EUGENE — A quick start has given way to a midseason slump for the North Medford boys basketball team.

EUGENE — A quick start has given way to a midseason slump for the North Medford boys basketball team.

After winning its first 10 games, the Black Tornado (10-3, 2-3 Southwest Conference) dropped its third straight on Tuesday with a 68-59 loss to South Eugene.

Spencer Coleman scored 19 points and Hayden Rooke-Ley had 16 for the Axemen (7-7, 3-2 SWC), who shot over 50 percent (23-for-45) in the contest and 20-for-25 from the free-throw line.

"We're in a hole," North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn said. "We're not done. We know that. We've got to find ourselves and have got to defend and rebound. If we don't do those two things, we won't win many basketball games in this league. It's too good of a league."

North Medford led 13-12 after one quarter, but South Eugene built a 14-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

"We just couldn't defend any more, and Rooke-Ley and Coleman got going," Plankenhorn said. "They made a nice run. They are a solid team. They run their offense, and they stay in it until they get what they want."

Jordan Ellis led North Medford with 21 points. He scored 15 in the fourth quarter as the Black Tornado pulled to within five with three minutes to play.

But North, forced to foul to extend the game, could get no closer.

Josh Pecktol had 19 points but was one of three Black Tornado players to foul out.

"We're going to work it out," Plankenhorn said of the struggles. "We have enough talent to fix it. We have to challenge each other."

NORTH MEDFORD (59) — Ellis 21, Pecktol 19, Shipley 10, Maurer 3, Borg 3, Faust 2, Levos 0, Formolo 1. Totals: 21 12-17 59.

SOUTH EUGENE (68) — Coleman 19, Rooke-Ley 16, Burgdorfer 7, Marshall 0, Vanderkley 4, Jacobs 6, Craig 0, McNulty 5, Ofner 0, Lindsey 11. Totals: 23 20-25 68.

North Medford 13 12 15 19 — 59

South Eugene 12 19 22 15 — 68

3-point goals — North Medford 5 (Ellis 3, Pecktol 1, Borg 1), South Eugene 2 (Rooke-Ley 2). Fouled out — Maurer, Pecktol, Formolo.

JV score — Sheldon 77, North Medford 52.

ROSEBURG 42, GRANTS PASS 40 — At Roseburg, Manny Mendoza and Bradley Seehawer paced Roseburg (2-11, 1-4 SWC) with eight points each as the Indians used a big second half to earn their first Southwest Conference win.

David Connelly led Grants Pass (6-7, 1-4 SWC) with 12 points, while Ronnie Fields had nine points.

Grants Pass held a slim lead going into the final quarter but was outscored 14-8.

GRANTS PASS (40) — Connelly 12, Fields 9, Nottingham 6, Davidson 4, Griggs 3, Tardieu 2, Romick 2, Johnson 2. Totals: 13 10-12 40.

ROSEBURG (42) — Mendoza 8, Seehawer 8, Malone 6, Johnson 6, Davis 6, Gregg 4, Sherriff 4, Audiss 0, Corder 0. Totals: 13 12-21 42.

Grants Pass 5 11 16 8 — 40

Roseburg 9 5 14 14 — 42

3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Fields 1, Connelly 1), Roseburg 4 (Davis 2, Mendoza 1, Seehawer 1). Fouled out — Romick.

JV score — Grants Pass 48, Roseburg 41.

Nonconference Boys

BUTTE FALLS 52, EAGLE POINT JV 42 — At Eagle Point, Harley Casillas scored 20 points to lead Butte Falls.

Moe Gower and Josh Sutfin each added 10 points for the Loggers (10-5, 4-1 MVL). Sutfin also grabbed eights rebounds, and Gower had six steals in the game.

Aaron Foster led Eagle Point JV with 18 points.

Butte Falls (52) — Casillas 20, Gower 10, Sutfin 10, McGonagle 6, Eller 2, Mallory 2, C. Dunham 2, Kinyon 0, Adams 0, D. Dunham 0, Weaver 0. Totals: 21 6-13 52.

Eagle Point (42) — Foster 18, Conley 10, Waddell 2, Flores 2, McCredar 2, Gonzalez 8, Hawthorne 0, Hatfield 0, Jolliffe 0, Snow 0. Totals: 20 2-6 42.

Butte Falls 13 18 13 8 — 52

Eagle Point 6 10 10 14 — 42

3-point goals — Butte Falls 4 (Casillas 4).

SWC Girls

SHELDON 61, SOUTH MEDFORD 49 — At Eugene, Andrea Anderson scored 20 points to help Sheldon (7-7, 4-2 SWC) avenge a conference-opening loss to South Medford.

The victory moves Sheldon into a tie for second in the SWC with the Panthers (8-7, 4-2).

Anderson, a senior post, scored 10 points in the second quarter when the Irish shredded the Panthers zone defense. Sheldon outscored South 20-8 in the period and took a 17-point advantage into the fourth quarter.

