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North snaps back, buries Ashland, 70-37

After suffering its first Southern Oregon Conference loss and losing its best defensive player to injury a night earlier, North Medford's girls basketball did some soul searching.

The fourth-ranked Black Tornado responded with a resounding 70-37 rout of visiting Ashland as point guard Dolinda Meeker paved the way.

The big thing was how we were going to respond after (Friday night's 51-49 overtime loss at Eagle Point), said North Medford coach Mike Kay after his team improved to 17-2 overall and 10-1 in conference. This was a test of character and they stepped up and got back after it.

Meeker scored a season-high 20 points, including 12 in the first quarter, as North burst in front, 18-2.

Meeker scored 18 points in the first-half as the Black Tornado rolled to a 36-10 advantage. She wound up 10-of-13 from the field with five steals

She stepped up and got after it, said Kay of Meeker. We haven't asked her to score much so it was critical that she scored tonight.

Katie Ledford also stepped up, scoring a season-high 12 points to pick up the slack left by Giles, who suffered a concussion against Eagle Point. While Giles will be out at least a week, center Tressa Manwaring should be back from a sprained ankle that has sidelined her since Jan. 16.

This was a good wake-up call for us, said Kay. If you have a tough Friday night you never know. The kids didn't panic, but this game was a huge concern for the coaching staff.

Jenny Pippa led the Grizzlies (8-8, 6-6 SOC) with 10 points.

ASHLAND (37) -- Morgan 4, Wilhelm 6, Seltzer 4, Pippa 10, McNaught 7, Woods 3, Noyes 3, Ruth 0. Totals: 11 12-22 37.

NORTH MEDFORD (70) -- Meeker 20, Close 6, Crenshaw 7, Harvey 5, Dickerson 2, McLauchlan 2, Brosterhous 8, Ross 2, Ledford 12, Adams 0, Jackson 6. Totals: 28 12-14 70

Ashland2 8 8 19 -- 37

North Medford18 18 21 13 -- 70

3-point goals -- Ashland — (Pippa 2, Morgan 1), North Medford 2 (Crenshaw 1, Harvey 1).

JV score -- North Medford 57, Ashland 40.

CRATER 54, GRANTS PASS 37 -- At Grants Pass, Chassie Wiersma scored 13 points to lead No. 7 Crater.

Caryn Ross shook off an ailing back to add 10 points for the Comets (10-1 SOC), while Jennifer Dunlap and Teri Schneider added nine points apiece.

Staci Kleier led Grants Pass (3-9) with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Kaci Williams had 10 points in a losing effort.

CRATER (54) -- Cha. Wiersma 13, Ross 10, Dunlap 9, Che. Wiersma 3, McLeod 2, Wiley 8, Schneider 9, Gentile 0, Chase 0. Totals: 20 11-16 54.

GRANTS PASS (37) -- Kleier 14, Williams 10, Hopkins 6, Lane 4, Woolley 0, Higgins 0, Thompson 0, Mack 0, Moser 1, Kelly 2. Totals: 16 5-15 37.

Crater18 23 2 11 -- 54

Grants Pass18 4 11 4 -- 37

3-point goals -- Crater — (Dunlap 1, Che. Wiersma 1, Schneider 1).

JV score -- Crater 52, Grants Pass 32.

KLAMATH UNION 49, SOUTH MEDFORD 41-- At Klamath Falls, Jessyca Arther topped all scorers with 17 points, while also dishing out six assists for Klamath Union.

The Pelicans (14-5, 7-5 SOC) went 6-for-10 at the free throw line in the final minutes.

South Medford (9-10, 4-8 SOC) was led by J.J. Miller's 11 points.

SOUTH MEDFORD (41) -- Perttu 2, Miller 11, Fossen 6, Wooton 9, Wallenberg 7, Thomas 3, Munoz 3, Blood 0, Miles 0, Zenz 0. Totals: 14 8-14 41.

KLAMATH UNION (49) -- Davison 1, Arthur 17, Sargent 12, Thomas 2, Bales 1, Sandusky 8, Frei 8, Ullman 0. Totals: 18 11-25 49.

South Medford11 6 12 12 -- 41

Klamath Union11 12 8 18 -- 49

3-point goals -- South Medford 5 (Miller 2, Fossen 2, Wallenberg 1), Klamath Union 2 (Arthur 1, Sandusky 1). JV score -- Klamath Union 56, North Medford 39.

