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North Medford girls hold off Cavers

North Medford built an early lead then held off Grants Pass for an important 43-37 Southwest Conference girls basketball home win Tuesday.

The victory gives fourth-place North Medford (11-11, 6-6 SWC) a two-game lead over Grants Pass (6-15, 4-8). The top four conference teams automatically advance to the Class 6A state playoffs.

Lexi Hall, a senior guard, and freshman point guard Maggie Freeman sparked the Black Tornado to an 11-2 first-quarter advantage. Each player had five points in the period.

“We did a great defensive job in the first quarter holding them to two points,” North Medford coach Tim Karrick said. “Our guards got off to a good start and that proved to be the difference.”

Freeman, who was battling an illness, finished with a team-best 13 points.

“(Freeman) did a good job handling their pressure and getting us set up in our offense,” said Karrick

Savannah Bumgardner also came up big for North. The sophomore post grabbed 12 rebounds to go with five points, three steals and two assists.

“(Bumgardner) showed great effort and had a lot of hustle points,” said Karrick. “She just went and got some important rebounds down the stretch.”

In addition to scoring nine points, Hall performed well on the defensive end — holding Grants Pass leading scorer Jacque Luaders to four points.

“Lexi played great defense,” said Karrick. “She definitely has been the difference the last two games. She has stepped up her play and is a reason we’ve been successful.”

GRANTS PASS (37) — Miller 7, Brummett 6, Wise 5, Lopez 2, Johnson 11, Musser 2, Luaders 4. Totals: 10 15-25 37.

NORTH MEDFORD (43) — Martin 7, Ross 4, Bumgardner 5, Karrick 2, Hall 9, Freeman 13, Fossen 3. Totals: 14 13-29 43.

Grants Pass;2;9;11;16;—;37

North Medford;11;11;10;12;—;43

3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Brummett 1, Wise 1), North Medford 2 (Hall 1, Freeman 1). Fouled out — Miller.

SOUTH MEDFORD 63, ROSEBURG 51: At Roseburg, Keyari Sleezer led South Medford with 20 points, six assists and three steals in the SWC victory.

Julissa Tago contributed 18 points and three steals for the top-ranked Panthers (19-4, 12-0 SWC).

South picked up its defensive intensity in the second quarter and broke open a close game by outscoring Roseburg (15-7, 8-4) 23-10 in the period.

The Panthers forced 20 turnovers.

SOUTH MEDFORD (63) — Williams 1, Tago 18, Ritter 5, Orndoff 8, Sleezer 20, Lemons 2, Falls 9, Washington 0. Totals: 27 6-14 63.

ROSEBURG (51) — Wyscaver 7, Chong 1, Stricklin 2, Backen 16, Stotler 14, Farrington 6, Jackson 5. Totals: 19 12-20 51.

South Medford;14;23;12;14;—;63

Roseburg;12;10;16;13;—;51

3-point goals — South Medford 3 (Sleezer 2, Ritter 1) Roseburg 1 (Wyscaver 1).

JV result — South Medford won.

KLAMATH UNION 49, PHOENIX 41: At Klamath Falls, Alyssa Wallack led Phoenix with 18 points in the Skyline Conference playoff road loss.

Wallack, a senior point guard, did a good job attacking the basket and was 14 of 18 from the foul line.

Bailee Tally added 14 points for the Pirates, who finished the season at 5-18, and Alexis DeLaTorre pulled down 10 rebounds.

PHOENIX (41) — Wallack 18, Tally 14, Burns 4, DeLaTorre 3, LaNier 2, Barger 0, McAlister 0. Totals: 12 16-27 41.

KLAMATH UNION (49) — Rice 14, Bacchetti 6, Choukalos 9, Haupt 3, Pimentel 1, K. Newman 4, J. Newman 4, Vanover 3, Najar 5. Totals: 19 9-16 48.

Phoenix;6;7;10;18;—;41

Klamath Union;11;16;6;16;—;49

3-point goals — Phoenix 1 (Tally 1) Klamath Union 2 (Vanover 1, Najar 1). Fouled out — Najar.

Boys Basketball

NORTH MEDFORD 74, GRANTS PASS 53: At Grants Pass, Tristen Holmes had an effective all-around game in the SWC road win for 10th-ranked North Medford.

