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South girls outlast Arcata in four OTs

ARCATA, Calif. — South Medford girls basketball coach Tom Cole found himself a little flabbergasted after Wednesday’s game against Arcata High, and that was a good thing.

With the stakes seemingly increasing with every possession, Cole’s Panthers somehow were able to maintain their composure and persevere through 48 minutes of action and come away with a 115-106 four-overtime road victory.

“It was the most incredible game I’ve ever been a part of or even seen for that matter,” said Cole. “It was crazy.”

“At the end of the game, it was so intense the entire gym stood up and gave a standing ovation for both teams,” he added. “I’ve never seen anything like that but it was just that kind of game and such an exciting game to be a part of. It was just a battle all the way.”

In some ways, it was also a battle of attrition as players began to be lost due to fouls, with each team gaining unlikely heroes along the way until South Medford ultimately broke things open in the fourth four-minute overtime session.

South Medford sophomore Ula Chamberlin poured in a career-high 42 points to go with nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while senior Lauren Orndoff had 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists before fouling out in the second OT.

Senior Jonnay Foote managed a career-high 19 points with eight assists and four steals, while freshman Bella Pedrojetti added 15 points, five rebounds and three steals and senior Hannah Washington had 11 points and 19 rebounds before fouling out in regulation.

“I’ve been around here 10 years now and I’ve never coached in a game with big shot after big shot like that,” he said. “Ula, Bella and Jonnay all hit huge 3s in each overtime session for us. And because some of our seniors ended up fouling out, our young kids really had to grow up tonight and it was an amazing experience. I’m really proud of all of them.”

Arcata (3-1) was able to send the game into overtime tied at 73-all with a fourth-quarter surge, then staved off elimination period after period with clutch rallies against the Panthers (2-1). Vanessa Holland drained seven 3-pointers and led Arcata with 38 points before fouling out.

“We thought we had the game won and every time they came back and made huge shots,” said Cole.

In a testament to quality of play, South Medford only committed 11 turnovers in what essentially turned into a game-and-a-half, while Arcata had 21.

SOUTH MEDFORD (115): Chamberlin 42, Orndoff 21, Foote 19, Pedrojetti 15, Washington 11, O’Brien-Long 4, Flemming 3, San Marcos 0. Totals: 25 (14) 20-31 115.

ARCATA (106): Holland 38, McCracken 28, Quigley 22, Beltan 6, Cambell 6, Abrey 3, Northern 3, Cohen 0, Brown 0. Totals: 26 (11) 18-29 106.

South Medford;17;21;18;17;11;8;10;13;—;115

Arcata;18;18;18;19;11;8;10;4;—;106

3-point goals — South Medford 14 (Chamberlin 5, Pedrojetti 4, Orndoff 3, Foote 2), Arcata 11 (Holland 7, Quigley 1, Beltan 2, Cambell 1). Fouled out — Washington, Orndoff, O’Brien-Long, Holland, Cambell.

JV score — Arcata 32, South Medford 30.

Boys Basketball

CAMBERWELL 59, ST. MARY'S 36: Travis Danielson and Bryce Bramscher each scored nine points for St. Mary's in an exhibition contest against Camberwell from Melbourne, Australia, at St. Mary's High.

CAMBERWELL (59): Blackley 21, Veitch 1, Hutchinson 4, H. Kruyt 2, Crittenden 0, W. Kruyt 2, Stitz 12, Cartwright 9, Hobson 8, McLoed 0. Totals: 22 4-9 59.

ST. MARY'S (36): Kuitert 0, Johnson 4, Dexter 0, Grant 3, Rajagopal 6, Silsbee 0, Mayer 3, Danielson 9, Bramscher 9, LaFond 2. Totals: 13 7-10 36.

Camberwell;13;16;17;13;—;59

St. Mary's;11;9;9;7;—;36

3-point goals — Camberwell 9 (Blackley 2, Stitz 2, Cartwright 3, Hobson 2), St. Mary's 3 (Rajagopal 2, Mayer 1).

JV result — St. Mary's won.

Wrestling

CRATER 36, GRANTS PASS 31: At Central Point, Crater’s Hunter Wilson scored a key fall at 126 pounds and the Comets got pins from Logan Meek (152) and Wally Pendleton (220) to stave off Grants Pass in nonconference action.

Wilson had been pinned by Grants Pass’ Skyler Sakraida in last Saturday’s Battle of the Border but was able to turn the tables in 3 minutes, 42 seconds during their rematch.

Brandon Warner of Grants Pass earned a 10-8 overtime decision over Tony Flores in the match of the night at 195, while Dallas Howard won by technical fall for Crater at 138 and Tanner Ulrey won by major decision at 113.

106 — Angel Diaz, C, won by forfeit; *113 — Tanner Ulrey, C, major dec. Logan Childers, 13-3; 120 — Titus Barrett, GP, dec. Hunter Grant, 3-2; 126 — Hunter Wilson, C, pinned Skyler Sakraida, 3:42; 132 — Tyler Bellon, GP, pinned Isaiah Griffith, 3:26.

138 — Dallas Howard, C, tech. fall Jason Finwall, 25-10; 145 — Vince Washington, GP, major dec. Bryce Cwiklinski, 9-1; 152 — Logan Meek, C, pinned Elijah Garcia, 1:24; 160 — Jace Godley, C, dec. Brayden Satre, 8-1.

170 — Jacob Russell, GP, pinned Luis Duarte, 3:24; 182 — Trajan Hurd, GP, pinned Leo Gutierrez, :31; 195 — Brandon Warner, GP, dec. Tony Flores, 10-8 OT; 220 — Wally Pendleton, C, pinned Peter Osipovich, 1:33; 285 — Sjoren Geiger, GP, dec. Cam Sweet, 1-0.

JV score — Crater 49, Grants Pass 21

* starting weight