PORTLAND — After climbing all the way back from a double-digit halftime deficit, a rough stretch in the fourth quarter spelled doom for the South Medford girls basketball team's season at Reynolds High on Tuesday.

PORTLAND — After climbing all the way back from a double-digit halftime deficit, a rough stretch in the fourth quarter spelled doom for the South Medford girls basketball team's season at Reynolds High on Tuesday.

Just after star guard Brittney Newcomb fouled out, a technical foul against the Panthers lead to a momentum swing in Reynolds' favor, enabling the Raiders to pull away for a 66-52 victory in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

After cutting the score to four, Newcomb, who battled foul trouble throughout the game, was forced to the sidelines after picking up her fifth foul with less than two minutes gone in the final period.

The technical foul, which was a South Medford error in the official scorebook, lead to two made free throws and possession of the ball for the Raiders.

After the free throws gave Reynolds a six-point advantage, Leslie O'Neil nailed a 3-pointer to push the margin to nine.

The Panthers (12-13) answered with a basket, but O'Neil hit a second back-breaking trey which all but nixed South's chances.

Reynolds built an 11-point lead by halftime but, with the help of youngsters Hannah Curtius and Leilani Morris, the Panthers were able to pull even with the Raiders midway through the third quarter.

The game remained tight until the aforementioned key stretch in the fourth quarter.

"This year we qualified (for the state playoffs) and it was a big step," said South Medford coach Tom Cole. "They got a chance to see what playoff basketball was about. It gives us something to build upon for next season but it's disappointing for our seniors. They put South Medford girls basketball in a place where they will be competing for conference championships for years to come."

Morris, a freshman, turned in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Curtius also scored 12 points, while Sheena Barkley had nine and Jamie Batten eight for Panthers.

O'Neil finished with 15 points for Reynolds and teammate Renee Tzeo scored 26.

SOUTH MEDFORD (52) — Newcomb 7, Barkley 9, Hubbard 2, Batten 8, Carraway 0, Curtius 12, Morris 12, Corona 0, Boyd 2, Picknell 0, Becker 0. Totals: 20 5-12 52.

REYNOLDS (66) — Tzeo 26, O'Neil 15, Snelling 0, Bigback 2, Stover 8, Grant 4, Hunter 2, Quitoriano 9. Totals: 21 16-22 66.

South Medford 15 10 15 12 — 52

Reynolds 15 21 12 18 — 66

3-point goals — South Medford 4 (Curtius 1, Newcomb 1, Barkley 2), Reynolds 8 (O'Neil 4, Tzeo 2, Stover 2). Fouled out — Newcomb. Technical fouls — South Medford bench, South Medford scorebook.

SUNSET 46, SHELDON 43 — At Eugene, Sheldon couldn't hold on to its third-quarter lead as the Irish faltered in the first round of the 6A state playoffs.

Senior post Andrea Anderson led Sheldon with 11 points and Cymone Martin had 10 points.

SUNSET (46) — Stanulis 17, Olson 6, Potter 5, Eickelberg 3, Salness 2, Demots 6, Richard 5, Fey 2.

SHELDON (43) — A. Anderson 11, Martin 10, Hauser 8, Dillon 5, Stiles, Wilkinson 4, Fisher 3, Boring 2, Witherspoon 0, Froehlich 0, Clark 0.

Sunset 11 10 11 14 — 46

Sheldon 6 17 14 6 — 43

GRANTS PASS 54, WEST SALEM 45 — At Salem, Grants Pass won on the road and advanced to the second round of the 6A state playoffs.

Grants Pass held West Salem to 18 second-half points to secure the win.

Natasha Torgerson led the Cavers (14-9) with 16 points and Heather Wonsyld had 14.

GRANTS PASS (54) — Obregon 1, Wonsyld 14, Pepperling 2, Aguilera 2, Loffer 7, Lathen 10, Torgerson 16. Totals: 16 9-17 54.

