RED BLUFF, Calif. — South Medford turned up the defensive pressure in the second half against the host team in the Red Bluff Holiday Classic Friday.

RED BLUFF, Calif. — South Medford turned up the defensive pressure in the second half against the host team in the Red Bluff Holiday Classic Friday.

The extra effort returned dividends as the Panthers turned a four-point halftime lead into a 58-39 victory against Red Bluff in the semifinals.

The defending tournament champion Panthers (4-2) will face a rematch of last year's finals against Lake Oswego at 7:30 tonight.

South Medford went on a 16-5 burst in the third quarter and held the Spartans to 17 second-half points on just six field goals. Red Bluff scored 85 points in an opening-round win on Thursday.

"We switched up our defense a little in the second half," said South Medford coach Dennis Murphy. "We went to more zone then mixed up the zone and man defenses."

Josh Havird paced the South attack with 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field. The Panther junior wing also provided five rebounds and three assists.

"(Havird) has grown into a leadership role," said Murphy. "He's doing the things we need him to do."

South Medford got a boost from post Tevyn Mercer, who scored eight of his 12 points in the second half. Mercer achieved a double-double by grabbing 13 rebounds, including five on the offensive boards. The junior also had four assists.

"Our kids played hard and smart," said Murphy. "We really competed. We did a great job on the boards."

The Panthers outrebounded Red Bluff 39-22.

Murphy was impressed that the Panthers' 24 field goals came on 17 assists.

"We're playing good team basketball and getting the ball to the open guy," said the Panther coach, who is in his 22nd season. "It was by far the best we've played this year."

SOUTH MEDFORD (58) — Havird 23, Mercer 12, Pratt 7, Brassel 6, Seutter 6, Voss 2, Retzlaff 2, Shanklin-Rice 0, Pearson 0, Wallan 0. Totals: 24 3-9 58.

RED BLUFF (39) — Blaser 13, Miller 6, Tapia 0, Velasco 0, Avila 6, Rodriguez 0, Capik 1, Hill 0, Lewis 2, Shoop 2, Gappa 9. Totals: 14 6-12 39.

South Medford 15 11 16 16 — 58

Red Bluff 12 10 5 12 — 39

3-point goals — South Medford 7 (Brassel 2, Seutter 2, Havird 3), Red Bluff 5 (Blaser 3, Avila 2). Fouled out — Miller.

ASHLAND 64, SUMMIT 54 — At Ashland, Jordan Resch had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Ashland in its opening game at the renovated Mountain Avenue Gym in the Ashland Rotary Hoop Classic.

Billy Hansen and Adam Pavlich each added 16 points for the Grizzlies (4-4), who led 27-18 at halftime.

Jesse Heinly had 17 points to pace Summit.

Mazama beat Henley in the tournament's other boys game, and Ashland will play host to Henley at 3 p.m. today. Mazama and Summit will square off at 11:45 this morning.

SUMMIT (54) — Heinly 17, Absalon 2, Huckins 3, Norby 9, Meagher 9, Stelk 4, Wettig 8, Moore 2, Mouser 0, Michalski 0. Totals: 19 8-9 54.

ASHLAND (64) — Resch 19, Hansen 16, Pavlich 16, Hitchko 9, Chasmar 4, Kendall 0, Stone 0, Heater 0, Westerberg 0. Totals: 24 12-19 64.

Summit 6 12 8 28 — 54

Ashland 15 12 15 22 — 64

3-point goals — Summit 8 (Heinly 4, Wettig 2, Huckins 1, Norby 1), Ashland 4 (Hansen 2, Hitchko 1, Pavlich 1).

GRANTS PASS 49, EAGLE POINT 36 — At Grants Pass, Eagle Point's numerous attempts to claw back were for not as Grants Pass captured the nonconference victory.

Ronnie Fields recorded his third consecutive double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavemen (3-1), who shot only 10 free throws in the game after averaging 33 in their previous two contests.

Hunter Fields and Taylor Griggs had five steals apiece for Grants Pass.

Logan Winter turned in 19 points for the Eagles.

EAGLE POINT (36) — Van Dyke 1, Gonzalez 0, Smith 0, Marlia 2, Winter 19, Bolston 6, Snow 0, Morris 0, Holmes 6, Reed 2. Totals: 14 7-16 36.

GRANTS PASS (49) — Nottingham 5, Griggs 5, Robbins 4, Tardieu 2, Scriven 3, H. Fields 4, Romick 6, Jimenez 0, R. Fields 16, Mahr 4. Totals: 20 6-10 49.

Eagle Point 11 7 8 10 — 36

Grants Pass 16 11 8 14 — 49

3-point goals — Eagle Point 1 (Winter), Grants Pass 3 (Griggs 1, Romick, R. Fields 1). Technical foul — Eagle Point bench.

JV result — Grants Pass won.

HOOPA (Calif.) 87, ILLINOIS VALLEY 79 — At Del Norte, Calif., Roger Hults had 24 points and Fred Hults added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Illinois Valley in its one-game outing at the Del Norte Tournament.

Jesse Bethke added 16 points and Andrew McLaughlin had 10 rebounds and eight points for the Cougars (2-5).

