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Struggles continue for North Medford as Axemen prevail

Girls prep basketball

With its Southern Oregon Conference opener looming on Tuesday, the North Medford girls basketball team isn't where it wants to be at this point in the season.

The Black Tornado (2-3) is struggling offensively, getting inconsistent guard play and is missing junior post Ashley Nelson, who is out of action with a broken hand.

Some of these problems surfaced in a 45-27 home loss to seventh-ranked South Eugene Saturday.

We didn't look to be very opportunistic in our offense, North Medford first-year coach J.T. Thomas said. We are struggling to find people to defend and rebound for us.

The Black Tornado took advantage of getting South Eugene 6-foot-2 standout center Awbrey Willett in foul trouble in the first half and only trailed 20-15 at intermission.

We were able to attack the inside when Willett was out, said Thomas. We were able to slow down a very good transition team in the first half.

The Axemen took control by outscoring North 14-5 in the third quarter.

They just dominated the boards, especially on the offensive end, said Thomas.

North Medford's only offensive spark came from junior wing Kara Hwang, who tossed in a team-high 11 points.

We need to find a few more people who have that desire to score, said Thomas. Hwang showed some versatility today by stepping out and scoring on the perimeter.

To make matters worse for the Black Tornado, senior wing Jamie MacLauchlan received two technical fouls and will have to sit out Tuesday's conference opener against Klamath Union.

SOUTH EUGENE (45)-- Tyree 2, Polansky 3, Gordon 1, Purvis 7, Young 6, White 2, Blum 3, Flegal 3, Kilbourne 1, Stokes 7, Willett 10. Totals: 15 15-19 45.

NORTH MEDFORD (27)-- Horn 0, Jones 0, Versteeg 2, Bennett 3, Williams 4, MacLauchlan 0, Manwaring 5, Stevenson 2, Hwang 11. Totals: 10 4-8 27.

South Eugene

......12 8 14 11 -- 45 North Medford

...........8 7 5 7 -- 27

3-point goals -- South Eugene 2 (Polansky 1, Blum 1), North Medford — (Hwang 2, Bennett 2). Fouled out -- Willett, MacLauchlan. Technical foul -- MacLauchlan 2.

JV result -- North Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 52, MARSHFIELD 42-- At Grants Pass, Kaci Williams had a stellar all-around effort in leading the Cavers to a non-conference victory.

Williams had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in leading Grants Pass (3-2).

The Cavers forced 11 Marshfield turnovers in the third period, prompting a 20-10 scoring surge that gave Grants Pass a 40-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Alison Klingel and Megan Moon each chipped in five rebounds to help the Cavers win the battle of the boards 31-25.

MARSHFIELD (42)-- Murdock 2, Whitty 0, Brands 7, VanBurger 7, Cummings 4, Traver 5, Menten 2, Bonham 6, Parrish 9. Totals: 15 9-17 42.

GRANTS PASS (52)-- Thomason 5, Nealy 3, Higgins 5, Thompson 6, Davidson 2, Debo 0, Klingel 3, Williams 15, Moser 2, Pilcher 6, Moon 5. Totals: 20 10-21 52.

Marshfield

...........8 16 10 8 -- 42 Grants Pass

.......5 15 20 12 -- 52

3-point goals -- Marshfield — (Bonham 2, Traver 1), Grants Pass 2 (Thomason 1, Klingel 1).

JV score -- Marshfield 41, Grants Pass 29.

EAGLE POINT 49, YREKA 34-- At Eagle Point, Stephanie Lucas scored 17 points and Dusty Damon had 11 steals to lead Eagle Point to a non-conference win.

Holding a 24-16 lead at the half, Lucas knocked in 13 of the 15 points scored by the Eagles in the third-quarter to put the game away.

Dani Rouhier had a team-high 12 rebounds as Eagle Point improved to 4-1 on the season.

YREKA (34)-- Laurant 3, McPhall 1, Lamos 2, Holterman 6, Rettmann 4, Castle 2, Williams 8, Knight 1, Jedkins 4, Conroy 3, Rizzardo 0. Totals: 12-30 10-24 34.