Holmes, a senior guard, notched 22 points to go with 12 rebounds and six assists.

Junior guard Ray Schireman tallied all of his 17 points in the second half as the Black Tornado (18-4, 9-3 SWC) outscored Grants Pass 45-27 to pull away.

North committed 17 turnovers but shot a season-best 60 percent (29-for-48) from the field.

For Grants Pass (8-13, 4-8), senior guard JC McKinley scored 16 points.

NORTH MEDFORD (74) — Allen 0, Lasota 0, Schireman 17, Barry 11, Tri Holmes 22, Faust 2, Williams 0, Davis 2, Dixon 5, Singleton 3, Polataivao 6, Brothers 0, Wolfe 6, Tre. Holmes 0. Totals: 29-48 8-9 74.

GRANTS PASS (53) — Appling 0, Evens 0, Stine 4, Weiss 2, Musser 5, Ryan 11, McKinley 16, Cotton 11, Hanley 4. Totals: 19-46 14-19.

North Medford;18;11;21;24;—;74

Grants Pass;17;9;12;15;—;53

3-point goals — North Medford 8-15 (Schireman 3, Barry 1, Tri. Holmes 2, Dixon 1, Singleton 1), Grants Pass 1-14 (Ryan 1). Fouled out Ryan.

JV score — North Medford 67, Grants Pass 61, OT.

SOUTH MEDFORD 64, ROSEBURG 36: At Roseburg, junior Connor Carroll helped lead South Medford (16-6, 10-2) to the Southwest Conference victory with 10 points off the bench, six of which came on 3-pointers.

Brayden Massey added nine points, six assists and three steals, and Hunter Bradford grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with four points and two blocks for the Panthers.

Eskari Carter and Craig Contreras each contributed 10 points for South Medford.

Panthers post Cameron English reinjured his nose and left the game in the second quarter. His status is unknown.

ROSEBURG (36) — Cuilty 0, Luttrell 0, Paschke 0, Lake 0, Stone 9, Early 11, Knapp 3, Stephens 7, Tharp 2, Fairbairn 4. Totals 11 7-9 36.

SOUTH MEDFORD (64) — Hall-Sutton 0, Martin 2, Franklin 5, Benford 3, Contreras 10, Carroll 10, Massey 9, Carter 10, Metcalf 0, Bradford 4, English 2, Washington 9. Totals: 23 13-16 64.

Roseburg;2;17;8;9;—;36

South Medford;18;8;19;19;—;64

3-point goals — Roseburg 5 (Stone 1, Early 2, Knapp 1, Stephens 1) South Medford 5 (Benford 1, Contreras 1, Carroll 2, Massey 1)

JV result — South Medford won.

CRATER 55, EAGLE POINT 41: At Central Point, Crater rallied from a 10-2 deficit in the first quarter to claim the Midwestern League victory.

Race Reiter turned in 13 points and nine rebounds and Taylor Kloke added 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting with seven rebounds for the Comets (15-7, 7-4 MWL), took control with strong rebounding in the second quarter.

Crater's Gunnar Asher had nine points and eight rebounds, Matt Martin seven points and Dean Orozco five assists and four steals.

Wyatt Hunter scord 16 points and Ra'eed Sowell 10 points for the Eagles (7-13, 1-9).

EAGLE POINT (41) — Hunter 16, Reyes-Serna 2, Sowell 10, Quintero 2, Edwards 0, DeVore 9, Bell 2, Castro 0, Shelton 0, Shopp 0, Morew 0. Totals: 14 5-10 41.

CRATER (55) — Reyes 2, Martin 7, White 6, Mallams 5, Howell 1, Asher 9, Kloke 11, Reiter 13, Orozco 1, Hadley 0. Totals: 18 14-22 55.

Eagle Point;10;8;12;11;—;41

Crater;2;18;16;19;—;55

3-point goals — Eagle Point 8 (DeVore 3, Sowell 1, Hunter 4), Crater 5 (Reiter 2, Asher 1, Mallams 1, Martin 1). Fouled out — Shelton, Hunter.

JV result — Crater won.

NORTH LAKE 63, PROSPECT 42: At Silver Lake, North Lake cruised in the Mountain Valley League playoff game.

Prospect finished the year 11-14.