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South rebounds to finish 1-1 at Classic

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Less than 24 hours after a less-than-stellar performance in the Spalding Hoophall Classic, South Medford’s girls basketball team showed its true colors in closing the elite event with an 81-56 victory over Central (Mass.) in the Golden Eagles’ home gym.

Bolstered by an energized first quarter by junior Julissa Tago and senior Jasmin Falls, the Panthers opened up an early double-digit advantage and kept the pressure on to stun the defending Massachusetts state champions.

Tago scored 10 of her game-high 27 points in the first quarter and Falls was aggressive in the paint to help South Medford (10-4) get off to a fast start in the wake of Friday’s 82-50 drubbing by Capital Prep (Conn.).

The Panthers led 25-13 through one quarter against Central (12-2) and went up by 20 points at halftime.

“Today was the re-do and I felt like they came out with a very different approach,” South Medford head coach Tom Cole said of his team. “They were aggressive offensively in the first quarter and that really set the tone for the game. It was just a really good rhythm today.”

“From the first tip, we were aggressive offensively and communicated much better on defense,” added Cole.

Tago added six rebounds and three assists to her big game, while senior Keyari Sleezer added 18 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three blocks and Falls finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

South Medford outrebounded Central, 46-27, for a complete reversal of the game against Capital Prep, with junior Hannah Washington contributing a double-double with 16 rebounds and 11 points.

“We were all really disappointed from last night in how we performed and disappointed in how we prepared,” said Cole. “I felt like today they recognized after the fact the could’ve and would’ve part of that and they really came in with a different focus.”

South Medford next plays at North Medford at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

SOUTH MEDFORD (81) — Williams 7, Tago 27, Johnson 2, A. Ritter 3, K. Ritter 0, Sleezer 18, Lemons 0, Falls 13, Washington 11. Totals: 26 (2) 22-28 81.

CENTRAL (56) — Robinson 15, Brown 9, Gervais 7, Figueroa 11, Havechak 2, Sweeney 5, Thompson 2, Haines 5. Totals: 13 (7) 9-12 56.

South Medford;25;18;20;18;—;81

Central;13;10;14;19;—;56

3-point goals — South Medford 2 (A. Ritter 1, Sleezer 1), Central 7 (Figueroa 3, Brown 1, Gervais 1, Sweeney 1, Haines 1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 34, NORTH VALLEY 33: With six seconds left in regulation, Sarah Miller hit the go-ahead bucket for Cascade Christian.

Nicole Morse had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks and Tiana Alvarez eight points and five assists for Cascade Christian (3-10).

NORTH VALLEY (33) — Vandehey 2, Banuelos 4, Stewart 6, Hall 9, Kersten 2, Mohr 10, Thompson 0. Totals: 15 3-15 33.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (34) — Kammerzell 2, Alvarez 8, Brown 0, Morse 11, Miller 4, Payne 9, Zimmerer 0, Staley 0. Totals: 15 3-6 34.

North Valley;9;8;12;4;—;33

Cascade Christian;14;4;6;10;—;34

3-point goal — Cascade Christian 1 (Morse 1).

BUTTE FALLS 33, GILCHRIST 19: At Gilchrist, T'neal Myers had 17 points and three assists and Raleigh Weaver six points, 10 blocks and six assists for Butte Falls during Mountain Valley League action.

The Loggers (9-7, 4-3 MVL) led 23-6 at halftime.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 47, PROSPECT 24: At Prospect, Lakota Sizemore had 16 points for Prospect but Hosanna Christian proved too much in the MVL contest.

The Cougars dropped to 2-5 in league and 5-9 overall.

RV ADVENTIST 69, TRIAD 61, 2OT: At Klamath Falls, Ashton Petray had 19 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and seven steals for Rogue Valley Adventist in the double-overtime Mountain Valley League victory.

Hannah Wood recorded 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals, Carli Zamora 13 points and nine rebounds and Claudia Velasco nine rebounds for RVA, which improved to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in league play.

Boys

NORTH VALLEY 51, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 39: Cody Thompson poured in a game-high 21 points for North Valley in the nonleague victory at Cascade Christian High.

Chris Morsa added nine points for the Knights (13-2), who opened a 34-17 lead by halftime.

Brandon Winter had 14 points and Jason Wyncoop added 12 to pace the Challengers (8-7)

NORTH VALLEY (51) — Busald 7, Hobgood 6, Cody Thompson 21, Morsa 9, Martz 0, Hook 0, Bailey 0, Whitmore 8. Totals: 23 2-7 51.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (39) — Kammerzell 5, Wager 0, Morse 5, Booker 0, Wyncoop 12, Horton 0, Cochran 3, Winter 14. Totals: 16 5-7 39.

North Valley;17;17;11;6;—;51

Cascade Christian;10;7;11;11;—;39

3-point goals — North Valley 3 (Busald 1, Thompson 1, Whitmore 1), Cascade Christian 2 (Morse 1, Wyncoop 1).

JV result — North Valley won.

GILCHRIST 57, BUTTE FALLS 35: At Gilchrist, Alex Cool-Hunsaker had 15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for Butte Falls during Mountain Valley League action.

Kadin Ault recorded 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Loggers (1-15, 1-6 MVL), who trailed 28-12 at halftime.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 73, PROSPECT 38: At Prospect, host Prospect fell to 4-3 in MVL play and 7-8 overall with the loss to Hosanna Christian (13-2, 4-1).

TRIAD 75, RV ADVENTIST 40: At Klamath Falls, Nathan James had 13 points and eight rebounds and Trevor Haugen 12 points and 10 rebounds for Rogue Valley Adventist during Mountain Valley League action.

Joe Katzenbach added eight points and eight rebounds for RVA, which dropped to 10-6 overall and 3-3 in league.

Triad improved to 8-4 overall, 5-0 in conference.