RED BLUFF, Calif. — South Medford didn't grow in the win column Saturday, but there's little question the Panther boys basketball team grew on the court.

RED BLUFF, Calif. — South Medford didn't grow in the win column Saturday, but there's little question the Panther boys basketball team grew on the court.

In a rebuilding season the likes of which longtime coach Dennis Murphy hasn't seen in ages, South Medford put forth its best effort in a 56-54 loss to Lake Oswego in the championship of the Red Bluff Holiday Classic.

Last year here, the Panthers beat Lake Oswego for the crown.

South Medford (4-3), picked to place fifth in the Southwest Conference, was considered an underdog against the Lakers, who are ranked ninth in the Oregon Class 6A coaches' poll and boast four front-line players ranging from 6-foot-9 to 6-5.

But to the end, when a pair of 3-point attempts in the final five seconds just missed, the Panthers challenged.

"We really felt like, going in, this would be a great measure of who we are," said Murphy, whose team started strong, fizzled in the second quarter, then rallied and twice led in the final 11/2 minutes.

"Our kids grew up a little bit. Most of them have not been in a game like that, where you have to play really tough on every possession. We've not had those kinds of situations before against this big-sized, quality, athletic kind of team."

In the frantic final moments with South Medford trailing 56-54, the Panthers' Mike Brassel got an open look at a 3-pointer, but it bounced off the front rim. A Lakers player tipped the ball out of bounds, giving South Medford possession beneath the basket.

With little more than a second left, the ball was inbounded to Josh Havird, who whipped it to Kyle Seutter at the top of the key. Seutter's 3 also caromed off the rim as time expired.

"If it goes in, we're happy," said Murphy. "If not, we get beat, which is what happened."

Brassel scored 17 points and Havird 16. Travis Pratt added 10 points and four rebounds.

South Medford led by three in the first half but "hit a real flat spot," said Murphy, and was on the short end of a 12-1 run.

"We challenged them very hard at halftime," he said. "We told them you need to make a statement about who you are. To our kids' credit, they battled, battled, battled, battled, and I appreciated that."

The Panthers outscored Lake Oswego 18-13 in the third, with Brassel and Havird each hitting two 3-pointers.

Brassel provided a 52-51 lead with 1:20 to play, but the teams traded baskets until South Medford came up short in the final sequence.

LAKE OSWEGO (56) — Rudolph 8, McLean 2, Patton 0, Hermanson 4, Livingston 8, Coleman 12, Batruk 8, Reader 14. Totals: 21 14-25 56.

SOUTH MEDFORD (54) — Brassel 17, Retzlaff 0, Shanklin-Rice 0, Pearson 0, Seutter 3, Havird 16, Pratt 10, Mercer 4, Voss 0, Wallan 4. Totals: 18 10-12 54.

Lake Oswego 11 22 13 10 — 56

South Medford 11 14 18 11 — 54

3-point goals — South Medford 8 (Brassel 4, Seutter 1, Havird 3). Fouled out — Reader, Mercer.

CRATER 65, LEBANON 46 — At Central Point, Crater's Mike Hicks started hot from the field and finished by hitting some key free throws.

Hicks scored 10 of the Comets' 14 first-quarter points, then sank 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to finish with a game-high 18 points.

The Comets (2-5) trailed 29-27 at halftime.

Crater junior Mat Crowl scored 11 points, had four steals and took two charges. Josh Dalton, a senior wing, had a good all-around game with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Devin Massey added eight rebounds and came away with three of Crater's 13 steals.

LEBANON (46) — Marshall 1, Avants 0, Coleman 2, Albion 2, Hoover 11, Pruett 3, Olson 2, Bertram 8, Thompson 9, Garcia 10. Totals: 16 12-20 46.

CRATER (65) — Crowl 11, Martin 8, Douglas 3, Etchison 0, Clark 5, Dalton 7, Reed 7, Hicks 17, Bolton 0, Lacy 1, Massey 6. Totals: 18 25-33 65.

Lebanon 13 16 7 10 — 46

Crater 14 13 15 23 — 65

3-point goals — Lebanon 2 (Hoover 1, Pruett 1), Crater 5 (Martin 2, Reed 2, Clark 1). Fouled out — Avants.

