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Ashland pressure undoes South

ASHLAND -- The Ashland Grizzlies have often fallen victim to South Medford's full-court press over the years, but on Friday night the Grizzlies turned the tables.

With cat-quick guards Sal Pippa and Kris Pavilionis providing the impetus, the Grizzlies scored 13 straight points in the third period and surged to a 59-55 Southern Oregon Conference victory.

Those two kids have quick hands and quick feet and they did a great job on the press, Ashland assistant coach Marius Boone said. We got in their face and put the pressure on. It was like a frenzy out there.

Jimmy Werbin had 16 points and six rebounds and 6-foot-4 junior post Brett Zundel had 14 points for the Grizzlies, who improved to 2-4 in the Southern Oregon Conference and 7-9 overall.

South was much bigger than us but our kids battled and got the win, Boone said. If we're going to be in the playoff hunt, this was a game we had to have.

Colin Grant had 14 points to pace the Panthers, who fell to 1-4 in the SOC.

SOUTH MEDFORD (55) --Hickey 11, Hilgendorf 6, McKay 0, Rasmussen 0, Wallenberg 11, Grant 14, Foster 4, Decker 9, Tomlins 0. Totals: 20-38 14-23 55.

ASHLAND (59) --Pippa 9, Kirkpatrick 3, Challman 3, Streng 2, Zundel 14, Werbin 16, Kuester 2, Potocki 0, Pavilionis 10. Totals: 22-41 12-18 59.

South Medford ......15 12 11 17 -- 55 Ashland ..................16 9 14 20 -- 59

3-point goals -- South Medford 1-7 (Hickey), Ashland 3-11 (Pavilionis 1, Werbin 2). Fouled out -- Pavilionis. Technical fouls -- South Medford.

JV score -- South Medford won.

SOC Girls

NORTH MEDFORD 73, GRANTS PASS 44 -- At Grants Pass, Ashlee Giles and Katie Ledford wreaked havoc on Grants Pass as North Medford (11-5, 5-2 SOC) forced 31 turnovers, including 21 steals.

Ledford sparked North with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Giles added nine points, eight rebounds and five steals.

After the Cavers (2-14, 0-7 SOC) jumped out to a brief 5-2 lead, the Black Tornado went on a 22-4 run to end the quarter.

Ledford had eight points and Giles seven in the opening period as North caused nine turnovers and scored on seven.

NORTH MEDFORD (73) -- Close 8, Crenshaw 6, Ross 3, McLauchlan 1, Bennett 6, Giles 9, Manwaring 11, Hwang 7, Ledford 13, Nelson 9, Carrigan 0. Totals: 29 13-31 73.

GRANTS PASS (44) -- Thomason 8, Nealy 3, Woolley 1, Higgins 6, Thompson 2, Davidson 4, Grove 0, Williams 7, Moser 0, Pilcher 5, Moon 8. Totals: 12 17-28 44.

North Medford .......24 19 12 18 -- 73 Grants Pass ...............9 12 6 17 -- 44

3-point goals -- North Medford 2 (Bennett 1, Nelson 1), Grants Pass — (Thomason 1, Higgins 1, Williams 1). Technical foul -- Grants Pass.

JV score -- North Medford 40, Grants Pass 26.

CRATER 49, EAGLE POINT 36 -- Becky Arreola pumped in a game-high 18 points as Crater turned back stubborn Eagle Point in Southern Oregon Conference action.

The Comets (3-4 SOC) led by only eight points with three minutes to play before spreading the court and getting some backdoor layups. The win moved Crater to 3-4 in SOC play.

Dusty Damon led the Eagles (3-11, 1-6 SOC) with 14 points.

CRATER (49) --Hemphill 2, Robbins 2, Sapienza 6, McLeod 5, Wiersma 8, Wiley 6, Arreola 18, Jager 0. Totals: 22 5-13 49.

EAGLE POINT (36) --M. Smith 7, Lucas 7, Damon 14, Corliss 2, Bernhardt 7, Morton 0, Ford 0. Totals: 14 8-15 36.

Crater .................12 10 13 14 -- 49 Eagle Point ..............8 8 7 13 -- 36

Fouled out -- Lucas.

JV score -- Crater 53, Eagle Point 23.