EAGLE POINT — South Medford sophomore Sherman Hunter couldn’t buy a basket in his varsity debut last Friday, but the up-and-coming Panther showed a far more relaxed, confident side Tuesday in helping his team to a 79-59 win over Eagle Point.

The 5-foot-8 guard knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points to help spark South Medford (1-1) to the runaway win.

“Sherman is a rhythm kid and Friday night he definitely struggled,” said Panthers head coach James Wightman, “but we just told him to relax, it’s just a basketball game, and he was huge tonight and I’m happy for him. It’s one of those things where he can score, for sure.”

Playing well off senior 6-9 posts Caleb English and Jesse Higgins, Hunter keyed an opening surge that allowed South Medford to build a 21-8 lead through one quarter and 42-21 edge by halftime over Eagle Point (1-3).

English added 18 points and nine rebounds, Higgins had eight points, eight rebounds and five blocks and Nick Randleman chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers.

Playing their fourth game in five days, the Eagles got 11 points apiece from Toby Hoppes and Manuel Chaparro and 10 points from Zakk Scott. Hoppes also had six rebounds, while Zakk Scott pulled down four boards and Levi Scott contributed three assists.

SOUTH MEDFORD (79): Hunter 24, Shepard 7, T. Boster 0, Harmon 2, P. Owens 3, Smith 0, Fealey 4, English 18, Randleman 13, Higgins 8. Totals: 28 17-19 79.

EAGLE POINT (59): Adams 8, Z. Scott 10, Judd 4, L. Scott 8, Neyt 2, Graham 3, Shaffer 0, Hoppes 11, Chaparro 11, Masloski 0, Vance 0, Gelbrich 2, Gorman 0. Totals: 17 19-24 59.

South Medford;21;21;20;17;—;79

Eagle Point;8;13;21;17;—;59

3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Hunter 4, Shepard 1, Owens 1), Eagle Point 6-25 (Adams 2, Z. Scott 1, Graham 1, Hoppes 2) . Fouled out — Adams.

JV score — South Medford 54, Eagle Point 50.

PHOENIX 54, ILLINOIS VALLEY 34: At Phoenix, sophomore Braeden Watts led a balanced Phoenix attack with 13 points as the Pirates used energetic play that resulted in 32 deflections to keep Illinois Valley on its heels in nonleague play.

Ethan Hutsell added 11 points and Brennan Watts chipped in with eight for Phoenix (1-0), which opened a 28-15 lead by halftime.

Caleb Hess had 15 points to pace Illinois Valley (2-2).

ILLINOIS VALLEY (34): Hess 15, McLanahan 9, Brummett 4, Box 3, Alvarez 2, Bell 1, Bruner 0, Sinnwell 0, Rodriguez 0. Totals: 8 (3) 9-17 34.

PHOENIX (54): Martinez 4, Bre. Watts 8, Hutsell 11, Goff 4, Lozano-Reyes 6, Bra. Watts 13, Gail 2, Botermans 6, Mendez 0, Peterson 0. Totals: 15 (6) 4-10 54.

Illinois Valley;6;9;14;5;—;34

Phoenix;13;15;16;10;—;54

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 3 (Box 1, Hess 2), Phoenix 6 (Bre. Watts 2, Lozano-Reyes 1, Bra. Watts 3). Fouled out — Botermans.

JV result — Phoenix won.

LOST RIVER 44, ST. MARY’S 42: Gavin Rajagopal’s 3-point shot at the final buzzer went halfway down and rimmed out as host St. Mary’s was edged by Lost River in a nonleague game.

After building a double-digit lead early in the second half, the Crusaders (0-2) went ice cold on offense, scoring just 14 points in the final two periods combined.

Trey Foster, a sophomore forward, finished with 10 points and nine rebounds while Jakab Bowling, a senior guard, added eight points and eight rebounds for St. Mary’s.

The Raiders (1-0) were led by sophomores Aiden McAuliffe (11 points) and Nicolas Pena Castellanos (10 points).

LOST RIVER (44): Mantanona 8, Asbill 0, Chavarria 5, McAuliffe 11, Castellanos 10, Mann 0, Nicolet 0, Ross 10, Morales 0, Perez 0. Totals 10 6-10 44.

ST. MARY’S (42): Miles 0, Mayer 5, Sternenberg 0, Grant 2, Rajagopal 5, Silsbee 9, Bowling 9, Reynolds 2, Foster 10. Totals 9 9-16 42.

Visitor;9;10;8;17;—;44

Home;18;10;7;7;—;42

3-point goals — Lost River 6 (Mantanona 2, McAuliffe 1, Castellanos 3); St. Mary’s 5 (Mayer 1, Rajagopal 1, Silsbee 1, Bowling 2). JV result — St. Mary’s won.

BUTTE FALLS 69, PROSPECT 11: At Prospect, Dalton Lester poured in 22 points to lead Butte Falls (2-0), which led 52-8 at halftime in the nonleague matchup.

Jordan Royce had five points to pace Prospect (0-3).

Girls

ILLINOIS VALLEY 37, PHOENIX 29: At Phoenix, Illinois Valley pulled away in the fourth quarter to claim a nonleague victory over Phoenix in the season opener for both teams.

Isabella Lopez, a senior forward, had five points and four steals while Delani Parent, a freshman center, had four points and nine rebounds to pace the Pirates (0-1).

The Cougars (1-0) were led by sophomore guards Alexis Navarro (11 points) and Bailee Moore (10 points).

ILLINOIS VALLEY (37): Scott 5, Miller 2, Navarro 11, Brooks 8, Moore 10, Gomez 1. Totals 13 8-20 37.

PHOENIX (29): Carrillo 4, DeVry 3, Perez-Hernandez 6, Badillo 4, Lopez 5, Tellez 3, Parent 4, Villasenor, Kentner 0, Christiansen 0, Bolstad 0. Totals 11 7-22.

Visitor;9;10;6;12;—;37

Home;7;10;6;6;—;29

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 1 (Navarro 1); Phoenix 0. JV score — Phoenix 31-25.

LOST RIVER 40, ST. MARY’S 28: St. Mary’s, which never led, rallied to come within three points of the lead in the fourth quarter before coming up short in a nonleague loss to Lost River.

The Crusaders (0-4) struggled to find any consistency on offense and lost all their momentum when junior guard Emma Bennion fouled out late in the fourth quarter while they trailed by six points.

Adrien Birmingham, a senior guard, finished with 12 points, including a trio of treys, and Bennion scored 10 for St. Mary’s.

Rachel Parks, a senior, had 16 points in the season opener for the Raiders (1-0).

LOST RIVER (40): O’Grady 4, Lomeli 1, Cobian 1, An. Taylor 6, McAuliffe 2, Girtman 7, As. Taylor 2, Parks 16, Grounds 1. Totals 14 12-25 40.

ST. MARY’S (28): Lippert 2, Bennion 10, Conner 2, Christman 2, Birmingham 12, Alftine, Jimenez, McGill, Ward 0. Totals 6 7-15 28.

Lost River;10;9;6;15;—;40

St. Mary’s;2;9;9;8;—;28

3-point goals — Lost River 0; St. Mary’s 3 (Birmingham 3). Fouled out — Bennion. JV result — Lost River won.