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Grants Pass upsets Ashland

GRANTS PASS ' The Grants Pass girls basketball team, picked to finish last in Southern Oregon Conference play by the coaches, took out another conference favorite on Friday.

The Cavers (9-5, 3-2 conference), who beat defending SOC champion Roseburg, 40-34, in their conference opener, held Ashland to eight points in the first half en route to a 36-30 victory.

I think the (coaches) knew we had a decent team, said first-year Grants Pass coach Robert Lingo of the pre-conference poll. They have to pick somebody to finish last.

We didn't earn a lot of respect in the conference last year (with two wins). I don't think it bothered the girls to be picked last, but I know they wanted to prove we could be a factor in the SOC.

Grants Pass did just that in the early going, taking an 8-0 lead in the first quarter.

— The Grizzlies, who were picked to win the conference, cut the lead to two but scored just two points in the second period to fall off the pace.

Ashland junior Abeni Hill scored seven points in the first half, but left the game due to an illness at the intermission. She was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons.

I think that affected (Ashland) a lot, said Lingo of Hill's second-half absence. She was really tough in the first half.

The Grizzlies (12-3, 3-2 SOC) trimmed an 11-point deficit to four during the final stanza, but the Cavers went 7-of-8 from the foul line to seal the win.

Katie Tardieu, who finished with six points, nailed all four of her free-throw tries in the final quarter.

Kori Seymour led a balanced scoring attack for Grants Pass with eight points.

Hilary Huyett paced Ashland with 14 ' 11 in the fourth quarter ' but was held in check for much of the game by the defensive efforts of Katelyn Van Brunt and Amanda Straw.

ASHLAND (30) ' Huyett 14, Hill 7, Hasty 3, Thivierge 4, Chase 2, Carlson 0, Golling 0, Roupp 0. Totals: 12-32 5-7 30.

GRANTS PASS (36) ' Kori Seymour 8, Claflin 7, Glovinsky 6, Tardieu 6, Straw 3, Austin 4, Van Brunt 2, Aschwanden 0, Franko 0. Totals: 14-29 8-12 36.

Ashland...........................................6 2 6 16 ' 30

Grants Pass.................................10 5 10 11 ' 36

3-point goals ' Ashland — (Huyett).

JV result ' Grants Pass won.

NORTH MEDFORD 70, EAGLE POINT 43 ' North Medford forced 29 turnovers and had 11 players find the basket in an SOC romp over Eagle Point.

Junior guard Kailey Bostwick posted a game-high 16 points to pace North Medford, which remained atop the Southern Oregon Conference standings with a 5-0 record and moved to 12-3 overall with its sixth straight victory.

Sophomore wing Naomi Mautz came off the bench to register 13 points, four assists and three steals for the Tornado, which exploded for 25 second-quarter points to take a 42-21 halftime lead.

Junior posts Mellisa Eastwold and Michelle Westermann chipped in 10 and eight points, respectively, and Westermann added nine rebounds for North Medford.

Westermann also did a yeoman's job on defense against Eagles standout Ashley Curtis. Curtis finished with 12 points, but most came late in the game when Westermann was on the bench.

EAGLE POINT (43) ' Curtis 12, Bateman 14, Logan 8, Sychla 9, Harrington 0, Sorrels 0, Nielson 0, Cam 0, Whipple 0, Emigh 0. Totals: 18 5-6 43.

NORTH MEDFORD (70) ' Bostwick 16, Standifer 2, Mautz 13, Westermann 8, Eastwold 10, Ross 2, Heath 2, Seeley 2, Lilly 6, Murphy 7, Heim 0, Berger 2, Bennett 0. Totals: 26 13-18 70.

Eagle Point................................... 6 15 13 9 ' 43

North Medford..........................17 25 12 16 ' 70

3-point goals ' Eagle Point 2 (Sychla 2), North Medford 5 (Bostwick 4, Mautz 1). Technical fouls ' Sychla.

JV result ' North Medford won.

ROSEBURG 67, KLAMATH UNION 48 ' At Klamath Falls, Shayla Corder led five players in double figures with 15 points as Roseburg improved its SOC mark to 3-2.

Katie Fuller added 14 points, while Denay Martin scored 13 and Korynn Jorgenson and Brittany David 11 each.

Jenni Ritter scored a game-high 22 points for Klamath Union (8-6, 0-4 SOC), but the Pelicans turned it over 23 times.

ROSEBURG (67) ' Martin 13, Stephens 1, Jorgenson 11, Br. David 11, Corder 15, Fuller 14, Harr 2, Thompson 0. Totals: 23 18-22 67.

KLAMATH UNION (48) ' Croxford 7, McVey 1, Fagan 8, Herron 3, DeGroot 2, Ritter 22, Dunton 5, Narramore 0, Montie 0. Totals: 17 10-19 48.

Roseburg.....................................18 22 8 19 ' 67

Klamath Union..............................7 14 7 20 ' 48

3-point goals ' Roseburg — (Martin 2, Corder 1), Klamath Union 4 (Croxford 1, Ritter 3). Fouled out ' Croxford.

JV score ' Klamath Union 68, Roseburg 42.