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South snaps 26-game losing streak

BEND — There is reason for optimism at South Medford.

Behind 29 points in the return debut of Brittney Newcomb, the Panthers ended a 26-game losing streak that spanned two seasons with a season-opening 63-45 win at Mountain View.

Playing with just seven players, South fell behind and got into foul trouble early, but the Panthers set the tone with a strong defensive effort in the second quarter to hold off the Cougars.

"Our biggest goal was to get the kids reoriented in terms of a new work ethic and playing a different tempo of basketball," first-year South coach Tom Cole said. "You could see it tonight. It was really great to see those girls come into an away gym with a large crowd and pull out a win. It was exciting."

Mountain View pulled to within two in the third quarter, but junior guards Sheena Barkley and Newcomb hit clutch 3-pointers to keep the Panthers in the driver's seat.

Barkley finished with 11 points and nine assists to complement Newcomb, who played last season at Crater before transferring back to South this season.

Nagely Medina led a strong South effort on the boards with eight rebounds to go with 13 points. Freshman Jamee Batten added seven rebounds and Kinzie Towry had six steals.

"I think there's a lot of optimism, which is nice," Cole said. "At the same time, the reality is we have a lot of work to do."

Lonelle Donegan had 12 points and Megan Hofman had 11 to lead Mountain View.

SOUTH MEDFORD (63) — Newcomb 29, Medina 13, Barkley 11, Towry 4, McCoy 2, Batten 2, Salisbury 2. Totals: 21 15-24 63.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (45) — Donegan 12, Hofman 11, Mayhew 6, Anderson 5, Willey 5, Bartholomew 2, Love 2, Groves 2.

South Medford 11 13 22 17 —63

Mountain View 9 4 20 12 —45

3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Newcomb 4, Barkley 2). Fouled out — Towry, Anderson.

JV score — South Medford 46, Mountain View 43.

NORTH MEDFORD 48, BEND 29 — At Bend, Erica Schultz amassed 18 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks to mark the first triple-double in Tim Karrick's coaching tenure at North Medford as the Black Tornado shook off a slow start to top Bend.

After scoring just four points in the opening quarter, the Black Tornado (2-0) outscored Bend 22-3 in the third period, keeping the Lava Bears out of the basket for the first five minutes. North Medford was up by as many as 25 points in the fourth.

Much of North Medford's defensive success was credited to Kellie Satterfield, who kept Lava Bears freshman point guard Brittney Niebergall — a 15-point per game scorer — out of the scoring column.

Junior wing Andrea Egge sparked the Black Tornado off the bench with a season-high 12 points and four boards.

NORTH MEDFORD (48) — Gall 0, Schultz 18, Satterfield 1, Dixon 4, Dekorte 0, Parker 2, Egge 12, Smith 4, Whitehead 0, Abeloe 7. Totals: 16 15-21 48.

BEND (29) — Cardwell 6, Salazar 6, Niebergall 0, Boise 0, Bruning 5, Frizsen 0, Banforth 8, Gould 4, Schatz 0, Taylor 0. Totals: 11 7-15 29.

North Medford 4 14 22 8 — 48

Bend 6 8 3 12 — 29

JV score — North Medford 45, Bend 41.

GRANTS PASS 73, WEST SALEM 47 — At Grants Pass, Courtney Pittman scored a career-high 18 points to lead four players in double figures as Grants Pass strolled past West Salem.

The Cavers put West Salem on its heals in the first quarter by building a 22-12 advantage.

Natasha Torgerson added 14 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks for the Cavers (3-0), who received 13 points, six boards and five assists from Chelsey Chamberlain.

Pittman added four steals and Amber Franko chipped in 11 points, five boards and five assists.

Kira Lyon netted 16 points and connected on four 3-pointers for the Titans.

WEST SALEM (47) — Lyon 16, Morin 5, Davis 6, Buchheit 2, Coba 7, Kumm 5, Fischer 3, Connolly 3, Molina 0, Stombaugh 0. Totals: 14-39 13-23 47.

GRANTS PASS (73) — Pittman 18, Torgerson 14, Chamberlain 13, Franko 11, Henry 5, Wonsyld 4, Pepperling 4, Loffer 2, Stephenson 2, Soares 0. Totals: 32-50 7-11 73.

