LAKE OSWEGO — If North Medford was looking for a challenge in its preseason schedule, the Black Tornado certainly got it in the Nike-Laker Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High.

LAKE OSWEGO — If North Medford was looking for a challenge in its preseason schedule, the Black Tornado certainly got it in the Nike-Laker Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High.

A victory over 10th-ranked Canby on Friday night set up a date with top-ranked Class 5A Jefferson on Saturday for the championship, and North (8-2) battled back from an early deficit before falling 67-54 to an athletic Democrats' squad.

"They are a very talented 5A school," North coach Tim Karrick said. "They challenged us in a lot of ways. It's not easy to play four games in four days, but I'm proud of how the girls never quit. That is the sign of a group that is determined."

Erica Schultz had 16 points, Karissa Dixon added 12 and Jaci Abeloe had nine but North struggled to shoot the ball and got to the line just eight times in the game to 20 trips for Jefferson.

The Democrats took a 54-39 lead into the fourth quarter and were led by Denaya Brazzle's 18 points. Nyesha Sims and Ariel Reynolds had 14 points each.

Jefferson's athleticism gave North trouble throughout, Karrick said.

"They create big matchup problems," Karrick said. "They are just very talented. All five of their girls can beat you off the dribble at any given time. And when they do, they are very good at passing the ball. They are the most talented team we've played, for sure."

Jefferson took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter before North battled back to tie it 12-12 after the first quarter. But the shooting woes caught up to North as the Democrats pulled away.

"We definitely can play with them and I thought we did," Karrick said. "We just had a tough night shooting."

JEFFERSON (67) — Badon 8, Jackson 0, Brazzle 18, Hammick 4, Smith 0, Sims 14, Reynolds 14, Blake 9, Watson 0. Totals: 25 14-20 67.

NORTH MEDFORD (54) — Schultz 16, Satterfield 0, Dixon 12, Hodnett 5, Parker 2, Egge 4, Smith 6, Abeloe 9. Totals: 24 4-8 54.

Jefferson 12 20 22 13 —67

North Medford 12 12 15 15 —54

3-point goals — Jefferson 3 (Brazzle 2, Sims 1), North Medford 2 (Dixon 1, Abeloe 1).

SOUTH MEDFORD 60, CENTENNIAL 53 — At Lake Oswego, Brittney Newcomb scored 21 points and senior Emily Salisbury added a season-high 17 points as South Medford took second place in the American Division of the Nike-Laker Interstate Shootout.

The Panthers (7-2) completed the five-team, round-robin format tied with Corvallis for the best record. The Spartans, however, took the top spot because they beat South in the opener of the tournament.

Sheena Barkley, who along with Newcomb was selected to the all-tournament team, contributed seven assists and four steals. Newcomb and Alanna Stevens had six steals each, and Stevens also had 12 rebounds, with eight coming on the offensive end.

SOUTH MEDFORD (60) — Newcomb 21, Towry 2, Barkley 7, Salisbury 17, Medina 4, Stevens 7, McCoy 2. Totals: 22 13-20 60.

CENTENNIAL (53) — Ketelsen 22, Khan 15, T. Smith 12, Baker 2, Costa 2, M. Smith 0, Strong 0. Totals: 17 9-111 53.

South Medford 11 22 11 16 —60

Centennial 13 16 10 14 —53

3-point goals — South Medford 3 (Newcomb 3), Centennial 4 (Khan 1, Ketelsen 3). Fouled out — Stevens.

ASHLAND 53, GRANTS PASS 50 — At Coos Bay, Brenna Heater and Allison Gida each scored 14 points to help Ashland hold off Grants Pass in the championship game of the eight-team Les Schwab South Coast Invitational.

The Grizzlies have won 11 straight since an 0-2 start.

The Cavers' Courtney Pittman missed a game-tying 3-point attempt in the closing seconds, and Gida ran out the clock after snaring the rebound.

Gida, Kelsey McKinnis and Heidi Siebenlist combined to make 8 of 8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to keep Ashland.

