GRANTS PASS — A poor third quarter proved costly for North Medford in a key Southwest Conference girls basketball game Tuesday.

After trailing by one point at halftime, Grants Pass used a big third quarter to propel itself to a 43-39 victory.

North Medford (12-8, 4-4 SWC) entered the contest just a half game behind the Cavers (12-5, 6-3) for third in the SWC standings.

Grants Pass shot 7-for-11 from the field to outscore North 16-8 in the third period.

“We didn’t start either half very well,” said North Medford head coach Tim Karrick. “They took it to us pretty good in the third quarter and that was the difference.”

Rylee Karrick scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth to help rally the Black Tornado.

“We were playing catch up,” said coach Karrick. “We did some good things in the fourth but we couldn’t get a couple of stops when we needed to.”

Savannah Bumgardner led North with 12 points to go with seven rebounds and Megan Fossen contributed nine points and seven rebounds.

“We thought we’d have an advantage inside,” said Karrick. “So we got the ball inside but couldn’t get enough shots to fall.”

NORTH MEDFORD (39): Ersepke 0, T. Baker 0, Ross 2, Bumgardner 12, Karrick 10, Hamilton 0, Graff 0, A. Baker 6, Fossen 9. Totals: 17 5-6 39.

GRANTS PASS (43): Etheridge 9, Padgett 8, Bruner 2, Ay, Klingler 2, Ah. Klingler 7, Mahan 0, Kujawski 15. Totals: 14 12-19 43.

North Medford;9;11;8;11;—;39

Grants Pass:12;7;16;8;—;43

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Padgett 1, Kujawski 2). Fouled out — Bumgardner.

THURSTON 45, ASHLAND 38: At Ashland, Mya Elder-Hammond had nine points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals for Ashland in the Midwestern League game.

Olivia Mellon added 10 points for the Grizzlies (4-13, 1-8 MWL), who pulled to within six early in the fourth quarter against Thurston (6-11, 3-6).

THURSTON (45): Landrum 2, B. Gilbert 7, Gallup 6, Regas 7, Rice 2, Keefauver 2 Hallett 0, Williams 3, M. Gilbert 14, Birkby 2. Totals: 17 8-13 45.

ASHLAND (38): Mellon 10, Voskes 3, Titus 8, Barnes 0, Barry 0, Osorio-Walls 2, Munson 0, Elder-Hammond 9, Summers 3, Kolar 3. Totals: 10 3-5 38.

Thurston;11;9;13;12;—;45

Ashland;8;9;10;11;—;38

3-point goals — Thurston 1 (Williams 1), Ashland 5 (Mellon 2, Titus 2, Kolar 1). Fouled out — M. Gilbert.

JV — Thurston won.

NORTH VALLEY 62, PHOENIX 32: At Phoenix, Kaylene Ritter had six points, 10 rebounds and seven steals and Isabella Lopez added 14 points for Phoenix in the Skyline Conference contest.

The Pirates (4-13, 0-7 Sky) trailed 23-11 at halftime against North Valley (10-9, 4-3).

NORTH VALLEY (62): Kirkland 3, Han. Kersten 2, Touey 13, Stewart 19, Ottosen 8, Hal. Kersten 16, Wagman 4, Kalevicoglu 0, Miller 0, Kelly 0, Campbell 0, Mohr 0, Welsh 0, Smith 0. Totals: 23 9-16 62.

PHOENIX (32): Carillo 1, Burns 5, Ritter 6, Lopez 14, Marroquín-Salazar 4, Kentner 2, Segura 0, Rodríguez 0, Perez-Hernandez 0, Badillo 0, Lozano 0, Tous 0. Totals: 13 3-5 32.

North Valley;10;13;22;17;—;62

Phoenix;11;0;14;7;—;32

3-point goals — North Valley 7 (Touey 3, Ottosen 1, Han. Kersten 3). Phoenix 3 (Burns 2, Lopez 1).

LAKEVIEW 56, ROGUE RIVER 15: At Lakeview, Rogue River trailed 16-1 at the end of the first quarter in the Southern Cascade League game.

Sophomore Jess Langfield had a team-best six points for the Chieftains (1-18, 0-7 SCL).

For Lakeview (15-8, 6-1), Alex Conley scored 12 points.

ROGUE RIVER (15): Sakraida 0, Rangel 0, Smith 0, McKown 0, Langfield 6, Howard 2, Spaeth 4, Earnest 1, Reeder 2. Totals: 6 3-7 15.

LAKEVIEW (56): Hargis 4, Stephens 2, Reese 9, Steward 2, Warner 8, Nicholl 0, McCallister 2, Conley 12, Graham 3, Maita 1, Johnston 6, Dunn 7. Totals: 24 5-9 56.

Rogue River;1;4;4;6;—;15

Lakeview;16;15;11;12;—;56

3-point goals — Reese.

JV score — Lakeview 44, Rogue River 9.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 46, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 35: Mallory Meilicke scored 12 points for Cascade Christian during Southern Cascade League play.

Emily Stephens and Mia Mayben added nine points each for the Challengers (9-12, 3-4 SCL), who were outscored 12-3 in the second quarter against Illinois Valley (12-8, 6-2).

ILLINOIS VALLEY (46): Scott 3, Jonas 2, Murphy 0, Brooks 11, Miller 17, Johnson 11, Moore 2. Totals: 18 7-16 46.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (35): Mayben 9, Sydney 0, Plankenhorn 0, Beard 0, Miller 0, Rineman 2, Meilicke 12, Stephens 9, Winter 0, Johnston 3. Totals: 8 1-4 35.

Illinois Valley;15;12;6;13;—;46

Cascade Christian;11;3;11;10;—;35

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 1 (Johnson 1), Cascade Christian 6 (Mayben 3, Meliecke 2, Johnston 1).

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 50, GILCHRIST 45: At Gilchrist, Savanah Zamora had a good all-round game and Rogue Valley Adventist made enough free throws in the fourth quarter in the MVL contest.

With the victory, the Red Tail Hawks (4-5, 9-10 MVL) moved into a tie for fifth in the league standings with Gilchrist (11-8, 4-5).

Zamora, a sophomore point guard, led all scorers with 19 points to go with six assists and five steals. Hannah Wood added nine points and five rebounds for the Red Tail Hawks.

Rogue Valley Adventist was 8-for-12 from the line in the final period, with Zoe Belovitch going 3-for-3.