LAKE OSWEGO — St. Mary's Academy from Phoenix, Ariz., jumped on South Medford early in the opening round of the Laker/Nike Interstate Shootout Monday.

LAKE OSWEGO — St. Mary's Academy from Phoenix, Ariz., jumped on South Medford early in the opening round of the Laker/Nike Interstate Shootout Monday.

But that could have been expected from the Knights, who are the ESPN eighth-ranked girls basketball team in the country.

The Panthers could never recover from a 15-point first-quarter deficit and went on to drop a 69-42 decision at Lake Oswego High.

South Medford (4-3) plays Thurston of Springfield in a consolation-round game at 1 p.m. today.

"They came out and were red-hot from the field," said South Medford coach Tom Cole. "They just shot really, really well."

South Medford answered by outscoring St. Mary's 13-11 in the second period and cut the Knights' lead to 11 points in the third.

"Our kids responded," said Cole, "but (St. Mary's) kept coming back on us. I thought our first five battled with their first five. But they have so much depth they kept bringing in gifted kids."

Sophomore guard Yaremi Mejia paced the Panthers with 15 points.

"We made some turnovers but we handled their press relatively well," said Cole. "We have not seen that kind of ball pressure full court with such athletic guards."

Post Cortnee Walyon scored 16 points to lead St. Mary's, which is loaded with NCAA Division I college recruits.

"Our kids competed and never gave up," said Cole. "This was the best team we've played in my four years of coaching high school basketball at South. They're precise with their ball movement and are very disciplined."

SOUTH MEDFORD (42) — Vargas 0, Towry 9, Tago 6, Bolston 0, Curtius 6, Mejia 15, Morris 0, Brennan 0, Picknell 6. Totals: 13 13-21 42

ST. MARY'S (69) — Tummala 10, Dan. Williams 9, Dom. Williams 0, Osahar 0, Walyon 16, Ramirez 0, Ekmark 9, Leikem 11, Johnson 7, Dickson 7. Totals: 26 12-21 69

South Medford 9 13 9 11 — 42

St. Mary's 26 11 15 17 — 69

3-point goals — South Medford 3 (Towry 2, Mejia 1), St. Mary's (Tummala 2, Dan. Williams 1, Ekmark 1, Leikem 1). Fouled out — Mejia.

CRATER 47, RIPON, CALIF., 30 — At Pittsburg, Calif., senior forward Brook Blaisdell had an efficient offensive performance and Shelby Owen was productive off the bench for Crater in the opening round of the West Coast Jamboree at Heritage High.

Blaisdell paced the Comets (4-1) with 14 points — sinking all four field-goal attempts — and added four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Owen, a junior forward, had six points, four assists, three rebounds and one block.

Katie Powell and Bethany McNichols combined for nine steals to spearhead Crater's tough defense.

The Comets face the Hercules Titans in the second round at 4 p.m. today.

RIPON (30) — Contente 8, Rodriquez 6, Tia 4, Waters 4, McCann 4, Morais 2, Brittany 2, Kala 0, Ratto 0, Vickers 0. Totals: 10 9-11 30.

CRATER (47) — Blaisdell 14, Brook, Owen 6, Ferris 6, Britton 5, Powell 5, Cobb 4, McNichols 4, Guthrie 2, Scott 1, Lyle 0, Hampson 0, Young 0. Totals: 18 10-20 47.

Ripon 6 11 5 8 — 30

Crater 11 14 11 11 — 47

3-point goals — Ripon 1 (McCann 1), Crater 1 (Powell 1).

GRANTS PASS 59, NORTH SALEM 29 — At Coos Bay, Grants Pass' strong defensive effort set the tone early in the first round of the Les Schwab South Coast Holiday Tournament at Marshfield High.

The Cavers' press caused numerous turnovers that led to a 30-11 halftime advantage.

Grants Pass (2-5) was led by junior post Hannah Johnson (13 points) and senior guard Courtney Smith (12 points).

NORTH SALEM (29) — Whitney 0, Wardrop 0, Siclait 4, Davis 3, Nordlien 15, Starkey 3, Scott 2, Kammerman 2. Totals: 10 9-13 29.

GRANTS PASS (59) — Daniels 4, Luker 3, Jordan 0, Syfert 7, Phillips 2, Dean 4, Smith 12, Aguilera 8, Davidson 2, Johnson 13, Edgar 4. Totals: 24 8-18 59.

North Salem 3 8 4 14 — 29

Grants Pass 15 15 15 14 — 59

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Aguilera 2, Syfert 1).

WILLAMETTE 47, ASHLAND 29 — At Coos Bay, Lexi Bando scored 10 points as No. 2 Willamette used a balanced effort and a suffocating halfcourt trap to stifle Ashland in the first round of the eight-team Les Schwab South Coast Holiday Tournament.

Junior guard Allison Shulenberger had 17 points, five rebounds and five steals and senior post Willie Michiels had four points and six rebounds for Ashland (2-5), which will play North Bend in a consolation game today at noon.

Willamette (6-1) forced four straight Ashland turnovers at the start of the third quarter and converted each into layups to extend its lead, which reached 26 points entering the final period.

ASHLAND (29) — Shulenberger 17, Minor 4, Sar. Kasiah 2, Zehren 2, Michiels 4, Haynes 0, Cochrane 0, Fine 0, Pavlich 0, Bottimore 0, Marston 0.Totals: 12 3-6 29.

WILLAMETTE (47) — Winther 3, Josh 4, VanSant 1, Wilkinson 6, Bando 10, Glassou 6, Osborne 5, Mahaffie 8, Kast 4. Totals: 17 11-14 47.

Ashland 3 7 4 15 — 29

Willamette 9 12 19 7 — 47

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Shulenberger 2), Willamette 2 (Winther 1, Osborne 1).

Boys

NORTH VALLEY 66, COTTAGE GROVE 64 — At Cottage Grove, North Valley crawled out of a five-point hole in overtime after Dan Dean forced the extra session with a last-second layup in the semifinals of the Cottage Grove Holiday Tournament.

Junior wing Jeremiah Rusk had 21 points and 12 rebounds while senior post Spencer Pughe had 14 points, four rebounds and two blocks for the Knights (7-3), who play Newport for the tourney title at 3:30 p.m. today.

Fourth-ranked Cottage Grove suffered its first loss of the season after seven straight wins, including the last six by double digits.

NORTH VALLEY (66) — Rusk 21, Pughe 14, Brazille 14, Dean 10, Anderson 6, Herklotz 1, Mooney 0, Zandehey 0, Hayter 0. Totals: 26 14-29 66.

COTTAGE GROVE (64) — Hurd 22, Sheperd 15, Morales 15, Gray 7, Maddess 3, Rothermund 2, Miller 2, Dieke 0. Totals: 23 11-19 64.

North Valley 7 19 18 11 9 — 66

Cottage Grove 10 16 15 16 7 — 64

3-point goals — North Valley 0, Cottage Grove 7 (Morales 5, Maddess 1, Gray 1). Technical fouls — Maddess. Fouled out — Gray.