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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hirsch scores 26 in Crater win

EUGENE — McKenzie Hirsch scored a career-high 26 points and Crater went on a 10-0 run in the second half to pull away from North Eugene, 60-34, in the Midwestern League girls basketball opener for both teams Friday.

Hirsch scored 11 points in the second quarter and was 10 of 16 from the field for the game for No. 8 Crater (5-1). She added six rebounds and four steals.

Averi Young had 10 points, four rebounds and two blocks for the Comets. Kate Stidham had four assists.

CRATER (60): Gugliotta 5, Dance 2, Hanson 0, Hirsch 26, Robison 7, Amidei 0, Waters 4, Stidham 4, Dutkiewicz 0, Woodard 2, Young 10. Totals: 20 17-27 60.

NORTH EUGENE (34): Collie 3, Manley 0, Cross 0, Newell 11, Barraza 2, Chapman 8, Hobbs 2, Devine 1, Becraft 7. Totals: 11 10-14 34.

Crater13171218— 60

North Eugene515104— 34

3-point goals — Crater 3 (Robison 2, Hirsch 1), North Eugene 2 (Collie 1, Chapman 1). Fouled out — Hobbs.

SOUTH MEDFORD 66, DEL ORO 54: At Del Oro, Calif., senior guard Bella Pedrojetti exploded with 30 points, shooting 63% from the field, and had six rebounds and one assist as South Medford progressed to the tournament championship game, beating the host team in the Del Oro Caifornia Showcase near Sacramento, California.

The Panthers face Franklin, of Sacramento, today.

South Medford cruised to a 37-24 halftime lead and then faced some adversity. Leading by 17, Sierra Logue picked up a technical foul and, together with free throws and costly turnovers, Del Oro quickly narrowed the Panther lead to seven.

But Pedrojetti went 6-for-10 from beyond the 3-point line and Logue produced six points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots to lift South Medford to 5-2 on the season. Tanesha Coley had 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in the win.

SOUTH MEDFORD (66): Chamberlin 4, Coleman 4, Dillard 0, E. Schmerbach 8, Pedrojetti 30, Logue 6, Coley 11, Dahlin 0, Stone 0, Teague-Perry 3, T. Schmerbach 0, Fealey 0. Totals: 26 8-10 66.

DEL ORO (54): Butcher 16, Wood 2, Stroutman 5, Williams 2, Moulos 16, Hawkins 0, Perry 13. Totals: 17 4 16-22 54.

South Medford18191415— 66

Del Oro13111713— 54

3-point goals — Del Oro 4 (Butcher 2, Moulos 2), South Medford 6 (Pedrojetti 6). Technical foul — Logue.

NORTH MEDFORD 48, RANCHO COTATE 40: At Napa Valley, Calif., Jane Ersepke scored 13 points as North Medford won its second straight game to advance to the title contest in the Napa Wine Valley Tournament at Napa High School.

The Black Tornado (2-4) also got 12 points from Kayla Seney.

NORTH MEDFORD (48): Ersepke 13, Wells 8, Weaver 2, Seney 12, Christiansen 2, Jai. Ross 9, Richardson 0, McNamee 0, Chavez 0. Totals: 22 3-12 48.

RANCHO COTATE (40): Buckley 5, Rasmussen 6, Duport 3, Neal 18, Badoca 3, Matorana 5. Totals: 13 9-15 40.

North Medford9101316— 48

Rancho Cotate813109— 40

3-point goals — North Medford 1 (Ersepke 1), Rancho Cotate 5 (Buckley 1, Duport 1, Neal 2, Badoca 1).

CANBY 57, GRANTS PASS 32: At Canby, a staunch defense led Three Rivers League Canby to the nonleague triumph.

The Cavers could only manage three points in the first half as Canby exploded for 35 points. Canby hit eight 3-pointers and improved to 4-1. Canby’s Nicole Mickelson had a game-high 15 points.

Camdyn Bruner awakened Grants Pass in the second half and finished with 13 points.

Grants Pass fell to 3-4.

GRANTS PASS (32): Medley 0, Lopez 7, Rucker 2, Childers 0, R. Bruner 0, Mock 0, Rund 8, Snyder 0, C. Bruner 13, Willey 2, Teagle 0. Totals: 14 3-7 32.

CANBY (57): Na. Gomez 3, Ni. Gomez 0, Mead 12, Evans 8, Odell 8, Thompson 3, Borntrager 8, Mickelson 15, Block 0, Mull 0. Totals: 22 5-8 57.

