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Eagles rally past Black Tornado

SOC Roundup

EAGLE POINT ' There's nothing like a rare five-point play to kick-start a comeback.

Eagle Point senior guard Mychal Williams accomplished the rare feat Friday night as the Eagles roared back from a 13-point deficit to post a 61-55 Southern Oregon Conference victory over North Medford.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for EP (5-11, 1-4 SOC).

Trailing by 13 points midway through the third period, Eagle Point's Derek Grieve started the rally with a basket. One possession later, Williams drained a 3-pointer from the corner and was fouled intentionally after the shot. He made both free throws, pulling the Eagles within six, and by the end of the quarter EP held a 43-42 lead.

The Eagles then outscored the Black Tornado 18-13 in the fourth quarter.

That five-point play was the turning point, Eagle Point coach Keith Williams said. That got us within six points and the kids started to believe they could win.

— Grieve, a 6-4 senior post, finished with a game-high 20 points and added eight rebounds. Mychal Williams added 19 points, seven assists, three steals and two rebounds.

Freshman guard Jordan Ellis had 12 points and senior wing Eric Stroh had 10 to pace the Tornado (5-10, 2-3 SOC).

North Medford led 17-14 after one period and 29-22 at halftime.

They killed us on transition baskets and on the boards in the first half, Williams said. We talked about those things at halftime and did a lot better in the second half.

NORTH MEDFORD (55) ' Ellis 12, E. Stroh 10, Eubank 8, Theel 7, Slowey 7, Williams 7, Pecktol 4, Stefanson 0, Blaschka 0. Totals: 21-50 11-19 55.

EAGLE POINT (61) ' Grieve 20, Williams 19, Bateman 11, Nevin 6, Strickland 5, Owens 0, Krzyzanski 0. Totals: 21-44 16-26 61.

North Medford...................... 17 12 13 13 ' 55

Eagle Point............................. 14 8 21 18 ' 61

3-point goals ' North Medford 2 (Ellis 1, Theel 1), Eagle Point — (Williams 2, Grieve 1). Fouled out ' E. Stroh.

JV result ' North Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 54, ROSEBURG 41 ' At Grants Pass, Jason Nunnemaker scored 17 points to help Grants Pass soar to the SOC win.

The Cavemen limited Roseburg's Eric Thompson ' the state's second-leading scorer at 26.1 points per game ' to just three points through the first three quarters. Thompson made three 3-pointers in the fourth to help the Indians pull within 10 points.

Buddy Saxon tossed in 12 points and Austin Wiersma added 11 with three makes from 3-point range for the Cavemen (9-7, 4-1 SOC).

Roseburg's Jordan Snook contributed 11 points and Cort Messner added eight.

ROSEBURG (41) ' Thompson 14, Snook 11, Messner 8, McLean 6, Stephens 2, Heard 0, Spicer 0, Russell 0, Gregg 0, Strahl 0. Totals: 16 3-6 41.

GRANTS PASS (54) ' Saxon 12, Wiersma 11, Nunnemaker 17, Dolmage 4, Mahr 4, Ingledue 3, Thorp 3, Cowell 0, Lathen 0, Morgan 0. Totals: 20 9-19 54.

Roseburg..................................8 6 7 20 ' 41

Grants Pass.........................21 11 14 10 ' 54

3-point goals ' Grants Pass 5 (Wiersma 3, Thorpe 1, Nunnemaker 1), Roseburg 6 (Snook 3, Thompson 3).

JV result ' Grants Pass 63, Roseburg 53.

Girls

NORTH MEDFORD 72, EAGLE POINT 37 ' Erica Schultz had 27 points and four steals to lead North Medford to an SOC victory.

After being tied at the end of the first quarter, Rachael Barry gave the 10th-ranked Black Tornado (11-4, 4-2) a big lift by draining two 3-pointers and notching eight points total to help put North up by 12 at the half.

McKenzie Smith grabbed seven rebounds while Heidi Siebenlist had four steals and Whitney Hodnett added seven assists for North.

Karissa Schauffler paced Eagle Point (4-12, 0-6) with 12 points.

EAGLE POINT (37) ' Schauffler 12, Wilkerson 2, Whittle 4, Logan 6, Fleetwood 0, Wilson 1, Hedrick 0, DeVaughn 2, Orton 0, Barney 0, Griggs 6, Emigh 4. Totals: 14 9-16 37.

NORTH MEDFORD (72) ' Schultz 27, Ross 11, Barry 8, Siebenlist 4, Hodnett 4, Parker 4, Preston 2, Grimland 2, Smith 4, Heim 6. Totals: 31 8-23 72.

Eagle Point...................................11 7 6 13 ' 37

North Medford..........................11 19 22 20 ' 72

3-point goals ' North Medford 2 (Barry 2).

ASHLAND 60, SOUTH MEDFORD 36 '

South Medford stayed close for one quarter, but fourth-ranked Ashland (16-1, 6-1 SOC) broke open the game by outscoring the Panthers 33-10 in the second and third periods.

The Grizzlies' press was especially effective in the opening half, forcing South into 17 turnovers.

Ashland was paced with 15-point efforts by senior guard Jamie Roupp and junior wing Josianne McDermott.

Senior post Marissa Towry led the Panthers (5-11, 1-5 SOC) with 12 points and nine rebounds.

South Medford pulled down 25 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive boards.

ASHLAND (60) '

Roupp 15, McDermott 15, Thompson 9, Zare 0, McKinnis 0, Greenstein 2, Sohl 2, Hasty 2, Jorgenson 0, Laipply 2, Fine 3, Pettit 0, Heater 10. Totals: 23 12-22 60.

SOUTH MEDFORD (36) '

Towry 12, Coker 2, Nisbet 4, Hooper 5, Stevens 2, Banuelos 4, Grant 6, Mytinger 1, Salisbury 0. Totals: 13 8-15 36.

Ashland....................................13 14 19 14 ' 60

South Medford........................11 2 8 15 ' 36

3-point goals ' Ashland 2 (McDermott 1, Roupp 1), South Medford 2 (Grant 1, Hooper 1). Fouled out ' Towry.

JV result ' South Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 52, ROSEBURG 47 ' At Roseburg, Gabbey Randall went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line down the stretch to give Grants Pass the edge and break a three-way tie for first place in the SOC.

The Cavers (12-4, 5-1 SOC) will play at fourth-ranked Ashland on Tuesday to decide first place outright in the SOC.

Roseburg's Shayla Corder hit two free throws with 20 seconds left to cut the Cavers' lead to 50-47, but Randall closed it out by making a pair from the line to extend the lead back to five with six seconds left.

Grants Pass took control in the third quarter with a 10-0 run to take a 31-23 lead.

Courtney Cameron led the Cavers with 12 points and Natasha Torgerson added 10 points and eight rebounds. Ashley Franko chipped in with 11 points for GP.

Julie Piper notched a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds and Corder tossed in 13 points for the Indians.

GRANTS PASS (52) ' Cameron 12, Franko 11, Hurst 4, Potts 8, Randall 7, Torgerson 10, Woodhead 0, Loffer 0. Totals: 18-42 16-21 52.

ROSEBURG (47) ' Piper 17, Corder 13, Wilton 7, Filly 4, Fallin 4, Westbrook 2, Kreshka 0. Totals: 18-40 10-15 47.

Grants Pass................................8 13 14 17 ' 52

Roseburg......................................9 12 8 18 ' 47

3-point goals ' Roseburg — (Wilton 1). Fouled out ' Filly.

JV result ' Grants Pass 28, Roseburg 22.