Gida also had eight rebounds, 10 assists and five steals, while Heater pulled down eight boards to go with four blocks and three steals. Both were selected to the first-team all-tournament squad, with Heater earning MVP honors.

Gabby Randall finished with 22 points for Grants Pass (7-2). She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Natasha Torgerson.

GRANTS PASS (50) — Randall 22, Torgerson 7, Stephenson 0, Chamberlain 3, Loffer 6, Pepperling 3, Pittman 0, Franko 9, Wonsyld 0. Totals: 18 13-19 50.

ASHLAND (53) — Heater 14, Gida 14, Del Carlo 6, Petitt 5, McKinnis 10, Siebenlist 2, Zare 2, Silbowitz 0, Van Vleck 0. Totals: 20 12-17 53.

Grants Pass 9 16 11 13 —50

Ashland 17 6 12 18 —53

3-point goals — Grants Pass 1 (Torgerson 1), Ashland 1 (Petitt 1). Fouled out — Torgerson.

CRATER 65, BELLA VISTA 48 — At Brentwood, Calif., Jennifer Noon scored 17 points, Alana Harding added 11 and Aundrea Albright scored 10 to lead Crater past Bella Vista of California in the consolation bracket of the 128-team West Coast Jamboree.

The Comets (4-5), who suffered a 57-54 defeat to Rodriguez High on Friday, will play Monday in the fifth-place game of their 16-team bracket.

BELLA VISTA (48) — Parrish 4, Parkhurst 0, Samelson 2, Wagoner 0, Logue 7, Logue 8, Williams 8, Gregory 19, Strombeck 0. Totals: 14 14-26 48.

CRATER (65) — Kappel 5, Sullivan 0, Hills 3, Deschamp 3, Noon 17, Steel 6, Heard 3, Smith 1, Sailing 0, Britton 6, Albright 10, Harding 11. Totals: 19 23-39 65.

Bella Vista 12 13 10 13 —48

Crater 12 21 11 21 —65

3-point goals — Bella Vista 2 (Logue 1, Gregory 1), Crater 4 (Kappel 1, Hills 1, Deschamp 1, Noon 1). Fouled out — Parkhurst. Technical foul — Bella Vista bench.

HIDDEN VALLEY 48, DEL NORTE 16 — At Murphy, Laura Silva and Jamie Richardson each scored 13 points to lead Hidden Valley to a convincing win over Del Norte of Crescent City, Calif., in the championship game of the Hidden Valley Winter Classic.

The Mustangs (8-2) led 20-7 at the half and 32-11 after three quarters.

DEL NORTE (16) — Stacey 6, Suziki 5, Dowd 4, Rook 1, Havan 0, Wilson 0, McCulluch 0, Pingre 0, Lesina 0, Santos 0, Daniels 0, Short 0. Totals: 7 1-4 16.

HIDDEN VALLEY (48) — Silva 13, Richardson 13, Swanson 9, Seal 4, Fikso 3, Doig 3, Ross 2, Bailey 1, Edwards 0, Figoni 0, Guevara 0. Totals: 19 6-13 48.

Del Norte 4 3 4 5 —16

Hidden Valley 11 9 12 16 —48

3-point goals — Del Norte 1 (Suziki 1), Hidden Valley 4 (Richardson 2, Swanson 1, Silva 1).

NORTH DOUGLAS 35, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 24 — At Salem, North Douglas outscored Cascade Christian 23-13 in the second half in the seventh-place game of the Crusader Christmas Classic at Salem Academy High.

Chelsea Cason and Aleena Cesaro led the Challengers (6-8) with nine points apiece.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (24) — Cason 9, Cesaro 9, Ballard 2, Kinney 2, Barlow 2, Blodgett 0, Brown 0, Sha 0, Case 0, Sellers 0, Kelly 0. Totals: 11 1-3 24.

NORTH DOUGLAS (35) — Wilson 13, S. Hescock 8, E. Emel 4, Best 2, Davis 2, R. Hescock 6, Roady 0, S. Emel 0. Totals: 12 11-14 35.

Cascade Christian 7 4 9 4 —24

North Douglas 6 6 11 12 —35

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 1 (Cason 1).