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Slowdown tactic doesn't trip up Tornado

Eyeing bigger, deeper and swifter North Medford, Klamath Union slowed things down Friday night trying to keep within reach of the talented Black Tornado.

It didn't work.

The state's fifth-ranked girls basketball team picked the visiting Pelicans apart for a 43-27 victory and remained unbeaten atop the Southern Oregon Conference standings.

North Medford (14-1, 6-0 SOC) got 14 points and 14 rebounds from 6-foot-3 post player Ericka Brosterhous.

They just didn't match up with us real well sizewise, North coach Mike Kay said. That's why they tried to hold the ball.

They came out and spread the court. But I was real pleased the kids didn't panic. We stayed patient and ended up winning by 16.

The tactic limited the Tornado to a 22-17 halftime lead but North Medford's defense held Klamath Union to 10 points in the second half.

It was another great defensive effort, Kay said. We just haven't given up a lot of points.

Senior Ashlee Giles continued to shine defensively for North, piling up nine steals to go with nine points.

Jessyca Arthur led the Pelicans (2-5 SOC) with 12 points.

KLAMATH UNION (27) -- Davison 2, Arthur 12, Sargent 2, Thomas 0, Bales 5, Sandusky 0, Frei 2, Ullman 4. Totals: 9 9-13 27.

NORTH MEDFORD (43) -- Close 2, Crenshaw 3, Meeker 6, Harvey 2, Dickerson 0, Giles 9, Manwaring 0, Brosterhous 14, Ledford 2, Jackson 5. Totals: 14 12-15 43.

Klamath Union7 10 4 6 -- 27

North Medford13 9 9 12 -- 43

3-point goals -- North Medford — (Meeker 2, Giles 1), Klamath Union 0. Fouled out -- Sandusky.

MAZAMA 50, SOUTH MEDFORD 40 -- At Klamath Falls, Mazama's Dena Young led all scorers with 22 points and hit 10-of-14 free throws as the Vikings recorded their first league win.

Mazama (1-7 SOC) made 17 free throws in the final period to lock up the victory.

Emily Perttu, Ellena Flood and J.J. Miller each scored eight points to lead the Panthers, who dropped to 3-5 in conference action.

SOUTH MEDFORD (40) -- Perttu 8, Flood 8, Miller 8, Fossen 3, Wooton 6, Wallenberg 0, Mason 0, Thomas 1, Munoz 4, Kulju 0, Miles 2, Zenz 0. Totals: 13 10-21 40.

MAZAMA (50) -- Teeples 5, Sha 1, Bednar 4, Guetzloe 11, Mills 2, Young 22, Ireland 5. Totals: 14 20-36 50.

South Medford5 15 — 17 -- 40

Mazama10 7 14 19 -- 50

3-point goals -- South Medford 4 (Perttu 2, Flood 2), Mazama 2 (Young 2). Fouled out -- Mills. Technical fouls -- South Medford coach Wegner 2, Perttu.

JV score -- Mazama 42, South Medford 50.

CRATER 77, ASHLAND 59 -- At Ashland, Emily Wiley poured in a career-high 21 points, blocked 10 shots and had eight rebounds to power the Comets passed a flu-depleted Grizzlies' team.

Ashland suited up eight players and was outscored 22-7 in the third quarter.

Chassie Wiersma scored 16 points for seventh-ranked Crater (11-2, 5-1 SOC), while teammate Megan Robbins added 11.

Jenny Pippa had 12 for Ashland (5-6, 3-4). Jacquelyn Woods had 11 points and nine rebounds, while Chelsea Morgan chipped in 10 points.

CRATER (77) -- Dunlap 4, Chase 0, Hemphill 5, Robbins 11, Sapienza 0, Caster 0, Ross 3, Che. Wiersma 5, McLeod 6, Wiley 21, Cha. Wiersma 16, Schneider 6. Totals: 30 15-21 77.

ASHLAND (59) -- Morgan 10, Wilhelm 8, Dauenhauer 6, Seltzer 5, Pippa 12, Cooley 6, Woods 11, Noyes 1, Ruth 0, Staples 0. Totals: 15 23-36 59.

Crater17 19 22 19 -- 77

Ashland13 12 7 27 -- 59

3-point goals -- Crater 2 (Hemphill 1, Che. Wiersma 1), Ashland 6 (Morgan 2, Dauenhauer 2, Seltzer 1, Hippa 1). Fouled out -- Cooley, Ross.

JV score -- Crater won.

EAGLE POINT 57, GRANTS PASS 44 -- At Eagle Point, senior point guard Becky Gregory scored her second triple-double in conference play with a 22-point, 11-rebound, 10-steal and seven-assist performance for the Eagles.

Sunnie Crandall chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds for Eagle Point (5-2 SOC), including six in the fourth quarter. Seven of Gregory's 22 points came in the decisive fourth quarter when Eagle Point outscored the Cavers, 19-6.

Stacy Kleier paced the Cavemen (2-5 SOC) with 18 points, while grabbing a game high 15 rebounds.

GRANTS PASS (44) -- Thomason 0, Hopkins 4, Lane 7, Woolley 0, Barbian 0, Higgins 0, Kleier 18, Williams 9, Kelly 6. Totals: 16 12-15 44.

EAGLE POINT (57) -- Smith 5, Thomas 0, Damon 6, Roth 4, Gregory 22, Bernhardt 0, Lee 0, Crandall 13, Ford 0, Happel 7, Lucas 0. Totals: 21 13-23 57.

Grants Pass2 15 11 6 -- 44

Eagle Point10 16 12 19 -- 57

3-point goals -- Eagle Point 2 (Smith 1, Gregory 1). Fouled out -- Lane, Williams.

JV score -- Grants Pass 39, Eagle Point 38.