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Eagle Point wins first SOC game

Danielle Rouhier just about singlehandily ended Eagle Point's 33-game Southern Oregon Conference girls? baskeball losing streak Friday when the junior wing sank a buzzer-beating jumper to lift the Eagles to a 55-53 victory over North Medford.

Rouhier posted a game-high 21 points, including eight in the final period when the Eagles (5-13. 1-8 SOC) erased a 10-point deficit, and grabbed 10 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double.

Danielle's enthusiasm really carried their team, especially in the fourth quarter, said North Medford coach JT Thomas. She seemed to want to win more than we exhibited.

Rouhier hit the winning shot when she broke free to receive an inbounds pass under Eagle Point's basket with just seconds to play and popped in a turnaround jumper over a double team from 8-feet just before the final buzzer went off.

Rouhier decided she wasn't going to be stopped by anyone tonight, said Thomas. She played the best game I've seen her play.

Despite playing without the SOC's seventh-leading scorer Ashley Nelson, who was serving a one-game suspension for disciplinary reasons, North (5-13, 2-7 SOC) held a 45-35 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Things were going real well, said Thomas. They got off to a fast start in the fourth quarter and we could not get the ball in the basket. Their offensive rebounding hurt us. Our kids were out of position defensively and Eagle Point aggressively kept the ball alive.

Eagles sophomore point guard Jenna Bilden played a pivotal role with a solid floor game that included nine assists.

Thomas denied a 49-point victory over Eagle Point earlier this season gave the Black Tornado a false sense of security.

We did not look past today's game, said Thomas. We prepared for Eagle Point all week long.

— EAGLE POINT (55)- Rouhier 21, Lee 11, Curtis 10, Winner 5, Wheeler 4, Stanfield 4, Bilden 0. Totals: 21 9-15 55.

— NORTH MEDFORD (53)

— — Stevenson 12, Hwang 11, Hodges 8, Miller 8, Mellbye 4, Lilly 6, Versteeg 2, Meager 2, Gentry 0. Totals: 23 5-7 53.

Eagle Point....................................... 8 13 14 20 — 55 North Medford.................................. 15 10 20 8 — 53

3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Rouhier 3, Winner 1), North Medford 2 (Hwang 1, Stevenson 1).

JV result — North Medford won.

CRATER 62, GRANTS PASS 35 ?

At Grants Pass, junior wing Amy Denson scored 14 points and 11 of 12 Crater players in uniform reached the scoring column as the No. 2-ranked Comets routed Grants Pass.

The Lady Cavers (10-9, 3-6 SOC) were in contention late in the first half, trailing 32-22, but freshman Whitney Black gave Crater a lift by sinking a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

The Comets then went on an 18-3 tear in the third period to put the game away.

Casey Higgins had 11 points for Grants Pass.

— CRATER (62) -Denson 14, Johnson 8, Nafie 3, Robertson 2, McLeod 9, LeBel 4, Sapienza 9, Pool 3, Anhorn 3, Kinney 2, Black 5, Huntley 0. Totals: 27 6-13 62.

— GRANTS PASS (35) ?

Higgins 11, Thomason 8, Pilcher 8, Moon 8, Nealy 0, Martin 0, Thompson 0, Klingel 0, Briggs 0, Glovinsky 0, Taylor 0. Totals: 13 4-4 35.

Crater ................................................. 16 19 18 9 — 62 Grants Pass ......................................... 9 13 — 10 — 35

3-point goals — Crater 2 (Black 1, Pool 1), Grants Pass 5 (Higgins 3, Thomason 2).

JV result ?? Crater won.

KLAMATH UNION 50, ROSEBURG 45 -At Roseburg, Sam Gilbert poured in 19 points and Klamath Union rallied from a six-point, fourth-quarter deficit for the win.

Sarah Gilding paced Roseburg with 19 points and Lindsey Heard added 11 as the Indians fell to 10-10 overall and 5-4 in the SOC.

Sarah Davison added nine points for the Pelicans, who improved to 4-5 in conference play.

— KLAMATH UNION (50)

— — Gilbert 19, Davison 9, Brookshire 6, Fagan 6, Leppert 5, Sharpe 5, Spires 0. Totals: 19-47 9-18 50.

— ROSEBURG (45) ?

Gilding 19, Heard 11, Grady 5, Goodell 3, Burmeister 3, Stephens 4, Lint 0, Bartholemew 0. Totals: 16-52 11-16 45.

Klamath Union........................................11 8 16 15 — 50 Roseburg..................................................5 17 14 9 — 45

3-point goals — Klamath Union — (Gilbert 3), Roseburg — (Goodell 1, Heard 2).

JV score — Roseburg 56, Klamath Union 36.