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South Medford rolls, faces power today

ORINDA, Calif. — Yet another preseason test awaits the South Medford girls basketball team.

After the Panthers rolled Friday in the first round of the Miramonte Invitational, beating Arcata, Calif., 72-29, at Miramonte High School, they earned a shot at a tough opponent.

South faces St. Mary’s of Berkeley, Calif., at 11:30 a.m. today. St. Mary’s has been ranked in the top 25 nationally in recent years, though it isn’t now.

“They have some extremely athletic players,” said Panthers coach Tom Cole. “Some things have changed as far as their landscape, but they’re always a perennial powerhouse.”

On Friday, the Panthers (4-1) were locked in defensively from the outset, and the offense gradually kicked in.

Lauren Orndoff paced five Panthers in double figures with 14 points and added four steals and three assists.

South Medford’s Hannah Washington — averaging a double-double through the season’s first five games — had 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Ula Chamberlain and Julissa Tago chipped in 11 points apiece. Tago also had five assists and a pair of steals.

Shyanne O’Brien-Long went 5-for-5 from the field for 10 points for the Panthers, and Jasmin Falls tallied nine points and eight rebounds.

SOUTH MEDFORD (72): Chamberlain 11, O’Brien-Long 10, Johnson 0, Orndoff 14, Foote 5, Falls 9, Tago 11, Washington 12. Totals: 28 15-19 72.

ARCATA (29): Holland 3, Quigley 7, McCracken 6, Aubrey 0, Bertson 0, Northern 2, Brown 8, Gynup 0, Ricca 0, Campbell 3. Totals: 8 3-6 29.

South Medford;15;20;14;23;—;72

Arcata;4;6;9;10;—;29

3-point goals — South Medford 3 (Chamberlain 1, Orndoff 1, Tago 1), Arcata 2 (Holland 1, Quigley 1).

GRANTS PASS 37, SOUTH ALBANY 31: At Albany, Grants Pass limited South Albany to four fourth-quarter points in the nonleague game.

Abi Johnson scored nine points for Grants Pass (3-0), and Amanda Tobey pulled in 12 rebounds.

GRANTS PASS (37): Klingler 5, Wise 0, Torgerson 2, Johnson 9, Luaders 7, Tobey 2, Dinkel 8, Kujawski 4. Totals: 15 4-12 37.

SOUTH ALBANY (31): Diller 6, Trupka 2, Schlabach 4, Platt 1, Kerlegan 6, Devyldere 5, Oleman 7. Totals: 11 6-8 31.

Grants Pass;8;13;7;9;—;37

South Albany;9;9;9;4;—;31

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Klingler 1, Luaders 1, Dinkel 1), South Albany 3 (Kerlegan 2, Devyldere 1). Fouled out — Oleman.

CRATER 47, MAZAMA 33: At Central Point, Destiny Fahndrich had 19 points, five steals and four rebounds for Crater during nonleague action.

Cheyenne Scott chipped in 13 points and Mallory Heard added six rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Comets (3-2), who lost to Mazama, 62-47, in their season opener.

MAZAMA (33): Hall 8, Smith 0, Lease 15, Paschal 2, DeLarosa 0, Williams 2, Benson 6, Coffman 0. Totals: 13-36 6-12 33.

CRATER (47): Yother 3, Fahndrich 19, E. Scott 5, Heard 2, C. Scott 13, Lane 3, Woodard 0, Kent 2. Totals: 12-40 20-27 47.

Mazama;11;2;8;12;—;33

Crater;10;4;13;20;—;47

3-point goals Mazama — 1 (Lease 1), Crater 3 (Fahndrich 1, C. Scott 1, Lane 1). Fouled out — Lease, Paschal.

HENLEY 56, EAGLE POINT 45: At Eagle Point, Carlene Hart had 14 points and four rebounds for Eagle Point in the nonleague game.

Haley Crowe scored nine points for the Eagles (1-5).

HENLEY (56): Mathis 7, Higgins 9, Armantrout 22, Parrish 6, O'Conner 12, Greis 0, Ingram 0. Totals: 21 9-21 56.

EAGLE POINT (45): Wood 8, C. Beal 4, Lilly 4, Meerten 6, Hart 14, Crowe 9, Miller 0, S. Beal 0, Morris 0, Alden 0. Totals: 16 7-14 45.

Henley;11;18;13;14;—;56

Eagle Point;13;9;6;17;—;45

3-point goals — Henley 2 (Higgins 1, Armantrout 1), Eagle Point 4 (Wood 1, Crow 3).

JV result — Henley won.

PHOENIX 38, SOUTH UMPQUA 26: At Tri City, Kaylene Ritter had 18 points, nine rebounds and six steals for in nonleague play for Phoenix.

Lindsey Burns added eight points and Alexis De La Torre seven points and nine rebounds for the Pirates (1-4).

PHOENIX (38): Burns 8, Ritter 18, Rodriguez 1, Orndorff 4, De La Torre 7, Hague 0, Tous 0, Lopez 0, Kenter 0, Marroquin 0, Peugh 0. Totals: 15 7-13 38.

SOUTH UMPQUA (26): Davis 12, Kelley 2, Rudy 1, Muellen 6, McCall 3, Grisson 2, Westbrooks 0, Lincecum 0, Brown 0, Black 0. Totals: 10 6-11 26.

Phoenix;17;12;5;4;—;38

South Umpqua;6;10;3;7;—;26

3-point goals — Phoenix 1 (De La Torre 1).

PROSPECT 29, ILLINOIS VALLEY JV 9: At Prospect, Baley VanWormer had 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals for Prospect in nonleague action.

Prospect (4-4) and Illinois Valley were tied 8-8 at halftime.