LAKE OSWEGO — The Nike Laker Interstate Shootout is a learning experiment, a chance for the South Medford girls basketball program to test itself against elite competition and learn how a top-notch team executes.

LAKE OSWEGO — The Nike Laker Interstate Shootout is a learning experiment, a chance for the South Medford girls basketball program to test itself against elite competition and learn how a top-notch team executes.

It was just that in the first round on Sunday, when the Panthers couldn't overcome early miscues and No. 4 Central Catholic won 58-43 at Lake Oswego High School.

"We just didn't have enough to get it done," South Medford coach Tom Cole said. "We dug ourselves a hole in the first half. Our second quarter really hurt us. (It's) hard to beat a team that's a top team in the state when you play like that. We're still trying to figure it out."

Trailing by six points to enter the second quarter, the young Panthers, whom Cole said was by far the youngest squad in the 16-team tournament, missed several routine shots and turned the ball over on numerous possessions. Central Catholic built the lead to 14 at halftime.

South Medford cut the deficit to six points in the third quarter before the Rams finished the quarter strong. The Panthers outscored Central Catholic in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was too large to overcome.

Hanna Curtius led South Medford with nine points. Teammates Yaremi Mejia and Tess Picknell each added eight. Picknell also had nine rebounds.

Kylee Schierman led all scorers with 16 points and teammate Kailee Johnson had 14 for Central Catholic.

South Medford will play Skyview (Wash.) today at 10 a.m.

SOUTH MEDFORD (43) — Vargas 2, Towry 2, Tago 2, Becker 5, Curtius 9, Hubbard 2, Mejia 8, Morris 5, T. Picknell 8, H. Picknell 0. Totals: 15 10-18 43.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (58) — Foster 0, Martin 0, Schierman 16, Barkdoll 2, Corrado 8, McKeena 0, Dove 3, Craig 11, Johnson 14, Hood 0, Upshaw 4. Totals: 25 6-12 58.

South Medford 13 4 12 14 — 43

Central Catholic 19 12 15 12 — 58

3-point goals — South Medford 3 (Mejia 2, Curtius 1), Central Catholic 2 (Dove 1, Craig 1).