EAGLE POINT (49)-- Harrington 7, Rouhier 4, Lucas 17, Damon 16, Nodwell 2, Lee 3, Bilden 0, Trautman 0, Groves 0. Totals: 22-44 5-17 49.

Yreka

.......................8 8 6 11 -- 34 Eagle Point

........12 12 15 10 -- 49

JV score -- Yreka 58, Eagle Point 38.

KLAMATH UNION 52, MAZAMA 36-- At Klamath Falls, Sam Gilbert and Cassie Sharp combined for seven 3-pointers and 27 points as Klamath Union improved its non-conference record to 3-2.

Gilbert scored nine of her 16 points and Sharp nine of her 11 in the first half as the Pelicans jumped to a 30-24 advantage.

Mazama's Dena Young topped the Vikings with 11 points as Mazama was outscored 22-12 in the second half.

MAZAMA (36)-- D. Young 11, Bishop 5, Burk 6, Todd 8, L. Young 2, Britton 2, Kahl 2, Hart 0, Eubanks 0, Hunt 0, Blank 0. Totals: 13 10-15 36.

KLAMATH UNION (52)-- Gilbert 16, Vieira 2, Sharp 11, Leppert 6, Brookshire 2, Richards 7, Kellstrom 8, Fagan 0, Deerborn 0. Totals: 18-43 9-18 52.

Mazama

.....................15 9 8 4 -- 36 Klamath Union

.......16 14 8 14 -- 52

3-point goals -- Klamath Union 7 (Gilbert 4, Sharp 3).

JV score -- Klamath Union 54, Mazama 40.

ST. MARY'S 42, PROSPECT 34-- Junior guard Shawna Jackson scored nine of her 13 points in the second quarter as St. Mary's went on a 16-8 run to take a 27-12 halftime lead.

The Crusaders upped their non-league record to 4-0 as Lani Brophy poured in 15 points and snared seven rebounds. Nellie Barnard grabbed eight rebounds.

Monica Applegate tossed in 10 points for Prospect.

PROSPECT (34)-- Gordon 0, Monica Applegate 10, Bennett 0, Roberts 0, Stockebrand 2, Shields 0, Wood 0, Kraemer 6, J. Lewis 5, H. Lewis 0, Kary Lenderman 11, Baker 0. Totals: 13 7-25 34.

ST. MARY'S (42)-- Dod 0, De'Armond 0, Gritsch 6, Jackson 13, Green 0, Meeker 0, Brophy 15, Barnard 2, Maurer 2, Cook 0, Smith 2, Vaninetti 2. Totals: 15 10-22 42

Prospect

..................4 8 8 14 -- 34 St. Mary's

...............11 16 9 6 -- 42

3-point goals -- Prospect — (J. Lewis 1), St. Mary's 2 (Jackson 1, Brophy 1). Fouled out -- Barnard.

JV score -- St. Mary's 34, Prospect 27.

COTTAGE GROVE 47, HIDDEN VALLEY 37-- At Murphy, Katie Thoms scored 20 of her 24 points in the second half as Cottage Grove pulled away for a non-conference victory.

Hidden Valley led 14-13 at the half, but Thoms, a 5-foot-8 wing, exploded for 10 points in each of the final two quarters. She nailed two 3-pointers as the Lions outscored the Mustangs 22-16 in the fourth quarter.

Junior Jennifer Brown paced Hidden Valley (0-2) with 10 points.

COTTAGE GROVE (47)--Thoms 24, Atwood 10, R. Martin 4, Books 2, J. Martin 2, Ewing 5, Levings 0. Totals: 15 15-22 47.

HIDDEN VALLEY (37)--Brown 10, Merrill 8, Bain 7, Wicks 6, Thompson 4, Grosse 2, Whaley 0, Gannon 0. Totals: 15 7-10 37.

Cottage Grove

..........7 6 12 22 -- 47 Hidden Valley

..........4 10 7 16 -- 37

3-point goals -- Cottage Grove 2 (Thoms 2). Fouled out -- Wicks.

JV score -- Cottage Grove 57, Hidden Valley 19.