    3-point goals — South Medford 4 (Winans 1, Robertson 1, Massey 2), Grants Pass 1 (Luther 1). Fouled out — English, Brooks.
    JV result — South Medford won.
    EAGLE POINT 64, MAZAMA 28 — At Eagle Point, Eagle Point raced to a 24-2 first-quarter lead in the nonconference game.
    Jorge Quintero had 15 points and five steals for the Eagles (15-3), and Cesar Chavez turned in 14 points and eight assists. Kramer Edwards and Peyton Dole each had six rebounds to drop Mazama to 6-14 overall.
    MAZAMA (28) — Lancaster 4, Anderson 0, Bennett 12, Kygler 0, M. Harris 3, Moore 3, Healy 3, T. Harris 0, Crowell 2, Rose 1. Totals: 9 7-17 28.
    EAGLE POINT (64) — Hunter 5, Quintero 15, Morris 8, Jones 2, Bennett 0, Holte 0, Chavez 14, Edwards 8, Baker 6, Dole 2, Holmes 2, Devore 2, Sowell 0, Castro 0. Totals: 26 2-5 64.
    Mazama 2 8 6 12 — 28
    Eagle Point 24 10 12 18 — 64
    3-point goals — Mazama 3 (Bennett 2, Moore 1), Eagle Point 9 (Hunter 1, Quintero 4, Morris 2, Chavez 2).
    JV score — Eagle Point 73, Mazama 47.
    HENLEY 67, ASHLAND 57 — At Ashland, Collin Malcolm had a strong all-around game for Ashland but Henley capitalized on a rebounding advantage and got some late transition baskets in the nonconference game.
    Malcolm, a junior forward, tallied 17 points, four steals, three rebounds and three assists.
    The Grizzlies (6-11) also received 15 points, four rebounds and three assists from Jackson Byers.
    Senior post Jesse Hilyard paced the Hornets (14-4) with 22 points.
    HENLEY (67) — Dykstra 7, Grief 10, Campbell 3, Overstreet 4, Hilyard 22, Seaver 4, Mitchell 3, Mueller 13, Crain 1. Totals: 25 13-19 67.
    ASHLAND (57) — Hasskamp 3, Jones 6, Layton 2, Harfst 4, Feinberg 3, Byers 15, Malcolm 17, Shibley-Styer 5, Stanley 2. Totals: 21 7-10 57.
    Henley 9 21 14 23 — 67
    Ashland 10 11 16 20 — 57
    3-point goals — Henley 2 (Dykstra 1, Campbell 1), Ashland 8 (Hasskamp 1, Jones 1, Feinberg 1, Byers 2, Malcolm 2, Shibley-Styer 1).
    JV result — Henley won.
    Girls
    SOUTH MEDFORD 70, GRANTS PASS 35 — Ashley Bolston had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and Keyari Sleezer turned in 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals for top-ranked South Medford in Southern Oregon Hybrid action.
    Julissa Tago chipped in 15 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals and Jasmin Falls added seven points and seven rebounds for the Panthers (17-3, 7-0 SOH), who led 25-2 after the first quarter.
    Jacque Luaders scored 13 points for Grants Pass (6-12, 2-6).
    GRANTS PASS (35) — Brummett 4, Chapman 0, Torgerson 2, LaPan 0, Stephenson 0, Phillips 3, Johnson 5, Musser 2, Luaders 13, Tobey 0, Potter 6. Totals: 13 5-9 35.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (70) — Williams 1, Tago 15, Johnson 2, Bolston 19, Orndoff 6, Sleezer 18, Lemons 2, Falls 7, Washington 0. Totals: 29 9-11 70.
    Grants Pass 2 8 11 14 — 35
    South Medford 25 13 15 17 — 70
    3-point goals — Grants Pass 4 (Luaders 3, Phillips 1), South Medford 3 (Bolston 1, Sleezer 2).
    JV result — South Medford won.
    ROSEBURG 56, NORTH MEDFORD 27 — At Roseburg, North Medford didn't shoot the ball well amid a scoreless opening period and Ashley Backen poured in 23 points to vault Roseburg to the Southern Oregon Hybrid triumph.
    Savannah Bumgardner and Joci Ellis both scored eight points for the Black Tornado (7-11, 1-7 SOH). Bumgardner also had nine rebounds — five offensive — and Ellis picked up six steals.
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