Grants Pass211217— 32

Canby2510139— 57

3-point goals — Grants Pass 1 (Lopez 1), Canby 8 (Na. Gomes 1, Mead 1, Evans 2, Thompson 1, Borntrager 2, Mickelson 1).

CHURCHILL 60, ASHLAND 32: At Eugene, junior Jayd Sollinger dropped in 17 points but Ashland’s offense sputtered in the second quarter, allowing host Churchill to build a lead and grab the Midwestern League opener.

Sollinger also accounted for both Ashland 3-pointers while fellow junior Kendyl Abel added nine points.

The Grizzlies (4-1, 0-1 MWL) hung with Churchill until the second quarter where they managed just two points. Ashland also had 22 turnovers.

ASHLAND (32): Moran 0, Sollinger 17, Barnes 2, Morgan 0, Heiken 0, Baldwin 2, Munson 2, Losinski 0, Abel 9. Totals: 12 6-9 32.

CHURCHILL (60): N. Elstone 7, Bolden 9, S. Elstone 12, Gansen 3, Rodman 5, Starr 14, Moody 0, Cole 3, Scott 5, Richardson 0, Rousseau 2. Totals: 21 10-18 60.

Ashland10299— 32

Churchill14161713— 60

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Sollinger 2), Churchill 8 (N. Elstone 1, S. Elstone 4, Starr 2, Cole 1). Fouled out — Munson.

EAGLE POINT 53, ST MARYS 43: At Murphy, Eagle Point pounced on 3A St. Mary’s in the second round of the Evergreen Bank Winter Basketball Tournament at Hidden Valley High School.

Eagle Point jumped to a 31-18 halftime lead behind junior guard Kierssa Hogan, who finished with team-high 14 points. The Eagles are now 3-3.

For St. Mary’s (1-7), freshman Morgan Dole led the way with 17 points.

ST. MARYS (43): Lippert 12, Rajagopal 5, Conner 3, Christman 3, Dole 17, Ashland 3, Salman 0, Olson. Totals: 14 9-11 43.

EAGLE POINT (53): Hogan 14, Nielsen 7, Flores 7, Whitman 9, Balero 6, Sked 9, Conte 1. Totals: 20 11-16 53.

St. Marys991114— 43

Eagle Point1714517— 53

3-point goals — St. Marys 5 (Lippert 2, Rajagopal 1, Conner 1, Dole 1), Eagle Point 2 (Hogan 2).

PHOENIX 45, MARIST 50: At Elmira, Marist made 10 3-pointers, including seven in the first half and four in a 20-point second quarter, to win the Elmira Tournament contest.

Phoenix (3-2) outscored Marist (3-3) 24-19 in the second half.

Delani Parent drained three 3s of her own for the Pirates and scored 12 points. Josie Bolstad tallied nine points and Lola Lumbreras had eight.

PHOENIX (45): James 4, Skaff 8, Lumbreras 8, Bolstad 9, Tellez 4, Jackson 0, Parent 12. Totals: 18 4-6 45.

MARIST (50): Williams 9, Fuller 13, Sydow 2, Roth 16, Holmes 10, Randol 0. Totals: 19 2-6 50.

Phoenix11101014— 45

Marist1120712— 50

3-point goals — Phoenix 5 (Skaff 2, Parent 3), Marist 10 (Williams 3, Fuller 1, Roth 4, Holmes 2). Fouled out — Bolstad.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 57, DAYS CREEK 37: At Days Creek, Sophie Ferreira fueled Cascade Christian with 23 points off the bench en route to a nonconference win for the Challengers.

Ferreira also recorded nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block, while Liz White generated 16 points with three 3-pointers, six assists, four rebounds and three steals.

The Challengers (4-1), who had 17 assists and turned the ball over just 13 times, received 10 points from Katelyn Willard, six points and five rebounds from Elliana Hagloch and four steals and strong defense from Neha Joseph.

Moriah Michaels led Days Creek (3-4) with 23 points.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (57): Ferreira 23, White 16, Willard 10, Hagloch 6, Sweem 2, Joseph 0, Fish 0, Clark 0, Williams 0, Hensley 0. Totals: 20 13-20 57.

DAYS CREEK (37): Michaels 23, Crume 6, Newton 2, Kruzic 2, Slater 2, Chandler 1, Ketchum 1, Wheeler 0, Leodoro 0, Jandura 0, Stufflebeam 0. Totals: 13 11-22 37.

Cascade Christian1417719— 57

Days Creek712711— 37

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 4 (Willard 1, White 3), Days Creek 2 (Michaels 2).