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North maintains hold on first place

EUGENE — Needing a victory to maintain their precarious lead atop the Southwest Conference standings, the North Medford girls basketball team came through with several clutch efforts Friday night.

Only three days after a subpar effort during a road loss to Sheldon, the fourth-ranked Black Tornado turned things around with stifling defense and a brilliant fourth quarter to upend second-place South Eugene, 59-52.

"This was a huge win for us," said North Medford coach Tim Karrick. "After the disappointing play on Tuesday (a 47-34 loss at Sheldon), it wasn't looking too good for us. But this really helps."

The victory enabled North (17-4, 9-2 SWC) to build a two-game cushion on the Axemen (7-4 SWC) with four SWC games to play, and allowed the Tornado to keep out of a tie with ninth-ranked Sheldon (8-3 SWC), which owns the tiebreaker over North.

"We had to get one of them this week and we did tonight, so that was big," added Karrick.

Erica Schultz led the charge for the Black Tornado with 16 of her game-high 24 points coming in the second half. The senior was 9-for-10 from the foul line and was instrumental in fending off South Eugene after North had regained the lead late in the fourth quarter.

"She stepped up big-time," said Karrick.

The Tornado also received a strong effort from sophomore point guard Karissa Dixon, who notched 16 points and joined Schultz with four assists.

North led 25-23 at intermission thanks to a second-quarter surge, but South Eugene roared out of the second half to take a 38-30 lead with three minutes to go in the third.

Undaunted, the Tornado ratcheted up its defensive intensity to go on a 7-0 run to close the quarter.

"We just picked up the intensity on the defensive end and forced about three or four turnovers in a row," said Karrick of the surge.

Helping the cause was the spirited play of Kellie Satterfield, with the reserve point guard playing an even bigger role once senior Whitney Hodnett fouled out early in the fourth.

"It's nice to have that off the bench," said Karrick, "someone who can come in and make things happen."

Sarah Whitfield had 16 points and MacKenzie Kerins 13 to lead South Eugene.

NORTH MEDFORD (59) — Schultz 24, Satterfield 1, Dixon 16, Hodnett 4, Parker 8, Egge 0, Smith 2, Whitehead 0, Abeloe 4. Totals: 16 22-28 59.

SOUTH EUGENE (52) — Roberts 8, Teninty 2, Kerins 13, Whitfield 16, Barnes 2, Williams 8, Cook 3. Totals: 18 13-17 52.

North Medford 7 18 12 22 — 59

South Eugene 12 11 15 14 — 52

3-point goals — North Medford 5 (Schultz 1, Dixon 2, Parker 2), South Eugene 3 (Whitfield 2, Cook 1). Fouled out — Hodnett.

JV result — South Eugene won.

SHELDON 43, ROSEBURG 30 — At Roseburg, Katie Steigleman connected on a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter to help Sheldon pull away for the SWC victory.

Steigleman finished with 13 points to pace the Irish (8-3 SWC), which led only 18-12 at halftime before outscoring the Indians by eight points in the third quarter.

Stephanie Jarvis had 10 points and Jade Berry-Cabiao pulled down six rebounds for Roseburg (2-18, 0-11 SWC), while Katie Wilton had six points and four assists.

SHELDON (43) — Steigleman 13, Th. Brown 6, Ta. Brown 6, Ward 6, Doe 3, Anderson 6, Pangilinan 2, Girod 1, Houser 0, Gray 0, King 0. Totals: 17-47 6-8 43.

ROSEBURG (30) — Jarvis 10, Wilton 6, Baker 4, Erickson 4, Whitman 4, Berry-Cabiao 2, Hutchins 0. Totals: 13-30 4-6 30.

Sheldon 13 5 16 9 — 43

Roseburg 8 4 8 10 — 30

3-point goals — Sheldon 3 (Steigleman 3).

JV result — Sheldon won.

Boys

SOUTH MEDFORD 68, GRANTS PASS 54 — At Grants Pass, South Medford's Zach Haveman, Michael Harthun and E.J. Singler combined for 52 points to help the fifth-ranked Panthers to the Southwest Conference victory.

Haveman tallied 18 points while Singler and Harthun each added 17 as the Panthers improved to 17-3 overall and 9-1 in SWC play heading into Tuesday's home tilt against co-leader North Medford.

Buddy Saxon led the Cavemen with 13 points.

SOUTH MEDFORD (68) — Haveman 18, Harthun 17, E.J. Singler 17, M. Singler 8, Walport 4, Boyd 4, Kezer 0, Work 0, Phillips 0. Totals: 29 4-4 68.

GRANTS PASS (54) — Saxon 13, Morgan 9, Wiersma 9, Carpenter 8, Parker 2, Fields 3, Davidson 4, West 6, Connelly 0, Nickelson 0, Haggard 0. Totals: 24 3-7 54.

South Medford 26 8 23 11 — 68

Grants Pass 14 14 14 12 — 54

3-point goals— South Medford 6 (Harthun 3, Haveman 3), Grants Pass 3 (Morgan 2, Wiersma 1).

JV result — South Medford won.

NORTH MEDFORD 56, SOUTH EUGENE 53 — Tim Budavari-Jasper's lone point of the game came via a free throw with eight seconds to play to give North Medford a valuable three-point cushion and the sixth-ranked Black Tornado held on for its ninth straight victory.

Matt Maurer pulled down 10 rebounds and was 6-for-7 from the field to notch a team-high 12 points for North Medford (16-4, 9-1 SWC). Josh Pecktol added 10 points and Tylor Waldron provided a boost off the bench with eight points.

John Hayward-Mayhew scored 12 points to lead South Eugene, which used an 18-11 run in the fourth quarter to force a tense final minute of play.

Michael Williams added five assists and four steals to help the Tornado set up a big clash with SWC co-leader South Medford on Tuesday.

SOUTH EUGENE (53) — T. Rooke-Ley 6, Lapite 0, A. Coleman 3, Masterson 2, Jacobs 0, Risinger 4, H. Rooke-Ley 4, Trachtenberg 8, S. Coleman 6, Brown 8, Hayward-Mayhew 12. Totals: 20-48 11-17 53.

NORTH MEDFORD (56) — McLemore 4, Williams 4, Ramirez 0, Ellis 9, Pecktol 10, Berger 8, Barlow 0, Waldron 8, Budavari-Jasper 1, Maurer 12. Totals: 19-47 16-23 56.

South Eugene 15 7 13 18 — 53

North Medford 8 24 13 11 — 56

3-point goals — South Eugene 2-6 (Brown 2), North Medford 2-9 (McLemore 1, Ellis 1).

JV score — South Eugene 55, North Medford 53.

SHELDON 85, ROSEBURG 68 — At Eugene, Billy Pinz scored 26 points and Trevor Clemo had 22 as Sheldon pulled away in the second half of the Southwest Conference game.

Sheldon's Ben Higgins scored 12 and the Irish (8-11, 5-5 SWC) outscored Roseburg 47-33 in the second half.

Zach Hancock led Roseburg (4-14, 0-9 SWC) with 29 points and Jake Cavens added 18.

ROSEBURG (68) — Hancock 29, Cavens 18, J. Johnson 8, B. Johnson 6, Whitman 3, Priestley 2, LaBranche 2, Mendoza 0, Malone 0, Huff 0, Sherriff 0.

SHELDON (85) — Pinz 26, Clemo 22, Higgins 12, Reynolds 8, Wellman 5, Agerter 5, Davis 5, Garcia 2, Todd 0.

Roseburg 15 20 8 25 — 68

Sheldon 15 23 17 30 — 85