North goes cold in loss to Southridge
BEAVERTON — Only a few days removed from snapping a nine-year drought in the state playoffs, North Medford’s girls basketball team went in search of an even bigger score Saturday but couldn’t keep the magic going in a 61-28 loss at top-ranked Southridge.
The Black Tornado kept the game close through one period, trailing 12-8, but the Skyhawks capitalized on a few openings in the second quarter to build a 29-17 cushion by halftime in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Needing a jolt in the second half to create some concern on the Southridge side, North Medford was hampered by cold shooting and an inability to keep the Skyhawks from second-chance opportunities to fall one victory shy of the Class 6A state tournament.
“We played pretty dang good, really, considering the environment and considering the team we were playing,” said North Medford head coach Tim Karrick. “But we just could not put the ball in the bucket. We were patient on offense and made them play defense because we didn’t want to get into a track meet with them, but we just didn’t score on a few opportunities that I thought we could have.”
Senior Savannah Bumgardner scored 13 of her team’s 17 points in the first half and finished with 16 overall before fouling out for the Black Tornado (16-10), which finished 9-for-30 from the field overall.
Southridge’s 6-foot-4 freshman post Cameron Brink scored all 17 of her points in the first half to equal North Medford, while 5-11 junior Maggie Freeman — who transferred from North Medford last summer — tallied nine of her 11 points in the second half for the Skyhawks.
NORTH MEDFORD (28): Lane 0, Ersepke 3, T. Baker 2, Ross 2, Bumgardner 16, Karrick 0, Hamilton 0, Jung 0, Graff 0, A. Baker 2, Fossen 3. Totals: 9 9-17 28.
SOUTHRIDGE (61): Freeman 11, Riverman 5, Immel 4, Morey 3, Vinson 2, Bullock 4, Cole 2, Orcutt 0, Meek 7, Hoff 6, Brink 17. Totals: 25 10-13 61.
3-point goals — North Medford 1 (Ersepke 1), Southridge 1 (Morey 1). Fouled out — Bumgardner.