• South finishes conference play on high note

  • South Medford continued its torrid play in the boys basketball regular-season finale against Grants Pass Tuesday.
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  • South Medford continued its torrid play in the boys basketball regular-season finale against Grants Pass Tuesday.
    Ben Orndoff had the hot hand from the field to pace a balanced attack as South Medford posted its ninth straight victory with a 69-55 Southern Oregon Hybrid home win.
    South Medford (18-6, 11-1 SOH), which had already wrapped up its fourth consecutive SOH championship, will host a first-round state playoff game on March 5.
    "We're playing some of our best basketball," said South Medford coach Dennis Murphy. "We didn't want to take a step back and wanted to go into the playoffs on an up beat."
    Orndoff scored 18 points to lead four Panthers in double figures.
    "One of our real trademarks is the balance we have," said Murphy. "It can be a different four guys on a different night."
    Orndoff shot 50 percent (6 of 12) from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range. The 6-foot-2 senior wing also hauled down seven rebounds and had two steals.
    "He's our defensive stopper and when he shoots it like he did tonight that makes us a much better offensive team," said Murphy.
    The Panthers took a 16-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. South limited Grants Pass (15-7, 6-6) to just five field goals in the opening half to build a 13-point advantage.
    Cameron English chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds for South, Mark Winans contributed 11 points, seven assists and three rebounds and CJ Keepes added 11 points.
    The Panthers had 19 assists on 26 field goals.
    "Our formula for success had been we have a lot of moving parts and they seem to be moving in the right direction," said Murphy.
    GRANTS PASS (55) — Johnson 16, Brooks 0, Meadows 8, Weiss 0, Musser 0, Ryan 5, Luther 6, McKinley 20, Cotton 0, Brennan 0. Totals: 17-38 18-23 55.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (69) — Lupton 6, Winans 11, Robertson 2, Orndoff 18, Massey 3, Bradford 0, Keepes 11, Monical 4, English 14, Lallo 0. 26-50 10-11 69.
    Grants Pass 6 17 18 14 — 55
    South Medford 16 20 23 10 — 69
    3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Meadows 2, McKinley 1), South Medford 7 (Lupton 2, Orndoff 4, Keepes 1). Fouled out — Johnson.
    JV result — Grants Pass won.
    NORTH MEDFORD 55, ROSEBURG 48 — At Roseburg, junior forward Edmund Polataivao registered a double-double and Julian Gray came up big in the fourth quarter as North Medford avenged an earlier SOH loss at Roseburg.
    Polataivao scored a career-high 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, with eight coming on the offensive end.
    Gray made two key steals in the last minute and converted four free throws to ice the victory. The senior point guard had 15 points.
    North's Aaron Browne-Moore tied the game 48-all on a free throw with three minutes left and the Indians didn't score again.
    North Medford (16-7, 8-4 SOH) claimed second place and plays a first-round state playoff game March 5. Roseburg (6-15, 2-10) was last in the five-team league.
    NORTH MEDFORD (55) — Gray 15, Bush 2, Barry 6, Holmes 9, Carrasco 2, Browne-Moore 5, Polataivao 16, Wilkens 0, Powers 0. Totals: 19-53 13-17 55.
    ROSEBURG (48) — Carhart 0, New 11, Reid 11, Haskett 6, Stone 0, Baumgartner 7, Stephens 7, Knapp 6. Totals: 18-41 9-13 48.
    North Medford 16 9 14 16 — 55
    Roseburg 15 6 15 12 — 48
    3-point goals — North Medford 4-20 (Holmes 2, Gray 1, Polataivao 1), Roseburg 3-14 (New 1, Reid 1, Stephens 1).
    JV score — North Medford 69, Roseburg 45.
    Skyline Conference Boys
    HENLEY 59, NORTH VALLEY 55 — At Klamath Falls, Henley's Jesse Hilyard scored 17 points as the Hornets clinched the top seed with the Skyline playoff win.
    Henley (18-6) will have a first-round bye in the Class 4A state playoffs. North Valley (17-7), the No. 2 seed, will host a play-in game on Saturday.
    Cameron Lyon had 23 points, four assists and two steals to lead the Knights, who battled back from a double-digit deficit.
    NORTH VALLEY (55) — Lyon 23, Morsa 14, Thompson 12, Nelson 2, Fairman 2, Whitmore 2, Eskitgis 0, Martz 0, Olmstead 0, Bailey 0. Totals: 19 12-14 55.
    HENLEY (59) — Hilyard 17, Mueller 13, Seater 10, Dykstra 7, Campbell 6, Greif 4, Mitchell 2, Overstreet 0, Crain 0. Totals: 24 10-20 59.
    North Valley 7 17 12 19 —55
    Henley 18 10 14 17 —59
    3-point goals — North Valley 5 (Lyon 3, Morsa 2), Henley 1 (Dykstra 1).
    KLAMATH UNION 66, HIDDEN VALLEY 56 — At Klamath Falls, Bobby Mitchell scored 24 points to lead Klamath Union to the Skyline playoff victory.
