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Black Tornado boys survive scare

GRANTS PASS — Trey Garfas made the crucial play when needed most and the North Medford boys escaped with a 48-46 victory over Grants Pass in Southern Oregon Hybrid basketball Friday at Heater-Newman Memorial Gym.

North Medford's seventh straight victory sets up a winner-take-all situation for the SOH championship Tuesday against South Medford (20-3, 10-1 SOH). The Black Tornado, ranked fifth in the Class 6A coaches poll, will host the rubber match in the three-game season series at 7 p.m. North Medford (20-2, 10-1 SOH) will attempt to capture its first conference title in 13 years.

Garfas made a block on Kolton Mahr's potential game-tying jumper on the game's final possession to preserve the victory. In addition to his defensive efforts, the 6-foot-2 senior wing provided nine points and seven rebounds.

"I thought Trey was good again," said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn. "He blocked that shot then the ball bounced around and nothing happened to end the game."

The Black Tornado, which defeated its last four opponents by an average of 19 points, had its worst shooting night of the season. Despite going 30 percent from the field, North played with good defensive intensity and spread around the offensive productivity.

"You don't win too many games shooting 30 percent," said Plankenhorn. "Grants Pass played awfully good defense. They got after the boards and challenged everything."

The game was tied 46-all with 1:43 remaining. The winning points came on 1-of-2 free throws from Chris Faust and Oshea Bailey in the final 1:15.

Faust finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds, sophomore Mark Winans had nine points and Jordan Brown-Moore added eight points.

"We got a little bit from everybody," said Plankenhorn. "We played hard on the defensive end. It's playoff basketball and you have to come up with some stops and make plays. We battled through our poor shooting. It was a tough chore."

For Grants Pass (12-11, 4-7), Tony Scriven led all scorers with 16 points.

NORTH MEDFORD (48) — Gray 2, Mautz 5, Bailey 5, Whitaker 0, Browne-Moore 8, Winans 9, Parker 0, Faust 10, Garfas 9. Totals: 16-54 14-23 48.

GRANTS PASS (46) — Johnson 2, Emptage 5, Hanley 0, Mattie 0, Bennett 3, Randall 4, Scriven 16, Meadows 4, Rich 5, Mahr 7. Totals: 18-46 8-15 46.

North Medford 8 17 15 8 — 48

Grants Pass 9 13 15 9 — 46

3-point goals — North Medford 2-17 (Winans 1, Garfas 1), Grants Pass 2-11 (Bennett 1, Mahr 1). Fouled out — Randall. Technical Foul — Browne-Moore.

JV score — North Medford 54, Grants Pass 36.

ROSEBURG 60, CRATER 55, OT — At Central Point, Boog Leach had 15 points and Kai Seely added 12 for Roseburg in Southern Oregon Hybrid play.

RJ Morgan turned in 15 points and Cody Dismukes had 10 points and six rebounds for Crater (6-16, 1-11 SOH).

Jordan Douglas, who finished with eight points and four steals, connected on a driving layup with 15 seconds remaining to tie the game. He was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw.

The Indians improved to 8-14 overall and 3-8 in league play.

ROSEBURG (60) — New 3, Johnson 0, Seely 12, Caylor 2, Lent 6, Reid 7, Priestley 5, Cole 0, Leach 15, Groshong 4, Backen 4, Weber 2.

Totals: 21 14-20 60.

CRATER (55) — Stewart 0, Erskine 4, Rodman 0, A. Martin 1, J. Martin 8, Bennett 0, Marineau 2, Dismukes 10, Jaasko 2, Lane 5, Douglas 8, Orosco 0, Morgan 15. Totals: 18 14-22 55.

Roseburg 14 10 14 12 10 — 60

Crater 7 8 15 20 5 — 55

3-point goals — Roseburg 4 (Leach 2, Reid 1, New 1), Crater 5 (Morgan 3, J. Martin 2). Technical fouls — Dismukes, Jaasko.

JV result — Roseburg won.

SOUTH MEDFORD 74, EAGLE POINT 53 — Jack Delaney had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists, Jesse Mondry scored 16 points and Jack Singler added 15 points for South Medford in nonconference play.

Mondry also turned in six rebounds and Adrian Garcia added 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for South, which made 19 of its 30 field-goal attempts in the second half.

Jake McCoy recorded nine points and Matt Retzlaff added seven points for the Panthers (20-3), who went on a 14-1 surge to end the first half. South used a 26-15 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Delaney was 8-of-11 from the floor.

Tyrone Holmes scored 29 points and Jonathan Bolston had 16 for Eagle Point (14-9).

EAGLE POINT (53) — Bolston 16, Flores 0, Quintero 0, Hartman 0, Chavez 2, Edwards 0, DeLange 0, Zerger 0, James 0, Snow 6, A. Holmes 0, T. Holmes 29. Totals: 20 10-15 53.

SOUTH MEDFORD (74) — Retzlaff 7, McCoy 9, Johnson 0, Davis 0, Delaney 17, Singler 15, Mondry 16, Garcia 10, Cooney 0, Curtius 0. Totals: 30 10-14 74.

