PORTLAND — Of the many lessons learned by the South Medford girls basketball team this season, the idiom “no rest for the weary” makes the list.

Facing a brutal turnaround that saw the Panthers travel to Eugene on Friday night in their Southwest Conference opener, only to get back on the road and drive to Portland later that night with a noon tipoff the next day, South lost 64-61 to host Westview on Saturday in a nonconference game.

South has racked up the mileage on Interstate 5 this season, competing in tournaments in Redding, Calif., Portland and Concord, Calif., and the Panthers’ grueling itinerary has now dovetailed into their conference season.

“I’m adding to the learning curve, let’s say that,” South coach Tom Cole said of the back-to-back scheduling. “In all my wisdom in August, I thought it was logical.”

In spite of the challenging timing, South managed to take a four-point lead into halftime.

After falling behind by nine in the fourth quarter, the Panthers (7-6) rallied to tie it with less than two minutes to play, but Kamryn Jones made two free throws for the Wildcats (6-5) that amounted to the winning points.

South had a chance to tie at the free-throw line with nine seconds remaining but missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Westview secured the rebound en route to closing out the victory.

Sophomore guard Bella Pedrojetti had 23 points, including a trio of treys, to go along with four steals, and freshman guard Toni Coleman added 16 points and six steals for South.

Jones, a 6-foot-1 junior center, finished with game-highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds for Westview.

“It’s like being on a rollercoaster you’ve never ridden,” Cole said of his freshmen-laden team’s struggles in winnable games. “You just never know what’s going to happen, you really don’t.”

SOUTH MEDFORD (61): K. Chamberlin 4, Coleman 16, U. Chamberlin 8, Schmerbach 2, Pedrojetti 23, Fish 4, Dahlin 0, Perry 4, Laupola 0. Totals: 23 9-13 61.

WESTVIEW (64): Uwase 9, Napoli 6, Ishii 2, Antich 5, Lewis 2, Flennaugh 15, Uhl 1, Davis 0, Jones 24. Totals: 24 10-17 64.

South Medford;21;15;12;13;—;61


3-point goals — South Medford 6 (U. Chamberlin 2, Pedrojetti 3, Coleman 1), Westview 6 (Antich 1, Uwase 2, Flennaugh 3).

NORTH BEND 37, PHOENIX 22: At Merlin, Phoenix took its first loss of the Sky-West Crossover tournament, falling to North Bend at North Valley High.

The Bulldogs (3-9) snapped a four-game losing skid by knocking off the Pirates (3-10) in a tournament featuring teams from the Skyline Conference pitted against teams from the Far West League.

ST. MARY’S 30, BANDON 14: St. Mary’s met the challenge of a quick turnaround following a buzzer-beater loss against rival Cascade Christian on Friday by pulling away from visiting Bandon for a nonconference victory.

Junior guard Emma Bennion had 10 points to lead the Crusaders (3-11), who ended a three-game losing streak.

Kennedy Turner, a freshman center, accounted for half of the 14 points totalled by the Tigers (1-11).

BANDON (14): Ferreri 1, K. Lakey 2, N. Lakey 4, Turner 7, Martin 0, Strain 0, Erenfed 0. Totals: 5 4-9 14.

ST. MARY’S (30): Lippert 4, Bennion 10, Conner 3, Dunn 2, Christman 5, Ward 6, McGill 0, Jimenez 0, Alftine 0. Totals: 13 3-7 30.


St. Mary’s;14;8;2;6;—;30

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 1 (Conner 1).

JV result — St. Mary’s won.

GOLD BEACH 56, ROGUE RIVER 38: At Gold Beach, Jaydin Spaeth scored 11 points to pace Rogue River in the nonconference road loss.

The Chieftains (6-7) fell behind 19-10 after one quarter.

Kayleanna Ridens and Brianna Seuser-Smith had 13 points each for Gold Beach (7-5).

ROGUE RIVER (38): Spaeth 11, Sizemore 4, Worthington 7, Earnest 6, McKown 6, Langfield 2, Howard 2, Bless 0, Rangel 0, Clifford 0. Totals: 16 5-9 38.

GOLD BEACH (56): Ridens 13, Rucker 9, Seuser-Smith 13, Allen 6, Hagood 11, Risenhoover 4, Willis 0, Gaston 0. Totals: 23 7-20 56.

Rogue River;10;9;10;9;—;38

Gold Beach;19;11;15;11;—;56

3-point goals — Rogue River 1 (Earnest 1), Gold Beach (Hagood 2, Rucker 1).

TRIAD 44, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 27: Ninth-ranked Rogue Valley Adventist jumped out to a 7-1 lead but Triad controlled the Mountain Valley League contest from that point on, dealing RVA its first loss of the season.

Sophomore post Zoe Belovitch finished with eight points, five rebounds and four steals and senior forward Rose Tovar chipped in seven points and four rebounds for the Red Tail Hawks (11-1).