• North's comeback effort falls short at Jesuit

  • PORTLAND — Senior guard Joci Ellis led a spirited comeback by North Medford, but the Black Tornado couldn't overcome an early shooting barrage by Jesuit and fell 59-49 in the first round of the Class 6A state girls basketball playoffs Tuesday.
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  • PORTLAND — Senior guard Joci Ellis led a spirited comeback by North Medford, but the Black Tornado couldn't overcome an early shooting barrage by Jesuit and fell 59-49 in the first round of the Class 6A state girls basketball playoffs Tuesday.
    Ellis scored 10 of her team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter to help North cut Jesuit's lead to six points with about four minutes to go, but the Crusaders hit enough free throws down the stretch to pull away. The win was Jesuit's sixth in a row and earned the Crusaders (16-8), the No. 3 seed from the Metro League, a round of 16 date with Tigard on Friday.
    North Medford (11-14), the No. 4 team from the Southern Oregon Hybrid, fell behind by double digits early, as Jesuit's Kory Oleson, a sophomore wing, hit three 3-pointers to help the Crusaders seize a 14-4 lead.
    Ellis, who hit all 11 of her free-throw attempts, spearheaded North Medford's rally, while Sydney Thomas added 12 points — 10 in the opening quarter — and Alexia Hall eight.
    "We gave them all they wanted, for sure," North Medford coach Tim Karrick said, "so I was proud of how they played and how they battled back. Just to put themselves in that position is a testament to them. Our girls never quit, and as a coach that's all you can ask for on the road."
    North Medford was terrific at the free-throw line, hitting 18 of 21 attempts, and played the Crusaders even after their initial surge. Jesuit did most of its damage from outside, going 6 of 10 from 3-point land. Oleson was responsible for five of those, and scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the first half.
    Jesuit sophomore guard Kate Andersen added 11 points, five of which came at the free-throw line in the fourth to help squash North's comeback bid.
    "That (first quarter) was the difference in the game," Karrick said. "From that point on it was even. Jesuit's a pretty solid team. They made a couple nice plays at the end, but it was a very competitive game."
    NORTH MEDFORD (49) — Ellis 19, Parker 0, Anderson 0, Rivero 0, Martin 4, Thomas 12, Bumgardner 6, Cowan 0, Koistinen 0, Hall 8, Wizner 0, Covington 0, Ross 0. Totals: 14 18-21 49.
    JESUIT (59) — Andersen 11, Kilpatrick 0, Parker 0, Vu 1, Glick 0, Minniti 0, Wilhoite 5, Allen 5, Oleson 20, Becker 0, Henry 15, Sears 2. Totals: 21 11-20 59.
    North Medford 12 12 11 14 — 49
    Jesuit 19 12 15 13 — 59
    3-point goals — North Medford 3 (Hall 2, Thomas 1), Jesuit 6 (Oleson 5, Allen 1).
    CLACKAMAS 55, GRANTS PASS 35 — At Clackamas, Jacque Luaders scored 14 points for Grants Pass (7-17) in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
    Sydney Azorr had 11 points to pace No. 4-seeded Clackamas (20-5), which led 22-4 after the first quarter and 34-11 at halftime.
    GRANTS PASS (35) — Luaders 14, Potter 4, Henderson 4, Johnson 4, Phillips 4, Chapman 3, Brummett 2, Torgerson 0, LaPan 0, Stephenson 0, Musser 0, Tobey 0. Totals: 12 6-10 35.
    CLACKAMAS (55) — Azorr 11, Giancola 8, Reiner 8, Kelly 7, McDonald 6, Pagano 5, Walterman 4, Melton 3, Dahmen 2, Raspberry 1. Totals: 22 6-9 55.
    Grants Pass 4 7 11 13 — 35
    Clackamas 22 12 10 11 — 55
    3-point goals — Grants Pass 5 (Luaders 4, Chapman 1), Clackamas 5 (Reiner 2, Melton 1, Azorr 1, Kelly 1).
    ROSEBURG 47, GLENCOE 27 — At Roseburg, SOH all-star Pele Gianotti led Roseburg with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the first-round state playoff victory.
    Roseburg (13-11), which lost to South Medford in all three SOH regular-season games, will play at South on Friday with a state tournament berth at stake.
    GLENCOE (27) — Fleskes 9, Hyppolite 6, Anderson 6, Hamel 4, Clayton 2, Lindorff 0, DeBord 0, Lantz 0, Thomas 0, Clausen 0, Griswold 0, Walter 0, Feinauer 0. Totals: 12-38 2-6 27.
    ROSEBURG (47) — Gianotti 14, Johnson 9, Stotler 5, Chong 5, Backen 4, Jackson 4, Wyscaver 4, Farrington 2, Bolin 0, Epps 0, Stricklin 0, Weber 0. Totals: 20-37 4-8 47.
    Glencoe 6 13 6 2 — 27
    Roseburg 16 11 10 10 — 47
    3-point goals — Glencoe 1 (Fleskes 1), Roseburg 3 (Gianotti 3).
    SPRINGFIELD 60, ASHLAND 44 — At Springfield, junior post Michaela Dunn led Ashland with 13 points despite foul troubles and senior wing Hanna Greenberg added eight points and steady rebounding, but Ashland suffered a season-ending loss in Class 5A play-in action.
    The Grizzlies (6-18) were within eight points at the half and still within striking distance in the third, but were whistled for their seventh team foul before the start of the fourth quarter and could not recover.
    Emma Klym had 20 points and five assists to lead the Millers, who will play in the round of 16 on Friday. Hannah Eddens added 18 points and Hannah Durbin 15 for Springfield (14-10), which shot 22 free throws in the second half and went 20-for-30 for the game.
    ASHLAND (44) — Williams 7, Greenberg 9, Teixeira 2, Dunn 13, Sukles 1, Kasiah 7, Walker 0, Read 0, Turner 5, Rodriques 0, Altig 0, Tilley 0. Totals: 15 10-15 44.
    SPRINGFIELD (60) — Fleiffner 0, Lyons 0, Baker 2, Klym 20, Durbin 15, Bingham-Doe 5, Eddens 18, Bladwell 2. Totals: 19 20-30 60.
    Ashland 4 15 12 13 — 44
    Springfield 9 18 16 17 — 60
    3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Dunn 3, Kasiah 1), Springfield 2 (Durbin 2). Fouled out — Turner.
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