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Panthers fall inches shy in upset bid

SOC girls basketball

South Medford came within a couple of inches of upsetting No. 7-ranked South Eugene in non-conference girls basketball Friday night.

Kellie Thomas' 15-foot jumper from the baseline narrowly missed its mark as the buzzer sounded, enabling the Axemen to escape with a 47-46 victory at South Medford High.

We ran a play out of a timeout and Kellie got a good look at the basket, South Medford coach Andrea Wegner said. It was a good shot, but it wouldn't drop. We were that close to winning this game.

Aubrey Willett, a 6-foot-2 senior who is headed to Oregon State on a basketball scholarship, scored with 13 seconds to play to give South Eugene a 47-46 lead.

South Medford called a timeout, and Wegner called the play that found Thomas on the shooting end.

The first option was to go inside but they had that covered, Wegner said. So we got the ball to Heather (Fossen) on the wing and then she passed it to Kellie for the open look. We'll take that shot any time we can get it. Nine times out of 10, it drops.

Senior post Lynn Wooton outplayed the more-heralded Willett by dropping in 22 points, many of them coming on spin moves and left-handed hook shots.

She really stepped up, said Wegner of Wooten. And she finished well.

South Eugene, the defending Class 4A state champion, led 10-7 after one period and 25-19 at the half as South Medford suffered 14 of its 17 turnovers in the opening two quarters.

But the Panthers settled down in the second half and notched the lead on a couple of occasions down the stretch.

They blew us out last year, Wegner said. We've come a long way.

Fossen finished with nine points and six assists and junior post Karla Zenz had 12 rebounds for the Panthers (2-2).

SOUTH EUGENE (47)-- Pyree 9, Polansky 13, Purvis 4, Young 3, White 1, Flegal 3, Kilborne 0, Stokes 4, Willett 10. Totals -- 17-47 10-18 47.

SOUTH MEDFORD (46)-- Grant 7, Fossen 9, Wooton 22, Hunt 0, Thomas 6, Cohee 0, Zenz 2. Totals -- 16-43 12-17 46.

South Eugene

.......10 13 12 12 -- 47 South Medford

.......7 12 15 12 -- 46

3-point goals -- South Eugene — (Polansky 3). South Medford 2 (Grant 1, Fossen 1).

JV result -- South Eugene won.

CRATER 63, MARSHFIELD 40-- At Coos Bay, Crater front-line players Amy Denson and Jody McLeod combined for 30 points and 17 rebounds as the ninth-ranked Comets (4-1) handed Marshfield its first loss.

Crater built a 61-27 fourth-quarter lead before Marshfield (1-1) outscored the Comets 17-2 to end the game.

Denson tallied 12 of her 14 points in the first half as Crater jumped out to a 33-12 lead at the break.

McLeod had the hot touch in the third quarter, scoring 12 of her game-high 16 points. Of McLeod's seven rebounds, six came on the offensive boards.

Crater's defensive pressure forced 31 turnovers, with point guard Sarah Yager leading the way with nine steals.

CRATER (63)-- Yager 2, Chase 0, Hemphill 11, Pool 2, Sapienza 5, McLeod 16, Wiersma 7, Hall 6, Nafie 0, Denson 14, Johnson 0. Totals: 29-59 5-11 63.

MARSHFIELD (40)-- Murdock 2, Whitty 3, Brands 2, VanBerger 5, Cummings 5, Traver 4, Olbekson 0, Menten 11, Bonham 0, Parrish 8. Totals: 15-42 7-12 40.

Crater

................12 21 20 10 -- 63 Marshfield

.............4 8 13 15 -- 40

3-point goals -- Marshfield — (Whitty 1, VanBerger 1, Cummings 1).

JV score -- Marshfield 51, Crater 30.

NORTH BEND 63, GRANTS PASS 42-- At North Bend, Grants Pass played ninth-ranked North Bend even for one quarter, but Bulldog senior post Andrea Armstrong exploded for 10 of her game-high 27 points to lead a 17-4 second-quarter outburst.

The Cavers (2-2) only managed 2-of-13 shots from the field in the second period.

Kaci Williams and Danae Thomason scored nine points each to pace Grants Pass.

Armstrong grabbed 11 rebounds to help North Bend gain a 36 to 20 advantage on the boards.

GRANTS PASS (42)-- Thomason 9, Nealy 6, Higgins 4, Thompson 0, Davidson 2, Debo 2, Klingel 2, Williams 9, Moser 4, Pilcher 0, Moon 4. Totals: 16 7-11 42.

NORTH BEND (63)-- Wilson 6, S. Muth 5, Armstrong 27, J. Muth 5, McPherson 4, Mills 5, Smith 11, Meyers 0, Richards 0, Bowman 1, Johnson 0, Fields 0. Totals: 23 17-22 63.

Grants Pass

............14 4 12 12 -- 42 North Bend

...........14 17 15 17 -- 63

3-point goals -- Grants Pass — (Nealy 1), North Bend — (J. Muth 1).

JV score -- North Bend 42, Grants Pass 36.

KLAMATH UNION 46, BEND 42-- At Klamath Falls, senior post Kate Richards paced Klamath Union with 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Pelicans (2-2) led 22-15 at halftime, but Bend outscored KU 8-3 to open the second half. After the Lava Bears cut the margin to 25-23, Megan Leppert canned a 3-pointer and a field goal on consecutive possessions to give the Pels some breathing room.

BEND (42)-- Marken 2, Callan 3, LaCombe 16, Robertson 8, Schwing 11, Ballon 2, Wall 0, Peck 0. Totals: 14 14-24 42.

KLAMATH UNION (46)-- Gilbert 5, Vieira 3, Sharp 6, Dearborn 3, Leppert 9, Brookshire 2, Richards 13, Kellstrom 5, Fagan 0. Totals: 19 3-9 46.

Bend

..........................8 7 12 15 -- 42 Klamath Union

.......10 12 10 14 -- 46

3-point goals -- Klamath Union 5 (Sharp 2, Dearborn 1, Leppert 1, Kellstrom 1).

JV score -- Bend 42, Klamath Union 35.

ROSEBURG 46, CROOK COUNTY 39, OT-- At Prineville, Roseburg outscored Crook County 9-2 in overtime to improve its non-conference record to 3-1.

Erin Goodell scored 11 points and Lindsey O'Byrne poured in 10 more as the Indians overcame the Cowgirls' 16-9 fourth-quarter rally.

Stephanie Warren led Crook County (1-1) with 11 points.

ROSEBURG (46)-- Goodell 11, O'Byrne 10, Fisiikiva 9, Makinson 3, Hansen 2, Burmeister 2, Heard 1, Bradburn 0, Thompson 0. Totals: 17 9-14 46.

CROOK COUNTY (39)-- Warren 11, Hargrave 10, Howard 6, Caldwell 4, Cook 5, Smith 2, Newton 1, Hunter 0, Hankins 0, Villarante 0. Totals: 17 3-13 39.

Roseburg

..............7 9 12 9 9 -- 46 Crook County

......4 12 5 16 2 -- 39

3-point goals -- Roseburg — (Osborne 1, Bradburn 1, Makinson 1), Crook County 2 (Hargrave 1, Cook 1).