EUGENE — Now, North Medford can turn its attention to rival South Medford.

EUGENE — Now, North Medford can turn its attention to rival South Medford.

The two front-running Southwest Conference boys basketball teams meet for the second time this season at 7 tonight in the North gym.

But first they had business to tend to Friday, and 10th-ranked North did its part, downing South Eugene, 58-51, for its second straight win here and its fourth straight overall.

Second-ranked South Medford, meanwhile, topped visiting Grants Pass, 76-63.

"Like I've been telling the kids all week, trying to keep them off South Medford," said Black Tornado coach Scott Plankenhorn. "We knew we had a battle on the road first. I've been telling them South Eugene first, South Eugene first. At the same time, everyone else is talking about South Medford. But we did a good job of focusing. We're hoping to have a good battle with South Medford, hoping to show up, play our game and give them a go."

South Medford, 5-0 in the SWC, won the first meeting on its floor, 73-67. North is 11-4 overall and 4-1 in conference.

The Black Tornado used a Matt Maurer-led spurt in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Axemen Friday.

South Eugene scored the first four points of the period to close within 41-40. After a Jordan Ellis free throw, Ellis then drove the lane and dished to Maurer, who made a 15-foot jumper. Maurer then fed Danny Berger for a dunk and a 46-40 lead, and moments later intercepted a pass and fed Ellis for a breakaway layup and a 48-40 edge.

"We made a pretty nice run after they cut it to one," said Plankenhorn, noting that Maurer's jump shot "was huge. It was a two-point game, and this sophomore kid steps into a 15-footer with a lot of confidence and hits it."

Down the stretch, it was another case of North making its free throws. Danny Berger, who led all scorers with 20 points, was 6-for-6 in the final 21/2 minutes at the line and 8 of 8 for the game, and Michael Williams was 3-for-4 in the fourth.

"We struggled earlier in the year at the line," said Plankenhorn, "but lately the guys have really stepped it up. We've spent a little more time in practice on it, we have a little more concentration, and having confident kids is part of it, too."

Ellis added 14 points and Williams 10 points and seven assists. Maurer had six points and 11 rebounds.

NORTH MEDFORD (58) — McLemore 0, Williams 10, Ramirez 0, Ellis 14, Pecktol 6, Berger 20, Waldron 2, Budavari-Jasper 0, Maurer 6. Totals: 17-46 20-28 58.

SOUTH EUGENE (51) — Lapipe 0, T. Rooke-Ley 12, A. Coleman 0, Masterson 0, Risinger 0, H. Rooke-Ley 9, Trachtenberg 0, Lokombo 2, S. Coleman 6, Brown 3, Hayward-Mayhew 19. Totals: 18-45 13-22 51.

North Medford 15 16 10 17 — 58

South Eugene 5 20 11 15 — 51

3-point goals — North Medford 4-12 (Williams 1, Ellis 1, Berger 2). Fouled out — T. Rooke-Ley.

JV score — South Eugene 68, North Medford 42.

SHELDON 58, ROSEBURG 33 — At Roseburg, Trevor Clemo and Todd Wellman had nine points apiece to lead Sheldon past Roseburg.

Sheldon got out to an early 16-9 first-quarter lead and shot well all night, making 55 percent of their attempts.

Zach Hancock led Roseburg with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Sheldon (58) — Clemo 9, Wellman 9, Garcia 8, White 8, Reynolds 7, Pinz 7, Davis 4, Higgins 4, Agerter 2, Todd 0. Totals: 22 12-19 58.

Roseburg (33) — Hancock 14, J. Johnson 7, Corder 3, Whitman 2, B. Johnson 2, Preistley 2, Mendoza 2, M. Huff 1, Labranche 0, Malone 0, S. Huff 0, Sherriff 0. Totals: 9 13-19 33.

Sheldon 16 15 15 12 —58

Roseburg 9 6 8 10 —33

3-point goals — Sheldon 2 (Wellman 1, Pinz 1), Roseburg 2 (Hancock 2).

JV result — Sheldon won.

Girls

GRANTS PASS 67, SOUTH MEDFORD 49 — At Grants Pass, Amber Franko compiled 15 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Grants Pass, which put together its best game of the season in a SWC victory over South Medford.

Stellar play from the Cavers' guards helped break the Panthers' full-court press and got Grants Pass' fastbreak off and running down the stretch, leading to a 37-24 second-half advantage.

Brittney Newcomb had a game-high 21 points — scoring 13 of the Panthers' 17 fourth-quarter points — to go with three makes from 3-point range.

South Medford's Sheena Barkley also hit three from beyond the arc for 13 points and Alanna Stevens grabbed nine rebounds to go with her six points.

For Grants Pass (9-6, 2-4 SWC), sophomore Heather Wonsyld contributed 14 points and seven boards, Gabby Randall had 11 points and Natasha Torgerson tossed in six points and nine rebounds.

SOUTH MEDFORD (49) — Newcomb 21, Barkley 13, Stevens 6, Medina 7, Batten 2, Towry 0, McCoy 0, Salisbury 0. Totals: 17-59 9-15 49.

GRANTS PASS (67) — Franko 15, Wonsyld 14, Randall 11, Pepperling 7, Loffer 6, Chamberlain 9, Torgerson 5, Pittman 0. Totals: 23-48 18-25 67.

South Medford 13 12 7 17 — 49

Grants Pass 13 17 10 27 — 67

3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Newcomb 3, Barkley 3), Grants Pass 3 (Wonsyld 1, Franko 1, Chamberlain 1). Fouled out — Randall.

JV score — Grants Pass 44, South Medford 31.

SHELDON 55, ROSEBURG 32 — At Eugene, Theresa Brown scored 16 points and Taylor Ward added 11 points to lead Sheldon to the win.

Sheldon outscored Roseburg 22-6 in the first quarter and never trailed throughout the contest.

Katie Wilton paced Roseburg with 18 points.

ROSEBURG (32) — Wilton 18, Berry-Cabiao 2, Baker 2, Jarvis 6, Erickson 4, Whitman 0, Kitzroy 0, Wittrock 0, Hutchins 0, Pardon 0.

SHELDON (55) — Th. Brown 16, Ward 11, King 2, Gray 2, Steigleman 10, Pangilinan 3, Hauser 3, Ta. Brown 4, Anderson 4, Girod 0, Doe 0.

Roseburg 6 13 10 3 —32

Sheldon 22 15 8 10 —55