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SWC BASKETBALL: North Medford races past South Medford

Down 16 in the third quarter, South Medford’s boys basketball team was able to make a run to cut its deficit in half with about six minutes to go Friday night, only to have North Medford answer with a more crippling surge of its own to claim the Southwest Conference win at South Medford High.

Behind the hot shooting off the bench of Trey Neff and hustling abilities to make all the little plays down the stretch, the Black Tornado secured its second win of the season over the crosstown rival Panthers with a 64-48 runaway triumph.

“When you come off a loss (Tuesday at South Eugene), it’s always good to bounce back and get back on the win train,” said North Medford head coach Scott Plankenhorn, “and now hopefully we can get more than one in a row after this.”

As with the first win over South Medford, a 68-48 win in the championship game of the Abby’s Holiday Classic on Dec. 28, nothing came easy early on for the Black Tornado (10-8, 3-1 SWC).

The visiting team led 28-22 at the break but used a strong third-quarter surge to go up 42-26 before the Panthers (8-10, 1-3) mustered up an answer that spilled over into the fourth quarter.

A 3-pointer by Peyton Shepard, his second of the game, closed the gap to 49-41 before the game turned for good, with Neff providing the bulk of the momentum.

The 6-foot sophomore guard, seeing more time due to a foot injury sustained by junior Landon Ellis, scored on a putback to stem South’s surge and, after an inbounds layup by Jett Carpenter, Neff kept going with back-to-back 3-pointers to give North all the cushion it would need.

“We make a little run and cut it to eight points,” said South Medford head coach James Wightman, “but then we just stopped playing. They got some second-chance opportunities and they hit some 3s on us, and then we would come down and just try to dribble through everythig instead of passing the ball. North just gets up in you defensively and they’re physical and they make you put the ball on the floor and we just weren’t good at that tonight.”

Neff scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter.

“Tonight there was some circumstance where he got some time and that got him in a rhythm and he started feeling it and that’s when he got going,” said Plankenhorn. “Those were big baskets by Trey during that stretch and really gave us a boost to get the win.”

Carpenter finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and three assists and Nick Karrick also scored 13 for the Tornado, including a key 3-pointer at the end of the half.

Bryce Dyer added nine rebounds and five assists, hustling for a rebound opportunity and then finding Neff for his second 3-pointer during North’s pivotal run. Victor Orozco-Bernal doled out four assists.

Keegan Losinski had 12 points, Junior Sleezer had 10 and Shepard finished with eight before the game turned chippy in the final 90 seconds and saw Shepard ejected after one of three technical fouls issued overall. Shepard will have to sit out South Medford’s next game Tuesday against Eagle Point.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Wightman. “You never want to see anything like that.”

Carpenter and Evan Booth drew a double technical after pushing one another following a scrum for a loose ball.

“The kids were playing hard and both teams were playing to win,” said Plankenhorn of the late-game altercations. “You never like to see that but I’m glad nothing got out of hand.”

NORTH MEDFORD (64): Neff 13, Sherbourne 2, Ellis 3, Stults 3, Carpenter 22, Karrick 13, Orozco-Bernal 4, Dyer 4. Totals: 24 6-10 64.

SOUTH MEDFORD (48): Hunter 7, Shepard 8, Sleezer 10, Gaut 6, Townley 2, Harmon 1, Pannell 0, Losinski 12, Dye 2, Booth 0. Totals: 17 12-20 48.

North Medford13151620— 64

South Medford10121214— 48

3-point goals — North Medford 10 (Neff 3, Stults 1, Carpenter 3, Karrick 3), South Medford 2 (Shepard 2). Technical foul — Shepard, Booth, Carpenter.

JV result — South Medford won

GRANTS PASS 68, ROSEBURG 55: At Roseburg, Morgan Law scored 23 points and Cade Anderson added 16 to power Grants Pass (9-7, 2-2) to the Southwest Conference win.

Zach Martin scored 15 points and Matt Parker had 14 for Roseburg (3-14, 0-4).

GRANTS PASS (68): Alderson 0, Maravilla 9, Dixon 2, Farris 0, Coyle 4, C. Anderson 16, Ealy 5, T. Anderson 9, Law 23, Perez 0. Totals: 20 21-27 68.

ROSEBURG (55): Pinard 8, Johnson 2, J. Parker 0, Six 6, Kaul 2, Olson 8, M. Parker 14, Martin 15. Totals: 17 11-14 55.

Grants Pass2191424— 68

Roseburg11161315— 55

3-point goals — Grants Pass 7 (Law 4, T. Anderson 1, Ealy 1, C. Anderson 1), Roseburg 8 (M. Parker 4, Martin 2, Olson 1, Six 1).

Girls

GRANTS PASS 45, ROSEBURG 31: At Grants Pass, Emily Rund dropped in 10 of her 13 points in the second half to help Grants Pass pull away from Southwest Conference foe Roseburg.

The Cavers (8-9, 1-3 SWC) also picked up eight points apiece from Alexa Medley and Camdyn Bruner.

Roseburg dropped to 2-16 overall and 0-4 in the SWC.

ROSEBURG (31): Anderson 2, Murphy 10, Vredenburg 1, Russell 8, Allen 1, Knudson 9. Totals: 10 7-9 31.

GRANTS PASS (45): Medley 8, Lopez 0, Rucker 7, Childer 0, Mock 3, Rund 13, Snyder 0, C. Bruner 8, Willey 4, Teagle 2. Totals: 17 5-7 45.

Roseburg59125— 31

Grants Pass1291113— 45

3-point goals — Roseburg 4 (Murphy 2, Russell 2), Grants Pass 6 (Medley 2, Rund 2, Rucker 1, Mock 1).

JV score — Grants Pass 43, Roseburg 38.

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