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Jesuit storms past Black Tornado

PORTLAND ' Metro League champion Jesuit flexed its muscles early and cruised to a 78-54 victory over North Medford in a second-round state-playoff game on Wednesday.

The fourth-ranked Crusaders jumped out to a 26-13 lead at the half and maintained a comfortable advantage throughout.

The Black Tornado had a chance at trimming the lead to single digits late in the third period, but missed free throws and turnovers stopped the surge.

I felt like we didn't play our best game, said North coach Tim Sam, whose team turned it over 25 times. We had some great efforts from Ryan Lucas, Drew Herrera and Ben Running.

They played like warriors out there, and gave us a chance.

— Jesuit moves on to face Corvallis on Saturday in a third-round game. The winner advances to the eight-team state tournament in Eugene next week.

Lucas managed 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tornado, while Kyle Williamson added 11 and Running 10. Herrera scored eight points to go with six assists.

Seth Tarver scored a game-high 19 points and his brother, Josh, poured in 16.

North Medford (15-11), the No. 4 seed from the Southern Oregon Conference, finishes the season with three consecutive losses.

NORTH MEDFORD (54) ' Lucas 15, Williamson 11, Herrera 8, Running 10, Ryan 6, Gielow 4, Eubank 0, Stanek 0, Berger 0, Stroh 0, Theel 0, O'Brien 0.

JESUIT (78) ' Tarver 19, S. Jones 16, J. Tarver 15, Mast 9, Nugent 2, St. Jones 3, Z. Tarver 2, Riehl 5, Kaempf 5, Barry 2, Wilcox 0, Nichols 0.

North Medford..........................13 10 15 16 ' 54

Jesuit.........................................21 15 22 20 ' 78

GRANTS PASS 67, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 52 ' At Portland, Grants Pass made 16 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal a second-round state-playoff win.

The 10th-ranked Cavemen (18-7), the SOC's No. — seed, shot out to a 15-5 lead after the first period and maintained the advantage throughout.

Central Catholic trimmed the deficit to 49-44 with five minutes remaining, but Grants Pass followed with the barrage of free throws to close out the game.

Tom Higgins scored 14 points to lead the Cavemen, while Matt Cowell added 13 and Wes Lathen scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Grants Pass travels to take on second-ranked South Salem on Saturday for a third-round game.

GRANTS PASS (67) ' Higgins 14, Cowell 13, Pollock 13, Berg 7, Dastrup 4, Davey 0, Morgan 0, Waites 0, Lathen 16. Totals: 21 20-26 67.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (52) ' Moore 17, Koening 3, Bianco 2, Miura 0, Grbavac 2, Rice 10, Allen 9, Renfro 3, Wiles 0, Stutevoss 6, Button 0, Trezise 0. Totals: 19 10-17 52.

Grants Pass...............................15 12 18 23 ' 67

Central Catholic..........................5 16 15 16 ' 52

3-point goals ' Grants Pass 5 (Higgins 2, Cowell 2, Dastrup 1), Central Catholic 4 (Moore 3, Renfro 1). Fouled out ' Moore.

HILLSBORO 53, ROSEBURG 41 ' At Roseburg, Hillsboro, the Metro League's No. — seed, held Roseburg to 10 first-half points en route to a second-round state-playoff win.

Roseburg (16-9) held the Spartans, last season's 4A runner-up, to their lowest point total of the season, but fell behind 24-10 at the half and could never get within single digits.

Hillsboro's Mike McLaughlin scored 19 points to lead all scorers.

Seth Bauman led the Indians, the SOC's No. 2 seed, with 18 points and seven rebounds.

The Spartans (17-8) take on South Eugene in a third-round game on Saturday. The winner advances to the eight-team state tournament in Eugene.

HILLSBORO (53) ' McLaughlin 19, Loe 16, Lowe 9, Hodge 6, Zanrosso 3, Hubrich 0, Banninga 0, Hartford 0, Lillegard 0. Totals: 22-50 5-5 53.

ROSEBURG (41) ' Bauman 18, Davis 10, Gerretsen 5, Behrens 3, Malone 3, Smith 2, Hall 0, Jeremiah 0, Harvey 0, Juungman 0. Totals: 16-45 6-8 41.

Hillsboro......................................16 8 18 11 ' 53

Roseburg.......................................4 6 10 21 ' 41

3-point goals ' Hillsboro 4 (Lowe 3, Zanrosso 1), Roseburg — (Malone 1, Gerretsen 1, Behrens 1).

Class 1A Girls

CONDON 54, BUTTE FALLS 45 ' At Baker City, Condon's Jessica Snyder scored 24 points and Katie Humphrey added 18 to pace the Blue Devils past Butte Falls in the first round of the state tournament.

Butte Falls, the No. 8 seed in the tournament, found itself in foul trouble most of the night trying to defend Snyder, a senior post.

Sarah Matthews scored a team-high 14 points for the Loggers. Mickie Burns added 12.

Butte Falls will take on Mohawk, a 47-31 loser to Crane, at 10:30 this morning in the consolation bracket.

BUTTE FALLS (45) ' Million 6, Bartel 5, S. Matthews 14, Smeltz 7, Burns 12, Wright 0, Ferguson 0, R. Mathews 0, Rodgers 1, Marns 0. Totals: 16-56 11-17 45.

CONDON (54) ' McCall 2, Snyder 24, McElligot 1, Humphrey 18, Farrow 8, Harrison 1, Racine 0, Stark 0. Totals: 14-43 25-34 54.

Butte Falls ..................................14 13 10 8 ' 45

Condon..................................... 18 11 12 12 ' 54

3-point goals ' Butte Falls 2 (Smeltz 1, Burns 1), Condon — (Humphrey 1). Fouled out ' S. Matthews.