South Medford had every chance to pull away in the first half, but dismal free-throw shooting delayed the process in a 69-40 Southern Oregon Hybrid boys basketball win over visiting Grants Pass Friday.

South Medford had every chance to pull away in the first half, but dismal free-throw shooting delayed the process in a 69-40 Southern Oregon Hybrid boys basketball win over visiting Grants Pass Friday.

The third-ranked Panthers forced 15 turnovers in the first two quarters, but they made only 1 of 10 foul shots and led 30-21 at the break.

"We were so poor at the line," said coach Dennis Murphy of South (16-2, 6-1 SOH). "We got them to throw the ball away a lot and didn't capitalize on that."

The Panthers built a 16-6 lead to start the game, but the Cavemen closed the gap with the last five points of the opening quarter.

Tevyn Mercer, a 6-foot-4 senior post, did yeoman's work in the first half for South, scoring 14 of his 21 points. He finished with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

"Tevyn did a good job, he carried us," said Murphy. "He got a fair number of offensive rebounds, and he also got open inside and we got the ball to him."

Josh Havird heated up in the second half, hitting a couple of 3s en route to 13 points. He also had six rebounds and five assists.

Grants Pass (6-10, 2-4) got 10 points from Kolton Mahr.

GRANTS PASS (40) — Mahr 10, Rich 0, Emptage 1, Richardson 0, Griggs 3, Fields 5, Bennett 3, Evans 4, Scriven 6, Meadows 0, Etheridge 4, Tardieu 4. Totals: 17 4-8 40.

SOUTH MEDFORD (69) — Mercer 21, Havird 13, Brassel 9, Shanklin-Rice 8, Retzlaff 6, Pearson 6, Thibeault 6, DeCoste 0, Marshall 0, Singler 0, Delaney 0. Totals: 27 10-22 69.

Grants Pass 11 10 13 6 — 40

South Medford 16 14 23 16 — 69

3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Mahr 2), South Medford 5 (Brassel 1, Retzlaff 1, Havird 3), Fouled out — Fields.

JV result — South Medford won.

ROSEBURG 54, SOUTH EUGENE 45 — At Eugene, Tim Weber had 20 points and Bradley Seehawer 15 for Roseburg (12-4), which won for the seventh time in eight games.

ROSEBURG (54) — Weber 20, Seehawer 15, Stiefel 8, Van Horn 5, Priestley 4, Audiss 2, Spaulding 0, Lent 0. Totals: 19 10-11 54.

SOUTH EUGENE (45) — Ramsey 11, VanderKley 11, Dunlap 6, Honn 6, Ausland 5, Banks 2, Wells 2, Craig 2. Totals: 17 3-9 45.

Roseburg 18 5 13 18 — 54

South Eugene 8 12 11 14 — 45

3-point goals — Roseburg 6 (Seehawer 3, Weber 2, Van Horn 1), South Eugene 8 (VanderKley 3, Ramsey 2, Dunlap 2, Ausland 1). Fouled out — Audiss.

JV result — Roseburg won.

Girls

NORTH MEDFORD 55, CRATER 46 — At Central Point, with North Medford missing starters McKensey Peters and Maryssa Becker, Alyssa Maurer responded with a career-high scoring performance for the Black Tornado.

Maurer tossed in 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help North (11-6, 5-1 SOH) erase a three-point halftime deficit. The senior center scored nine points in the third quarter as the Black Tornado outscored Crater, 16-9.

Peters, North's leading scorer, was serving the final game of a three-game suspension, according to head coach Kailey Bostwick. The coach said Becker was not available because of another commitment.

Mikayla Murphy, a junior wing, contributed 11 rebounds, nine points and four steals for North Medford.

Katie Powell paced the Comets (10-5, 4-3 SOH) with 10 points and five steals and Brook Blaisdell chipped in eight rebounds, seven points and three assists.

NORTH MEDFORD (55) — Maurer 24, Straub 0, Williamson 6, Hogue 0, Leming 0, Allen 9, Ellis 7, Murphy 9. Totals: 19 12-25 55.

CRATER (46) — Ashworth 6, Powell 10, Owen 0, Cobb 6, McNichols 3, Britton 6, Blaisdell 7, Young 2, Ferris 6, Scott 0, Guthrie 0. Totals: 17 8-21 46.

North Medford 16 9 16 14 — 55

Crater 18 10 5 13 — 46

3-point goals — North Medford 5 (Williamson 1, Maurer 1, Allen 2, Ellis 1), Crater 4 (Ashworth 1, Powell 1, Cobb 2). Fouled out — Ellis, McNichols.

JV score — Crater 63, North Medford 22.

SOUTH MEDFORD 80, GRANTS PASS 51 — At Grants Pass, Kylie Towry and Yaremi Mejia combined for 53 points and eight first-half 3-pointers to pace No. 9 South Medford.

Towry poured in 32 points and was 6-for-7 from downtown before halftime. Mejia totalled 21 points and, in the second quarter, combined with Towry for 26 of the Panthers' 28 points — Towry had 16 and Mejia 10.

Towry also had six assists while Mejia picked up five steals. Tess Picknell had six points, 11 rebounds — six offensive — to go with five blocked shots for the Panthers (12-5, 7-0 SOH).

For the Cavers (4-12, 0-6), Annie Edgar had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Hannah Johnson chimed in with four points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two steals.

SOUTH MEDFORD (80) — Towry 32, Mejia 21, Vargas 5, Tago 1, Bolston 5, Curtius 6, Spang 0, Carroll 2, Brennan 2, Picknell 6. Totals: 31 9-13 80.

GRANTS PASS (51) — Edgar 15, Daniels 7, Luker 3, Jordan 2, Syfert 0, Phillips 0, Dean 0, Smith 12, Aguilera 5, Bice 0, Johnson 4, Henderson 3. Totals: 18 13-31 51.

South Medford 15 28 17 20 — 80

Grants Pass 13 9 10 19 — 51

3-point goals — South Medford 9 (Towry 6, Mejia 2, Vargas 1), Grants Pass 2 (Aguilera 1, Henderson 1). Fouled out — Aguilera.

JV result — South Medford won.