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Axemen rout banged up Panthers

EUGENE — Things went from bad to worse for South Medford on Friday night in a Southwest Conference girls basketball game.

The Panthers lost two starters to injury, then lost the game in convincing fashion, 74-40 to South Eugene.

Junior point guard Sheena Barkley and senior wing Alanna Stevens both left the contest due to injury.

Barkley started but left within the first two minutes because of a lingering back injury. Stevens suffered a possible dislocated shoulder in the second quarter and was forced from action in the second half, leaving South Medford with just six healthy bodies on its roster.

Barkley will most likely be a game-time decision when the Panthers host Sheldon tonight at 7. Stevens could be further evaluated today.

"When you lose your No. 2 scorer (Barkley) and your No. 3 scorer, that makes things very difficult for us," said South Medford coach Tom Cole. "We just could not overcome the deficit of not having those two kids."

The Axemen (11-7, 5-3 SWC) avenged an earlier loss this season to South Medford. In that game, the Panthers rallied from a 19-point halftime deficit to pull out a narrow win.

This time, however, South Eugene would not be challenged.

Carmen Williams scored 17 points and Elyse Barnes added 14 as the Axemen built a 34-19 lead at the half and 53-23 after three quarters.

Brittney Newcomb, Jamee Batten and Kinzie Towry each had 10 points to lead South Medford (10-7, 3-5 SWC).

"It's a very tough loss," said Cole. "I think the team was really impacted by the loss of those two players. We'll just have to regroup and figure out what comes next."

SOUTH MEDFORD (40) — Barkley 0, Medina 2, Newcomb 10, Salisbury 2, Stevens 6, McCoy 0, Batten 10, Towry 10. Totals: 15 8-8 40.

SOUTH EUGENE (74) — Roberts 4, Brabender 4, Blackwell 0, Teninty 2, Kerins 13, Sinkey 0, Whitfield 11, Barnes 14, Prull 2, Williams 17, Cook 5, Shivers 2. Totals: 32 8-14 74.

South Medford 13 6 4 17 —40

South Eugene 19 15 19 21 —74

3-point goals — South Medford 2 (Newcomb 2), South Eugene 4 (Barnes 2, Whitfield 1, Cook 1).

JV result — South Eugene won.

NORTH MEDFORD 54, ROSEBURG 30 — Andrea Egge scored 12 of North Medford's 27 bench points as the third-ranked Black Tornado romped past SWC foe Roseburg.

The Black Tornado (15-3, 7-1 SWC) only committed 12 turnovers, but scored 24 points off the Indians' 30 turnovers.

Erica Schultz tossed in 11 points and four steals for North Medford, which got seven points and five rebounds from reserve Kacie Whitehead.

Katie Wilton's nine points paced the Indians.

ROSEBURG (30) — Kitzrow 0, Wittrock 0, Berry-Cabiao 4, Baker 2, Wilton 9, Jarvis 5, Erickson 8, Hutchins 2, Pardon 0. Totals: 11 8-15 30.

NORTH MEDFORD (54) — Gall 0, Schultz 11, Satterfield 2, Dixon 5, Hodnett 6, DeKorte 0, Parker 5, Egge 12, Smith 6, Whitehead 7, Abeloe 0, Kummer 0. Totals: 19 12-17 54.

Roseburg 6 4 7 13 — 30

North Medford 10 14 16 14 — 54

3-point goals — North Medford 4 (Egge 2, Dixon 1, Schultz 1). Technical foul — Roseburg coach.

JV score — North Medford 48, Roseburg 32.

GRANTS PASS 35, SHELDON 22 — At Grants Pass, a strong defensive effort helped Grants Pass secure the upset of No. 7 Sheldon in Southwest Conference play.

Gabby Randall scored 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots. She also held Theresa Brown, an SWC first-teamer last season, to just seven points.

Amber Franko added 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Cavers (11-6, 4-4 SWC).

Grants Pass took control in the first half with its transition game. Randall and Franko scored 15 of the Cavers' 22 points in the first half as they led 22-11 at the break.

Sheldon (12-6, 5-3 SWC) committed 25 turnovers and shot 19 percent in the game.

Grants Pass' Natasha Torgerson and Kayla Loffer were also credited with their defensive efforts.

SHELDON (22) — Th. Brown 7, Ward 3, King 2, Gray 2, Steigleman 2, Doe 1, Ta. Brown 4, Anderson 1, Girod 0, Pangilinan 0, Hauser 0. Totals: 7-36 8-15 22.

GRANTS PASS (35) — Randall 13, Franko 10, Pittman 2, Pepperling 2, Chamberlain 6, Torgerson 2, Stephenson 0, Loffer 0. Totals: 14-43 6-15 35.

Sheldon 5 6 6 5 —22

Grants Pass 11 11 8 5 —35

3-point goals — Grants Pass 1 (Chamberlain 1).

JV score — Grants Pass 38, Sheldon 33.

Boys

SHELDON 65, GRANTS PASS 51 — At Eugene, Grants Pass couldn't hang onto its halftime lead after a disastrous third quarter doomed the Cavemen against Sheldon.

Three of the first four possessions for the Cavemen in the second half resulted in turnovers. They would go on to miss multiple shots en route to just four third-quarter points to Sheldon's 18.

Grants Pass (6-11, 2-5 SWC) also racked up the majority of its 26 fouls during the frame, while the Irish committed 12 for the game.

Grants Pass' Buddy Saxon generated 16 points and seven rebounds while teammates Jaron West and Zach Morgan each scored 10.

Curtis White tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds for Sheldon (7-9, 4-3), while Tyler Reynolds added 12 points and Trevor Clemo 10 points.

GRANTS PASS (51) — Saxon 16, Morgan 10, West 10, Wiersma 5, Parker 4, Carpenter 2, Connelly 2, Haggard 0, Fields 0, Davidson 2. Totals: 22 2-9 51.

SHELDON (65) — White 16, Reynolds 12, Clemo 10, Wellman 2, Garcia 6, Pinz 8, Todd 0, Higgins 9, Davis 2. Totals: 18 27-39 65.

Grants Pass 14 10 4 22 — 51

Sheldon 12 10 18 25 — 65

3-point goals — Grants Pass 5 (Morgan 2, West 1, Wiersma 1, Parker 1), Sheldon 2 (Clemo 1, Pinz 1). Fouled out — Morgan.

JV result — Sheldon won.