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Panthers hold on for SWC win

Conor Carroll heated up for 18 points off the bench, Hunter Bradford turned in 15 points and 10 rebounds and the 10th-ranked South Medford boys basketball team survived a late deep-shooting surge from Sheldon to win, 71-66, in the Southwest Conference opener at South Medford High on Tuesday.

The Irish canned seven of their 12 3-point makes in a wild fourth quarter, when Sheldon erased most of its 18-point deficit.

Enter Eskari Carter, who knocked down all six of his free throws in the fourth. The junior guard finished with 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals and was 9-for-10 from the charity stripe on the night.

Brayden Massey added 11 points for South Medford.

Carroll drained 6 of 7 shots from the field with five 3-pointers for the Panthers (7-4, 1-0 SWC), who led 40-26 at halftime.

South only converted two field goals in the final eight minutes: one by Bradford and one by Kaleb Franklin.

Meanwhile, the Irish were catching fire.

Griffin Wilson turned in 24 points with six 3-pointers and Will Swank added 16 points for Sheldon (5-6, 0-1), which drew as close as three points.

"We are just happy," South head coach Dennis Murphy said. "We knew Sheldon would be tough. Hopefully we can build off of this."

In total, the Panthers buried nine 3-pointers.

South senior post Cameron English left the game early in the first quarter with a broken nose after taking an elbow to the face and did not return.

SHELDON (66) — Di. Williams 0, Warren 0, Mitchell 5, Herbert 8, Wilson 24, Da. Williams 3, Conlon 2, Comer 1, Brancato 7, Swank 16. Totals: 24 6-10 66.

SOUTH MEDFORD (71) — Franklin 4, Contreras 3, Carroll 18, Massey 11, Carter 12, Bradford 15, English 0, Washington 7. Totals: 20 22-34 71.

Sheldon;11;15;11;29;—;66

South Medford;17;23;15;16;—;71

3-point goals — Sheldon 12 (Wilson 6, Mitchell 1, Da. Williams 1, Swank 4), South Medford 9 (Contreras 1, Carroll 5, Massey 3).

JV result — Sheldon won.

GRANTS PASS 46, WILLAMETTE 38, OT: At Eugene, Ryan Stine scored 16, JC McKinley had 12 points and Grants Pass won the Southwest Conference opener.

The Cavemen (5-5, 1-0 SWC) outscored Willamette (2-7, 0-1) 11-3 in overtime.

GRANTS PASS (46) — Stine 16, McKinley 12, Ryan 7, Musser 5, Hanley 4, Cotton 2, Appling 0, Evens 0, Wallace 0, Reed 0. Totals: 13 15-20 46.

WILLAMETTE (38) — Goddard 17, Steiner 11, Cantu 5, Murray 5, Skeele 0, Burke 0, Cooley 0, Trim 0, Hill 0. Totals: 12 11-19 38.

Grants Pass;10;7;11;7;11;—;46

Willamette;6;8;14;7;3;—;38

3-point goals — Grants Pass 5 (Stine 2, Musser 1, Ryan 1, McKinley 1), Willamette 3 (Goddard 2, Cantu 1). Fouled out — Steiner.

JV score — Willamette 62, Grants Pass 58.

CRATER 65, MAZAMA 54: At Klamath Falls, senior post Gunnar Asher had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Crater during nonleague action.

Christian Reyes recorded 16 points and five assists, Tanner Mallams scored 15 points while going 5-for-6 on 3-pointers and Race Reiter added eight points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks for the Comets (9-3), who knocked down 10 3s.

Mazama dropped to 3-5.

CRATER (65) — Reyes 16, Martin 2, Mallams 15, Asher 20, Kloke 4, Reiter 8, Dean 0. Totals: 24 7-8 65.

MAZAMA (54) — Lancaster 2, Anderson 6, Bennett 15, Mallard 16, Harris 5, Crowell 10, Chony 0, Segura 0. Totals: 23 3-6 54.

Crater;14;18;19;14;—-;65

Mazama;17;11;18;8;—;54

3-point goals — Crater 10 (Reyes 2, Mallams 5, Asher 3), Mazama 5 (Bennett 3, Mallard 2).

JV result — Mazama won.

ASHLAND 55, PHOENIX 22: At Ashland, junior point guard Stenley Graham came off the bench to score a game-high 12 points and spark Ashland’s full-court press in a dominant first quarter in nonconference play.

Ashland (6-4) outscored Phoenix 27-2 in the opening period. Collin Malcolm added 11 points.

For Phoenix (4-7), sophomore guard Thomas Skaff scored seven points.

PHOENIX (22) — Skaff 7, Mahaffey 4, Mejia 2, Botermans 2, Hague 2, Sauceda 2, Masalosalo 2, Turnbull 1, Beer 0, Hay 0, George 0. Totals: 9 4-14 22.

ASHLAND (55) — Graham 12, Malcolm 11, Shibley-Styer 6, Kennedy 5, Feinberg 4, Pippa 4, Hansen 4, Meads 3, Hasskamp 2, Fuller 2, Ellis 0, Edson 0. Totals: 20 6-10 55.

Phoenix;2;11;6;3;—;22

Ashland;27;9;7;12;—;55

3-point goals — Ashland 9 (Graham 4, Shibley-Styer 2, Malcolm 1, Kennedy 1, Pippa 1).

JV result — Ashland won.

ST. MARY’S 55, HIDDEN VALLEY 49: Michael Crennen led St. Mary’s in scoring with 23 points in nonleague action at home.

Connor Vinyard and Kele Eaton each contributed seven points for the Crusaders (9-5).

HIDDEN VALLEY (49) — Hults 10, Campbell 2, Kleynhans 3, Elkins 8, Stevens 6, Tript 1, Connolly 19, Millette 0, Carter 0. Totals: 19 7-16 49.

ST. MARY’S (55) — Edwards 2, Rothfus 4, Lewis 4, Conway 2, Eaton 7, Sue 2, West 4, Vinyard 7, Crennen 23. Totals: 20 13-20 55.

Hidden Valley;14;8;13;14;—;49

St. Mary’s;8;12;16;19;—;55

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 4 (Elkins 2, Connolly 2), St. Mary’s 2 (Crennen 1, Eaton 1).

Technical fouls — Elkins, Rothfus

NORTH VALLEY 68, ROGUE RIVER 42: At Merlin, Jordan Ehrhardt led Rogue River in scoring with 13 points.

Chris Campbell contributed nine points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Chieftains (8-6).

Cody Thompson scored 13 and Jacob Busald 12 for the Knights (9-1).

ROGUE RIVER (42) — Caulley 0, Lopez 7, Campbell 9, Woodall 0, Ehrhardt 13, Strickland 8, Tambellini 0, Pratt 5, Cardenas 0, Hansen 0. Totals:” 15 7-14 42.

NORTH VALLEY (68) — Busald 12, Hobgood 0, Lauby 0, Fairman 10, Thompson 13, Morsa 10, Martz 10, Cook 3, Bailey 0, Dole 0, Segura 3, Stegemiller 0, Whitmore 7. Totals: 27 8-14 68.

Rogue River;9;17;10;6;—;48

North Valley;23;16;20;9;—;68

3-point goals — Rogue River 5 (Lopez 1, Campbell 1, Ehrhardt 3), North Valley 6 (Fairman 2, Morsa 3, Segura 1).