LAKE OSWEGO — After a long bus ride, North Medford girls basketball coach Tim Karrick was heartened to see his team get off to a fast start in the Nike-Laker Interstate Shootout on Wednesday.

LAKE OSWEGO — After a long bus ride, North Medford girls basketball coach Tim Karrick was heartened to see his team get off to a fast start in the Nike-Laker Interstate Shootout on Wednesday.

The Black Tornado didn't finish as strong, but it still managed a comfortable, 56-52 victory over a good Hermiston team at Lake Oswego High.

North Medford (6-1) had double-digit lead for much of the contest. Only when Shoni Schimmel, a sophomore point guard who is among the state scoring leaders, made two 3-pointers in the last half-minute did the Tornado lead shrink appreciably.

"We didn't make our free throws down the stretch like we should have," said Karrick, whose team faces host Lake Oswego at 7:15 tonight in the quarterfinals of the 16-team tournament. "We didn't execute like I'd like to the last few minutes."

That said, a win on the road against a quality opponent isn't anything to sneeze at, said Karrick, after North jumped ahead 17-4 after one quarter.

"It was a long trek up here, and I was really impressed with how we started," he said. "We played really well in the first quarter and felt really good about ourselves."

Hermiston is ranked third in Class 5A.

Erica Schultz got the Tornado off and running. The senior post scored a dozen of her 24 points in the first quarter, making a couple of 3-pointers in the process.

Jana Parker added 12 points, "a handful of rebounds and played nice defense," said Karrick, and Whitney Hodnett scored 10.

Kelli Satterfield stepped up with strong defense against Schimmel, limiting her to 12 points through three quarters. Schimmel ended up with 24.

HERMISTON (52) — McCloud 6, Pedro 1, Whitsett 2, Vonarx 8, J. Schimmel 6, S. Schimmel 24, Stacona 0, Rowan 0, Davis 4, Royer 1, Coombs 0, Cobb 0.

NORTH MEDFORD (56) — Schultz 24, Satterfield 4, Dixon 2, Hodnett 10, Parker 12, Egge 0, Smith 2, Whitehead 2, Abeloe 0.

Hermiston 4 11 15 22 — 52

North Medford 17 8 17 14 — 56

3-point goals — Hermiston (J. Schimmel 2, S. Schimmel 3), North Medford 3 (Schultz 2, Parker 1). Technical fouls — North coach Karrick.

SOUTH MEDFORD 65, ALOHA 60 — At Lake Oswego, Brittney Newcomb poured in 24 points and hit back-to-back 3-pointers down the stretch as South Medford derailed American division opponent Aloha in the first day of the Nike-Laker Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High School.

Trailing by four, Newcomb's 3-pointers gave South Medford a two-point lead with 1:46 remaining.

Kinzie Towry was fouled hard about a minute later and drained two free throws off the technical foul to seal the Panther victory.

South Medford (5-1) was up by as much as 15 in the third quarter, but Aloha came roaring back to erase the deficit and take a brief lead late in the final period.

Sheena Barkley contributed 13 points and six assists and Emily Salisbury corralled 12 rebounds — four offensive — to go with her six points for the Panthers.

Newcomb had four total from long range while Towry and Nagely Medina combined for 10 points and each tallied five steals for South.

ALOHA (60) — Ellerbrook 10, Boswell 12, McFarland 11, Wolf 0, Boyland 9, Banks 0, Brinsfield 0, Moore 0, Hunt 6, Elliott 6, Bain 5. Totals: 22 13-21 60.

SOUTH MEDFORD (65) — Newcomb 24, Towry 4, Barkley 13, Salisbury 6, Medina 6, Stevens 9, McCoy 3, Hubbard 0. Totals: 25 11-16 65.

Aloha 11 17 14 15 — 60

South Medford 11 21 14 11 — 65

3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Newcomb 4, Barkley 1, McCoy 1), Aloha 3 (McFarland 3). Fouled out — Stevens. Technical fouls — South Medford coach, Aloha player.