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Black Tornado girls cool off Cavers

Grants Pass came into the North Medford gym Saturday riding a three-game winning streak and brimming with confidence after knocking off Southwest Conference girls basketball preseason favorite Sheldon the night before.

But league-leading North Medford didn't allow the Cavers much of an opportunity to establish any momentum early. Grants Pass rallied in the second half, but the third-ranked Black Tornado held off the surge to post a 49-43 home victory.

While North (16-3, 8-1) ended the Cavers' streak, the Black Tornado stretched its own run to eight straight.

"We came out defensively and created turnovers and got some good shots," said North Medford coach Tim Karrick. "We wanted to get on them early and take some of their mojo away."

The Black Tornado hit three of its four 3-pointers in the first quarter and jumped out to a 19-11 lead.

North Medford came up with 17 steals and forced 23 turnovers, while turning the ball over 14 times.

"That was big for us and created some fastbreak opportunities," said Karrick.

Senior post Erica Schultz had a big impact on both ends of the floor for North. Schultz scored a game-high 18 points to go with eight steals, six rebounds and two blocks. Schultz limited Caver post Gabby Randall to just four points.

"(Schultz) brought a lot of energy," said Karrick. "Defensively she did a good job in the post on Randall. She also did a good job in the open floor getting into passing lanes in our press and making some steals."

North built a 15-point lead, 39-24, in the third quarter before Grants Pass (11-7, 4-5 SWC) went on a run to pull to within four in the fourth quarter.

Then Whitney Hodnett made a big defensive play with a steal and a breakaway layin to bump the Black Tornado lead back to six points.

Hodnett, a senior wing, finished with nine points and four steals.

"She does all the little things," said Karrick. "She is a leader on the floor communicating. When it came to crunch time she made a play when we needed it."

GRANTS PASS (43) — Franko 0, Pepperling 3, Aguilera 4, Loffer 15, Randall 4, Chamberlain 5, Stephenson 0, Torgerson 12. Totals: 16 8-11 43.

NORTH MEDFORD (49) — Schultz 18, Satterfield 0, Dixon 5, Hodnett 9, Parker 2, Egge 5, Smith 2, Abeloe 8. Totals: 19 7-11 49.

Grants Pass 11 11 15 6 — 43

North Medford 19 12 10 8 — 49

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Loffer 1, Torgerson 2), North Medford 4 (Schultz 2, Dixon 1, Egge 1).

JV result — Grants Pass won.

SHELDON 64, SOUTH MEDFORD 32 — Katie Steigleman scored 18 points for Sheldon to help knock off South Medford in Southwest Conference girls action.

Sheena Barkley led the Panthers (10-8, 3-6 SWC) with 14 points.

SHELDON (64) — Ward 7, King 2, Girod 1, Gray 2, Steigleman 18, Tangilinan 5, Froehlich 0, Doe 0, Hauser 4, Ta. Brown 12, Anderson 2, Th. Brown 11. Totals: 25 11-16 64.

SOUTH MEDFORD (32) — Towry 0, McCoy 2, Stevens 0, Newcomb 6, Barkley 14, Medina 3, Batten 4, Salisbury 3. Totals: 13 4-11 32.

Sheldon 18 17 15 14 —64

South Medford 5 10 10 7 —32

3-point goals — Sheldon 3 (Ward 1, Steigleman 1, Tangilinan 1), South Medford 2 (Newcomb 1, Barkley 1).

JV score — Sheldon 38, South Medford 28.

SOUTH EUGENE 51, ROSEBURG 39 — At Eugene, Sarah Whitfield had 13 points and Elyse Barnes and Carmen Williams added 10 points each to lead South Eugene.

Whitfield also had seven rebounds and the Axemen made all 10 of their free throws in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Kate Wilton led Roseburg with a game-high 21 points.

ROSEBURG (39) — Wilton 21, Jarvis 6, Hutchins 4, Baker 4, Berry-Cabiao 2, Erickson 2, Kitzow 0.

SOUTH EUGENE (51) — Whitfield 13, Barnes 10, Williams 10, Kerins 8, Cook 6, Teninty 4, Roberts 0.

Roseburg 6 6 15 12 —39

South Eugene 13 8 16 14 —51

Boys

NORTH MEDFORD 76, GRANTS PASS 45 — At Grants Pass, ninth-ranked North Medford trailed early but the Black Tornado got on a roll in the second quarter to post its seventh straight SWC victory and 11th out of 12 overall.

North Medford (14-4, 7-1 SWC) fell behind 24-12 at the beginning of the second period, then went on an 18-3 run to end the first half.

When Black Tornado starting point guard Michael Williams was relegated to the bench with three fouls in the first quarter, Jordan Ellis and Danny Berger took over running the North attack.

Ellis finished with a game-high 20 points and Berger added 18. Josh Pecktol contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Black Tornado.

With sophomore forward Matt Maurer missing the game because of a sprained ankle, Tim Budavari-Jasper and Tylor Waldron combined to do a good defensive job on Grants Pass post Buddy Saxon, who was held to 11 points. Budavari-Jasper also pulled down eight rebounds.

Grants Pass fell to 11-7 and 4-5 in the SWC.

NORTH MEDFORD (76) — Williams 3, Ramirez 0, Ellis 20, Pecktol 16, Berger 18, Hutley 4, Barlow 2, Waldron 2, Budavari-Jasper 5, Levos 4, Gentry 1, Faust 1. Totals: 27-53 17-26 76.

GRANTS PASS (45) — Morgan 11, Carpenter 4, West 6, Saxon 11, Fields 11, Davidson 2, Connelly 0, Haggard 0, Wiersma 0, Parker 0, Romick 0, Nottingham 0. Totals: 18-50 7-19 45.

North Medford 12 18 23 23 — 76

Grants Pass 20 7 10 8 — 45

3-point goals — North Medford 5 (Berger 3, Ellis 2), Grants Pass 2 (Morgan 2). Fouled out — Carpenter, Wiersma. Technical foul — Williams.

JV result — North Medford won.

SOUTH MEDFORD 69, SHELDON 63 — At Eugene, Michael Harthun single-handedly helped South Medford erase a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter and the fifth-ranked Panthers pulled away in the fourth for the comeback victory.

South Medford (15-3, 7-1 SWC) trailed by 11 points at halftime after Sheldon took advantage of Harthun's early foul troubles. The 6-foot-3 senior picked up three fouls in the first quarter and sat out the entire second quarter, where the Irish outscored the Panthers by eight.

Sheldon maintained its lead until Harthun took over late in the third, scoring on a three-point play and then stealing back-to-back inbounds passes and converting for seven straight points. Sheldon held for the final shot of the period, but a miss led to Harthun racing up court and finding Cody Walport for a game-tying layin.

E.J. Singler scored the first five points of the fourth to put South ahead to stay in capping a 14-0 run.

Harthun finished with 27 points and Singler added 26, while Zach Haveman drained two late free throws to help keep the Irish (7-10, 4-4) at bay.

SOUTH MEDFORD (69) — Harthun 27, E.J. Singler 26, Boyd 5, Haveman 4, Walport 4, M. Singler 2, Kezer 1.

SHELDON (63) — Clemo 18, Reynolds 12, Pinz 9, Davis 8, White 7, Garcia 6, Higgins 2, Wellman 1.

South Medford 17 14 21 17 — 69

Sheldon 20 22 10 11 — 63