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PREP BASKETBALL: South girls upset West Linn, in title game

PORTLAND — The history between the South Medford and West Linn girls basketball teams wasn’t a hot topic leading up to their matchup Saturday in the Diamond Bracket semifinals in the PIL Holiday Classic.

But that doesn’t mean players didn’t reflect on it.

“It’s hard to say,” said South Medford coach Tom Cole, after his Class 6A second-ranked Panthers defeated the third-ranked Lions, 55-39, to advance to today’s championship game. “Everybody knew who they were. We all knew the kind of team they are, but we were focused on us trying to just be more confident and build off what we did well yesterday.”

The last time the teams played was on Day 2 of the state tournament in March. West Linn posted an overtime victory, 65-56, to send the Panthers home.

“I think it was a big game tonight,” said Cole, noting West Linn’s high ranking. “To beat them in Portland is a big stepping stone for what we hope to accomplish this season.”

South Medford (8-2) plays Wilsonville, the No. 2 5A team, for the title at 6:30 tonight. Wilsonville downed University of Washington, 69-61.

Against West Linn (4-4), South Medford had a season-low 14 turnovers and played outstanding defense to limit West Linn star Aaronette Vonleh, a burly, 6-foot-3 post who is one of the nation’s top recruits in the class of 2021.

The Panther guards were active in the passing lanes, making it tough for the Lions to find Vonleh, and 6-3 post Sierra Logue was aggressive underneath, grabbing 13 rebounds and limiting West Linn’s second-chance opportunities.

Vonleh had 16 points, six rebounds and five blocks.

Logue “really did a good job of making it difficult to get those points,” said Cole.

Bella Pedrojetti had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers, Emma Schmerbach scored nine and Logue eight. Logue also had three blocks. Tanesha Coley had seven rebounds and three steals.

“Those kids grew from this win tonight,” Cole said of the Panthers.

SOUTH MEDFORD (55): Chamberlin 7, Coleman 7, Pedrojetti 16, Logue 8, Stone 2, Dillard 2, E. Schmerbach 9, Coley 2, Dahlin 0, Teague-Perry 2, T. Schmerbach 0, Fealey 0. Totals: 18-49 13-16 55.

WEST LINN (39): Fulcher 2, Roden 11, Shelstad 6, Vonleh 16, Sheffield 2, I. McVicker 0, Molden 0, O. McVicker 0, Kehoe 2. Totals: 18-63 0-6 39.

South Medford1518148— 55

West Linn121098— 39

3-point goals — South Medford 6-13 (Chamberlin 1, Coleman 1, Pedrojetti 4), West Linn 3-26 (Roden 1, Shelstad 2).

NORTHGATE 52, NORTH MEDFORD 46: At Concord, Calif., despite a rough second quarter where it managed just three points, North Medford hung with Northgate until late in the fourth quarter in the West Coast Jamboree.

The Black Tornado (3-6) will play in the three-day event’s third-place game on Monday.

Jazmyne Wells paced North Medford with 14 points and Kayle Seney added 13 points — both knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.

NORTHGATE (52): Gregory 5, Croy 15, Zodikoff 8, Smith 12, Saunders 6, Broussard 6, McCloskey 0, Parkus 0, Herbert 0, Chang 0. Totals: 22 2-2 52.

NORTH MEDFORD (46): Ersepke 5, Wells 14, McNamee 2, Seney 13, Drysdale 1, Jai. Ross 5, Richardson 0, Stewart 0, Jaz. Ross 0, Pyka 0, Weaver 0, Chavez 0, Hamlin 0. Totals: 15 5-8 46.

Northgate992113— 52

North Medford1031512— 46

3-point goals — Northgate 6 (Gregory 1, Croy 3, Saunders 2), North Medford 5 (Ersepke 1, Wells 2, Seney 2).

PUTNAM 55, GRANTS PASS 41: Class 5A Putnam dispatched Grants Pass behind 17 points from Miranda Evans and 11 points from Madelyn Olma in a second-round clash.

Grants Pass forward Emily Rund led the way with 12 points while freshman guard Alexa Medley added nine.

The Cavers fell behind from the start against a fast-paced Putnam scoring offense that would produce three of their six 3-pointers and put up 12 field goals to the Cavers seven in the first half.

Grants Pass fell to 4-5.

GRANTS PASS (41): Medley 9, Lopez 7, Rucker 4, Childers 0, Mock 3, Rund 12, C. Bruner 2, Willey 0, Teagle 4. Totals: 13 11-15 41.

PUTNAM (55): Evans 17, Booth 11, J. Greenleaf 1, Olma 11, Campbell 0, McDonald 4, Larson 2, Bigbee 3, Fost 0, Weaver 6. Totals: 19 11-14 55.

Grants Pass9111110— 41

Putnam14151412— 55

3-point goals — Grants Pass 4 (Medley 2, Lopez 1, Rund 1), Putnam 6 (Evans 2, Booth 3, Olma 1); Fouled out — Booth, C. Bruner;

BISHOP GORMAN 67, CRATER 58: At Hillsboro, junior Nate Bittle racked up 28 points and 13 rebounds as Crater kept pace with the Las Vegas team in the Les Schwab Invitational at Liberty High.

The Las Vegas team is No. 8 in the nation in the MaxPreps computer rankings.

The Comets (4-3) endured a rough night from beyond the arc, making just 1 of 17 shots, but was still within seven late in the game.

Bittle also had two blocks and a steal while Kruger Edwards went for 18 points and six rebounds for the Comets.

Crater next plays Churchill at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The two are Midwestern League rivals, and Churchill is No. 1 in 5A while Crater is No. 3.

BISHOP GORMAN (67): McClendon 8, Braggs 4, Collins 21, Lamar 8, Wilkinson 23, Abelman 0, Khalaf 0, Howe 1, Bento 2. Totals: 29 14-25 67.

CRATER (58): Vranes 2, Ray 2, Chubb 6, Edwards 18, Bittle 28, C. Vranes 0, Jaasko 0, Eaton 2. Totals: 25 9-14 58.

Bishop Gorman21161713— 67

Crater11101819— 58

3-point goals — Bishop Gorman 5 (McClendon 2, Collins 1, Lamar 1, Wilkinson 1), Crater 1 (Bittle).

WEST VALLEY (WA) 53, GRANTS PASS 41: West Valley had three players score in double figures to upend Grants Pass.

Conner Turner had 13 points for West Valley, while James Matheny had 12 and Logan Kinloch 10.

Grants Pass dropped to 6-4, but senior post Tyson Dixon scored nine points. Senior guard Kienan Alderson and junior guard Morgan Law had eight points and two 3-pointers each.

GRANTS PASS (41): Alderson 8, Maravilla 2, Dixon 9, Coyle 6, C. Anderson 6, Ealy 2, Law 8. Totals: 13 11-14 41.

WEST VALLEY (53): Vanderbrake 6, Dorsett 2, Sahlepp 2, Goldsmith 2, Funk 4, Kinloch 10, Matheny 12, Finley 2, Turner 13. Totals: 15 20-26 53.

Grants Pass78917— 41

West Valley12111712— 53

3-point goals — Grants Pass 4 (Alderson 2, Law 2), West Valley 3 (Vanderbrake 1, Kinloch 1, Matheny 1); Fouled out — Maravilla;

South Medford's Sierra Logue, shown in a file photo, was pivotal in the Panthers' win over West Linn Saturday.{ }