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South Medford girls fall to Miramonte

LAKE OSWEGO — With Julissa Tago in the game, the South Medford girls basketball team looked like it could potentially derail one of the country’s top teams.

But once the star guard was forced to sit late in the first quarter with three fouls, things rapidly unraveled for the Panthers in the Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High School.

With Tago out, Miramonte took advantage with 18 turnovers in the first half and went on to win the quarterfinal, 76-54, on Monday. Miramonte is ranked fourth nationally in the USA Today computer rankings and 12th in the newspaper’s experts rankings.

The Panthers (6-1) will face Jesuit, which was upset by Class 5A defending state champion La Salle, at 5 p.m. in the 16-team Swoosh Bracket.

Tago, who has signed with Hawaii, had six points and three assists midway through the first period and the Panthers led by 11 before she was forced to sit. Trouble then ensued when the Panthers committed six turnovers and watched its lead dwindle to 18-17 at the end of the first quarter.

“She was really pacing us and we were breaking the press and we were capitalizing,” said Panthers coach Tom Cole on the importance of Tago.

Tago would make an appearance in the second quarter before picking up her fourth foul. Miramonte continued its onslaught by forcing 12 turnovers alone in the second quarter, where it outscored South Medford 33-12.

The Panthers also could not stop one of the nation’s top players in Sabrina Ionescu, who netted 41 points.

Tago finished with eight points and Ula Chamberlain led the Panthers with 16 points. Jasmin Falls added 10 points and nine rebounds and Lauren Orndoff pitched in 12 points.

SOUTH MEDFORD (54): Chamberlain 16, O’Brien-Long 2, Johnson 0, Orndoff 12, Foote 2, Falls 10, Tago 8, Washington 4. Totals: 25 2-4 54.

MIRAMONTE (76): Huften 2, Steele 3, Kirkpatrick 2, Delos Santos 10, Howard 7, Louie 8, Ionescu 41, Wilson 3, Bryant 0. Totals: 27 16-18 76.

South Medford;18;12;12;12;—;54

Miramonte;17;33;11;15;—;76

3-point goals — South Medford 2 (Chamberlain 2), Miramonte 6 (Ionescu 5, Wilson 1).

WEST SALEM 57, NORTH MEDFORD 45: At Lake Oswego, North Medford’s slow start proved costly in the second round of the Game Day bracket at the Nike Interstate Shootout.

North Medford (6-2) plays Crater at 5 p.m. today.

North Medford fell behind 12-2 at the end of the first quarter to West Salem (6-3).

Maggie Freeman scored 20 points to lead the Black Tornado and Savannah Bumgardner tossed in 11.

WEST SALEM (57): Gunesch 16, Garland 2, Heveny 24, Redman 5, Rabago 0, Ban 6, Markez 4, Mumford 0.

NORTH MEDFORD (45): Lane 0, Ross 2, Bumgardner 11, Karrick 2, Hamilton 0, Mo. Fossen 0, Graff 0, Freeman 20, McLemore 2, Fisk 0, Me. Fossen 8, Baker 0.

West Salem;12;18;20;7;—; 57

North Medford;2;16;17;10;—;45

Technical foul — Bumgardner.

GRANTS PASS 52, CHURCHILL 44: At Bend, Jacque Luaders connected on all four of her 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to spark a 26-8 surge by Grants Pass in the Oregon Holiday Hoopfest opener at Bend High School.

Luaders finished with 18 points for the Cavers (4-1), while Abi Johnson added 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Khadija Smith had 10 points to lead Churchill (4-4).

GRANTS PASS (52): Luaders 18, Johnson 16, Kujowski 7, Klinger 5, Etheridge 2, Wise 2, Tobey 2, Dinkle 0, Torgerson 0, LaPan 0, Musser 0. Totals: 19-54 9-12 52.

CHURCHILL (44): Moriguchi 0, I. Smith 9, Williams 6, K. Smith 10, Nesbitt 2, Huey 0, Sanders 0, Haugen 6, Bass 7, Nitowski 4. Totals: 18-38 6-16 44.

Grants Pass;14;7;5;26;—;52

Churchill;8;14;14;8;—;44

3-point goals — Grants Pass 5-15 (Luaders 4, Klinger 1), Churchill 2-5 (I.Smith 1, Haugen 1). Fouled out — Dinkle.

HILLSBORO 41, CRATER 28: At Lake Oswego, Crater had a difficult time dealing with the size of Hillsboro’s frontline and could not find the range from the outside in the second round of the Nike Interstate Shootout’s Game Day bracket.

The Comets (7-3) take on North Medford at 5 p.m. today in the consolation bracket..

Crater’s Cheyenne Scott drilled a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to cut Hillsboro’s lead to five points but the Spartans regained their momentum with a quick lay-up to open the fourth quarter.

The Spartans won on the boards, 24-9, and limited the Comets to 10-for-42 shooting and were just 5 of 22 from 3-point range.

Mallory Heard scored seven points and had five steals for the Comets, who picked up four points, six steals and four rebounds from Destiny Fahndrich.

CRATER (28): Ryerson 0, Yother 0, Jensen 0, Fahndrich 4, E. Scott 3, Heard 7, C. Scott 7, Lane 0, Woodard 3, Kent 4. Totals: 10-42 3-7 28.

HILLSBORO (41): Dy 0, Gambee 8, Rodgers 13, Wilson 4, Saechao 4, Salas 12, Green 4. Totals: 15-24 8-14 41.

Crater;7;6;10;5;—;28

Hillsboro;13;9;6;13;—;41

3-point goals — Crater 5 (Fahndrich 1, E. Scott 1, Heard 1, C. Scott 1, Woodard 1), Hillsboro 3 (Salas 3).

