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North claims ninth straight win

GRANTS PASS — Stingy defense and a hard-nosed, glass-crashing mentality saved the day for the North Medford boys basketball team and its winning streak on Friday at Heater-Newman Memorial Gym.

Although the squad's first field goal of the game came with one second left in the first quarter, the Black Tornado was still able extend its streak to nine games with a 53-41 victory over host Grants Pass.

"We (couldn't) shoot the ball all night," said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn. "But our defensive pressure and our rebounding kept us around."

The Black Tornado (13-1, 3-0 Southern Oregon Hybrid) was 0-for-12 from the field until Derek Mautz buried a 3-pointer from the left side to cut Grants Pass' lead to 8-5.

Trey Garfas knocked down three straight 3-pointers in the third quarter to help the Black Tornado gain a 19-point lead.

"I think it kind of sparked us a little," said Plankenhorn of Garfas' big shots. "I think it kind of loosened us up a little bit. We didn't start the world on fire after that but we were able to start a nice run."

Mautz made two baskets — both 3-pointers — for six points and added five assists and three steals.

Chris Faust scored eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Black Tornado, which owned a 38-24 rebounding advantage. Of North's 38 boards, 19 were on the offense end.

Garfas finished with 13 points for North, which was just 16-for-54 from the field and 6-for-28 from 3-point range.

Tony Scriven paced the Cavemen (8-6, 1-2 SOH) with 13 points.

NORTH MEDFORD (53) — Gray 4, Mautz 6, Bailey 1, Browne-Moore 5, Winans 9, Parker 7, Faust 8, Garfas 13, Whitaker 0. Totals: 16-54 15-25 53.

GRANTS PASS (41) — Johnson 3, Emptage 0, Stremple 4, Hanley 0, Mattie 0, Bennett 8, Randall 2, Scriven 13, Meadows 3, Rich 0, Mahr 8. Totals: 18-41 3-6 41.

North Medford 5 16 15 17 — 53

Grants Pass 8 10 10 13 — 41

3-point goals — North Medford 6-28 (Garfas 3, Mautz 2, Winans 1), Grants Pass 2-5 (Scriven 1, Mahr 1).

JV score — North Medford 56, Grants Pass 47.

CRATER 69, ROSEBURG 47 — At Central Point, Cody Dismukes had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and Tanner Jaasko registered 18 points and eight rebounds to give Crater its first-ever Southern Oregon Hybrid victory.

The Comets (6-7, 1-3 SOH) went 0-12 in its first run through the 6A conference last winter.

Jaasko, a sophomore post, finished 7-for-8 from the field, while Dismukes, a junior forward, was 8-for-11.

Justin Martin had 13 points and RJ Morgan added seven points, five assists and five rebounds for Crater, which closed the game on a 24-7 run.

The Comets only missed 10 shots and outrebounded Roseburg 28-14.

Kai Seely led Roseburg (4-9, 0-3 SOH) with 11 points.

ROSEBURG (47) — New 7, Johnson 3, Seely 11, Caylor 0, Lent 8, Reid 2, Priestley 2, Cole 3, Leach 5, Groshong 1, Baken 0, Weber 5. Totals: 15 13-24 47.

CRATER (69) — Stewart 0, Rodman 2, A. Martin 2, J. Martin 13, Bennett 2, Marineau 4, Dismukes 18, Jaasko 18, Douglas 3, Morgan 7. Totals: 24 17-26 69.

Roseburg 9 15 16 7 — 47

Crater 15 17 13 24 — 69

3-point goals — Roseburg 4 (Johnson 1, Seely 2, Leach 1), Crater 4 (Jaasko 2, J. Martin 1, Morgan 1). Fouled out — Priestley.

JV result — Crater won.

SOUTH MEDFORD 69, ASHLAND 57 — At Ashland, South Medford limited Ashland's looks on offense and forced nine first-half turnovers to pull away early in nonconference play at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Matt Retzlaff totaled 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals to lead the Panthers, who won their fifth straight to move to 12-2 overall. Jack Singler added 12 points, Jack Delaney had 10 and Sam Curtius chipped in with seven points and seven rebounds.

Senior guard Billy Hansen had 21 points to pace the Grizzlies (7-8), with 13 coming in the second half.

The Grizzlies also got nine points apiece from Ethan Schlecht and James Skinner.

SOUTH MEDFORD (69) — Sarsona 7, Retzlaff 13, McCoy 5, Johnson 4, Davis 2, Delaney 10, Singler 12, Mondry 2, Garcia 7, Curtius 7, Cooney 0. Totals: 24-47 17-26 69.