JV result — Crater won

ASHLAND 52, HENLEY 48 — At Ashland, sophomore Billy Hansen scored 18 points to spark Ashland on the second day of the Ashland Rotary Hoops Classic.

Hansen bombed in five 3-pointers.

The Grizzlies (5-4) trailed 38-37 entering the fourth quarter, then went on a 13-3 run to pull away.

Senior Nino Foley scored seven of his 15 points in the final stanza to spark the Grizzlies.

ASHLAND (52) — Hansen 18, Foley 15, Chasmar 5, Kendall 2, Hitchko 2, Pavlach 4, Resch 6, Stone 0. Totals: 18 6-13 52.

HENLEY (48) — Peterson 14, Mueller 14, K. Dearing 2, T. Dearing 3, Fahner 0, Conley 3, Herr 8, Myers 4, Cullen 0, North 0. Totals: 16 11-14 48.

Ashland 16 12 9 15 — 52

Henley 9 11 18 10 — 48

3-point goals — Ashland 10 (Hansen 5, Foley 3, Pavlich 1, Resch 1), Henley 5 (Mueller 2, Herr 2, T. Dearing 1).

HIDDEN VALLEY 68, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 58 — At Murphy, Taylor Bars and Dylan Armanino scored 18 points each as Hidden Valley held off a late charge by Brookings-Harbor on Friday.

The Mustangs (5-1) held a 34-16 halftime lead.

Bruins center Cody Cozad scored 27 points to lead all scorers.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (58) — Cozad 27, Eszling 7, Gowman 6, Babb 5, Fertig 4, Munoz 3, Gotfried 2, Lathorfe 2, Tate 2. Totals: 22 11-19 58.

HIDDEN VALLEY (68) — Bars 18, Armanino 18, C. Krauss 15, Kanemoto 5, Woodrum 5, Suthann 4, Ketelsen 2, D. Morse 1, Garrison 0, Faust 0, M. Morse 0, K. Krauss 0. Totals: 22 21-30 68.

Brookings-Harbor 10 6 20 22 — 58

Hidden Valley 16 18 21 13 — 68

3-point goals — Brookings-Harbor 3 (Eszling 1, Fertig 1, Babb 1), Hidden Valley 3 (Armanino, Kanemoto 1, C. Krauss 1). Fouled out — Tate.

JV result — Hidden Valley won.

Girls

ASHLAND 44, NORTH MEDFORD 33 — At Ashland, Allison Gida had 13 points to lead host Ashland to the Ashland Rotary Tournament championship — the fifth year in a row the Grizzlies claimed their tournament.

Kayla Reynolds, who nailed three 3-pointers, scored 11 points and Katie Patton added 10 for Ashland (5-4).

Karissa Dixon led North Medford with 10 points.

NORTH MEDFORD (33) — Straub 6, Kummer 5, Maurer 2, Black 2, Allen 3, Towe 0, Dixon 10, McMillen 2, Becker 3. Totals: 9 11-17 33.

ASHLAND (44) — Shulenberger 2, Van Vleck 6, Sturges 2, Reynolds 11, Patton 10, Gida 13. Totals: 12 8-16 44.

North Medford 13 6 10 4 — 33

Ashland 13 13 8 10 — 44

3-point goals — North Medford 4 (Straub 2, Kummer 1, Allen 1), Ashland 4 (Reynolds 3, Van Vleck 1).

YAMHILL-CARLTON 24, HIDDEN VALLEY 23 — Ellie Anderson made the game-winning jumper with approximately one minute remaining to lead Yamhill-Carlton to the North Marion Christmas Classic championship.

Katie Figoni had six points and Joelle Swanson grabbed seven rebounds to lead Hidden Valley (4-3).

HIDDEN VALLEY (23) — Figoni 6, Wood 4, Swanson 2, Powell 2, Bars 4, Fikso 5, Doig 0, Guevara 0. Totals: 11 0-5 23.

YAMHILL-CARLTON (24) — Anderson 14, Bellwood 4, Atke 2, Findley 2, Skuzeski 2, Madi 0, Whitney 0, Jensen 0, Oliver 0. Totals: 11 2-4 24.

Hidden Valley 4 4 9 6 — 23

Yamhill-Carlton 4 4 5 11 — 24

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