West Salem 12 16 12 7 — 47

Grants Pass 22 20 14 17 — 73

3-point goals — West Salem 6 (Lyon 4, Morin 1, Coba 1), Grants Pass 2 (Henry 1, Torgerson 1).

JV score — Grants Pass 43, West Salem 37.

WEST ALBANY 63, CRATER 49 — At Central Point, Crater rallied to within three points late in the third quarter but couldn't overcome a double-digit, first-half deficit in the nonconference game.

The Comets (0-3) fell behind 19-5 after the first quarter and trailed 32-22 at the half.

Alana Harding led Crater with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

WEST ALBANY (63) — Grady 17, Slade 14, Kastraza 8, Lapman 6, Johnston 6, Jamison 4, Lukins 3, Hortsch 3, Sitton 2, Martin 0, Silsby 0. Totals: 18 26-35 63.

CRATER (49) — Harding 17, Albright 12, Noon 8, Heard 6, Deschamps 3, Kappel 2, Hills 1, Sailing 0, Britton 0. Totals: 17 13-23 49.

West Albany 19 13 12 19 — 63

Crater 5 17 13 14 — 49

3-point goals — West Albany 1 (Jamison 1), Crater 2 (Noon 1, Deschamps 1). Fouled out — Sailing, Heard, Grady. Technical foul — West Albany coach.

JV result — Crater won.

MADRAS 51, EAGLE POINT 45 — At Madras, Madras made 11 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter to pull away from Eagle Point (0-5).

The Eagles trailed by just three with less than 30 seconds to play, but Madras' free throws were the difference down the stretch. Sophomore guard Teneea Baker led Eagle Point with 11 points and senior guard Jenna Schipman added a team-high nine rebounds.

Kristi Olney led Madras with 13 points.

EAGLE POINT (45) — Schipman 4, Hagy 6, Leaf 4, Hedrick 6, Devaughn 2, Baker 11, Devesavedo 4, Wyatt 6, Dale 2, Landman 0, Henderson 0. Totals: 19 6-12 45.

MADRAS (51) — Danzuka 6, Ahern 8, Made 2, Smith 5, Yallup 5, Haugen 5, Jones 7, Olney 13, Leutwiler 0. Totals: 16 18-29 51.

Eagle Point 8 11 12 14 — 45

Madras 6 9 15 21 — 51

3-point goals — Eagle Point 1 (Baker 1), Madras 1 (Yallup 1). Fouled out — Hagy.

MAZAMA 57, PHOENIX 46 — At Phoenix, Mazama rallied from a first-quarter deficit to defeat Phoenix in nonconference play.

Kelsey George scored 15 points and Qiana Helm pulled down nine rebounds for Phoenix (2-2), which committed a season-low 16 turnovers.

MAZAMA (57) — Grigsby 14, Garrett 14, Jones 10, Lawrence 2, Miller 2, McFee 5, Saltenberger 10, Newman 0, Groves 0, Hunter 0, Hoskins 0, Edwards 0. Totals: 21 11-27 57.

PHOENIX (46) — Ke. George 15, Baker 2, Tally 2, Helm 8, Smith 8, Fry 4, Passante 7, Ka. George 0, Main 0. Totals: 16 12-23 46.

Mazama 10 14 15 18 — 57

Phoenix 11 9 14 12 — 46

3-point goals — Mazama 4 (Grigsby 2, Garrett 1, Saltenberger 1), Phoenix 2 (Smith 1, Passante 1). Fouled out — Groves.

JV result — Mazama won.

GOLD BEACH 50, ILLINOIS VALLEY 33 — At Gold Beach, host Gold Beach broke open a close game by outscoring winless Illinois Valley by a combined 35-15 in the second and third quarters in the opening round of the Pacific Rim Tournament.

Amanda Hults and Miranda Cleman scored seven points each to pace Illinois Valley (0-3). Senior post Raesha Yeoman pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for the Cougars.

Gold Beach guard Katherin Zuber led all scorers with 17 points.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (33) — Hults 7, Cleman 7, Allan 6, Tausaga 6, Cotta 3, Huntamer 2, R. Yeoman 2. Totals: 13 4-8 33.

GOLD BEACH (50) — Kat. Zuber 17, Hockena 12, Moore 5, Miller 4, Yeter 4, Kay. Zuber 4, McDonald 3, Ralling 1. Totals: 19 10-16 50.

