Facing perhaps its toughest and most important three-game stretch of the season, North Medford came away unscathed.

North won its seventh straight Southwest Conference game on Tuesday, 44-34 over visiting Grants Pass, after notching emotional victories last week over league-leading Sheldon and rival South Medford.

“We’ve got some tough ones coming up, but those three wins were big for us, for sure,” North coach Tim Karrick said.

Senior guard Rylee Karrick scored five of her 15 points over the final two minutes to help seal the win for the Black Tornado (13-7, 7-1), which remained a half game behind Sheldon, a 68-38 winner over Willamette, for first place in the conference.

North outrebounded Grants Pass 25-6 for the game, led by senior posts Megan Fossen (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Adriane McLemore (six points, five rebounds).

Still, the Cavers (13-8, 5-4) were able to trim the deficit to seven heading into the final period behind the hot shooting of junior guard Grace Gaither, who scored 11 of her team-high 13 points, including a trio of treys, in the third quarter.

“(Gaither) played well and made some big shots and kind of got them back in the game,” Karrick said.

“(Grants Pass) fought and never quit,” he added. “They played a good third quarter, but we were strong enough and tough enough to finish it off and get the win.”

Also for North, sophomore guard Jane Ersepke had four assists and two steals and junior wing Talia Baker added two assists and three steals.

GRANTS PASS (34): Etheridge 2, Gaither 13, Ay. Klinger 4, Williams 2, Ah. Klinger 11, Bruner 2, Noga 0. Totals: 12 7-9 34.

NORTH MEDFORD (44): Ersepke 0, T. Baker 4, Karrick 15, Christianson 0, A. Baker 4, McLemore 6, Graf 2, Fossen 13. Totals: 16 8-15 44.

Grants Pass;4;10;13;7;—;34

North Medford;10;15;9;10;—;44

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Gaither 3), North Medford 4 (Karrick 3, A. Baker 1).

JV score — North 41, Grants Pass 32

SOUTH MEDFORD 51, ROSEBURG 36: At Roseburg, Ula Chamberlin poured in 29 points as South Medford stayed within a game of first place in the Southwest Conference.

Chamberlin also had five steals for the Panthers (14-8, 7-2 SWC).

South Medford limited the Indians (6-13, 0-8) to single digits in the first two quarters and led 24-13 at halftime.

Bella Pedrojetti added eight points for the Panthers.

SOUTH MEDFORD (51): K. Chamberlin 0, Coleman 4, U. Chamberlin 29, Schmerbach 2, Pedrojetti 8, Dahlin 0, Perry 8, Laupola 0. Totals: 19-53 11-13 51.

ROSEBURG (36): Bartlett 6, Robles 9, Olsen 5, Am. McGraw 0, Lake 0, Melvin 2, Knudson 6, Bergmann 0. Totals: 14-33 5-8 36.

South Medford;12;12;12;15;—;51

Roseburg;6;7;14;9;—;36

3-point goals — South Medford 2 (U. Chamberlin 2), Roseburg 3 (Robles 3).

JV result — Roseburg won.

CRATER 51, EAGLE POINT 26: At Eagle Point, junior guard Maya Van Hook’s dominant third quarter helped Crater pull away for the Midwestern League victory.

Van Hook scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the third and added five rebounds, four steals and two blocks for the Comets (15-4, 6-3 MWL), who have won three of their last four. Nehkyah Ellis added six steals and seven blocks and Alexus Woodard 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Eagle Point (9-11, 3-6), which was shut out in the second quarter, was led by Odalis Rincones’ five points.

CRATER (51): Westbrock 2, Van Hook 16, Ryerson 8, Robison 0, Duran-Espino 0, Gray 9, Ellis 4, Bowers 0, A. Woodard 10, Young 2, K. Woodard 0. Totals: 16 16-28 51.

EAGLE POINT (26): Shelton 2, Hogan 2, Monroe 4, Flores 0, Torres 0, Burgess 2, Rincones 5, Lawler 3, Amidei 0, Meerten 4, Hart 4. Totals: 11 3-6 26.

Crater;7;10;23;11;—;51

Eagle Point;11;0;5;10;—;26

3-point goals — Crater 3 (A. Woodard 1, Gray 1, Ryerson 1), Eagle Point 1 (Lawler 1).

JV score — Crater 40, Eagle Point 15.

THURSTON 60, ASHLAND 15: At Springfield, Thurston built a 32-4 halftime lead en route to the lopsided Midwestern League win.

