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Crater girls roll past South, 70-50

Her team had just lost by 20 points and suffered its fifth straight defeat, but South Medford High girls basketball coach Andrea Wegner was in a positive frame of mind on Saturday night.

The Panthers dropped a 70-50 decision to No. 7 Crater in the South gym, but that was a major improvement over their first meeting on Dec. 12, when the Comets romped to a 92-45 victory.

Our young kids have grown up a lot since we saw them last, Wegner said. And we're not hanging our heads. We're learning from our mistakes and hopefully we can get out of this losing streak real soon.

Crater dominated the smaller Panthers on the backboards and were led in scoring by Caryn Ross with 20 points and Teri Schneider with 15.

Sophomore post Lynn Wooton led South Medford with 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 6-of-9 marksmanship from the free-throw line.

Freshman wing Kellie Thomas came off the bench and scored nine points in the second half, sparking a run that saw the Panthers whittle a 19-point halftime deficit to 12 halfway through the third period. Three other freshmen -- Emily Perttu, Heather Fossen and Karla Zenz -- were on the court with Thomas during the run.

But Crater re-established control in the fourth period and won going away.

The loss dropped South Medford to 3-7 in the SOC and 8-9 overall, while Crater improved to 9-1 in conference play and 15-2 overall.

CRATER (70) -- Gentile 2, Dunlap 2, Chase 0, Hemphill 2, Robbins 2, Sapienza 2, Caster 0, Ross 20, Che. Wiersma 9, McLeod 0, Wiley 6, Cha. Wiersma 10, Schneider 15. Totals 27 13-30 70.

SOUTH MEDFORD (50) -- Perttu 5, Flood 5, Miller 3, Fossen 3, Wooton 12, Wallenberg 3, Mason 0, Thomas 9, Munoz 3, Miles 0, Zenz 7. Totals 18 9-15 50.

Crater 19 20 11 20 -- 70

South Medford 13 7 14 16 -- 50

3-point goals -- Crater — (Cherrith Wiersma 1, Schneider 2), South Medford 5 (Perttu 1, Flood 1, Miller 1, Wallenberg 1, Thomas 1). Fouled out -- Wallenberg.

JV score -- Crater won.

EAGLE POINT 42, ROSEBURG 38 -- Becky Gregory went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the second half and Tasha Roth held Roseburg star Sarah Wolf scoreless in the fourth period as Eagle Point edged the Indians to remain in third place in the SOC.

Wolf, the Indians' 6-foot-2 senior center, scored 14 points though three periods but rarely touched the ball in the fourth after the Eagles (11-7, 6-4 SOC) went to a box-and-one defense with Roth doing the dirty work.

Roseburg scored just three points in the fourth period.

Gregory, who sank two free throws with 30 seconds to play that gave the Eagles a four-point cushion, finished with a game-high 15 points.

ROSEBURG (38) --M. Makinson 2, Hall 8, Wecks 0, Crossfield 2, Johnson 10, K. Makinson 1, Wolf 14, Randall 1, Dod 0. Totals 14 9-16 38.

EAGLE POINT (42) -- Smith 3, Thomas 0, Damon 8, Roth 6, Gregory 15, Bernhardt 0, Lee 2, Crandall 4, Ford 2, Happel 2. Totals 16 9-15 42.

Roseburg 12 10 13 — -- 38

Eagle Point 12 10 8 12 -- 42

3-point goals -- Roseburg — (Johnson 1), Eagle Point — (Smith 1). Fouled out -- none.

JV score -- Roseburg 56, Eagle Point 46.

KLAMATH UNION 49, ASHLAND 48 -- At Ashland, Lea Sargent sank a free throw with 13 seconds remaining in the game, snapping a 48-48 tie and lifting Klamath Union to the important SOC victory.

Ashland had the lead down the stretch but missed four of seven free throws, enabling the visiting Pelicans (5-5 SOC) to fight back for the win.

Jessyca Arthur's driving layup tied the game with less than a minute to play.

The Grizzlies (7-7, 5-5 SOC) had a chance to win in the final 13 seconds but missed four shots.

Djuna Wilhelm led Ashland with 16 points while Arthur had the same total for Klamath Union.

KLAMATH UNION (49) -- Davison 3, Arthur 16, Sargent 14, Boles 0, Sandusky 0, Frei 13, Ullman 3, Thomas 0. Totals 15 19-29 49.

ASHLAND (48) -- Morgan 7, Wilhelm 16, Dauenhauer 0, Cooley 4, Seltzer 5, Pippa 8, McNaught 3, Woods 5, Ruth 0. Totals 18 7-15 48.

Klamath Falls 9 17 16 7 -- 49

Ashland 19 7 13 9 -- 48

3-point goals -- Ashland 5 (Pippa 2, Morgan 1, Seltzer 1, McNaught 1.) Fouled out -- Frei.

