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PREP BASKETBALL: South tops Crater in home opener

South Medford’s defense set the tone from the outset and the Panther girls basketball team rolled to a 75-30 nonconference victory over Crater Wednesday in a matchup of two of the top teams in Southern Oregon.

South Medford (4-2) is ranked third in Class 6A. Crater, suffering its first loss and dropping to 4-1, is No. 8 in Class 5A.

The Panthers’ pressing, active defense on their home floor created a number of first-quarter turnovers as South Medford shut out the Comets and took a 10-0 lead after the first eight minutes.

By halftime, the lead had ballooned to 31-8.

The game was the first at home for the Panthers and their first contest since returning from a tournament in Hawaii, where they went 1-2 against stiff competition.

“It was a good way to bounce back considering we didn’t leave the island in a great place,” said South Medford coach Tom Cole. “It was good to get a win in that first home game of the season against a team I think will do well. Crater will win a lot of games and do well in their aspirations to get to the 5A state tournament.”

Against South Medford, Crater’s first points didn’t come until a putback by Kayana Woodard at the 7:16 mark of the second quarter, making it 10-2.

The Panthers responded with a surge keyed by Bella Pedrojetti. She scored eight of South Medford’s next 10 points in a couple-minute span to push the lead to 20-4.

Pedrojetti had two of her five 3-pointers in that stretch, and Emma Schmerbach added a fastbreak layup.

Toni Coleman’s 3 with 15 seconds to play in the half made it 31-8.

Coleman had six points and five rebounds in the first quarter to ignite the Panthers, and she scored nine of her 12 points in the opening half. She also had seven steals for the game.

The Panthers gathered 20 steals and forced Crater into 27 turnovers.

“I thought we played pretty good defense,” said Cole. “We didn’t execute our offense very well; we had more turnovers than I would have liked. I think we were trying to play faster and we got anxious with things. We just didn’t necessarily take care of the ball very well and made some errant passes.”

South Medford drained a season-high 11 3-pointers.

Pedrojetti led five players in double figures with 17 points, making 5 of 8 from long distance.

In addition to Coleman, Kaili Chamberlin and Tanesha Coley each scored 12 points and Schmerbach tallied 10.

Shakia Teague-Perry grabbed six rebounds, and Sierra Logue had four rebounds and four blocked shots. Bella Stone notched five assists.

McKenzie Hirsch paced Crater with nine points.

CRATER (30): Gugliotta 2, Dance 2, Hanson 0, Hirsch 9, Amidei 4, Waters 1, Stidham 2, Dutkiewicz 2, Woodard 4, Young 4. Totals: 13 4-10 30.

SOUTH MEDFORD (75): Chamberlin 12, Coleman 12, Dillard 0, E. Schmerbach 10, Pedrojetti 17, Logue 0, Coley 12, Dahlin 8, Stone 0, Teague-Perry 4, T. Schmerbach 0, Fealey 0. Totals: 31 2-6 75.

Crater08148— 30

South Medford10211925— 75

3-point goals — South Medford 11 (Chamberlin 3, Coleman 1, Pedrojetti 5, Dahlin 20).

JV result — South Medford won.

ASHLAND 59, KLAMATH UNION 43: At Ashland, Ashland rallied in the second half and avoided its first loss of the season in the nonleague contest.

The Grizzlies (4-0) were outscored 16-7 in the second quarter and trailed 27-21 at the break.

Ashland’s defense intensified and it was able to control the tempo in the second half.

Jayd Sollinger scored 23 points for the Grizzlies, and Gabby Heiken had 13. Kendyl Abel recorded 12 rebounds and seven assists, and Nina Munson had six rebounds, nine assists and two steals.

ShieTeal Watah scored 25 for Klamath Union (3-3).

KLAMATH UNION (43): Mendez 0, Probst 5, Anderson 3, Wells 0, Mahan 2, Bustamante 8, Watah 25. Totals: 14 14-20 43.

ASHLAND (59): Altig 0, Moran 3, Sollinger 23, Barnes 4, Heiken 13, Baldwin 0, Munson 9, Losinski 0, Abel 7. Totals: 24 11-18 59.

Klamath Union1116115— 43

Ashland1472018— 59

3-point goals — Klamath Union 1 (Bustamante 1).

JV result — Ashland won.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 52, PAISLEY 19: Down 14-10 at the break, Rogue Valley Adventist dominated the second half while outscoring Paisley 42-9 to open Mountain Valley League play with a lopsided victory.

Paris Quave scored 18 points, Michaela Porter 14 and Emma Bishoff added 10 points and six rebounds for the Red Tail Hawks (4-2), who have six freshmen on their eight-girl varsity roster. Madelyn Bennett pulled down six boards.

Paisley, which was also playing its league opener, fell to 4-2.

Boys

GRANTS PASS 81, YREKA 54: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass scored 30 first-quarter points and cruised in the nonconference game against its California opponent.

Trent Anderson scored 19 points and Morgan Law 14 for the Cavemen (5-3).

YREKA (54): Stensether 18, Tandy 13, West 8, Truttman 6, Hughes 4, Korber 3, Applewhite 2, Crovelle 0, Anzo 0. Totals 21 5-11 54.

GRANTS PASS (81): T. Anderson 19, Law 14, C. Anderson 10, Dixon 6, Coyle 5, Alderson 5, Ealy 5, Perez 5, Farris 4, Maravilla 3, Amaral 3, Huddleston 2. Totals 29 10-13 81.

Yreka14101911— 54

Grants Pass30171915— 81

3-point goals — Yreka 7 (Stensether 2, Truttman 2, Tandy 1, Korber 1, West 1), Grants Pass 13 (T. Anderson 5, Law 4, Alderson 1, Maravilla 1, Ealy 1, Amaral 1).

JV result— Grants Pass 53, Yreka 51.

PAISLEY 69, RV ADVENTIST 52: Paisley opened an 11-point first-half lead and expanded it after halftime with the help of Rogue Valley Adventist turnovers in the Mountain Valley League opener.

RVA had 20 turnovers, most coming in the second half, and dropped to 4-2 overall.

Caleb Jackson had 14 points and five rebounds for the Red Tail Hawks. Ruben Tovar provided 12 points, three rebounds and two assists, and Alex Wiggers nearly notched a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Paisley is 5-1 overall.

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune South's Toni Coleman takes the ball away from Crater's McKenzie Hirsch during the 1st quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune South's Sierra Logue shoots for two points in the 2nd quarter.