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GIRLS BASKETBALL: South girls cruise past Bend

EUGENE — South Medford senior Bella Pedrojetti knocked down five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points as the Panthers rolled past Bend, 75-48, in girls basketball to open the Luke Roth Tipoff Tournament Friday at Sheldon High.

South Medford junior Toni Coleman added 15 points on a night when the Panthers (1-0) divvied up playing time to settle in during the season opener.

“We tried to get as many kids playing tonight as we could,” said South Medford head coach Tom Cole, “and just tried to get everybody’s jitters out here in the first game.”

Foul issues allowed Bend (0-1) to hang close with the Panthers through the first quarter but South Medford’s defense was able to turn things around in a second quarter to help them take a 40-22 lead into halftime.

“In the second quarter they were not as efficient from the (free-throw) line,” said Cole, “and we were able to get some good transition buckets and finally capitalize on the press.”

Pedrojetti was 5-for-9 from 3-point range on a night when South Medford shot 46 percent from the field overall.

Sophomore Sierra Logue added nine points, six rebounds, two steals and one block, while junior Shakia Teague-Perry had nine points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Caitlin Wheeler had 15 points to pace Bend.

SOUTH MEDFORD (75): Chamberlin 4, Coleman 15, E. Schmerbach 2, Pedrojetti 21, Logue 9, Coley 4, Dahlin 2, Stone 5, Teague-Perry 9, T. Schmerbach 0, Fealey 4. Totals: 31 6-12 75.

BEND (48): Daniels 4, Gardner 0, Dennis 10, Nye 3, K. Brown 10, Wheeler 15, P. Brown 6, Zahniser 0. Totals: 15 15-28 48.

South Medford17231520— 75

Bend1481313— 48

3-point goals — South Medford 7 (Pedrojetti 5, Logue 1, Stone 1); Bend 3 (Dennis 2, Wheeler 1). Fouled out — Chamberlin, Coley.

JESUIT 62, NORTH MEDFORD 20: At Portland, North Medford senior Jane Ersepke had eight points but Jesuit dominated from the start, opening a 17-5 lead after one quarter in the season opener for both teams.

Kiera McNamee added four points, while Jaida Ross had five rebounds and Kayla Seney contributed four rebounds and three points for the Black Tornado (0-1).

NORTH MEDFORD (20): Ersepke 8, McNamee 4, Weaver 2, Seney 3, Chavez 2, Wells 1, Richardson 0, Stewart 0, Pyka 0, Christiansen 0, Drysdale 0, Jai. Ross 0. Totals: 7-34 1-12 20.

JESUIT (62): Not available.

North Medford50510— 20

Jesuit17191412— 62

3-point goals — North Medford 1-7 (Seney 1).

JV result — Jesuit 51, North Medford 21.

CENTURY 45, GRANTS PASS 31: At Grants Pass, Century senior guard Angela Baltazar put together a dominant 24-point offensive performance to spoil the Grants Pass home opener.

After Century (1-0) earned a 22-15 halftime advantage, Baltazar hit two of her three 3-pointers in the third quarter to keep the Cavers at bay. Grants Pass could only muster four points in the fourth quarter.

For Grants Pass, junior guard Emily Rund had two 3-pointers and a team-high 10 points, while Kylie Rucker had eight points and senior captain Camdyn Bruner pitched in with six points.

CENTURY (45): Kazlauskas 2, Smith 4, McKinley 4, Baltazar 24, Walkenhorst 8, Boone 1, Garza 2, Hill 0, Makboul 0, Totals: 15 12-16 45.

GRANTS PASS (31): Rucker 8, Lopez 2, Rund 10, Snyder 4, C. Bruner 6, Teagle 1, Baasha 0, Childers 0, R. Bruner 0, Medley 0, Mock 0, Willey 0. Totals: 14 1-3 31.

Century913158— 45

Grants Pass114124— 31

3-point goals — Century 3 (Baltazar 3), Grants Pass 2 (Rund 2).

CRATER 55, PUTNAM 42: At Milwaukie, Averi Young’s big second quarter helped Crater shake off the early-game rust and pull away for a season-opening victory.

Young finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, with eight points and six boards coming in the second period when the Comets (1-0) outscored Putnam 23-9 to build a 35-24 halftime lead.

Crater’s McKenzie Hirsch generated 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, while Taryn Dance had four steals and four points.

CRATER (55): Gugliotta 0, Dance 4, Hanson 0, Hirsch 11, Robison 2, Amidei 7, Waters 0, Stidham 5, Dutkiewicz 4, Woodard 6, Young 16. Totals: 22 9-12 55.

PUTNAM (42): Evans 4, Booth 12, Rope 11, Olma 12, McDonald 0, Larson 0, Bigbee 3, Fost 0, Weaver 0. Totals: 17 3-8 42.

Crater1223137— 55

Putnam159117— 42

3-point goals — Crater 2 (Amidei 1, Stidham 1), Putnam 5 (Booth 2, Olma 2, Bigbee 1).

JV result — Crater won.

WILLAMETTE 38, EAGLE POINT 26: At Eugene, Kierssa Hogan led Eagle Point with eight points but Natalie Willoughby poured in 22 points to power Willamette in the Midwestern League opener.

Willoughby scored all eight of the Wolverines’ first-quarter points and added 11 in the third quarter, where Willamette (1-1, 1-0 MWL) outscored the Eagles, 14-4.

The Eagles (1-1, 0-1) also received seven points from Hailey Burcham and five rebounds from Alyssa Swanson.

EAGLE POINT (26): Hogan 8, Burcham 7, Flores 4, Conte 4, Swanson 2, Sked 1, Balero 0, McCornack 0. Totals: 10 3-4 26.

WILLAMETTE (38): Willoughby 22, Lee 8, Evans 2, Gayle 5, Gwynn 1, Blackburn 0, Cox 0, Young 0, Crawford 0. Totals: 14 10-16 38.

Eagle Point92411— 26

Willamette861410— 38

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Hogan 2, Burcham 1).

A basketball with March Madness 2019 sits in a rack before Michigan practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)