Eagle Point 8 9 21 15 — 53

South Medford 10 19 19 26 — 74

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Bolston 1, Snow 2), South Medford 4 (McCoy 1, Delaney 1, Singler 1, Mondry 1).

JV result — South Medford won.

NORTH MEDFORD 54, GRANTS PASS 53, OT — North Medford's Jocilynn Ellis nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to sink Grants Pass in overtime.

Trailing the Cavers 53-51 with 2.8 seconds on the clock, the Black Tornado heaved the inbounds pass to McKensey Peters, who relayed to the left wing for Ellis. With a hand in her face, Ellis took one dribble and swished the 3-pointer for the win.

Ellis finished with 15 points and four rebounds and Peters added eight rebounds for North (10-12, 3-8 Southern Oregon Hybrid).

Grants Pass' Annie Edgar fouled out with about 30 seconds left in regulation. Lexi Pittman replaced her in the final minute and had the game-tying putback off her own shot to take the game into overtime.

Kayla Bice turned in 18 points and eight rebounds and Edgar recorded 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavers (12-10, 5-6 SOH).

GRANTS PASS (53) — Dean 0, Luker 0, Miller 3, Bice 18, Jordan 0, Phillips 8, Pittman 2, Theriau 0, Davidson 9, Edgar 15, Henderson 0. Totals: 20 11-18 53.

NORTH MEDFORD (54) — Ellis 15, Straub 6, Erb 6, Peters 0, Allen 13, Natagi 4, Murphy 10, Thomas 0. Totals: 19 8-20 54.

Grants Pass 13 13 9 12 6 — 53

North Medford 20 6 11 10 7 — 54

3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Miller 1, Phillips 1), North Medford 8 (Ellis 2, Straub 2, Allen 2, Murphy 1, Erb 1). Fouled out — Edgar.

JV score — Grants Pass 47, North Medford 35.

CRATER 45, ROSEBURG 33 — At Roseburg, Kasidy Cobb turned in 22 points, four steals and three assists to lead Crater past Roseburg in Southern Oregon Hybrid play.

Kelly Ferris, who ran into early foul trouble and played just 14 minutes, finished with nine points and six rebounds and Brittaney Scott added four points, five steals and four assists for the Comets (15-7, 8-4 SOH), who shot 41 percent from the floor.

Cobb knocked down four 3-pointers against Roseburg (6-16, 1-10 SOH).

CRATER (45) — Cobb 22, Ferris 9, Young 7, Scott 4, Hampson 3, Owen 0, B. Heard 0, Guthrie 0. Totals: 16 8-10 45.

ROSEBURG (33) — Humphry 9, Johnson 7, Fox 5, Picknell 5, Griggs 5, Backen 2, Thrush 0, Roy 0, Estrada 0, M. Chong 0, K. Chong 0. Totals: 13 6-9 33.

Crater 17 7 6 15 — 45

Roseburg 9 9 7 8 — 33

3-point goals — Crater 5 (Cobb 4, Ferris 1), Roseburg 1 (Picknell 1).

JV score — Roseburg 44, Crater 42, OT.

SOUTH MEDFORD 100, EAGLE POINT 29 — At Eagle Point, Kylie Towry had 20 points and Ashley Bolston added 16 points, eight assists, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocks for South Medford in nonconference play.

Tess Picknell chipped in 14 points and Yaremi Mejia had 12 points, six assists, five steals and three rebounds for South (23-0).

Lupita Vargas turned in eight points, four steals and four assists, Luisa Tago six points, five steals and four assists and Andee Ritter eight points, five rebounds and four steals.

Casie Johnson had 10 points and eight rebounds and Sydney May six points and seven rebounds for Eagle Point (3-18).

SOUTH MEDFORD (100) — Towry 20, Bolston 16, Picknell 14, Mejia 12, Vargas 8, Ritter 8, Morris 8, Tago 6, Sleezer 6, Sprang 2. Totals: 40 15-16 100.

EAGLE POINT (29) — Johnson 10, May 6, Baron 4, Cowden 3, Koefft 3, Nielson 2, Pena 1. Totals: 13 3-5 29.

South Medford 25 31 24 20 — 100

Eagle Point 13 5 2 9 — 29

3-point goals — South Medford 5 (Towry 3, Vargas 2). Fouled out — Pena.

GILCHRIST 35, BUTTE FALLS 25 — At Klamath Falls, Butte Falls' lone senior, Allie Givens, paced the Loggers with 16 points in a season-ending loss in the first round of the Mountain Valley League playoffs at Oregon Tech.

The Loggers (8-16), the No. 5 seed, missed eight of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Ashley James scored 18 points to pace Gilchrist (12-12), which moves on to today's MVL third-place game.

BUTTE FALLS (25) — Kirkpatrick 0, Funk 6, O'Keefe 0, Hobbs 3, Givens 16, Creech 0, McGonagle 0. Totals: 8 9-21 25.

GILCHRIST (35) — C. James 4, A. James 18, Gravitt 1, Harris 1, Heater 4, Longbotham 5, McGregor 2. Totals: 10 13-22 35.

Butte Falls 7 2 9 7 — 25

Gilchrist 7 11 5 12 — 35

3-point goals — Gilchrist 2 (A. James 2). Fouled out — A. James, Gravitt, Creech.