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Orndoff, Panthers secure big win

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Sophomore guard Lauren Orndoff scored a career-high 22 points as the South Medford girls basketball team defeated IMG Academy of Bradenton, Fla., 82-64, in the Sweet Sixteen Invitational at La Jolla Country Day School on Friday.

The Panthers (2-1), who are ranked 17th nationally in the MaxPreps preseason poll, will take on host school La Jolla Country Day (5-1) in the fifth-place contest today.

South Medford and the acclaimed Florida school were tied at 34 at halftime. After a tight third quarter, the Panthers pulled away with a 31-15 run in the fourth.

Helping lead the way were Orndoff and Julissa Tago, who had 13 points and five assists. Those two attacked the rim as IMG’s leading scorer, Deja Swinton, faced foul trouble in the second half.

“Lauren’s energy tonight was really incredible,” South head coach Tom Cole said. “She was pivotal. ... Both her and Tago really attacked when (Swinton) got into foul trouble.”

Orndoff made all eight of her free throw attempts in the fourth quarter and added four rebounds. Hannah Washington turned in eight points and 14 rebounds and Jasmin Falls had 11 points and nine rebounds before receiving her fifth foul in the third due to a scorebook error. The pair helped keep Eugenie Simonet-Keller, a 6-foot-8 native of France, scoreless.

The Panthers finished with a 33-28 rebounding advantage and forced 10 turnovers.

“They kept the ball out of (Simonet-Keller’s) hands and doubled her,” Cole said of Washington and Falls. “Hannah and Jasmin did a great job controlling the boards against a team that was bigger than us.”

Keyari Sleezer finished with 10 points and four assists, Krystal Williams added eight points while providing a big energy boost off the bench and Andee Ritter chipped in eight points with two 3-point makes.

South trailed by seven twice in the first half before rallying.

“It was a really good win,” Cole said. “We played really well tonight coming off a hard loss on Thursday.”

Swinton had 22 points.

The four-day, 16-team tournament wraps up today.

IMG ACADEMY (64) — Szczeparski 5, Sonkar 13, Akula 3, Crespi 1, King 6, Swinton 22, Shishkina 12, Turner 2, Simonet-Keller 0. Totals: 23 14-17 64.

SOUTH MEDFORD (82) — Williams 8, Tago 13, Johnson 0, A. Ritter 8, K. Ritter 2, Orndoff 22, Sleezer 10, Lemons 0, Falls 11, Washington 8. Totals: 27 26-33 82.

IMG;20;14;15;15;—;64

South Medford;18;16;17;31;—;82

3-point goals: IMG Academy 4 (Szczeparski 1, Sonkar 1, Akula 1, Shishkina 1), South Medford 2 (A. Ritter 2). Fouled out — Falls.

NORTH MEDFORD 46, ASHLAND 41: At Ashland, Savannah Bumgardner had 17 points and 12 rebounds and freshman Maggie Freeman poured in 18 points to lead North Medford to its first victory.

Freeman added five rebounds and Kathleen Martin scored seven points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Black Tornado (1-1), which held the Grizzlies to four points in the third quarter.

North’s Lexi Hall played outstanding defense on Columbia University-bound Georgia Williams, helping hold her to just eight points. Hall added eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

The Grizzlies, who committed 23 turnovers, were led by Michaela Dunn’s 11 points.

NORTH MEDFORD (46) — Martin 7, Ross 0, Bumgardner 17, Karrick 1, Hall 3, Covington 0, Freeman 18, Fossen 0. Totals: 20 5-24 46.

ASHLAND (41) — Williams 8, Altig 0, Teixeira 3, Dunn 11, Webster 6, Sukles 3, Rooney 0, Brookings 1, Read 9. Totals: 12 13-21 41.

North Medford;6;11;12;17;—;46

Ashland;11;10;4;16;—;41

3-point goals — North Medford 1 (Freeman 1), Ashland 4 (Dunn 2, Read 2). Fouled out — Martin.

JV score — North Medford 38, Ashland 19.

