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South wins tournament consolation

PORTLAND -- South Medford rebounded from a loss earlier Tuesday and routed Sunset 77-35 for the consolation championship of the eight-team Central Catholic girls basketball tournament.

The Panthers (6-4 overall) fell in the championship semifinals to ninth-ranked Clackamas, 74-52, in a game that began at 11 a.m. It was supposed to be played Monday night, but weather and road conditions forced postponement.

Playing two games in a day seemed to work to South's advantage against Sunset.

Whereas the Panthers substituted in waves of five fresh players at a time, Sunset used only seven or eight players for the balance of the game, said South coach Andrea Wegner.

Our depth really helped us keep the pressure on, she said. Our defensive pressure really created a lot of turnovers.

Complete statistics were not available.

The Panthers slapped on a full-court press from the outset and kept it in place throughout the first half. They built leads of 17-6 after the first quarter and 35-11 at halftime.

Wegner didn't consider the earlier loss incentive for the fast start against Sunset.

We were pretty pleased with our effort against Clackamas, she said. We just wanted to come out with a win and get the third-place trophy.

It was a great tournament for us. We were really able to work on some things and get better, especially our full-court defense, and that was our goal.

Heather Fossen led five Panthers in double figures with 14 points against Sunset.

Heather broke out of a slump and had a really good game on offense and defense, said Wegner. Everybody played well. We had some kids who hadn't been scoring much kind of break out.

Nicole Munoz added 12 points, Kellie Thomas 11 and Kathleen Narus and Tiffany Mason 10.

Against Clackamas, South didn't have an answer for the duo of Alisa Galego and Corinne Wong. Galego, a forward, scored 21 of her 27 points in the first half, and point guard Wong had 14 of her 19 in the second half.

Plus, said Wegner, They probably had 15 or 20 offensive rebounds. If we cut that in half, we probably would have been right in the game.

The Panthers stayed within three points into the second quarter before the Cavaliers opened a 41-27 halftime chasm.

Wegner was pleased with the way South handled Clackamas' incessant pressure and the way the Panthers moved the ball around and got open looks at the basket.

Lynn Wooton led South with eight points.

CONSOLATION CHAMPIONSHIP

SOUTH MEDFORD (77) -- Perttu 6, Flood 4, Wooton 2, Munoz 12, Fossen 14, Gillingham 4, Narus 10, Mason 10, Thomas 11, Zenz 4. Totals: 32 9-15 77.

SUNSET (35) -- Johnson 1, Bubalo 3, Parker 8, Lorts 1, Geary 1, Boggs 3, Steinfeld 4, Sneed 0, Roos 4, Swanson 10. Totals 12 10-21 35.

South Medford ............17 18 18 24 -- 77 Sunset ..............................6 5 13 13 -- 35

3-point goals -- South Medford 4 (Narus 2, Mason 1, Thomas 1). Sunset — (Bubalo 1). Fouled out -- Munoz.

SEMIFINALS

SOUTH MEDFORD (52) -- Perttu 6, Flood 4, Wooton 8, Munoz 7, Fossen 7, Gillingham 2, Narus 0, Mason 8, Thomas 4, Zenz 6. Totals: 19 12-21 52.

CLACKAMAS (74) -- Barber 5, Beeler 2, Wong 19, Denmark 6, Galego 27, Anderson 4, Ashton 5, Condon 2, Strausburger 0, Grishman 4. Totals: 31 8-13 74.

South Medford ..................17 10 13 12 -- 52 Clackamas .........................20 21 18 15 -- 74

3-point goals -- South Medford 2 (Fossen 1, Mason 1). Clackamas 4 (Wong 2, Barber 1, Ashton 1).