WEST SALEM (45) — Greenwade 9, Kumm 7, Coba 16, Mevell 3, Moye 2, Hedrick 3, Britten 5. Totals: 16 5-8 45.

Grants Pass 9 13 17 15 — 54

West Salem 12 14 9 9 — 45

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Wonsyld 1, Torgerson 2), West Salem 5 (Greenwade 1, Coba 4). Fouled out — Lathen, Britton.

Skyline Conference

HIDDEN VALLEY 43, PHOENIX 36 — At Murphy, Chelsea Passante tied Phoenix's career scoring record but third-ranked Hidden Valley used a fourth-quarter surge to stave off the Pirates' upset bid.

Passante scored 12 points to tie the school record of 1,124 points established by Sarah Pruitt.

Danielle Smith added 11 points, Kelsey George had seven points, three assists and three rebounds and Kelsie Bradfield chipped in with six points and six rebounds for Phoenix (17-7, 7-5 Skyline).

The Mustangs (21-4, 12-0) outscored Phoenix 18-9 in the fourth quarter to lock up the league title. Haley Fikso had 13 points and nine rebounds and Mary Bailey added eight points and five steals.

PHOENIX (36) — Passante 12, Smith 11, George 7, Bradfield 6, Heath 0, Tally 0, Helm 0. Totals: 10 10-17 36.

HIDDEN VALLEY (43) — Fikso 13, Richardson 8, Bailey 8, Swanson 7, Wood 5, Figoni 2, Guevara 0, Powell 0, Doig 0. Totals: 16 9-16 43.

Phoenix 8 11 8 9 — 36

Hidden Valley 9 5 11 18 — 43

3-point goals — Phoenix 6 (Passante 3, Smith 3), Hidden Valley 2 (Richardson 2). Fouled out — Richardson, Wood.

JV result — Hidden Valley won.

NORTH VALLEY 43, ILLINOIS VALLEY 20 — At Merlin, North Valley (7-15, 3-9 Skyline) applied tough defense that only allowed eight first-half points to capture the win and keep Illinois Valley winless on the season.

Jeanna Rinehart led North Valley with nine points while Kayla Johnson had eight for Illinois Valley.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (20) — Johnson 8, Cleman 4, Bullock 4, Tausaga 2, Hults 2. Totals 10 0-4 20.

NORTH VALLEY (43) — Rinehart 9, Ni. Goens 8, L. Crawford 8, Na. Goens 7, Nicholson 5, M. Crawford 4, Vandehey 2. Totals 16 7-13 43.

Illinois Valley 4 4 6 6 — 20

North Valley 5 13 15 10 — 43

3-point goals — North Valley 4 (Ni. Goens 2, Na. Goens 1, Rinehart 1). Fouled out — Cleman.

JV result — North Valley won.

Southern Cascade League

ST. MARY'S 50, LAKEVIEW 20 — Katie Bates generated 10 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks for St. Mary's, which yielded just two points in each of the first and third quarters to cap an undefeated season in the SCL.

The Crusaders (19-4, 12-0 SCL) will host East Linn Christian on Saturday in the opening round of the Class 2A state playoffs.

Mackenzie Krieser added eight points, four rebounds and four steals for St. Mary's, and Abby Steinsiek scored nine points.

LAKEVIEW (20) — Hall 0, Baldovino 0, Bryant 0, Shuffield 9, Platt 2, Taylor 2, Stofoleth 2, Seaton 3, Cahill 2. Totals: 5 10-19 20.

ST. MARY'S (50) — D. Valdez 5, Thorndike 4, Steinsiek 9, Krieser 8, Street 0, Bates 10, Gross 2, Provost 0, Caldwell 0, V. Valdez 6, Alvarez 0, Adderson 6. Totals: 20 9-15 50.

Lakeview 2 8 2 8 — 20

St. Mary's 12 12 10 16 — 50

3-point goals — St. Mary's 1 (D. Valdez 1).