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Tornado keeps resolve, edges Pelicans

SOC Roundup

The North Medford boys basketball team demonstrated considerable growth during a 57-53 Southern Oregon Conference victory over Klamath Union Friday.

Just three nights earlier, the Black Tornado (4-9, 1-3 SOC) blew a 15-point halftime advantage that led to a 69-57 loss at Roseburg.

At one point in the third quarter against the Pelicans, North led by 15 points. And the Black Tornado held a 53-43 margin with 2 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the game before surrendering 10 straight points that allowed KU to tie the score at 53-all.

North Medford coach Tim Sam admitted the situation was similar to his team's collapse against the Indians on Tuesday.

I think we had three or four straight turnovers that all led to points, said Sam. We had two choices. We could fold up our tent or stop them. If we did what we did at Roseburg we'd be 0-3 (in the SOC).

But North changed the momentum when Abe Eubank capitalized on a good entry pass from Jason Slowey and scored what proved to be the winning points on a layup with 29.6 seconds left. Eubank was fouled on the play but failed to make the free throw.

— Klamath Union (8-6, 1-2 SOC) worked the clock down to 5.9 seconds before turning the ball over. Then the Pels were called for an intentional foul when North was trying to inbound the ball to sophomore Michael Williams, who made — of 2 free throws for a 56-53 lead.

Because of the intentional foul North retained possession and Williams made a heads-up play by diving out of bounds on an errant pass and flipping the ball back to Spencer Stefanson, who was fouled. Stefanson completed the scoring with — of 2 free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining.

Freshman Jordan Ellis led North with 15 points to go with six assists and six rebounds.

Senior forward Steven Theel had a solid game for the Black Tornado with 11 points and nine rebounds before fouling out late.

KLAMATH UNION (53) ' Hill 0, Al. Foster 9, Wyatt 0, Landrum 9, Aa. Foster 0, Hughes 19, Gallagher 0, Brandt 0, Porter 6, Yazzie 10. Totals: 19-53 8-13 53.

NORTH MEDFORD (57) ' A. Stroh 2, Ellis 15, Stefanson 1, Williams 6, Pecktol 0, E. Stroh 5, Eubank 8, Blaschka 0, Slowey 9, Theel 11. Totals: 21-55 10-18 57.

Klamath Union..........................11 12 8 22 ' 53

North Medford..........................16 12 16 13 ' 57

3-point goals ' Klamath Union 7-26 (Al. Foster 1, Landrum 1, Hughes 3, Porter 1, Yazzie 1), North Medford 5-13 (Ellis 3, Williams 1, E. Stroh 1). Fouled out ' Theel.

JV score ' Klamath Union 59, North Medford 54.

CRATER 58, EAGLE POINT 52 '

At Eagle Point, James Oshel and Nick Brothers tallied 14 points each and the 6-foot-6 Oshel added 10 rebounds as Crater notched its first SOC victory.

The Comets (5-9, 1-2 SOC) led by as many as 13 points in the second half before Eagle Point staged a fourth-quarter comeback.

Derek Grieve tossed in a game-high 24 points for Eagle Point (4-10, 0-4 SOC). Eagles standout guard Mychal Williams got into quick foul trouble and finished with just two points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

CRATER (58) ' Oshel 14, Brothers 14, Louie 8, Peila 8, Hunt 8, Crook 3, Havird 3, Hogenson 0, Schmelzer 0. Totals: 22-39 13-27 58.

EAGLE POINT (52) ' Grieve 24, Owens 16, Kryzanski 6, Bateman 2, Williams 2, Nevin 2, DeVaughn 0, Strickland 0.

Crater.........................................14 13 16 15 ' 58

Eagle Point..................................13 7 11 21 ' 52

3-point goals ' Crater 1-8 (Brothers 1), Eagle Point 3-10 (Grieve 2, Kryzanski 1). Fouled out ' Williams.

JV game ' Eagle Point 53, Crater 49.

ROSEBURG 61, ASHLAND 54 ' At Ashland, Roseburg's Eric Thompson, a 6-foot-7 post, scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indians in the SOC contest.

Jordan Snook added 20 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Indians.

Snook hit a — against heavy pressure at the first-half buzzer and sank two more in the third to help Roseburg extend a three-point lead to 11.

Ashland dropped to 8-6, 2-1 in the SOC. Roseburg is 8-5 and 2-1.

Sam Littleton hit five 3-pointers for all 15 of his points. Josh Cornelius scored 20 for Ashland and Colin Reinstedt had six points, six rebounds and seven assists.

