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North Medford downs Ashland in nonleague tilt

Thanks to great defense and the hot hand of Maggie Freeman, the North Medford girls basketball team was able to build a 29-3 first quarter lead and seized control Friday.

Freeman posted eight of her 11 points in the first quarter and the Black Tornado won 68-27 at North Medford High School.

Freeman also had five assists and four rebounds while Tania Lane tossed in 12 points and Rylee Karrick added 10 points and a pair of steals

Julia Graff provided a big spark off the bench with eight rebounds and five steals for the North Medford (2-0).

“We just played good defense,” said North Medford coach Tim Karrick. “Especially early when we were able to turn them over and get out in transition. That set the tone early.”

MJ Hamilton also contributed on the defensive end with five steals to go with her six points.

ASHLAND (27): Voskes 0, Winner 5, Altig 5, Richardson 3, Crane 0, Hickman 1, Miller 0, Hayes 3, O’Connor 6, Elder 0, Kolar 2, Rooney 2. Totals: 20 3-9 27.

NORTH MEDFORD : Lane 12, Ross 2, Karrick 10, Hamilton 6, Mo. Fossen 2, Graff 2, Lueckfeld 0, Freeman 11, McLemore 9, Fisk 8, Me. Fossen 6. Totals: 27 10-21 68.

Ashland;3;10;9;8;—;27

North Medford;29;23;5;11;—;68

3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Winner 1, Altig 1, Richardson 1, Hayes 1), North Medford 4 (Karrick 2, Lane 1, Freeman 1). Technical foul — Richardson.

JV result — North Medford won.

Boys Basketball

North Medford defeated Ashland 82-62 on Friday at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Statistics were not available at press time.

Men's Wrestling

At Phoenix, Reed Tennyson and Ryan McWatters worked late bonus-point wins to tip the scale in Southern Oregon's favor for a 26-18 dual win over 11th-ranked Simpson on Thursday night at Phoenix High School.

The 14th ranked Raiders led 12-8 until Simpson 165-pounder Ben Gacayan won by fall in the third round against C.J. McKinnis to give the Redhawks a two-point edge. That's when the 12th-ranked Tennyson stepped in at 174 pounds, needing just 44 seconds to pin Khalil Swanson for a quick answer.

The Redhawks tied the dual at 184 when top-ranked Brady Beamon muscled up Oscar Flores for an 8-0 major decision to make the score 18-all, but then it was McWatters' turn. The senior, who is the No. 3 184-pounder in the NAIA but was wrestling up a class, put on a show against 13th-ranked Erik Medina with takedown after takedown — 13 in all — for a 27-12 technical fall in the third round.

SOU's Alejandro Sandoval clinched the win with a 3-2 decision over Henry Campos that he won with a riding-time point.