ASHLAND (57) — Finch 6, Hansen 21, Pelagio 2, Flynn 8, Good 2, Schlecht 9, Skinner 9, Smeenk 0. Totals: 20-42 11-14 57.

South Medford 21 16 13 19 — 69

Ashland 12 10 14 21 — 57

3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Sarsona 1, Retzlaff 1, McCoy 1, Singler 2, Garcia 1), Ashland 6 (Hansen 3, Schlecht 2, Skinner 1). Fouled out — Good.

JV result — South Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 70, NORTH MEDFORD 69, OT — North Medford junior post McKensey Peters set career highs in points (34) and rebounds (15) but the Black Tornado's last-second attempt rimmed out in the Southern Oregon Hybrid loss.

The 5-foot-11 Peters finished 9-of-17 from the field and was an impressive 16-for-17 from the foul line, draining 16 straight after missing her first attempt. Two of her free throws gave North Medford (8-6, 1-2 SOH) a three-point advantage before GP's Alexa Phillips hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds to go to send the game into overtime.

Becca Allen played all 36 minutes for the Tornado, finishing with 11 points, and was vying for her another game-winner over GP when her final shot just fell off the rim. Allen hit a game-winner at GP last year.

Kayla Miller rebounded an airball shot, was fouled with nine seconds to go in OT and made both free throws to put the Cavers (7-5, 1-3) up for good in the extra session.

GRANTS PASS (70) — Luker 10, Miller 9, Bice 10, Jordan 10, Phillips 18, Davidson 6, Edgar 14. Totals: 26 15-23 70.

NORTH MEDFORD (69) — Ellis 5, Straub 2, Thomas 2, Peters 34, Allen 11, Murphy 10, Randleman 3, Martin 2. Totals: 23 19-23 69.

Grants Pass 11 16 15 20 8 — 70

North Medford 14 17 13 18 7 — 69

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Miller 1, Phillips 2), North Medford 4 (Allen 3, Murphy 1). Fouled out — Ellis, Murphy, Edgar, Luker.

JV result — Grants Pass won.

CRATER 52, ROSEBURG 41 — At Roseburg, Crater senior post Kelly Ferris registered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds and the Comets (9-4, 3-1 SOH) hit four of their seven 3-pointers in the first quarter and went out to an 18-8 lead.

Whitney Hampson scored 13 points for Crater and senior guard Kasidy Cobb had a good all-around game with eight points, four steals and four assists. Comet point guard Beth McNichols passed out five assists.

For Roseburg (5-8, 0-3), Jaclyn Humphry scored 14 points.

CRATER (52) — Ferris 14, Hampson 13, Cobb 8, Young 6, Scott 6, Owen 5, McNichols 0, Bascom 0. Totals: 20 5-9 52.

ROSEBURG (41) — Humphry 14, Snook 9, Johnson 10, Chong 3, Estrada 2, Fox 2, Griggs 1, Picknell 0, Thrush 0. Totals: 12 17-22 41.

Crater 18 15 10 9 — 52

Roseburg 8 15 11 7 — 41

3-point goals — Crater 7 (Hampson 3, Cobb 2, Scott 2).

JV score — Roseburg 53, Crater 44.

SOUTH MEDFORD 92, ASHLAND 40 — Ashley Bolston went off for 20 points, seven steals, six rebounds and six assists to lead four South Medford players in double figures, and the top-ranked Panthers dominated in nonconference play.

Andee Ritter had 18 points, five steals and four rebounds, Kylie Towry 18 points and Lupita Vargas 12 for South (14-0), which led 28-6 by the end of the first quarter.

South guard Yaremi Mejia, who finished with seven points, eight assists and five steals, reinjured an ankle and left the game early in the fourth quarter.

Luisa Tago added eight points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals for the Panthers, who are ranked 11th nationally by MaxPreps.

Allison Shulenberger had nine points and Shelby Minor eight for the Grizzlies (7-7).

ASHLAND (40) — Shulenberger 9, Sad. Kasiah 3, Sar. Kasiah 5, Minor 8, Cochrane 0, Williams 6, Zehren 5, Thornton 4. Totals: 13 13-18 40.

SOUTH MEDFORD (92) — Vargas 12, Towry 18, Tago 8, Ritter 18, Bolston 20, Sleezer 4, Sprang 2, Mejia 7, Morris 3. Totals: 38 8-13 92.

Ashland 6 7 15 12 — 40

South Medford 28 23 23 18 — 92

3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Zehren 1), South Medford 8 (Vargas 3, Towry 2, Ritter 1, Bolston 1, Mejia 1). Technical — Sar. Kasiah.

JV result — South Medford won.