WEST ALBANY 58, GRANTS PASS 35: At Albany, Jacque Luaders scored 11 points and Kayla Miller added nine for Grants Pass in the team’s season opener.

GRANTS PASS (35) — Luaders 11, Miller 9, Torgerson 6, Johnson 4, LaPan 3, Brummett 2, Wise 0, Musser 0, Tobey 0, Dinkel 0, Bellum 0, Kujawski 0. Totals: 10 6-8 35.

WEST ALBANY (58) — James 20, Cale 11, Smith 6, Duvall 5, Wetmore 4, Nelke 3, Sams 2, K. Smith 2, Potter 2, Siegner 2, J. Smith 0. Totals: 19 10-15 58.

Grants Pass;3;5;10;17;—;35

West Albany;10;13;15;20;—;58

3-point goals — Grants Pass 9 (Miller 3, Luaders 3, Torgerson 2, LaPan 1), West Albany 7 (James 3, Cale 3, Duvall 1). Fouled out — K. Smith.

KLAMATH UNION 48, ST. MARY’S 44: At Yreka, Calif., Dakotah Rothfus had 18 points and Adrien Birmingham added six for St. Mary’s at the Yreka Tournament.

The Crusaders (0-2) owned a four-point advantage entering the final quarter and led by as many as eight points in the fourth, but couldn’t maintain their edge in the last minutes with Rose Alvarez in foul trouble. Rothfus fouled out around the three-minute mark, when Klamath Union captured the lead.

KLAMATH UNION (48) — Bacchetti 4, Choukalos 6, Haupt 5, Rice 10, J. Newman 17, Najar 6, Vanover 0. Totals: 18 9-22 48.

ST. MARY’S (44) — Hough 1, Alvarez 5, Vacey 4, Miller 4, Juncal 5, Rothfus 18, Austin 1, Birmingham 6, Lara 0, Clement 0. Totals: 15 14-22 44.

Klamath Union;9;11;11;14;—;48

St. Mary’s;9;17;9;9;—;44

3-point goals — Klamath Union 3 (Haupt 1, Najar 2), St. Mary’s 1 (Alvarez 1). Fouled out — Rothfus, Haupt.

ROGUE RIVER 47, RIDDLE 42: At Riddle, Kortney Moore dropped in 15 points and Bobbie Rideout added 11 to help Rogue River win its season debut.

ROGUE RIVER (47) — Moore 15, Rideout 11, Hamilton 2, K. Worthington 3, M. Worthington 0, Lamar 0, Pamplona 6, Emerson 0, Smith 6, S. Worthington 4. Totals: 16 9-20 47.

RIDDLE (42) — Chandler 15, Linton 9, Davis 3, K. Maurer 5, Gianotti 9, M. Maurer 0, Jasper 1. Totals: 13 16-35 42.

Rogue River;10;15;15;7;—;47

Riddle;5;10;8;19;—;42

3-point goals — Rogue River 2 (Moore 1, Smith 1). Fouled out — M. Worthington, Smith, Chandler.

R.V. ADVENTIST 30, EL DORADO 24: At Angwin, Calif., Ashton Petray had 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals for Rogue Valley Adventist, which finished fifth out of 11 teams at the Pioneers Invitational.

Hannah Wood scored eight points, Carli Zamora grabbed 10 rebounds and Rose Tovar played outstanding defense for RVA (3-1), which beat PUC Prep, 45-20, late Thursday night.

BUTTE FALLS 27, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 17: At Canyonville, Raleigh Weaver went for eight points, 10 rebounds and four steals for Butte Falls at the Canyonville Christian Academy Tournament.

Katie Munsell added six points, six rebounds and seven steals and Shawna Creech six points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Loggers (1-0).

PROSPECT 47, MOUNTAIN VIEW FROSH 19: At Gilchrist, Prospect roared to a comfortable 21-0 lead in the first quarter of the four-team Gilchrist tournament.

Lakota Sizemore had 12 points and Marissa Raines added eight for the Cougars (1-1), who lost 56-45 to New Hope Christian on Thursday. Prospect will play Camas Valley at 3:30 p.m. today in the championship final.