Hannah Washington was a double-double machine for South Medford High during the girls basketball season.
The Panther senior lived up to her reputation in being chosen as the Most Valuable Player during the 10th annual Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic.
Washington, along with teammate Ula Chamberlin, were a difficult pair to harness as they helped the Rogues hold off the Siskiyous for a 62-54 victory at Central Medford High School Friday.
Washington scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Chamberlin, a South Medford sophomore, added 11 points for the Rogues.
“Playing with a teammate in a game like this is special,” said Chamberlin, “especially with someone so diverse and talented as Hannah. We know what we’re all about and feed off each other.”
Washington had a joyous presence on the court in her first appearance in the Classic. When the 6-foot forward wasn’t blocking shots, she was grabbing rebounds — going coast-to-coast on several occasions. She even knocked down a 3-pointer, all with a smile on her face.
“Just being able to do things that you don’t normally do during the season was different,” said Washington. “And being our last game together was fun. I was happy and honored to be in the game.”
The Siskiyous’ last lead of the contest, 5-4, was on Megan Fossen’s 3-pointer early in the first quarter. Then Chamberlin answered with a trey to begin a 16-4 burst.
Washington followed by scoring the Rogues’ next seven points. She pulled down a rebound and took it the length of the court, finished a fastbreak with a layup and hit a 3-pointer.
“It was a nice luxury to have those two on the squad,” said Rogues coach Alex Carlson, head women’s coach at Southern Oregon University. “It’s neat when you see players on that level sharing their talents.”
Once the Rogues built a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Siskiyous could never quite catch up.
In the second quarter, the Siskiyous cut the margin to eight, 24-16, on Jordan Kujawski’s putback off a miss. But the Rogues answered with eight straight points.
Kujawski’s 3-pointer and Kaylene Ritter’s transition score for the Siskiyous were sandwiched around a Washington offensive rebound and basket to end the first half with the Rogues ahead 34-23.
Kujawski, a Grants Pass senior guard who has verbally committed to play for Warner Pacific, finished with nine points.
“I just wanted to contribute anyway I could,” said Kujawksi, the leading scorer for the Cavers with about a 10-point average. “I’m super competitive. I went hard and thought we we could come back.”
North Medford’s Fossen, who led the Siskiyous with a game-high 16 points, scored a three-point play to cut the Rogues lead to five — 42-37 — with 3:27 to go in the third period.
Again the Rogues responded with back-to-back 3-pointers by Rogue River’s Jesse Langfield and Kaylee Krusemark of Hidden Valley.
South Medford’s Jonnay Foote cut the Siskiyous’ deficit to 52-46 on a 3-pointer at the 5:35 mark of the fourth. Then Washington scored off an entry pass from Chamberlin to begin an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach with 3:20 remaining.
Eagle Point junior Carlene Hart tallied 12 points for the Rogues. She relished the opportunity to play in the game after being the leading scorer for the winless Eagles.
“It was totally different but nice different,” said Hart about being part of the victorious team. “It was a good experience to play with people who have a similar skill level.”
Emily Stephens, a Cascade Christian sophomore, was the leading vote getter (2,623) for the Rogues and Crater sophomore guard Sydney Gray garnered the most votes (1,505) for the Siskiyous.
SISKIYOUS (54): Megan Fossen 16, Lauren Orndoff 4, Jonnay Foote 5, Jordan Kujawski 9, Sydney Gray 8, Kaylene Ritter 4, Emma Bennion 8, Aundrea Miller 0, Katie Munsell 0. Totals: 21 8-10 54.
ROGUES (62): Rylee Karrick 0, Ula Chamberlin 11, Hannah Washington 15, Evie Kent 8, Carlene Hart 12, Kaylee Krusemark 7, Amanda Stewart 2, Emily Stephens 2, Jesse Langfield 3, Baley VanWormer 2. Totals: 29 0-0 62.
3-point goals — Siskiyous 4 (Foote 1, Gray 1, Fossen 1, Kujawski 1), Rogues 4 (Washington 1, Chamberlin 1, Langfield 1, Krusemark 1).