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GIRLS BASKETBALL: South Medford claims outright SWC title

EUGENE — Following a two-year hiatus, the South Medford girls basketball team is back on top of the Southwest Conference.

The Panthers used a big all-around game from Kaili Chamberlin to overtake the Sheldon, the two-time reigning SWC champion, with a 70-60 victory at Sheldon High on Friday.

“It’s nice to get back on track by beating a team that was responsible for really changing the conference standings,” said South Medford coach Tom Cole. “It’s nice to be able to come back and bring this group back that were freshmen the last time around. There’s been a lot of growth and maturity that’s happened since then to put us in this position.”

South Medford (22-3, 10-0 SWC) will host in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs on Tuesday against a team to be determined.

Prior to Sheldon taking over the SWC title the past two seasons, the Panthers enjoyed seven-straight undefeated campaigns in the conference.

“It was the goal at the beginning of the season to win the conference championship and compete for a state championship,” said Cole, whose core of players were freshmen the last time the Panthers went undefeated in the SWC. “Now we’ve got an opportunity to put our best foot forward going into the playoffs.”

South Medford was in control for the first three quarters but the Irish stormed back in the fourth quarter and cut the Panthers lead to four. Chamberlin made a crucial play during that run, punching the ball loose for a steal and then passing it up ahead in transition for a basket to slow Sheldon’s momentum before closing the game out.

Bella Pedrojetti added 18 points and knocked down three 3-pointers for the Panthers, who received 10 points and five rebounds from Toni Coleman.

SOUTH MEDFORD (70): Chamberlin 20, Coleman 10, Schmerbach 6, Pedrojetti 18, Logue 6, Coley 4, Stone 4, Teague-Perry 2, Schmerbach 0, Fealey 0, Dillard 0, Dahlin 0. Totals: 24 17-24 70.

SHELDON (60): Sowers 6, Sperry 7, Mirabile 13, Pierzina 9, Wheeler 2, Scurlock 6, Bruegman 3, Kelty 14. Totals: 17 22-30 60.

South Medford12221917— 70

Sheldon9151719— 60

3-point goals — South Medford 5 (Chamberlin 1, Pedrojetti 3, Coleman 1), Sheldon 4 (Sowers 2, Sperry 1, Mirabile 1). Fouled out — Logue.

JV result — South Medford won.

NORTH MEDFORD 47, ROSEBURG 39: At Medford, North Medford got 14 points from Savannah Weaver and Jane Ersepke added 13 as the Black Tornado snapped a four-game losing skid.

North ends the season with a 3-7 record in the SWC and 7-17 overall.

North’s Jaida Ross and Abby Christensen both pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.

Roseburg (2-22, 0-10) got 11 points from Jazmyn Murphy. Katie Knudson added nine points in the loss.

ROSEBURG (39): Anderson 2, Murphy 11, Vrendenburg 5, White 5, Russell 2, Allen 5, Knudson 9. Totals: 15 5-9 39.

NORTH MEDFORD (47): Richardson 0, Ersepke 13, Wells 5, Weaver 14, Christiansen 4, Chavez 0, Drysdale 4, Jai. Ross 7. Totals: 16 13-19 47.

Roseburg1351110— 39

North Medford10111313— 47

3-point goals — Roseburg 4 (Murphy 1, Vrendenburg 1, White 1, Allen 1), North Medford 2 (Ersepke 1, Weaver 1)

JV score — North Medford 45, Roseburg 38.

SOUTH EUGENE 44, GRANTS PASS 38: At Grants Pass, South Eugene sophomore guard Sofia Megert scored 23 points and connected on four 3-pointers to lead her team to a win over Grants Pass in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Grants Pass (10-13, 3-7) was led offensively by Emily Rund, who had 15 points. Rund hit four 3-pointers.

SOUTH EUGENE (44): Lewis 3, Lucas 0, Megert 23, Glinzel 7, Jensen 0, Stein 6, Harris 3, Schmidt 0, Ellison 2. Totals: 14 8-12 44.

GRANTS PASS (38): Medley 4, Rucker 3, Mock 4, Rund 15, Snyder 0, Bruner 6, Willey 6, Teague 0. Totals: 11 8-11 38.

South Eugene158129— 44

Grants Pass107813— 38

3-point goals — South Eugene 8 (Lewis 1, Megert 4, Glenzel 1, Stein 2), Grants Pass 5 (Rucker 1, Rund 4).

CRATER 31, THURSTON 29: At Eugene, senior post Kayana Woodard put together perhaps her best career game while navigating Crater past Thurston in the Class 5A playoff-bound Comets’ regular-season finale.

Woodard scored 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting and added three rebounds and a pair of blocks. Two of Woodard’s baskets came at the beginning of the fourth quarter as the Comets (21-3, 14-2 Midwestern League) took a five-point lead before slowing the game down and methodically running out the clock.

