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South girls win tourney opener

PREP BASKETBALL

PORTLAND

-- The South Medford girls basketball team never trailed but couldn't breathe a sigh of relief until the final buzzer Monday in the Central Catholic Tournament.

The Panthers grabbed a four-point lead in the first quarter and held on from there to post a 57-54 victory over Gladstone in the tournament's opening round.

Gladstone converted a 3-pointer to pull within one point with less than a minute to play, but Kellie Thomas was able to ice the win from the free-throw line. Thomas converted 3-of-4 foul shots in the fourth quarter and had 15 points overall for South Medford (4-4).

We were a little sluggish, South coach Andrea Wegner said. Neither team played real well. Both teams were short-handed with eight people and it showed.

Gladstone was hampered due to the absence of leading scorer Sarah Coleman, who was in Medford for a funeral.

South's Lynn Wooton led all scorers with 21 points -- 13 coming in the third quarter when she single-handedly kept Gladstone at bay. She also had nine rebounds.

That was a huge quarter for her, Wegner said. We just kept feeding her the ball and they couldn't stop her.

Karla Zenz had another strong game on the boards with 10 rebounds and added 10 points.

SOUTH MEDFORD (57)-- Grant 7, Wooton 21, Hunt 0, Fossen 4, Adams 0, Thomas 15, Cohee 0, Zenz 10. Totals: 22 12-18 57.

GLADSTONE (54)-- Larson 5, M. Whelan 0, Davis 4, Beeler 13, Swalko 8, Kociemba 4, Whelan 14, Beseda 6. Totals: 21 8-13 54.

South Medford

.......12 15 20 10 -- 57 Gladstone

................8 14 20 12 -- 54

3-point goals -- South Medford — (Grant 1), Gladstone 4 (Larson 1, Beeler 3).

GRANTS PASS 51, MCNARY 40-- At Eugene, point guard Allison Klingel had the perfect touch when the Cavers needed it most in helping Grants Pass advance in the Willamette Tournament.

Klingel drilled all four of her free throws in the fourth quarter and her teammates knocked down 3-of-6 to keep McNary at bay.

Kaci Williams had 14 points and five assists to pace Grants Pass (5-3).

MCNARY (40)-- Kickingwoman 12, Hess 4, Loretz 4, Haws 2, Guile 5, Davis 8, Schnider 0, Kotteck 0, Carlson 5. Totals: 17 4-12 40.

GRANTS PASS (51)-- Williams 14, Thomason 4, Nealy 0, Higgins 7, Thompson 0, Davidson 3, Debo 0, Klingel 5, Moser 0, Pilcher 10, Moon 8. Totals: 17 16-20 51.

McNary

................15 8 12 5 -- 40 Grants

Pass

........16 15 9 11 -- 51

3-point goals -- McNary 2 (Kickingwoman 2), Grants Pass — (Williams 1).

CAMAS 53, PROSPECT 42-- At Camas, Prospect connected on just 9-of-22 from the foul line during their loss to Camas.

Jenny Lewis just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine boards, and Monica Applegate chipped in with eight steals in the loss.

PROSPECT (42)-- Gordon 3, Applegate 7, Stockbrand 6, Kramer 4, Lewis 10, Linderman 12, Wood 0, Shields 0. Totals: 15 9-22 42.

CAMAS (53)-- C. Wafer 11, Thresh 7, Hiscock 19, K. Wafer 16, Hood 0, Lusconds 0, Fox 0, Ricks 0. Totals: 16 21-35 53.

Prospect

..........10 15 7 10 -- 42 Camas

...........19 11 13 10 -- 53

3-point goals -- Prospect — (Gordon, Lewis, Linderman 1). Fouled out -- Linderman, Hiscock.

ASHLAND 79, BEYER 58-- At Tracy, Calif., senior point guard Kris Pavilionis made five 3-pointers en route to 29 points in leading Ashland to victory in the opening round of the Tracy Tournament.

Pavilionis had six of Ashland's eight points in the first quarter as the Grizzlies came out flat and fell behind by six points entering the the second quarter.

The Grizzlies (2-2) tied the game by halftime at 32, then blew it open in the second half by outscoring Beyer 24-9 in the fourth quarter.

Ashland's Brett Zundel added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Pavilionis also had five steals and six assists. Carter Kirkpatrick chipped in 11 points for the Grizzlies, who play host Merrill West tonight at 7:30.

ASHLAND (79)-- Pavilionis 29, Zundel 16, Kirkpatrick 11, Allred 6, Cate 6, Ehlers 4, Streng 5, Shields 2, Beugli 0. Totals: 30 14-18 79.

BEYER (58)-- Hugh 12, Champnon 14, Baker 13, Lee 8, Andrews 2, Helfer 7, Verhofen 2, DaPrats 0, Silva 0, Thomason 0. Totals: 23 6-12 58.

Ashland

.............8 24 23 24 -- 79 Beyer

.................14 18 17 9 -- 58

3-point goals -- Ashland 5 (Pavilionis 5), Beyer 6 (Baker 3, Champnon 3).

CROOK COUNTY 55, KLAMATH UNION 50-- At Klamath Falls, Adam Bailey drilled four fourth-quarter 3-pointers to spark a late comeback by Klamath Union, but it wasn't enough in the non-league game.

The Pelicans (3-4) trailed 39-27 entering the final period before cutting the deficit to three with just under three minutes to play.

Crook County put the game away at the free-throw line, hitting 13-of-21 as Klamath Union was forced to foul.

Jerrod Abell scored 17 points to lead Crook County (6-0), while Bailey's 15 points paced the Pelicans.

CROOK COUNTY (55)-- Moon 15, Gillen 0, Gray 7, Eckman 0, McArthy 6, Abell 17, Lucas 3, Pinkston 7. Totals: 18-35 13-21 55.

KLAMATH UNION (50)-- Mortenson 1, Unson 11, Smith 2, Bailey 15, Baker 5, Woodrum 10, Caleb 6, Thomas 0. Totals: 18-49 8-12 50.

Crook County

.......10 17 12 16 -- 55 Klamath Union

........11 8 8 23 -- 50

3-point goals -- Crook County 4 (Moon 2, Gray, McArthy 1), Klamath Union 6 (Bailey 4, Munson, Baker 1). JV score -- Klamath Union 57, Crook County 43.