North edges Summit in OT
North Medford senior Karissa Dixon came up with a clutch shot to send Saturday's girls basketball game against Summit into overtime, and her teammates took it from there in a back-and-forth battle at North Medford High.
Dixon finished with 16 points, including a game-tying basket with eight seconds to play, and the Black Tornado outscored Summit 4-2 in overtime to claim a 44-42 overtime victory.
"It was a really good back-and-forth game," said North Medford head coach Kevin Dixon. "Both teams played very hard. We've got a lot of young kids and they stepped up."
The Black Tornado (3-0) squandered a six-point lead in the fourth quarter with a series of turnovers, and Summit capitalized by taking a two-point lead with about 40 seconds to play. North Medford scrambled through the Storm's ball-hawking defense in the waning moments, with Karissa Dixon finally finding a seam and dribbling through a pair of defenders before sinking her fateful shot.
Summit was unable to get a good shot off after that, sending the nonleague affair into a four-minute overtime period.
Tornado freshman Marissa Becker scored the first basket in overtime but Summit answered. After Dixon fouled out with about three minutes to go in OT, her teammates picked up the slack with solid efforts on the defensive end and just enough scoring to do the trick.
Alyssa Maurer finished with 10 points and was 1-for-2 from the foul line to put North Medford ahead 43-42. With matters still not secured inside the final 10 seconds, Becca Allen added another free throw to give her team some added breathing room.
Those efforts, however, appeared all for naught moments later when Summit's Jesse Luersen heaved a one-handed 35-foot effort toward the basket just prior to the final horn.
"I looked up after time expired and I thought the ball was going in," said coach Dixon. "It went in twice and then kicked out, it was unbelievable."
Becker, a 6-foot post, totaled five points and some key rebounds in the overtime session. Kendra Straub added four points and joined with Allen to help slow Luersen, who had 10 points after netting 21 in a 54-53 loss to South Medford on Friday.
"Kendra Straub did a really nice job on Luersen tonight, her and Becca Allen," added coach Dixon. "We basically just tried to deny her the ball as much as possible because I knew she had 21 the other night."
Bre Wilson had 11 points and Becky Defoe joined Luersen with 10 points to pace Summit.
SUMMIT (42) — Wilson 11, Defoe 10, Luersen 10, Edwards 6, Phillips 4, Parr 1, Benedikt 0, Schoenborn 0. Totals: 13 14-35 42.
NORTH MEDFORD (44) — Dixon 16, Maurer 10, Becker 5, Black 4, Straub 4, Kummer 2, McMillen 2, Allen 1, Towe 0. Totals: 14 13-23 44.
Summit 15 6 5 14 2 — 42
North Medford 15 6 10 9 4 — 44
3-point goals — Summit 2 (Luersen 1, Wilson 1), North Medford 3 (Straub 1, Maurer 1, Dixon 1). Fouled out — Black, Dixon, Wilson.
JV result — North Medford won.
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