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Prep girls basketball

Defense carries North past Cougs

With its offense stuck in first gear, defense has been the name of the game for the North Medford girls basketball team.

Saturday at the North Medford gym, the Black Tornado held their third straight opponent under 30 percent from the field and recorded 21 steals in a 49-31 non-league victory over Mountain View.

While the North defense was keeping the Cougars in-check in the first half, its offense wasn't clicking on all cylinders, as the Tornado clung to a 16-14 halftime lead.

We came out really flat, said North coach Mike Kay, whose team improved to 3-0. We went in at the half and came out and got it done in the second half.

Senior guard Lu Crenshaw's hot hand paced North in the second half, recording 13 of her 15 points.

Sophomore Ashley Nelson's 17 points led North, which shot just 31 percent from the field.

It doesn't really concern me, said Kay. We've only had one quarter all year that we've given up more than 12 points, so defensively we're doing a lot of good things. Things will come for us offensively.

Ashlee Giles added 12 points and six steals for the Black Tornado, while Jenny Close dished out eight assists.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (31) -- Nehl 0, Denfield 4, Jarrett 0, Edwards 6, Smith 0, Helmly 3, Baert 2, Ludwick 0, Wright 2, Sulkowski 14. Totals: 9 13-20 31.

NORTH MEDFORD (49) -- Close 2, Crenshaw 15, Ross 1, McLauchlan 0, Williams 0, Bennett 0, Giles 12, Wang 2, Ledford 0, Nelson 17. Totals: 18 9-15 49.

Mountain View ...................3 11 9 8 -- 31 North Medford ...................9 7 17 16 -- 49

3-point goals -- North Medford 4 (Crenshaw 1, Nelson 3).

JV score -- North Medford 53, Mountain View 21.

BEND 65, SOUTH MEDFORD 64 -- Monica Schwing's 13 points led four Bend players in double figures as the Lava Bears handed cold shooting South Medford its first loss of the season.

Lynn Wooton led the Panthers, who shot 20-of-63 from the field, with 14 points and six rebounds. Ellena Flood chipped in 10 points for South.

BEND (65) -- Marken 3, Spiecker 10, Page 2, Pool 9, Lacomb 10, Stephens 11, Schwing 13, Robertson 7. Totals: 24 11-18 65

SOUTH MEDFORD (64) -- Perttu 9, Flood 10, Wooton 14, Fossen 9, Gillingham 8, Narus 0, Mason 5, Thomas 3, McCollum 0, Zenz 6. Totals: 20 17-22 64.

Bend ..............................12 18 11 24 -- 65 South Medford ...............17 10 19 18 -- 64

3-point goals -- Bend 6 (Spiecker 2, Pool 1, Stephens 3), South Medford 7 (Perttu 1, Flood 2, Fossen 1, Gillingham 2, Mason 1).

JV game -- South won.

HERMISTON 60, CRATER 53 -- At Eugene, Crater freshman point guard Sarah Yager scored 21 points, had four steals and was selected to the Sheldon Tipoff all-tournament team.

The Comets trailed 25-13 at halftime, and Hermiston's full-court pressure rattled Crater in the third quarter when the Bulldogs went on a 26-12 run.

Crater senior center Emily Wiley had 11 rebounds and three blocks to go with nine points. Sophomore forward Jodi McLeod made an important contribution with seven rebounds and six points in limited action because of an ankle injury.

HERMISTON (60) -- Lafferty 13, Carpenter 5, Stephen 8, Edwards 8, Corollo 0, Frutchy 4, Yunker 10, Jones 8, Gillespie 2, Loper 2. Totals: 20-63 15-21 60.

CRATER (53) -- Yager 21, Chase 5, Robbins 7, Hemphill 0, Sapienza 0, Durbin 0, McLeod 6, Wiersma 0, Wiley 9, Johnson 3, Arreola 2. Totals: 17-64 13-31 53.

Hermiston ....................14 11 26 9 -- 60 Crater ........................13 10 12 18 -- 53

3-point goals -- Hermiston — (Lafferty 1, Edwards 1, Yunker 1), Crater 6 (Yager 4, Chase 1, Robbins 1). Fouled out -- Corollo.

JV score -- Sheldon 60, Crater 42.

TUALATIN 72, ASHLAND 67 -- At Corvallis, a 10-minute scoring drought in the first half proved costly for Ashland, which lost both of its games in the Crescent Valley Tournament.

The Grizzlies went out to a 14-7 first quarter lead, but the Timberwolves scored 18 straight points to grab a 25-13 advantage.

Guard Jenny Pippa and post Jackie Woods both had effective all-around performances for the Grizzlies. Pippa pumped in a team-high 18 points to go with eight assists and six steals, while Woods scored 11 points, had eight rebounds and five steals.

Senior post Heather Williams led Tualatin with 26 points.

TUALATIN (72) -- Fitts 1, Brownegg 2, McGrath 15, Caolie 9, Warmy 10, Carlson 4, Black 2, Kunnert 3, Williams 26. Totals: 23 22-31 72.