Illinois Valley 4 8 7 14 — 33

Gold Beach 7 16 19 8 — 50

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 3 (Tausaga 1, Cotta 1, Hults 1), Gold Beach 2 (Kat. Zuber 2). Fouled out — R. Yeoman.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 67, MADRAS JV 19 — At LaPine, sophomore post Becca Sellers led a balanced attack as Cascade Christian (2-1) advanced to the finals of the LaPine Tournament.

Sellers scored a game-high 17 points to lead three Challenger players in double figures.

The Challengers jumped out to a 19-2 first-quarter advantage and stretched the margin to 38-6 at halftime.

MADRAS JV (19) — Kalama 6, De. Thomas 4, Simmons 3, Holcomb 2, Vanek 2, Kovari 2, Da. Thomas 0, Bick 0, Grieve 0. Totals: 7 3-4 19.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (67) — Sellers 17, Sha 11, Vondra 10, Barlow 9, Cason 6, Ballard 4, Kelly 4, Blodgett 2, Cersao 2, Case 2, Hallmark 0. Totals: 29 9-15 67.

Madras JV 2 4 10 3 — 19

Cascade Christian 19 19 16 13 — 67

3-point goals — Madras 2 (Kalama 2).

SANTIAM 59, ST. MARY'S 36 — At Gold Beach, St. Mary's could never recover from a 30-8 first-quarter deficit in its opening-round game in the Pacific Rim Tournament.

Santiam's Heidi Halemeier and Ashley Walczak shared game-high scoring honors with 18 points each.

Veronica Valdez paced St. Mary's with eight points.

SANTIAM (59) — Stair 2, Thompson 0, Sloan 2, Halemeier 18, C. Flores 0, A. Flores 2, Walczak 18, Wellsandt 7, Stewart 4, Hoover 6.

ST. MARY'S (36) — D. Valdez 0, Adderson 2, Steinsiek 4, Bladek 4, Street 6, K. Adderson 4, Volk 0, Williams 4, Bates 2, Gross 0, V. Valdez 8, Picknell 2.

Santiam 30 10 15 4 — 59

St. Mary's 8 4 6 18 — 36

PROSPECT 36, PRAIRIE CITY 20 — At Silver Lake, junior wing Becky Musard led Prospect (3-1) into the finals of the North Lake Tournament with a 12-point, six-steal performance.

Cougar point guard Catherine Anderson pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds to go with nine points and three steals, while Jennifer King added 10 points and eight rebounds.

PRAIRIE CITY (20) — Wright 2, Fast 8, Cary 8, Hoeffner 2, Hoberg 0, Patten 0, Emmel 0. Totals: 9 2-9 20.

PROSPECT (36) — Anderson 9, King 10, Musard 12, Tanner 5, Zeller 0, Peters 0, Baker 0, Bender 0. Totals: 13 10-19 36.

Prairie City 2 2 10 6 — 20

Prospect 6 8 11 11 — 36

BUTTE FALLS 52, NEW HOPE 41 — At Grants Pass, Karlee Stephenson scored 26 of her 29 points in the second half to rally Butte Falls past New Hope Christian.

The Loggers (3-1) only managed three points in the first quarter and 14 at the break, but found their rhythm in the second half where they outscored the Warriors 38-17.

Stephenson added six steals and five assists and freshman Annie Ferguson led the Loggers with 10 rebounds to go with her seven points.

Angie Dangelo dropped in a team-high 23 points for the Warriors, while Beth Sutfin grabbed eight rebounds and added five steals for Butte Falls.

BUTTE FALLS (52) — Stephenson 29, A. Ferguson 7, Kirkpatrick 2, C. Garote 2, Eller 0, Myers 2, O'Keefe 0, F. Ferguson 8, Sutfin 2. Totals: 21 7-20 52.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN (41) — Murray 2, Willingham 9, Hayford 2, Dangelo 23, Payne 0, Harvey 0, Lundsberg 0, Mundy 0, Reebel 5. Totals: 16 6-11 41.

Butte Falls 3 11 22 16 — 52

New Hope 11 13 7 10 — 41

3-point goals — Butte Falls 3 (Stephenson 3), New Hope 3 (Willingham 2, Dangelo 1). Fouled out — Dangelo, Reebel.