GRANTS PASS 42, MAZAMA 24--At Mazama, behind powerful front line players Staci Kleier and Kaci Williams, Grants Pass dominated both the glass and the game in a battle of Southern Oregon Conference cellar -dwelling teams.

Kleir, a 6-foot-1 junior post, grabbed eight rebounds in the second quarter for Grants Pass (3-7 SOC).

Mazama (1-9 SOC) was paced by Dena Young's six points.

GRANTS PASS (42) -- Thomason 3, Alane 2, Woolley 0, Barbian 8, Higgins 1, Thompson 0, Kleier 17, Heater 0, Mack 0, Williams 7, Moser 2, Kelly 2. Totals: 17 7-12 42.

MAZAMA (24) -- Teeples 2, Sha 0, Bednar 3, K. Young 4, Guetzloe 5, Bishop 0, Burk 0, E. Mills 2, M. Mills 0, D. Young 6, Ireland 2, Hart 0. Totals: 10 1-5 24.

Grants Pass6 15 10 11 -- 42

Mazama4 — 10 7 -- 24

3-point goals -- Grants Pass — (Thomason 1), Mazama — (Bednar 1, D. Young 2).

JV Score -- Grants Pass 44, Mazama 41.

Boys

KLAMATH UNION 56, ASHLAND 31 -- At Klamath Falls, Michael Bennett didn't score a point, but the senior wing contributed to Klamath Union's win by holding Ashland offensive threat Elijah Jordan to only three points.

Meanwhile, Mark Chocktoot led four Pelicans in double figures with 17 points.

KU (11-4, 5-3 SOC) capitalized on a big size advantage inside with 6-8 Brian Hedlund scoring 11 points and accounting for 13 rebounds and 6-5 Kyle Johnson adding 10 points and 11 boards.

ASHLAND (31) -- Pavilionis 9, Werbin 8, Jordan 3, Kalemkeris 5, Zundell 5, Challman 0, Pippa 1. Totals: 11-50 4-7 31.

KLAMATH UNION (56) -- Chocktoot 17, Hedlund 11, Yee 10, Johnson 10, Bennett 0, Tucker 4, Davison 2, Bailey 2, Woodrum 0, Axeberg 0. Totals: 23-44 8-10 56.

Ashland3 8 10 10 -- 31

Klamath Union12 13 18 13 -- 56

3-point goals -- Ashland 5 (Werbin 2, Jordan 1, Kalemkeris 1, Pavilionis 1), Klamath Union 2 (Yee 1, Chocktoot 1). Fouled out -- Pavilionis. Technical fouled -- Chocktook, Pavilionis .JV score -- Klamath Union 68, Ashland 54.

GRANTS PASS 63, MAZAMA 43--At Grants Pass, Obie Strickler and Reed Sorenson combined for 27 points to lead Grants Pass.

Mazama (1-7), which was held to four points in the third quarter, was led by Brent Palmer's 14 points.

The Cavemen (5-3) enjoyed a balanced attack with five players scoring at least eight points.

MAZAMA (43) -- Nedes 4, Palmer 14, Carswell 4, Fast 5, Bussey 2, Zahler 4, Starkey 3, Michaels 2, Blevins 5, Peters 0, Batsell 0. Totals: 17 3-7 43.

GRANTS PASS (63) --Lathen 8, Stewart 6, Thompson 9, Strickler 12, Barbee 2, Berg 1, Sorenson 15, Stine 2, Howard 8, Slagle 0. Totals: 24 11-18 63.

Mazama14 9 4 16 -- 43

Grants Pass15 15 12 21 -- 63

3-point goals -- Mazama — (Palmer 2, Fast 1), Grants Pass 4 (Lathen 2, Thompson 1, Strickler 1). Fouled out -- Carswell. JV Result -- Grants Pass won.

ROSEBURG 54, EAGLE POINT 45 --Drew Libby and Matt Brown scored 15 points each and Roseburg broke open a close game in the third period to beat visiting Eagle Point.

EAGLE POINT (45) -- Rouhier 13, Lucas 8, Sawyer 7, Hansen 7, Garrett 2, Stuart 0, Murphy 0. Totals 17-42 9-12 45.

ROSEBURG (54) -- Drew Libby 15, Matt Brown 15, Anderson 9, Michalek 8, Coen 5, Linderman 2, Cordell 0. Totals: 21-49 8-14 54.

Eagle Point 11 10 10 14 -- 45

Roserburg 13 14 17 10 -- 54

3-point goals -- Eagle Point 2 (Rouhier 1, Hansen 1), Roseburg 4 (Libby 3, Coen 1). Fouled out -- Rouhier, Sawyer.