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Tornado storms back in fourth to lance La Salle

LAKE OSWEGO — Senior post Megan Fossen scored two decisive field goals in the final two minutes, leading the North Medford girls basketball team to a 35-32 come-from-behind victory over La Salle on Friday at the Nike Shootout.

After trailing nearly the entire game, North tied it with 1:45 to play when Fossen connected on a jumper from the elbow.

Fossen, who added eight rebounds and five steals to go along with her game-high 23 points, then gave the Black Tornado (6-5) its first lead — and the game-winning shot — on a putback with 50 seconds left.

After senior wing Rylee Karrick made 1 of 2 free throws, North’s defense, which forced three turnovers in the final minute and a half, forced La Salle on its final possession to launch a desperation heave from about 45 feet away that fell a few feet short of the rim.

It was a quality win against the defending Class 5A champion, the latest tough opponent in a “very challenging schedule” the Tornado has faced this season, North coach Tim Karrick said.

“That’s a real big thing for us,” he said. “Even though our record isn’t that great, we’ve done some really good things.”

Defensively, North forced 20 turnovers and held La Salle to 12-of-31 shooting from the field.

Leading the defensive effort was junior forward Talia Baker, who came up with three of North’s 14 steals and held in check La Salle’s leading scorer, senior guard Taycee Wedin, a Division I scholarship player.

NORTH MEDFORD (35): Ersepke 2, Baker 4, Karrick 6, Kay. Seeney 0, Kar. Seeney 0, Graff 0, Fossen 23, Wells 0. Totals: 12 10-17 35.

LA SALLE (32): Niebergall 8, Wedin 11, Loboy 0, H. Sisul 0, A. Sisul 0, Burg 6, Riehl 0, Jansen 7. Totals: 12 5-8 32.

North Medford;6;9;9;11;—;35

La Salle;10;11;7;4;—;32

3-point goals — North Medford 1 (Karrick), La Salle 3 (Niebergall 2, Wedin 1).

SOUTH MEDFORD 72, CHURCHILL COUNTY 40: At Concord, Calif., junior Ula Chamberlin poured in 32 points as South Medford rebounded from a big loss by pounding a notable team from Nevada in the premiere Emerald Division of the West Coast Jamboree.

Chamberlin sank six 3-pointers while her younger sister, freshman Kaili Chamberlin (12 points), and sophomore guard Bella Pedrojetti (14 points) each knocked down four triples for the Panthers (6-4), who opened play in the elite tournament Thursday by losing 82-60 to Castro Valley of California.

Freshman forward Shakia Perry pulled down 10 boards for South, which outrebounded Churchill County 33-32 despite being the smaller team.

SOUTH MEDFORD (72): K. Chamberlin 12, Coleman 8, U. Chamberlin 32, Schmerbach 0, Pedrojetti 14, Fish 4, Perry 2, Laupola 0. Totals: 28 2-4 72.

CHURCHILL COUNTY (40): Hunter 2, La. Otuafi 14, Welch 0, Whittaker 0, Le. Otuafi 8, Cornmesser 11, Hitchcock 2, Evans 3, Lister 0. Totals: 14 11-22 40.

South Medford;25;15;17;15;—;72

Churchill County;15;10;13;2;—;40

3-point goals — South Medford 14 (K. Chamberlin 4, U. Chamberlin 6, Pedrojetti 4), Churchill County 1 (La. Otuafi).

BEND 33, GRANTS PASS 32: At Bend, after recovering to take the lead following a rough opening quarter, Grants Pass suffered a narrow loss to host Bend in the second day of the Les Schwab Holiday Hoopsfest.

Ahdra Klingler finished with 10 points and made three 3-pointers for the Cavers (7-4), who scored just three points in the first quarter but grabbed the lead in the third.

GRANTS PASS (32): Etheridge 2, Padgett 3, Gaither 5, Lingo 2, Ay. Klingler 1, Williams 3, Ah. Klingler 10, Bruner 6. Totals: 11 3-9 32.

BEND (33): Daniels 0, Crawford 0, Hadley 11, Scott 3, Roath 2, Gardner 4, Brown 2, Wheeler 2, Cornett 0, Barudori 6, Rambo 3. Totals: 11 9-13 33.

Grants Pass;3;11;10;8;—;32

Bend;7;7;7;12;—;33

3-point goals — Grants Pass 5 (Ah. Klingler 3, Gaither 1, Williams 1), Bend 2 (Barudori 2).

HIDDEN VALLEY 58, CRATER 30: At Murphy, Crater was dealt its first loss of the season at the hands of host Hidden Valley in the Evergreen Federal Bank Tournament.

The Comets (8-1) fell into early foul trouble and Hidden Valley capitalized, sinking 9 of 10 free throw attempts in the second quarter while holding Crater to three points in the period.

Kaylee Krusemark, a senior guard, finished with a game-high 25 points, going 11-for-12 from the free-throw line, for the Mustangs (9-1).

Senior post Alexus Woodard had 10 points and seven rebounds and junior guard Sydney Gray added five points, three assists and six rebounds for the Comets.

CRATER (30): Idiart 0, Van Hook 4, Ryerson 5, Robison 2, Duran 0, Gray 5, Ellis 4, Bowers 0, A. Woodard 10, Young 0. Totals 8 9-14 30.

HIDDEN VALLEY (58): Jackson 3, Hart 0, Scott 0, Krusemark 25, Hurley 12, Fisher 13, Hayes 2, Jessee 3. Totals 20 15-20 58.

