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Panthers maul Eagles in nonconference tilt

A good defense leads to a good offense in most cases.

South Medford had plenty of both on Wednesday as the Panthers raced up and down the court for a 92-31 rout of Eagle Point in a nonconference girls basketball game at the Panther gym.

Brittney Newcomb posted a triple-double with 26 points, 11 steals and 11 assists and fellow South guard Sheena Barkley wasn't too far off that pace with 28 points, six steals and five assists.

"We played pretty aggressive defense in the first two quarters," said first-year Panther coach Tom Cole. "We really tried to implement some things that we didn't do very well in our first loss (against Bend last week). Tonight we came out with a much more aggressive attitude about defense and were able to push the ball and score quick."

South Medford (2-1) led 26-2 after the first quarter and 59-6 at the half.

South Medford had 36 steals, with most of those coming in the first half.

"We came out and played really well in the first half," said Cole. "In the second half, we looked to slow it down and work on some half-court sets."

Kinzie Towry also had a big night for South, tearing down 10 rebounds to go with eight steals and two assists. Nagely Medina contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds, with six of those coming on the offensive end.

Kristen Wyatt led Eagle Point (2-6) with eight points.

EAGLE POINT (31) — Wyatt 8, Desavedo 6, Hedrick 6, Hagy 4, Leas 3, Schipman 2, Henderson 2, Dale 0, Rasor 0. Totals: 8 14-28 31.

SOUTH MEDFORD (92) — Barkley 28, Newcomb 26, Medina 15, McCoy 7, Towry 6, Batten 6, Salisbury 4. Totals: 37 14-22 92.

Eagle Point 2 4 5 20 —31

South Medford 26 33 19 14 —92

3-point goals — Eagle Point 1 (Wyatt 1), South Medford 4 (Barkley 3, Newcomb 1). Fouled out — Towry.

JV result — South Medford won.

Hockey

SOUTH MEDFORD 8, ASHLAND 6 — Wyatt Small scored four goals and Dane Irving posted a hat trick to lead South Medford back from an early deficit in a Southern League game against Ashland at The RRRink.

Small and Irving scored back-to-back goals in the first period to cut Ashland's lead to 3-2. Samantha Andrews then tied the game at 3-all with a goal assisted by Zack MacDonald to end the period.

Irving scored two straight goals and Small added another to give the Panthers a 6-3 advantage heading into the third and final period.

Irving also had two assists, while Small added another helper for South.

Goalie John Adamson stopped 19 shots on 25 attempts for the Panthers.

Ashland picked up a hat trick from Casey Skolnik, while Stephan McLaughlin had two goals and Cory Hultz scored one.

In goal for the Grizzlies, Kyle Smelcer stopped 22 shots on 28 attempts over two periods and Gabe Dean sent away four of the seven shots sent his way.

South Medford 3 3 2 —8

Ashland 3 0 3 —6