ILLINOIS VALLEY (79) — R. Hults 24, F. Hults 19, Bethke 16, To. Mikels 8, McLaughlin 8, Kendall 2, Tr. Mikels 2, Robbins 0. Totals: 34 8-13 79.

HOOPA (87) — Colegrone 28, Colegrone 2, Avery 12, Rice 2, McOvey 4, Krag 0, Hutt 24, Moon 6, Wilson 4, Wilded 5. Totals: 29 25-31 87.

Illinois Valley 15 15 18 31 — 79

Hoopa (Calif.) 19 25 23 20 — 87

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 3 (F. Hults 2, R. Hults 1), Hoopa 4 (Colegrone 2, Moon 1, Wilded 1). Fouled out — To. Mikels.

Girls

NORTH MEDFORD 43, MARSHFIELD 39 — At Ashland, Karissa Dixon dropped in 21 points for North Medford, bailing the Black Tornado out of a bad shooting night in the Ashland Rotary Hoop Classic.

The Black Tornado (4-1) will play Ashland in the championship game today at 5 p.m.

Dixon also hit all three North 3-pointers and added six rebounds and three steals.

Alyssa Maurer chipped in eight points and four steals for the Tornado, which only shot 36 percent. Maryssa Becker also had six points, four boards and four blocks.

Emily Beasley led the Pirates with 20 points.

MARSHFIELD (39) — Charitan 2, Scott 2, Beasley 20, Kuhn 2, Berger 0, Young 11, Carocci 2, Francis 0, Morgan 0. Totals: 13 9-13 39.

NORTH MEDFORD (43) — Straub 2, Kummer 2, Maurer 8, Black 1, Allen 0, Towe 0, Bartley 0, Dixon 21, McMillen 3, Becker 6. Totals: 15 10-17 43.

Marshfield 10 9 10 10 — 39

North Medford 16 11 7 9 — 43

3-point goals — Marshfield 4 (Beasley 3, Young 1), North Medford 3 (Dixon 3). Technical foul — McMillen.

SOUTH MEDFORD 60, SPRAGUE 49 — Lupita Vargas scored 13 points and Kylie Towry added 11 to lead host South Medford to the nonleague win.

Tess Picknell added 10 points, eight rebounds and six blocks for the Panthers (4-1).

Jamie Roos hit four 3-pointers and scored 25 points for Sprague.

SPRAGUE (49) — Roos 25, Merrill 5, Branch 3, Ocaby 2, O'Connell 9, Ekcahl 0, Schutz 0, Isabell 5, Evans 0, Finicle 0, Yellowbird 0. Totals: 16 13-24 49.

SOUTH MEDFORD (60) — Vargas 13, Towry 11, Tago 4, Becker 3, Batten 0, Curtius 5, Contreras 0, Hubbard 4, Mejia 2, Morris 4, T. Picknell 10, H. Picknell 4. Totals: 26 5-16 60.

Sprague 15 10 5 19 — 49

South Medford 22 10 16 12 — 60

3-point goals — Sprague 4 (Roos 4), South Medford 3 (Vargas 2, Towry 1). Fouled out — Contreras. Technical Foul — Becker.

JV result — South Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 54, EAGLE POINT 28 — At Eagle Point, Grants Pass limited Eagle Point to single digits in each quarter of the nonconference game.

The Eagles (2-5) got 10 points from Jenna Richardson and four points, eight rebounds and three steals from Christine McCready.

Eagle Point was without top scorer Jennie Fernandes. She injured her right knee in a game against North Valley Tuesday and isn't expected to return before Southern Sky Conference play begins early next month.

GRANTS PASS (54) — Daniels 2, Bath 2, Ward 7, Smith 10, Aguilera 5, Wonsyld 8, Edgar 8, Johnson 4, Soares 7, Luker 1, Perry 0, Syfert 0. Totals: 22 10-20 54.

EAGLE POINT (28) — Richardson 10, S. Rodgers 3, Snow 3, Hunsley 2, McCready 4, Morris 6, Henderson 0, Solario 0, C. Rodgers 0, Bradshaw 0. Totals: 10 8-18 28.

Grants Pass 15 12 14 13 — 54

Eagle Point 7 8 5 8 — 28

Fouled out — McCready.

JV result — Grants Pass won.

HIDDEN VALLEY 39, PHILOMATH 33 — At Aurora, Dana Powell and Lacy Wood both registered 10 points for Hidden Valley, which edged Philomath to get into the championship of the North Marion Tournament.

Powell also had six rebounds, three steals and two assists for the Mustangs (4-2). Teammates Joelle Swanson and Katie Figoni pitched in eight points apiece.

PHILOMATH (33) — Grunwald 16, Marshall 8, Shoadt 2, Chorsness 4, Reyes 3, Watson 0, Harwood 0, Jesen 0. Totals: 15 3-7 33.

HIDDEN VALLEY (39) — Wood 10, Powell 10, Swanson 8, Figoni 8, Bars 3, Doig 0, Fikso 0, Guevara 0, Fate 0. Totals: 18 2-7 39.

Philomath 4 14 7 8 — 33

Hidden Valley 14 11 6 8 — 39

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 1 (Bars).