ASHLAND (67) -- Morgan 12, Staples 9, Bullen 7, Seltzer 2, Pippa 18, Woods 11, McNaught 4, Zundel 0, Noyes 4. Totals: 24 15-19 67.

Tualatin ....................16 19 18 19 -- 72 Ashland ....................14 10 21 22 -- 67

3-point goals -- Tualatin 4 (McGrath 2, Wormy 2), Ashland 4 (Staples 1, Bullen 1, Pippa 2). Fouled out -- Williams, Morgan, Seltzer, Woods.

JV score -- Tualatin 46, Ashland 45.

REDMOND 50, EAGLE POINT 37 -- At Eagle Point, junior forward Dusty Damon scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and came away with four steals, but cold shooting sent Eagle Point (0-2) to its second loss in two nights.

The Eagles converted only 11-of-44 shots from the field and 10-of-32 free throws.

Eagle Point opened the season with a 59-45 loss to Mazama on Friday.

REDMOND (50) -- Perdue 1, M. Gibson 16, Koaen 2, Parret 2, Canter 4, Miller 19, L. Gibson 6. Totals: 22 4-6 50.

EAGLE POINT (37) -- M. Smith 10, Lucas 6, Damon 17, Corliss 3, Bernhart 1, Blanchard 0, Rouhier 0, Morton 0, S. Smith 0, Ford 0. Totals: 13 10-32 37.

Redmond ..................13 16 13 8 -- 50 Eagle Point .................13 9 5 10 -- 37

3-point goals -- Redmond 2 (M. Gibson 2), Eagle Point — (M. Smith 1). Fouled out -- Corliss, M. Smith.

JV score -- Redmond 50, Eagle Point 32.

KLAMATH UNION 61, CROOK COUNTY 39 -- At Klamath Falls, Kate Richards tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds to power the Pelicans non-league victory.

Amy Denson and Danielle Dobey each added 10 points for Klamath Union, which improved its record to 3-0.

Crook County's Becky Lucas led all scorers with 18 points.

CROOK COUNTY (39) -- Lucas 18, Hunter 1, Hargrave 11, Cook 9, Howard 0, Newton 0, Guthrie 0, Caldwell 0, Hankins 0, Villarante 0. Totals: 13 6-15 39.

KLAMATH UNION (61) -- Gilbert 6, Sa. Davison 7, Sh. Davison 1, Denson 10, Viera 2, Dobey 10, Todd 2, Richards 12, Frei 9, Kellstrom 2, Sharp 0, Munson 0. Totals: 25 9-16 61.

Crook County ................7 7 10 15 -- 39 Klamath Union ............17 17 9 18 -- 61

3-point goals -- Crook County 6 (Lucas 2, Cook 3, Hargrave 1), Klamath Union 2 (Gilbert 1, Sa. Davison 1).

JV score -- Klamath Union 47, Crook County 14.

ROGUE RIVER 62, PACIFIC 12 -- At Port Orford, Rogue River's Mindi Yost had 18 points, seven assists and six steals in a game dominated by the Chieftains (2-0).

Pacific connected on only three baskets and six free throws for the game.

ROGUE RIVER (62) -- Mindi Yost 18, Marland 6, Bailey 8, Anderson 8, Wright 10, McGinis 4, Badley 7, Kay 0, Donaghy 0. Totals: NA

PACIFIC (12) -- Cheri Robinson 4, M. McKenzie 2, S. McKenzie 2, Brookshire 1, Alexander 1, Meeks 2. Totals: NA

CRATER (FROSH) 38, PROSPECT 37 -- At Prospect, Addie Stockebrand scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to pace Prospect (1-1), who couldn't overcome a talented Crater freshman squad.

CRATER (FROSH) (38) -- Polyniak 6, L. Foster 15, Luncgren 8, Bettenbura 4, J. Foster 4, Hillyer 1, Love 0, Green 0, Garrett 0, Maarense 0. Totals: 14 8-27 38

PROSPECT (37) -- Stockebrand 13, Kraemer 7, Linderman 1, Baker 3, Gordon 3, Lewis 10, Applegate 0. Totals: 16 4-20 37

Crater (frosh)................ 9 13 7 9 -- 38 Prospect .....................6 13 8 10 -- 37

3-point goals: Crater frosh 2 (L. Foster 2), Prospect — (Kraemer). Fouled out -- Linderman, Applegate.

BRIGHTON ACADEMY 51, TRIAD 5 -- At Grants Pass, Ellena Wariner scored 14 points and Shannon Silva added 10 as Brighton Academy defeated the small Klamath Falls school for its first victory of the season in three outings.

TRIAD (5) -- Hand 2, Flury 1, Fimbres 2, Moore 0, Coe 0, Wahr 0, Goode 0. Totals: 2 1-4 5.

BRIGHTON ACADEMY (51) -- Smyth 8, Wariner 14, Rhoades 7, Nelson 2, Silva 10, Doeppel 8, Lopez 2, Reppert 0, Jensen 0. Totals: 21 9-16 51.

Triad ................................2 — 2 0 -- 5 Brighton Academy .......16 23 4 8 -- 51