GRANTS PASS — It's been a long time coming. In fact, it's been forever.

GRANTS PASS — It's been a long time coming. In fact, it's been forever.

North Medford won its first outright girls basketball league championship Tuesday when McKenzie Smith sank one of two free throws with 2.7 seconds to play in a 42-41 Southwest Conference triumph over Grants Pass.

At 12-2, North has a two-game lead in the SWC over second-place Sheldon with one to play. The Black Tornado had never won a league championship by itself, even before Medford split into two high schools in 1986.

The last shared league title for North Medford, which is 20-4 overall and ranked fifth, was in 2005.

"We had two games to get one win to win the conference," said North coach Tim Karrick. "We wanted to win tonight. Thursday night is senior night, and we wanted to be able to have a good time, play everyone and not have to worry about getting a win to win the conference."

Grants Pass has been playing well and the Tornado did not take the Cavers lightly, he added.

"If there's a better fourth-place team in a conference, I'd like to see it," said Karrick. "They are a good basketball team."

Grants Pass took a 34-31 lead entering the fourth quarter, and it was only after Erica Schultz missed a shot with five seconds left and Smith rebounded and was fouled that North got a chance to take control.

Smith missed her first foul shot, then the Cavers called timeout to make her think about it.

"They tried to ice her, but she was smiling on the bench," said Karrick. "She's hit some big free throws late in games for us. She's confident in her shot. She stepped up and nailed it."

Schultz then stole the inbounds pass to seal the outcome.

Schultz scored 20 points, including seven of North's 11 in the fourth quarter.

"Four of our last five games have been on the road, and we got four of them," said Karrick. "She's really carried us in quite a few of them. She stepped up and played like a senior leader."

Schultz had three steals and five rebounds, sharing the team rebound lead with Smith and Whitney Hodnett.

North committed only 11 turnovers. GP had 17.

"Those extra six possessions were huge," said Karrick.

Chelsey Chamberlain scored 13 points and Amber Franko had 10 rebounds for the Cavers (13-10, 6-8 SWC).

NORTH MEDFORD (42) — Schultz 20, Satterfield 2, Dixon 2, Hodnett 4, Parker 3, Egge 0, Smith 5, Whitehead 0, Abeloe 6. Totals: 14 14-23 42.

GRANTS PASS (41) — Franko 0, Pepperling 8, Aguilera 0, Loffer 7, Randall 9, Chamberlain 13, Stephenson 0, Torgerson 4. Totals: 15 9-12 41.

North Medford 12 10 9 11 — 42

Grants Pass 11 9 14 7 — 41

3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Loffer 1, Chamberlain 1).

JV score — North Medford 51, Grants Pass 47, 2 ot.

SHELDON 41, SOUTH MEDFORD 38 — At Eugene, sisters Tami and Theresa Brown combined for 27 points as Sheldon eliminated South Medford from the playoff picture.

South Medford (11-12, 4-10 SWC) was led by Brittney Newcomb's 11 points, six assists and three steals. Alanna Stevens added seven points, five rebounds and three steals, while Jamie Batten pulled down seven rebounds, with five coming on the offensive end.

SOUTH MEDFORD (38) — Towry 6, McCoy 0, Stevens 7, Newcomb 11, Medina 2, Batten 5, Salisbury 7. Totals: 15 5-10 38.

SHELDON (41) — Ward 2, King 2, Gray 0, Steigleman 8, Pangillnan 0, Doe 2, Hauser 0, Ta. Brown 13, Th. Brown 14, Anderson 0. Totals: 16 7-10 41.

South Medford 10 8 9 11 — 38

Sheldon 9 10 11 11 — 41

3-point goals — South Medford 2 (Salisbury 1, Newcomb 1), Sheldon 2 (Steigleman 2).

JV result — Sheldon won.

SOUTH EUGENE 40, ROSEBURG 27 — At Roseburg, McKenzie Kerins led South Eugene with 18 points and the Axemen (10-4 SWC) used a 17-9 third quarter run to pull away.

Katie Wilton scored nine points and Jade Berry-Cabiao added seven points and 10 rebounds for Roseburg (2-21, 0-14 SWC).

SOUTH EUGENE (40) — Kerins 18, Williams 6, Whitfield 5, Clen 4, Roberts 3, Barnes 2, Cook 2, Kiplinger 0. Totals: 15 10-15 40.

ROSEBURG (27) — Wilton 9, Berry-Cabiao 7, Jarvis 4, Erickson 4, Baker 2, Whitman 1, Whittrock 0. Totals: 11 5-10 27.

South Eugene 6 11 17 6 —40

Roseburg 7 9 9 2 —27

Fouled out — Whitfield.

Boys

ROSEBURG 61, SOUTH EUGENE 56 — At Eugene, Zach Hancock scored 26 points to lead three Roseburg players in double figures as the Indians won their third consecutive SWC game after nine straight losses.

John Hayward-Mayhew tallied 29 for South Eugene.

ROSEBURG (61) — Hancock 26, Sheriff 12, Cavens 11, Priestley 5, Huff 5, Mendoza 2, J. Johnson 0, B. Johnson 0, Whitman 0.

SOUTH EUGENE (56) — Hayward-Mayhew 29, S. Coleman 10, Masterson 9, Rooke-Ley 2, A. Coleman 2, Lokombo 2, Brown 2, Lapite 0, Trachtenberg 0.

Roseburg 13 15 16 17 — 61

South Eugene 13 18 16 9 — 56