KONA, Hawaii — Jen Noon picked a fine time to shine for the Crater girls basketball team.

KONA, Hawaii — Jen Noon picked a fine time to shine for the Crater girls basketball team.

Noon scored six of her team-high 11 points in the final two minutes as the Comets pulled away from A.N. Myer of Niagra Falls, Ontario, for a 41-33 victory at the World Youth Basketball Tournament on Monday.

With the game hanging in the balance, Noon had a steal, an assist and made all four free throws she attempted to go with a clutch layin for Crater, which improved to 6-1.

Crater coach J.T. Thomas was most impressed with his team's defense against a taller squad.

"We again played a pretty strong defensive game from the outset," said Thomas, whose team led 18-17 at the half. "We're still coming out with a lot of defensive intensity. That's worked out pretty well for us so far."

Leona Steel added nine points and, like Noon, finished with four steals and a blocked shot. Kasidy Cobb contributed eight points.

The Comets take on King Kamehameha High School of Honolulu today.

SOUTH MEDFORD 50, SKYVIEW 45 — At Lake Oswego, South Medford's Tess Picknell had seven blocked shots to go with 11 points against the Vancouver, Wash., team and is on pace to break the all-time record for blocks in the Nike Laker Interstate Shootout.

Picknell, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, has 11 blocks in two games of the 19th annual event that draws top teams. She trails only Asha Wilkerson of Jesuit, who had 15 in four games in 2000.

South Medford (6-2) was behind 20-19 at halftime. Hanna Curtius made 3 of 4 foul shots in the late going, and Kylie Towry made two free throws and a layup following a steal by Shameka Hubbard to keep Skyview at Bay.

Towry had 13 points, Curtius 11 — giving her 20 in two tourney games — and Yaremi Mejia had nine assists for the Panthers, who face Centennial at 11:30 a.m. today.

There are two 16-team brackets, and South Medford is competing in the upper division, which includes Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Calif., the top-ranked team in the nation.

SKYVIEW (45) — Hendricks 0, Keser 8, Bhangall 0, Mukensnabl 8, Bowen 13, Hamilton 1, Mason 2, Van Liew 10, J. Swanson 0, K. Swanson 1. Totals: 17 9-13 45.

SOUTH MEDFORD (50) — Vargas 0, Towry 13, Tago 0, Becker 1, Curtius 11, Hubbard 7, Mejia 2, Morris 5, T. Picknell 11, H. Picknell 0. Totals: 15 20-32 50.

Skyview 10 10 12 13 — 45

South Medford 12 7 15 16 — 50

3-point goals — Skyview 2 (Keser 2).

SUNSET 40, NORTH MEDFORD 34 — At Canby, North Medford wasn't able to maintain a brief fourth-quarter lead as 10th-ranked Sunset earned the win in the opening round of the Canby Tournament.

Alyssa Maurer had 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Black Tornado (4-3), while freshman post Maryssa Becker pulled down 14 rebounds to go with her four points.

North will play Sprague today at 2:45 p.m.

NORTH MEDFORD (34) — Straub 6, Maurer 13, Black 4, Allen 2, Towe 0, Dixon 5, McMillen 0, Becker 4, Kummer 0. Totals: 13 6-14 34.

SUNSET (40) — Richard 8, Olson 8, Salness 8, Fay 1, Copeland 2, Potter 11, DeMots 2, Rost 0. Totals: 14 10-15 40.

North Medford 6 7 10 11 — 34

Sunset 6 11 9 14 — 40

3-point goals — North Medford 2 (Straub 2), Sunset 2 (Salness 2).

ASHLAND 50, NORTH BEND 24 — At Coos Bay, Allison Gida scored 19 points and Kayla Reynolds added 15 as Ashland rolled to a win at the South Coast Les Schwab Holiday Tournament at Marshfield High.

Gida scored eight quick points in the first quarter and Reynolds drained four of her five 3-pointers in the first half to help the Grizzlies open a 30-13 lead at the break.

Gida also had at least eight assists, estimated Ashland coach Tom McCracken.

The Grizzlies continue play at the eight-team tournament today at 5:30 p.m. against host Marshfield.

ASHLAND (50) — Shulenberger 1, Van Vleck 2, Minor 0, McCoy 8, Reynolds 15, Pavlich 0, Paton 4, Gida 19, Michaels 1. Totals: 20 4-11 50.

NORTH BEND (24) — Duhnam 1, Davison 10, Wiedman 5, Faster 2, Danta 0, Maceski 6, Mcullogh 0. Totals: 9 4-9 24.

Ashland 14 16 14 6 —50

North Bend 7 6 7 4 —24

Ashland 6 (Reynolds 5, Gida 1), North Bend 2 (Davison 1, Wiedman 1).

WILLAMETTE 46, GRANTS PASS 41 — At Coos Bay, Courtney Smith's 18-point effort wasn't enough as a turnover-filled first half doomed Grants Pass in the first round of the South Coast Les Schwab Tournament against Willamette.

The Cavers (2-4) will face Myrtle Point today at 8:30 a.m.

Heather Wonsyld added nine points for Grants Pass, which committed 19 turnovers in the game, the majority coming before the intermission.

GRANTS PASS (41) — Smith 18, Wonsyld 9, Johnson 6, Edgar 4, Soares 1, Aguilera 3, Ward 0, Bath 0, Daniels 0. Totals: 15 8-12 41.

WILLAMETTE (46) — Mahaffie 10, Glassen 9, Robertson 7, Wither 7, Worthen 6, Crane 2, Wilkenson 2, Josh 2, Alsamanti 1, Wright 0. Totals: 15 15-26 46.

Grants Pass 6 9 13 13 — 41

Willamette 10 11 15 10 — 46

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Smith 2, Aguilera 1), Willamette 1 (Robertson 1).

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 69, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 63 — At Corvallis, Cascade Christian played second-ranked Santiam Christian tough but couldn't get over the hump at the Salem Academy Tournament.

Aleena Cesaro paced the Challengers (5-3) with 22 points and eight rebounds. Andi Vondra chipped in with 12 points and Megan Hallmark contributed 11.

Taylor Woods dropped in 34 points for the Eagles.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (63) — Brown 5, Aguilar 2, Hallmark 11, Cochran 6, Martinez 2, Hunt 2, Cesaro 22, Vondra 12, Sellers 1, Martin 0, Ballard 0. Totals: 25 8-17 63.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN (69) — Land 10, D. Woods 4, Davis 13, Waite 2, Herrold 2, Taylor Woods 34, Chambers 2, Hendricks 2, Matthews 0. Totals: 23 20-26 69.

Cascade Christian 11 18 18 16 — 63

Santiam Christian 14 24 19 12 — 69

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 5 (Hallmark 2, Cochran 2, Brown 1), Santiam Christian 3 (Land 2, T. Woods 1). Technical foul — Santiam Christian bench.