    Mike Hults scored 21 points, McKinnon Bennett 14 and Carson Ries 10 for Hidden Valley (6-16), which won five of its previous seven games.
    HIDDEN VALLEY (56) — Hults 21, Bennett 14, Ries 10, Gilbert 8, Stevens 2, Drake 1, May 0, Tripp 0, Clarke 0, Elkins 0. Totals: 16 18-31 56.
    KLAMATH UNION (66) — Bo. Mitchell 24, Ovgard 13, Be. Mitchell 8, Bacchetti 8, Vallejos 4, Velasquez 3, Munson 2, Rondeau 1. Totals: 22 17-22 66.
    Hidden Valley 19 12 9 16 — 56
    Klamath Union 13 19 15 19 — 66
    3-point goals — Hidden Valley 2 (Hults 2), Klamath Union 1 (Bo. Mitchell 1). Fouled out — Ries, Be. Mitchell.
    Southern Oregon Hybrid Girls
    SOUTH MEDFORD 90, GRANTS PASS 55 — At Grants Pass, Ashley Bolston had 28 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and six blocks and South Medford scored a whopping 37 points in the second quarter of its SOH finale.
    The victory was the Panthers' 50th straight in league, capping a fourth consecutive unbeaten league slate. The last loss was in February 2010. Top-ranked South is 22-3 and 12-0 and will host a first-round state playoff game next Tuesday.
    The 90 points is the second most for the Panthers this season. They beat Summit 94-37 in mid-December.
    Seven of South's 11 steals came in the second, when it intensified its zone-trap defense. Bolston scored 17 in the period.
    Keyari Sleezer had 19 points, Jasmin Falls 14, Lauren Orndoff 13 and Julissa Tago 10 points and 10 assists.
    Emily Henderson led Grants Pass with 14.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (90) — Bolston 28, Sleezer 19, Falls 14, Orndoff 13, Tago 10, Williams 2, Lemons 2, Washington 2, Johnson 0. Totals: 36 15-17 90.
    GRANTS PASS (55) — Henderson 14, Luaders 9, Phillips 7, Potter 6, Johnson 6, Chapman 6, Brummett 5, Stephenson 2, Torgerson 0. Totals: 18 15-18 55.
    South Medford 19 37 16 18 — 90
    Grants Pass 11 14 15 15 — 55
    3-point goals — South Medford 3 (Bolston 2, Orndoff 1), Grants Pass 4 (Phillips 1, Brummett 1, Chapman 1, Luaders 1).
    JV result — South Medford won.
    ROSEBURG 43, NORTH MEDFORD 35 — Joci Ellis turned in 14 points, four assists and two steals for North Medford to wrap up the regular season.
    Sydney Thomas had seven points, Kathleen Martin eight rebounds and Savannah Bumgardner and Alexia Hall seven rebounds apiece for the Black Tornado (10-13, 3-9 SOH), which owned a two-point lead with about four minutes to go after scoring eight of the quarter's first 10 points. But Roseburg knocked down 6 of 8 free throws in the period and held on late.
    Pele Gianotti led the Indians (12-11, 8-4) with 19 points.
    The Black Tornado will next host a Class 6A state play-in contest on Friday.
    ROSEBURG (43) — Wyscaver 2, Chong 3, Backen 0, Stotler 10, Gianotti 19, Jackson 0, Johnson 9. Totals: 14 11-19 43.
    NORTH MEDFORD (35) — Ellis 14, Anderson 0, Rivero 0, Martin 4, Thomas 7, Bumgardner 2, Cowan 0, Koistinen 6, Hall 2. Totals: 15 2-4 35.
    Roseburg 12 10 8 13 — 43
    North Medford 8 11 7 9 — 35
    3-point goals — Roseburg 4 (Gianotti 3, Johnson 1), North Medford 3 (Ellis 2, Thomas 1). Technical foul — Thomas.
    JV result — Roseburg won.
    Skyline Conference Girls
    PHOENIX 45, NORTH VALLEY 39 — At Phoenix, Baylee Toney had 11 points and 18 rebounds to lead Phoenix to a third-place finish in the Skyline playoffs.
    Kasey Hamilton scored nine points and Erika Marshall added six points and nine rebounds for the Pirates (20-6), who play a first-round Class 4A state playoff game on March 7.
    Mikala Mohr led North Valley (9-16) with 11 points.
    NORTH VALLEY (39) — Bell 4, Scott 10, Hall 2, Wagman 6, Mohr 11, Pittman 6. Totals: 18 2-4 39.
    PHOENIX (45) — Tally 5, Vaught 6, Skaff 6, Marshall 6, Hickman 2, Toney 11, Hamilton 9, Wyncoop 0. Totals: 18 6-9 45.
    North Valley 9 13 9 8 — 39
    Phoenix 12 10 12 11 — 45
    3-point goals — North Valley 1 (Pittman 1), Phoenix 3 (Vaught 2, Toney 1).
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