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Tornado corrals Comets, 46-39

Jesse Fowler tossed in 18 points and the North Medford boys basketball tightened the defensive screws on Crater to pull out a 46-39 Southern Oregon Conference victory over the Comets on Friday night at the North gym.

The victory keeps the Black Tornado tied with Roseburg for second place in the league standings with 9-4 records, while Crater fell to 4-8.

Crater's Matt Brown and Mike Jacobs had each been averaging over 15 points a game, but the Black Tornado's Tom Wooton, Jeff Zimmer and Nick Randall were in the high-scoring pair's pockets, holding Brown and Jacobs to just 15 points combined.

I thought Tom's job on Brown was super, said North coach Terry Gregg. Nick did a great job on Jacobs and those were two critical parts of the game.

North jumped out to a 25-17 halftime lead behind Fowler, who scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half before sitting out much of the second half in foul trouble.

The Comets whittled the lead down to two at the end of the third period and took a 39-38 lead with just under five minutes to play. But that was all Crater could muster thanks in large part to the North defense.

Kacy Carter knocked down four three throws and Kyle Foreman two to ice the game for the Black Tornado.

This was a game we just had to bang through, said Gregg. It didn't lack energy and both teams played hard. But it just came down to where the defense fell ahead of the offense.

Foreman added eight points for North, while Travis Hinkle pulled down 12 rebounds.

CRATER (39) -- Stickley 6, Korthals 3, Jacobs 8, Brown 7, Harthun 6, Wangle 7, Foster 2. Totals: 14-45 8-12 39.

NORTH MEDFORD (46) -- Foreman 8, Wooton 4, Fowler 18, Hinkle 4, Carter 6, Randall 4, Zimmer 2. Totals: 16-45 11-13 46.

Crater7 10 15 7 -- 39

North Medford13 12 10 11 -- 46

3-point goals -- Crater — (Stickley 2, Korthals 1), North Medford — (Fowler 3). Fouled out -- Jacobs.

JV score -- Crater 57, North Medford 54.

SOUTH MEDFORD 83, EAGLE POINT 62 -- At Eagle Point, Travis DeManby's 22 points paced four South players in double figures, as the fifth-ranked Panthers clinched their third straight league title.

Bryn Ritchie added 16 points for South (13-0, 19-2), while Adam Decker added 14 and James Wightman 11.

Nick Rouhier led Eagle Point (4-8, 7-12) with 18 points, while Chris Sawyer added 11 points and seven assists.

SOUTH MEDFORD (83) -- DeManby 22, Ritchie 16, Decker 14, Wightman 11, Foster 8, Spangler 8, Hilgendorf 2, Melin 2, Schilz 0, Okon 0. Totals: 34-67 10-15 83.

EAGLE POINT (62) -- Rouhier 18, Sawyer 11, Lucas 10, Mallari 8, Garrett 6, Kezer 2, Murphy 1, Johnston 0, Buda 0, Hansen 0. Totals: 27-55 7-15 62.

South Medford21 22 23 17 -- 83

Eagle Point16 14 20 12 -- 62

3-point goals -- South Medford 5 (Wightman 2, Decker 2, DeManby 1), Eagle Point — (Rouhier 1).

JV result -- South Medford won.

ROSEBURG 61, GRANTS PASS 39 -- At Roseburg, Grants Pass managed just 11 points in the first half and Matt Brown's 11 points and 10 rebounds powered Roseburg to the win.

Trent Thompson and Obie Strickler paced Grants Pass with 11 points each.

GRANTS PASS (39) -- Thompson 11, Strickler 11, Stewart 9, Sorensen 6, Howard 2, Lathen 0, Slagle 0, Barbee 0, Berg 0, Stine 0. Totals: 12 13-17 39.

ROSEBURG (61) -- Anderson 14, Libby 12, Brown 11, Cordell 8, Michalik 5, Linderman 4, D. Coen 4, Gonzales 2, B. Coen 1, Christianson 0. Totals 21 17-32 61.

Grants Pass 7 4 13 15 -- 39

Roseburg 15 10 17 19 -- 61

3-point goals -- Grants Pass 2 (Stewart 1, Strickler 1), Roseburg 2 (Libby 2). Fouled out -- Lathen, Stine.

ASHLAND 80, MAZAMA 67 -- At Ashland, Mario Alcala scored 21 points to help Ashland claim its first league victory of the year.

Ashland hit 11 of 14 3-point shots -- including four by senior forward Elijah Jordan, who had 16 points.

MAZAMA (67) -- Michaelis 14, Bussey 13, Carswell 13, Palmer 13, Fast 12, Zahler 2. Totals: 23 17-27 67.

ASHLAND (80) -- Alcala 21, Jordan 16, Pavilionis 13, Zundel 11, Kalemkeris 6, Mason 4, Pippa 6, Holden 3. Totals: 30 9-13 80.

Mazama 16 17 15 19 -- 67

Ashland 26 23 18 13 -- 80

3-point goals -- Mazama 4 (Fast 2, Palmer 1, Bussey 1), Ashland 11 (Jordan 4, Alcala 3, Pippa 2, Pavilionis 1, Holden 1). Fouled out -- Palmer, Neves, Alcala.

JV result -- Mazama won.

Girls

EAGLE POINT 73, SOUTH MEDFORD 61 -- The Panthers put a box-in-one on Eagle Point star Becky Gregory but the Eagles responded with a balanced scoring attack in the victory.

Sunnie Crandall dumped in 16 points and Dusty Damon scored eight of her 14 in the fourth quarter to lead five Eagles in double figures -- including Gregory with 13 points. Tasha Roth added 12 and Anna Happel 11 for Eagle Point.

J.J. Miller had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Panthers (10-12, 5-10), while teammates Heather Fossen and Sadie Wallenberg added 11 each.

EAGLE POINT (73) -- Smith 0, Thomas 2, Lucas 1, Damon 14, Roth 12, Gregory 13, Burnhardt 4, Lee 0, Crandall 16, Happel 11. Totals: 26 14-22 73.

SOUTH MEDFORD (61) -- Perttu 4, Flood 3, Miller 19, Fossen 11, Wooton 6, Wallenberg 11, Thomas 6, Munoz 1, Miles 0, Zenz 0. Totals: 24 6-13 61.

Eagle Point24 5 17 27 -- 73

South Medford14 17 14 16 -- 61

3-point goals -- Eagle Point 5 (Roth 2, Gregory 1, Crandell 1, Happel 1), South Medford 7 (Flood 1, Miller 2, Fossen 2, Wallenberg 2).

JV result -- South Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 53, ROSEBURG 38 -- At Roseburg, Grants Pass used a 39-22 rebounding advantage, led by Staci Kleier's 11, to trample Roseburg.

Krystal Hopkins paced all scorers with 21 points and three steals.

GRANTS PASS (53) -- Thomason 3, Hopkins 21, Lane 6, Woolley 0, Barbian 1, Higgins 0, Thompson 3, Kleier 9, Mack 0, Williams 6, Moser 0, Kelly 4. Totals: 21 10-18 53.

ROSEBURG (38) -- M. Makinson 0, K. Makinson 2, Goodell 0, Hall 0, Crossfield 2, Johnson 2, Bradburn 5, Stephens 9, Wolf 16, Randall 2, Coke 0, Dod 0. Totals: 17 2-9 38.

Grants Pass 15 11 11 16 -- 53

Roseburg 8 7 13 10 -- 38

3-point goals -- Grants Pass — (Hopkins 1), Roseburg 2 (Bradburn 1, Wolf 1). Technical fouls -- Wolf, Roseburg coach Archambault.