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Perry’s big game leads South past Aussies

South Medford coach Tom Cole didn’t know what to make of the opponent’s style, but he was pretty happy with the way his young team adjusted, especially its freshman forward.

Shakia Perry had a double-double to lead the Panthers past Frankston of Australia, 70-37, Tuesday at South Medford High School.

Perry had 11 points and 12 rebounds, Kaili Chamberlin 13 points and four steals and Toni Coleman eight points, five boards and five steals for the Panthers (4-0), who won big by turning defense into offense.

“It was hard to get into a rhythm, and even though there was a disparity in the final score, I really didn’t feel like we played particularly well,” Cole said. “I think (Frankston) plays such a contrasting style of basketball. … and once we figured that out and started to just play basketball, it was fine.”

Cole said Frankston, a club team playing the final game of its summer break before heading to California for sightseeing, frustrated South Medford early by playing an unorthodox, European style.

South Medford quickly figured out how to attack after some early struggles and went into halftime with a comfortable 49-17 lead.

South Medford was 31-for-57 from the field with 16 steals.

“Just the way they played was very different than any kind of style of American teams,” Cole said. “They could shoot it, but I felt like our kids were much more skilled and we were able to have some matchup advantages at certain positions.”

That was certainly the case at the wings, where Perry had her way.

“That’s the first time this early in the season that a freshman in our program has had a double-double,” Cole said. “We’ve had some really talented freshmen, but (Perry’s) double-double is a first for us and is encouraging.”

FRANKSTON (37): Moynahan 3, Ferreira 3, Mate 3, Begbie 0, Pusch 2, Day 0, Grcic 4, Ardley 4, Mayall 4, Turner 6, Little 0, Fitter 8. Totals 15 3-5 37.

SOUTH MEDFORD (70): K. Chamberlin 13, Coleman 8, U. Chamberlin 20, Schmerbach 2, Pedrojetti 7, Fish 2, Dahlin 3, Perry 11, Laupola 4. Totals 31 4-9 70.

Frankston;11;6;15;5;—;37

South Medford;21;28;13;8;—;70

3-point goals — Frankston (Moynahan 1, Ferreira 1, Fitter 2), South 4 (K. Chamberlin 1, U. Chamberlin 1, Pedrojetti 1, Dahlin 1).

NORTH MEDFORD 41, MARSHFIELD 30: At Coos Bay, Rylee Karrick notched 18 points and Megan Fossen 14 rebounds as the Black Tornado snapped a three-game losing streak.

North Medford rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to improve to 3-3.

CRATER 66, ETNA 31: At Etna, Calif., Nehkyah Ellis and Maya Van Hook each took over a quarter, and Ellis had an impact in an array of ways in Crater’s nonconference win.

Ellis scored all seven of her points in the second quarter as the Comets (4-0) took a 33-18 halftime lead. She finished with seven rebounds, three assists, five steals and five blocks.

Van Hook led all scorers with 17 points, including seven in the fourth. She added seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Alexus Woodard had 14 points, five rebounds and six steals for Crater.

CRATER (66): Idiart 7, Van Hook 17, Ryerson 9, Robison 2, Duran-Espino 0, Gray 4, Ellis 7, A. Woodard 14, Young 2, K. Woodard 4. Totals: 26 12-21 66.

ETNA (31): Justie 0, Watton 0, M. Dean 3, Dickinson 1, Gilmore 6, J. Dean 0, Baker 0, Bennett 11, Rizzardo 4, Hubbard 6. Totals: 9 10-14 31.

Crater;13;20;12;21;—;66

Etna;11;7;4;9;—;31

3-point goals — Crater 2 (Ryerson 1, Ellis 1), Etna 3 (Gilmore 2, Hubbard 1).

JV score — Crater 42, Etna 31.

NORTH BEND 66, PHOENIX 42: At Phoenix, North Bend overcame a two-point halftime deficit with aggressive defense in the second half on the nonleague game.

The Bulldogs (1-3) switched from a zone to man-to-man defense after trailing 26-24 at the break and forced numerous turnovers by the Pirates (1-3).

Taylor DeVry scored 14 points and had four assists for Phoenix. Isabella Lopez had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists, Maggie Carrillo 10 points and Brooke Kentner six rebounds and four steals.

NORTH BEND (66): Lillebo 12, Markel 14, Robison 10, Proett 3, Edwards 16, Snelgrove 7, Holling 2, Andersson 2, Anderson 0, Goschnour 0, Mathews 0, Carver 0, Lincoln 0, Cunningham 0, Mahr 0. Totals: 26 14-35 66.

PHOENIX (42): Carrillo 10, DeVry 14, Kentner 2, Perez-Hernandez 4, Lopez 12, Villasenor 0, Badillo 0, Christensen 0, Tellez 0, Bolstad 0, Parent 0. Totals: 13 12-26 42.

North Bend;12;12;20;22;—;66

Phoenix;18;8;6;10;—;42

3-point goals — Phoenix 4 (DeVry 2, Lopez 2). Fouled out — Edwards, Perez-Hernandez, Lopez, Parent.

JV result — North Bend won.

MAZAMA 67, ST. MARY’S 12: Struggling with injuries and lack of scoring punch, St. Mary’s fell to Mazama in a nonleague game.

Emma Bennion, a junior guard, had eight points to lead the Crusaders (1-6).

J'Enai Hall had 13 points and Macy Clemens scored 12 for the Vikings (4-1).

MAZAMA (67): Smith 8, Clemens 12, Hall 13, Zahler 2, Kappas 4, DeLaRosa 2, Spoon 2, Williams 13, Lease 10. Totals 28 5-8 67.

ST. MARY’S (12): Bennion 8, Ward 4, Lippert 0, Alftine 0, Conner 0, Young 0, Jimenez 0, Dunn 0, McGill 0, Christman 0. Totals 4 2-6 12.

Mazama;22;19;15;11;—;67

St. Mary’s;3;5;3;1;—;12

3-point goals — Mazama 4 (Lease 2, Clemons 1, Hall 1), St. Mary’s 2 (Bennion 2). Technical foul — St. Mary’s bench.

JV result — Mazama won.