Crater;10;3;9;8;—;30

Hidden Valley;13;15;13;17;—;58

3-point goals — Crater 1 (Gray), Hidden Valley 3 (Jackson 1, Hurley 1, Jessee 1).

EAGLE POINT 42, NORTH VALLEY 35: At Merlin, host North Valley took its first lead of the game with about three and a half minutes to play, but Eagle Point responded with an 8-0 run to end the game in the Evergreen Federal Bank Tournament.

Alexa Burgess scored with an assist from Kierssa Hogan to retake the lead for good for the Eagles (5-4) and Andrea Flores added a putback basket to pad the lead. Carlene Hart finished with 14 points and Ashli Meerten added 10 points.

EAGLE POINT (42): Flores 5, Burgess 4, Rincones 4, Lawler 5, Meerten 10, Hart 14, Hogan 0, Monroe 0, Torres 0, Swanson 0. Totals: 17 5-8 42.

NORTH VALLEY (35): Mohr 2, Han. Kersten 0, Arana 8, Robles 2, Touey 13, Hal. Kersten 8, Welch 2, Miller 0. Totals: 11 4-9 35.

Eagle Point;14;12;7;9;—;42

North Valley;6;13;6;10;—;35

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Lawler 1, Merton 2), North Valley 3 (Touey 2, Arana 1). Fouled out — Rincones.

CRESCENT VALLEY 62, ASHLAND 30: At Corvallis, Ashland kept pace with tournament host Crescent Valley until the third quarter, where the Grizzlies were outscored 27-4 in the first round of the two-day event.

The Grizzlies (2-5), who conclude against The Dalles at 11 a.m. today, were led by Malia Rodriguez with seven points and six rebounds, and Mya Elder-Hammond collected five points and 10 rebounds.

Cali McClave led the Raiders with 26 points and Gwen Gray added 22.

ASHLAND (30): Altig 0, Voskes 4, Sollinger 4, Barnes 2, Gorringe 2, Munson 4, Elder-Hammond 5, Summers 0, Rodriguez 7, Abel 2. Totals: 12 6-18 30.

CRESCENT VALLEY (62): Foster 0, A. McClave 2, Dale 8, Taylor 0, C. McClave 26, Grey 22, Wa’a 2, Garrett 2. Totals: 28 4-7 62.

Ashland;7;10;4;9;—;30

Crescent Valley;14;12;27;8;—;62

3-point goals — Crescent Valley 2 (C. McClave).

JV score — Crescent Valley 35, Ashland 24

PHOENIX 36, MYRTLE POINT 28: At Myrtle Point, Phoenix deployed a press defense to control the tempo in the second quarter and pull away for a nonleague victory over Myrtle Point.

Isabella Lopez had 12 points and Taylor DeVry added 10 points, five assists and six rebounds for the Pirates (2-8), who snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Also for Phoenix, Brooke Kentner pulled down eight rebounds and Delani Parent blocked five shots.

PHOENIX (36): Carrillo 4, DeVry 10, Badillo 5, Lopez 12, Parent 5, Kentner 0, Perez-Hernandez 0, Tellez 0, Bolstad 0. Totals: 13 4-8 36.

MYRTLE POINT (28): Bateman 4, Olson 6, Brown 6, Larsen 5, Kasper 3, Leep 4, Grove 0, McMillan 0, Hernandez 0. Totals: 11 7-19 28.

Phoenix;10;9;9;8;—;36

Myrtle Point;11;1;6;10;—;28

3-point goals — Phoenix 6 (Carrillo 1, DeVry 2, Badillo 1, Lopez 2), Myrtle Point 1 (Olson 1). Fouled out — Lopez.

JV result — Phoenix won.

CRESWELL 51, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 50: At Salem, Emily Stephens poured in 19 points but Cascade Christian fell short in a seesaw battle in the second day of the Salem Academy Tournament.

The Challengers (6-7) wrap up the three-day event against Sutherlin at 5 p.m. today.

Sophie Ferreira pitched in nine points for the Challengers while Creswell picked up 22 from Karley Bellew.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (50): Willard 8, Reed 5, Alexander 2, L. White 7, Ferreira 9, Stephens 19, Miller 0, Meilicke 0. Totals: 19 9-19 50.

CRESWELL (51): Allen 3, Hatch 4, McCrory 6, Fox 2, DeMasters 2, Howell 12, Bellew 22, Janshen 0. Totals: 13 7-18 50.

Cascade Christian;8;14;14;14;—;50

Creswell;10;14;15;12;—;51

3-point goals — Creswell 6 (McCrory 2, Howell 2, Belken 1, Hatch 1).

ROGUE RIVER 35, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 27: At Rogue River, Jesse Langfield and Jaydin Spaeth scored eight points apiece as Rogue River picked up a nonleague victory.

Destiny Rangel added six points for the Chieftains (6-4), who won their fourth straight.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN (27): McCoy 9, McKinney 7, Kashishian 6, Stanton 2, Chavez 3, Huttema 0, Bergor 0, McClintick 0. Totals: 12 1-4 27.

ROGUE RIVER (35): Langfield 8, Spaeth 8, Sizemore 3, Rangel 6, Earnest 1, Weilbacher 2, McWille 5, Andrews 2, Reeder 0, Clifford 0, Cort 0. Totals: 15 3-15 35.

New Hope Christian;9;3;4;11;—;27

Rogue River;12;12;4;7;—;35

3-point goals — New Hope Christian 2 (Chavez 1, McCoy 1), Rogue River 2 (Sizemore 1, McWille 1). Fouled out — Stanton.

JV result — New Hope Christian won.