The Colts (3-16 overall, 2-7 MWL) held Ashland (3-16, 0-9) scoreless in the second period.

Jenna Altig and Jayd Sollinger scored a team-high four points for the Grizzlies.

Jaelynne Birkby scored 11 points for Thurston.

ASHLAND (15): Altig 4, Vazquez 0, Sollinger 4, Barnes 0, Garringe 0, LaCoste 0, Munson 2, Elder-Hammond 2, Summers 1, Witnauer 2, Rodriguez 0, Abel 0. Totals: 7 1-4 15.

THURSTON (60): Bradley 6, Birkby 11, Herrick 5, Weiss 3, Miller 5, Gilbert 8, Rice 2, Petersen 6, Williams 2, Hallett 2, Norman 5. Totals: 21 16-24 60.

Ashland;4;0;6;5;—;15

Thurston;13;19;12;15;—;60

3 point goals — Thurston 1 (Herrick 1).

JV result — Thurston won.

NORTH VALLEY 46, PHOENIX 30: At Merlin, Phoenix trailed by six early in the fourth quarter before host North Valley went on a 10-0 run to take control and cruise to a Skyline Conference victory.

Delani Parent, a freshman center, scored 12 points to pace the Pirates (3-17, 0-7 Sky), who dropped their eighth straight.

Also for Phoenix, freshman center Josephine Bolstad had 11 rebounds and two blocks and senior guard Taylor DeVry added nine points and three steals.

Baylee Touey finished with a game-high 15 points for the Knights (7-13, 2-5), who snapped a four-game skid.

PHOENIX (30): Carrillo 2, DeVry 9, Lopez 7, Parent 12, Kentner 0, Christiansen 0, Bolstad 0. Totals: 11 5-5 30.

NORTH VALLEY (46): Banuelos 7, Arana 9, Robles 4, B. Touey 15, Hal. Kersten 4, Mohr 2, Welch 5, Miller 0, Stewart 0, K. Touey 0, Garza 0, Han. Kersten. Totals: 16 8-15 46.

Phoenix;10;3;9;8;—;30

North Valley;12;6;8;20;—;46

3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (DeVry 2, Lopez 1), North Valley 2 (B. Touey 2).

JV result — North Valley won.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 59, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 43: At Cave Junction, sophomore guard Sophie Ferreira had 16 points for Cascade Christian, which fell to host Illinois Valley in a Southern Cascade League contest.

Katelyn Willard, a freshman guard, added 12 points for the Challengers (12-12, 4-3), who trailed 30-23 at halftime before getting outscored 22-3 in the third quarter.

Three players (Aarika Brooks 17, Alexis Navarro 16 and Bailee Moore 12) scored in double figures for the Cougars (14-7, 5-3), who wrapped up their regular season by pulling ahead of Cascade Christian by a half game for second place in the league standings.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (43): Willard 12, Reed 4, Alexander 2, Meilicke 2, Ferreira 16, Joseph 3, Bennett 2, R. White 2, Rineman 0, Carlson 0. Totals: 19 2-4 43.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (59): Scott 6, Miller 5, Navarro 16, Brooks 17, Moore 12, Gomez 3. Totals: 22 9-13 59.

Cascade Christian;9;14;3;17;—;43

Illinois Valley;12;18;22;7;—;59

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 3 (Willard 2, Joseph 1), Illinois Valley 6 (Miller 1, Navarro 4, Moore 1).

LAKEVIEW 45, ROGUE RIVER 34: At Rogue River, Macey Hargis scored 12 points and Sammy Conley 10 as league-leading Lakeview (18-6, 7-0 SCL) ran its winning streak to 11 games.

Jaydin Spaeth scored a game-high 14 points and Sequoia Worthington added nine for Rogue River (7-14, 0-7).

LAKEVIEW (45): Hargis 12, S. Conley 10, Suba 1, Maita 3, McAllister 4, Graham 9, Dunn 6, Hussey 0. Totals: 18 7-16 45.

ROGUE RIVER (34): Spaeth 14, Worthington 9, McKown 2, Langfield 7, Reeder 1, Bless 0, Earest 0, Clifford 0. Totals: 14 4-12 34.

Lakeview;9;16;5;15;—;45

Rogue River;4;12;6;12;—;34

3-point goals — Lakeview 2 (Hargis 1, Maita 1), Rogue River 2 (Worthington 1, Spaeth 1). Fouled out — Dunn, Worthington.

JV result — Lakeview won.