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Defensive pressure lifts Panthers over Canby

When the going got tough, the South Medford girls basketball team turned up the tempo.

South used aggressive pressure defense to force turnovers that led to transition offense, allowing the Panthers to separate from visiting Canby in the second quarter of 52-43 nonconference victory on Saturday.

Toni Coleman, a freshman guard, had a game-high 16 points to go along with four steals and Ula Chamberlin, a junior forward, added 12 points and four steals to spark the Panthers (4-0).

Also for South, freshman forward Shakia Perry pulled down 13 boards, her third straight game with double-digit rebounds.

Coleman, who converted 7 of 10 shots from the field, showed tenacity on defense and used her speed to get to the hoop for easy buckets when the game was still close in the first half.

Chamberlin, meanwhile, had just one turnover and displayed outstanding leadership while taking the defensive pressure off of her younger teammates, allowing Coleman to be very efficient and use her athletic advantage, South coach Tom Cole said.

Canby trailed by as many as 17 points but took advantage of foul trouble against South and made a run late in the third quarter to stay within striking distance, but couldn’t capitalize on an off-shooting game by the Panthers.

“We weren’t able to pull away because of unforced errors, but a lot of that is because of how young we are,” Cole said. “These games are about learning how to compete and also learning how to win. (Canby is) a good team. … They were bigger than us, they had more senior leadership and they were physical.”

Alice Lambert, a 6-foot senior post, scored 10 for the Cougars (3-2).

CANBY (43): Gomez 0, Baguio 4, A. O’Dell 1, Barajas 0, Posey 9, Mickelson 2, Lambert 10, Myers 9, K. O’Dell 6. Totals: 15 10-16 43.

SOUTH MEDFORD (52): K. Chamberlin 2, Coleman 16, U. Chamberlin 12, Schmerbach 2, Pedrojetti 11, Fish 0, Dahlin 0, Perry 7, Laupola 2. Totals: 21 9-19 52.

Canby;11;7;6;19;—;43

South Medford;11;17;11;13;—;52

3-point goals — Canby 3 (Myers 2, Posey 1), South 1 (Pedrojetti). Fouled out — Meyers, Gomez.

JV result — Canby won.

SPRINGFIELD 41, NORTH MEDFORD 30: Springfield jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter behind hot shooting by senior guard Cielo Gonzalez and host North Medford never completely recovered in taking the nonconference loss.

Gonzalez went 3-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc and scored 11 of her game-high 22 points in the opening period. For the game, she knocked down all six 3-pointers converted by the Millers (2-0).

Rylee Karrick, a senior wing, scored 12 and Megan Fossen, a senior post, added eight points and 13 rebounds for the Black Tornado (4-3), who will take a 10-day hiatus from competition after playing six games in 11 days.

SPRINGFIELD (41): Todd 4, Newell 1, Durbin 3, L. Barraza 0, Birkby 0, Dade 0, J. Barraza 0, Gonzalez 22, Travertini 7, Oswalt 0. Totals: 16 3-7 41.

25 Cielo Gonzalez G 12 5-6

NORTH MEDFORD (30): Ersepke 8, Baker 2, Karrick 12, Christiansen 0, McLemore 0, Graff 0, Fossen 8. Totals: 7 13-18 30.

Springfield;14;8;10;9;—;41

North Medford;2;9;4;15;—;30

3-point goals — Springfield 6 (Gonzalez 6), North 3 (Karrick 3). Fouled out — Gonzalez

JV score — North Medford 42, Springfield 30.

GRANTS PASS 67, ALOHA 43: At Aloha, sophomore Camdyn Bruner poured in 25 points to power Grants Pass past Aloha.

Ahdra Klingler pitched in 13 points for the Cavers (4-2), who had a 30-21 halftime lead. Skylar Padgett added 11 points and Ayla Klingler nine.

GRANTS PASS (67): Padgett 11, Lingo 1, Ay. Klingler 9, Williams 6, Ah. Klingler 13, Rucker 0, Bruner 25, Hoga 1, Durrant 1. Totals: 26 13-27 67.

ALOHA (43): Porpora 9, Belog 4, Rivera 2, Liggins 5, Lagunas 8, Phillips 0, Olmstead 15, Rodriguez 0, Vandehey 0. Totals: 16 7-9 43.

Grants Pass;18;12;18;19;—;67

Aloha;9;12;14;8;—;43

3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Williams 1, Ah. Klingler 1), Aloha 4 (Olmstead 2, Porpora 1, Liggins 1). Fouled out — Lagunas, Olmstead.

MAZAMA 50, ASHLAND 22: At Klamath Falls, Ashland was unable to recover from a slow start as Mazama claimed the nonleague affair.

Mya Elder-Hammond went for eight points, seven steals and four rebounds for the Grizzlies (0-4), while the Vikings (5-1) were led by Landy Williams’ 19 points.

ASHLAND (22): Altig 0, Voskes 2, Sollinger 2, Barnes 4, Gorringe 0, LaCoste 0, Rich 0, Elder-Hammon 8, Summers 2, Witnauer 4, Rodriguez 0, Abel 0. Totals: 11 0-6 22.

MAZAMA (50): Smith 7, Lease 0, Clemens 4, Hall 10, Kappas 2, DeLaRosa 3, Williams 19, DeLonge 5. Totals: 20 7-22 50.

Ashland;6;4;4;8;—;22

Mazama;29;10;9;2;—;50

3-point goals — Mazama 3 (Smith 1, Hall 1, De La Rosa 1).

JV result — Mazama won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 55, SHERMAN 23: At Klamath Falls, Cascade Christian dominated inside en route to the win in the Hosanna Christian Holiday Hoops Classic.

Emily Stephens ripped down 16 rebounds and had four blocks to go with 16 points and six steals for the Challengers (4-4). Sophie Ferreira grabbed eight rebounds and scored 12 points, while Liz White had 10 points and seven assists.

Cascade Christian held Sherman (1-3) to one point in the fourth quarter.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (55): Willard 4, Meilicke 9, L. White Liz 10, Ferreira 12, Rineman 2, Stephens 16, R. White 2, Miller 0, Carlson 0, Taylor 0. Totals: 22 11-25 55.

SHERMAN (23): Casper 3, Greenvik 2, Ambriz 3, Winslow 1, Lipinski 2, Orendorf 5, Justesen 7, Strutzman 0. Totals: 8 5-17 23.

Cascade Christian;13;15;15;12;—;55

Sherman;8;11;3;1;—;23

3-point goals — Sherman 2. Fouled out — Rineman.

ROGUE RIVER 50, BANDON 36: At Rogue River, Jesse Langfield led a balanced scoring act by Rogue River, which pulled away in the third quarter for the nonleague victory.

Laura Howard and Jaydin Spaeth dropped in nine points apiece for the Chieftains (3-4) and Alyssa Sizemore added seven.

BANDON (36): K. Lakey 14, N. Lakey 11, Ferreri 4, Erenfeld 1, Strain 4, Turner 1, Gallagher 0, England 0, Martin 0, Hennick 0. Totals: 13 8-19 36.

ROGUE RIVER (50): Langfield 11, Howard 9, Spaeth 9, Sizemore 7, Rangel 6, Earnest 4, McKown 4, Bless 0, Nielson 0, Weilbacher 0, Andrews 0, Clifford 0. Totals: 20 8-14 50.

Bandon;6;12;8;10;—;36

Rogue River;7;15;17;11;—;50

3-point goals — Bandon 2 (K. Lakey 2), Rogue River 2 (Sizemore 1, Earnest 1).

JV result — Bandon won.