HIDDEN VALLEY 42, ASHLAND 27: At Murphy, Mya Elder-Hammond led all scores with 12 points for Ashland but Hidden Valley’s defense was too much in the second half of the Hidden Valley Tournament.

The Grizzlies (2-8), who play Eagle Point at 1 p.m. today, received nine points, six rebounds and four steals from Kasydie Winner and 10 rebounds from Jennifer O’Connor.

Kaylee Krusemark led the Mustangs (6-4) with 11 points.

ASHLAND (27): Voskes 0, Winner 9, Altig 2, Richardson 2, Miller 0, Hayes 0, O’Connor 2, Elder-Hammond 12, Kolar 0. Totals: 12 2-6 27.

HIDDEN VALLEY (42): Schiavone 4, McNeilly 5, Coates 0, Krusemark 11, McCaskill 0, Thompson 5, Larson 8, Johnson 0, Hayes 9. Totals: 16 8-17 42.

Ashland;9;8;5;5;—;27

Hidden Valley;16;11;9;6;—;42

3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Winner 1), Hidden Valley 2 (McNeilly 1, Thompson 1).

DEL NORTE 61, EAGLE POINT 48: At Murphy, Eagle Point senior Adrienne Wood connected on eight 3-pointers and finished with 29 points and four steals in the Hidden Valley Tournament opener.

Siera Fitzhugh had 14 points for Del Norte, which took charge by outscoring the Eagles (3-7) 25-9 in the second quarter. Eagle Point plays again at 1 p.m. today at HVHS.

EAGLE POINT (48): Morris 0, Lilly 4, Crowe 6, Wood 29, Alden 5, Hart 4, S. Beal 0, C. Beal 0. Totals: 17 3-7 48.

DEL NORTE (61): Healy 8, Smedley 10, Lofton 2, Lenover 2, Devol-Alcala 5, Fitzhugh 14, Smith 9, Long 0, Sanchez 10, Bustamonte 1. Totals: 23 8-13 61.

Eagle Point;13;9;18;8;—;48

Del Norte;8;25;18;10;—;61

3-point goals — Eagle Point 11 (Wood 8, Crowe 2, Alden 1), Del Norte 7 (Fitzhugh 4, Healy 2, Devol-Alcala 1). Fouled out — Wood.

PHOENIX 41, GOLD BEACH 36: At Brookings, Phoenix rallied with a 12-2 run in the third quarter built on defensive pressure and held off Gold Beach to win its opener at the Brookings-Harbor Invitational.

Lindsey Burns totaled 19 points, six rebounds and four assists to pace the Pirates (3-6), who play Brookings-Harbor at 4 p.m. today. Alexis De La Torre added nine points and eight rebounds and Brook Kentner pulled down seven boards against Gold Beach (5-5).

PHOENIX (41): Burns 19, Ritter 8, Rodriguez 3, Orndorff 2, De La Torre 9, Kentner 0, Marroquin 0. Totals: 16 8-16 41.

GOLD BEACH (36): Ridens 5, Becker 7, Timeus 14, Ott 5, Neurau 5, Smith 0, Turns 0, Micherson 0, Halcomb 0. Totals: 14 6-14 36.

Phoenix;5;14;12;10;—;41

Gold Beach;11;12;2;11;—;36

3-point goals — Phoenix 1 (Burns 1), Gold Beach 2 (Becker 1, Timeus 1). Fouled out — Ritter.

VALLEY CATHOLIC 79, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 35: At Salem, senior post Molly Danielson scored 25 points against winless Cascade Christian in the first round of the Crusader New Year’s Invitational at Salem Academy.

Cascade Christian (0-7) will play Catlin Gabel in the consolation round at 3 p.m. today at the Salem Armory

Maeve Payne, a junior forward, scored 10 points to pace the Challengers (0-7), who trailed 44-9 at halftime.

CHRISTIAN CHRISTIAN (35): Alvarez 9, Alexander 4, Brown 4, Stephens 6, Payne 10, Nichols 2, Plankenhorn 0, Laird Jr. 0, Beard 0, Rineman 0. Totals: 14 5-9 35.

VALLEY CATHOLIC (79): Moore 15, Nguyen 3, McDonald 2, Dehler 0, Mannen 4, Justice 6, Thurman 4, Kawaguci 4, Flemmer 9, Danielson 25, Duyck 5, Beyer 2. Totals: 32 11-13 79.

Cascade Christian;5;4;15;11;—;35

Valley Catholic;23;21;16;19;—;79

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Alvarez 2), Valley Catholic 4 (Moore 3, Nguyen 1).

UMATILLA 44, ST. MARY’S 19: At Salem, Ibixica Alvarez scored 13 points and Emma Bennion had six in a losing effort for St. Mary’s at the Crusader New Year’s Invitational.

ST. MARY’S (19): Alvarez 13, Bennion 6, Vasey 0, Birmingham 0, Ward 0, Shean 0, McGill 0. Totals: 6 5-12 19.

UMATILLA (44): Contreras 10, Paz 9, Journot 0, Campos 4, Webb 5, Leemus 0, Dohman 6, Watson 10. Totals: 17 2-6 44.

St. Mary’s;10;3;0;6:—;19

Umatilla;23;10;9;2;—;44

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 2 (Alvarez 2), Umatilla 4 (Contreras 2, Paz 1, Watson 1). Technical foul — Umatilla coach

PROSPECT 35, GLENDALE 23: At Prospect, Baley VanWormer had an effective all-around game and helped Prospect jump out to a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter in the nonconference tilt.

VanWormer, a junior guard, scored six of her game-high 14 points in the opening period. VanWormer ended with seven rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Marissa Raines also had six points in the first quarter for Prospect (5-4) and finished with nine, while Christina Smith came through with six points and six rebounds.