Senior guard Brittney Newcomb paced South with 13 points and sophomore Jamie Batten added 10.

SOUTH MEDFORD (49) — Newcomb 13, Barkley 9, Becker 0, Batten 10, Carraway 0, Curtius 3, Morris 2, Corona 4, T. Picknell 2, H. Picknell 6. Totals: 19 10-13 49.

SHELDON (61) — A. Anderson 20, Hinton 6, Fisher 0, Styles 0, Hauser 10, Froehlich 4, Martin 6, Doe 9, H. Anderson 2, Wilkinson 0, Boring 3. Totals: 26 13-21 61.

South Medford 10 8 13 18 — 49

Sheldon 13 20 18 10 — 61

3-point goals — South Medford 1 (Curtius 1), Sheldon 2 (Hinton 2).

JV result — Sheldon won.

SOUTH EUGENE 72, NORTH MEDFORD 39 — Undefeated and second-ranked South Eugene (15-0, 6-0 SWC) pulled away in the second half against short-handed North Medford at the Black Tornado gym.

Black Tornado is playing without senior starters Andrea Egge, who was lost of the season with a knee injury, and McKenzie Smith, who is due back soon from an injury. Several other North players are also sidelined with injuries.

North received an encouraging performance from freshman post Kelsie Bartley, who scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds in her first varsity start.

The Black Tornado (7-7, 1-6 SWC) cut a 14-point halftime deficit to 10 in the third quarter, but North never got any closer in suffering its fifth straight loss.

Sophomore Alyssa Maurer led the Black Tornado with 12 points and junior guard Karissa Dixon added nine points, seven rebounds, four steals and four assists.

SOUTH EUGENE (72) — Roberts 5, Brabender 6, Sieverson 3, Teninty 13, Finkey 1, Barnes 17, Clark 0, Shivers 12, Grubbs 0, Cook 11, Kerns 1. Totals: 23 19-29 72.

NORTH MEDFORD (39) — Maurer 12, Schmidt 3, DeKorte 2, Sukraw 0, Allen 2, Black 0, Dixon 9, Web 2, Bartley 7, Gotfrey 2, Towe 0, Griffor 0. Totals: 13 11-20 39.

South Eugene 15 19 25 13 — 72

North Medford 9 11 16 3 — 39

3-point goals — South Eugene 7 (Sieverson 1, Barnes 2, Grubbs 1, Cook 3), North Medford 2 (Dixon 1, Maurer 1).

JV result — North Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 44, ROSEBURG 28 — At Grants Pass, winless Roseburg turned the ball over 19 times against the Grants Pass full-court press and senior forward Natasha Torgerson paced the Caver offense with 17 points.

Grants Pass (8-5, 3-3 SWC) built a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Caver senior guard Kayla Loffer collected 10 rebounds and dished out six assists.

For Roseburg (0-12, 0-6 SWC), junior post Marah Baker tallied 21 points.

ROSEBURG (28) — M. Baker 21, Hutchins 5, Fultz 2, Kitzrow 0, Brady 0, L. Baker 0, Rahn 0, Pardon 0, Whitman 0, Anderson 0, Wafer 0. Totals: 7-24 9-11 28.

GRANTS PASS (44) — Torgerson 17, Obregon 7, Pepperling 8, Aguilera 2, Loffer 2, Lathen 4, Stephenson 4, Wonsyld 0, Soares 0. Totals: 19-47 4-6 44.

Roseburg 3 8 4 13 — 28

Grants Pass 9 14 8 13 — 44

3-point goals — Roseburg 5 (M. Baker 4, Hutchins 1), Grants Pass 2 (Torgerson 1, Obregon 1). Fouled out — Whitman.

JV score — Grants Pass 37, Roseburg 29.

Nonconference Girls

EAGLE POINT JV 54, BUTTE FALLS 36 — At Eagle Point, Beth Sutfin posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Butte Falls in the nonconference loss.

Jenny Fernandez led Eagle Point with 20 points.

BUTTE FALLS (36) — Moore 6, Ferguson 7, Kirkpatrick 7, Hackworth 0, Sutfin 10, Garote 0, Givens 6, Driskell 0, McGonagle 0. Totals: 12 6-14 36.

EAGLE POINT JV (54) — Fernandez 20, Fincher 0, Barajas 4, Bradshaw 0, Snow 0, Boykin 0, Gilbreath 6, Rodgers 6, Burke 4, Bidwell 0, Bigham 12, Hallyset 0, Culpepper 2, Robinson 0. Totals: 23 5-11 54.

Butte Falls 11 8 8 9 — 36

Eagle Point JV 21 12 15 6 ­— 54

3-point goals — Butte Falls 2 (Ferguson 1, Kirkpatrick 1), Eagle Point 1 (Fernandez).