ROSEBURG (61) ' Strahl 10, Stephens 2, Snook 20, Gregg 3, Thompson 26, McLean 0, Heard 0, Messner 0. Totals: 25 6-10 61.

ASHLAND (54) ' Hartzell 2, Ramos 2, 15, Reinstedt 6, Cornelius 20, Pittman 7, Lipski 2, Constantino 0, Blanche 0. Totals: 20 7-11 54.

Roseburg.....................................10 15 16 20 - 61

Ashland.........................................11 9 10 24 - 54

3-point goals - Roseburg 5 (Snook 3, Strahl 2), Ashland 7 (Littleton 5, Cornelius 2). Technical fouls ' Ashland bench.

Girls

CRATER 61, EAGLE POINT 24 ' At Central Point, Crater, playing without point guard Kenna Reiter, who injured an ankle in practice the day before, relied on strong bench play to cruise to the SOC win.

Reiter leads the Comets in rebounding and is among the scoring leaders. It's not certain how long she will be sidelined.

Kelsey Holderness and Amanda Haas each scored 12 points and Emily Brookins, filling in for Reiter, had nine to lead Crater (11-3, 3-1 SOC), which was also without Andi Bagdan, a key reserve.

Aundrea Albright had eight rebounds and Kristin Tyska came off the bench for seven. Randi Salyer added six assists.

For Eagle Point (4-10, 0-4 SOC), Beth Logan scored 12.

EAGLE POINT (24) ' Logan 12, Fleetwood 5, Emigh 3, Griggs 2, Wilson 2, Wilkerson 0, Whipple 0, Hedrick 0, DeVaughn 0, Schauffler 0. Totals: 8-41 8-12 24.

CRATER (61) ' Holderness 12, Haas 12, Brookins 9, Heard 6, Albright 6, Salyer 5, Ludwig 4, Tyska 3, Brown 2, Stoner 2, Acrey 0, Deschamps 0. Totals: 18-51 20-23 61.

Eagle Point........................................5 9 — 7 ' 2

Crater........................................11 19 17 14 ' 61

3-point goals ' Crater 5 (Holderness 2, Brookins 2, Salyer 1).

JV result ' Crater won.

NORTH MEDFORD 65, KLAMATH UNION 34 ' At Klamath Falls, Erica Schultz scored 19 points for North Medford in the SOC victory.

The Black Tornado forced 17 turnovers in the first half, leading to a 43-16 halftime advantage.

Schultz had 14 points and all five of her steals in the first half, and Megan Ross added 18 points for the Black Tornado (10-3, 3-1 SOC).

NORTH MEDFORD (65) ' Schultz 19, Siebenlist 0, Hodnett 6, Berger 11, Parker 0, Ross 18, Grimland 4, Smith 5, Satterfield 0, Ranielle 2. Totals: 25 15-29 65.

KLAMATH UNION (34) ' Stearns 2, Gilbert 11, Lundy 13, Amos 2, Bliss 0, Metz 0, Womack 0, Coke 4, Rochelle 1, Fiegi 1. Totals: 11 10-22 34.

North Medford.........................24 19 11 11 ' 65

Klamath Union...............................12 4 9 9 ' 34

3-point goals ' Klamath Union 2 (Gilbert 1, Lundy 1). Fouled out ' Metz, Siebenlist.

JV result ' North Medford 60, Klamath Union 29

GRANTS PASS 58, SOUTH MEDFORD 43 ' At Grants Pass, senior post Ashley Franko generated 15 points and freshman post Natasha Torgerson added 12 points and four rebounds as Grants Pass pulled away in the fourth quarter to snag the SOC victory.

The Cavers (10-4, 3-1 SOC) led just 39-34 after three quarters before going on a 19-9 run to close out the game.

Senior post Marissa Towry paced South Medford (4-10, 0-4 SOC) with 10 points.

SOUTH MEDFORD (43) ' Towry 10, Coker 7, Hooper 4, Stevens 8, Banuelos 6, Grant 6, Mytinger 2, Newcomb 0, Nisbet 0. Totals: 18-35 6-8 43.

GRANTS PASS (58) ' A. Franko 15, Torgerson 12, Cameron 9, Potts 6, Randall 6, Chamberlain 4, Hurst 3, Loffer 2, A. Franco 0, Woodhead 1, Sumber 0. Totals: 26-45 5-11 58.

South Medford........................... 11 10 13 9 ' 43

Grants Pass...............................12 11 16 19 ' 58

3-point goals ' South Medford — (Coker 1), Grants Pass — (Hurst 1).

JV score: Grants Pass 52, South Medford 42.