ROSEBURG 61, MAZAMA 45 -- At Roseburg, post players Sarah Wolf and Crystal Stephens combined for 30 points and Roseburg committed a season-low 11 turnovers.

The Indians jumped to a 12-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Mazama's Dena Young led all scorers with 19 points, including four 3-pointers.

MAZAMA (45) -- D. Young 19, Guetzloe 16, Bednar 5, Sha 3, Ireland 2, Teeples 0, K. Young 0. Totals: 13 14-21 45.

ROSEBURG (61) -- Wolf 17, Stephens 13, M. Makinson 8, Hall 7, Randall 4, Crossfield 3, Johnson 3, Bradburn 2, Dod 2, Goodell 0, K. Makinson 0, Coke 0. Totals: 26 5-11 61.

Mazama3 17 9 16 -- 45

Roseburg12 19 12 18 -- 61

3-point goals -- Mazama 5 (D. Young 4, Bednar 1), Roseburg 4 (M. Makinson 2, Hall 1, Johnson 1). Fouled out -- Hall.

JV score -- Roseburg 53, Mazama 33.

SOC Boys

NORTH MEDFORD 57, ASHLAND 42 -- At Ashland, North Medford (13-6, 7-3 SOC) used a balanced scoring attack and stingy defense to saddle Ashland with its 15th straight SOC loss.

Black Tornado 6-4 senior forward Kacy Carter led the way with 15 points and nine rebounds, while senior forward Tom Wooton had 12 points and seven assists.

North Medford led 46-38 entering the final quarter, then held the Grizzlies scoreless for the first 5:38 of the period.

Elijah Jordan scored 17 points for Ashland.

NORTH MEDFORD (57) -- Wooton 12, Husel 2, Fowler 14, Hinkle 10, Carter 15, Jantzer 0, Randall 2, Foreman 2. Totals: 25-47 4-6 57.

ASHLAND (42) -- Pippa 0, Challman 0, Werbin 4, Alcala 8, Jordan 17, Kalemkeris 2, Pavilionis 5, Zundel 6. Totals: 13-45 13-16 42.

North Medford10 18 18 11 -- 57

Ashland9 11 18 4 -- 42

3-point goals -- North Medford 3-7 (Fowler 2-4, Carter 1), Ashland 3-12 (Jordan 3).

GRANTS PASS 55, CRATER 51 -- At Central Point, Casey Stewart had 20 points to lead Grants Pass.

Reed Sorenson added 14 points and Obie Strickler 10 for the Cavemen.

Matt Brown led the Comets with 19 points, while Mike Jacobs had 11.

GRANTS PASS (55) -- Stewart 20, Sorenson 14, Strickler 10, Thompson 5, Lathen 4, Barbee 2, Howard 0, Stine 0. Totals: 20 11-16 55.

CRATER (51) -- Brown 19, Jacobs 11, Korthals 8, Harthun 5, Asay 4, Stickley 3, Wangle 1, Foster 0. Totals: 21 5-10 51.

Grants Pass11 19 18 7 -- 55

Crater14 11 12 14 -- 51

3-point goals -- Grants Pass 4 (Stewart 2, Lathen 1, Strickler 1), Crater 4 (Stickley 1, Korthals 1, Brown 1, Harthun 1).

JV score -- Crater 69, Grants Pass 67, OT.

ROSEBURG 68, MAZAMA 66, OT -- At Klamath Falls, Drew Libby had 24 points, including two critical 3-pointers in overtime that lifted Roseburg over Mazama.

Jake Cordell added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Indians, while Matt Brown had 10 points.

Finis Bussey led the Vikings with 17 points, while Troy Fast added 16 and Brent Palmer 11 points and six assists.

John Carswell had 14 rebounds for Mazama which missed two critical free throws in the overtime session.

ROSEBURG (68) -- Libby 24, Cordell 15, Brown 10, Anderson 7, Michalek 4, Linderman 3, Coen 3. Totals: 24-59 15-21 68.

MAZAMA (66) -- Bussey 17, Fast 16, Palmer 11, Carswell 8, Neves 4, Michaelis 4, Zahler 4, Batsell 2. Totals: 23-49 14-23 66.

Roseburg18 10 11 19 10 -- 68

Mazama8 15 21 14 8 -- 66

3-point goals -- Roseburg 7 (Libby 5, Cordell 2), Mazama 4 (Palmer 2, Fast 2). Fouled out -- Cordell, Brown.

JV score -- Roseburg 53, Mazama 39.