Crater, which finished second in the MWL and will most likely be the host of a first-round game Friday against an opponent to be determined, was also able to overcome the loss of Kate Stidham for the game after an ankle injury in the first quarter. The Comets shot just 1 of 7 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Thurston dropped to 12-10 overall and 8-7 in MWL play.

CRATER (31): Gugliotta 3, Bittle 0, Dance 2, Bowers 0, Hanson 0, Hirsch 1, Robison 5, Amidei 3, Waters 0, Stidham 0, Dutkiewicz 0, Woodard 15, Young 2. Totals: 12 3-11 31.

THURSTON (29): Morgan 0, Carpenter 4, Birkby 2, Rutledge 2, Weiss 3, Miller 10, Bradley 2, Norman 6. Totals: 11 7-8 29.

Crater11875— 31

Thurston10694— 29

3-point goals — Crater 4 (Woodard 1, Amidei 1, Robison 1, Gugliotta 1); Fouled out — Bradley.

WILLAMETTE 66, ASHLAND 54: At Ashland, Willamette built an early double-digit lead and got a game-high 30 points from senior post Natalie Willoughby en route to a Midwestern League win over Ashland to spoil the Grizzlies’ Senior Night..

The Grizzlies (13-10, 8-7) trailed 24-10 after the opening quarter and never recovered.

Nina Munson scored a team-high 18 points for Ashland, while also recording seven rebounds and four assists. Jayd Sollinger finished with 17 points, five steals and connected on all three of the Grizzlies’ 3-pointers.

Willamette (13-11, 10-6) — which snapped a three-game losing skid with the win — got 18 points from Iyanna Lee.

WILLAMETTE (66): Cox 0, Gayle 0, Young 9, Crawford 7, Hopkins 0, Evans 2, Lee 18, Willoughby 30. Totals: 23 16-19 66.

ASHLAND (54): Moran 6, Sollinger 17, Barnes 2, Morgan 0, Baldwin 0, Munson 18, Lazinski 0, Cooper 2, Abel 9. Totals: 21 9-15 54.

Willamette24121416— 66

Ashland1016919— 54

3-point goals — Willamette 4 (Young 3, Crawford 1), Ashland 3 (Sollinger 3).

EAGLE POINT 53, SPRINGFIELD 46: At Eagle Point, Andrea Flores poured in a career-high 20 points to power Eagle Point to the Midwestern League victory.

Flores also grabbed five rebounds and helped the Eagles (8-15, 3-11 MWL) take a 14-point lead in the second quarter and take control.

The Eagles’ Kierssa Hogan generated 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals while Alyssa Swanson came up with four points and five rebounds.

Springfield dropped to 3-21 overall and 2-13 in MWL play.

SPRINGFIELD (46): Thompson 2, Phillips 15, Hiestand 0, Morgan 5, Vahala 0, Kauffman 10, Rawson 4, Rankins 7, Bartlow 3, Ostrander 0. Totals: 16 7-15 46.

EAGLE POINT (53): Hogan 14, Nielsen 3, Flores 20, Whitman 0, Balero 1, Burcham 6, Swanson 4, Sked 2, McCornack 3, Conte 0. Totals: 19 10-16 53.

Springfield3101122— 46

Eagle Point12121217— 53

3-point goals — Springfield 6 (Phillips 4, Morgan 1, Barlow 1), Eagle Point 5 (Hogan 2, Nielson 1, Flores 1, Burcham 1); Fouled out — Swanson, Phillips.

JV result — Eagle Point won.

WILLAMINA 50, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 31: At Willamina, despite a big game from Sophie Ferreira, Cascade Christian fell in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.

The senior post racked up 17 points and a season-high 16 rebounds — 12 of which came in the first half. Six of her rebounds were offensive, and she added a steal and a block before going down with an injury to the midsection halfway through the fourth quarter.

The Challengers (13-12), who finished third in the Far West League, trailed by just six points heading into the second half but Willamina got hot in the third quarter and took command with a 38-20 lead.

Liz White generated six points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal for the Challengers. Paisley Fish came up with four rebounds and four assists in addition to strong defensive play.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (31): Ferreira 17, White 6, Holt 2, Willard 2, Joseph 2, Fish 1, Hagloch 1, Clark 0, Sweem 0, Cramer 0, Williams 0, Hensley 0. Totals: 13 3-9 31.

WILLAMINA (50): France 11, McLean 9, Schoenbachler 9, Hughes 7, Shrable 7, Ki. Rankins 3, Scranton 3, Diehl 1, Bailey 0, Ke. Rankins 0. Totals: 17 14-30 51.

Cascade Christian67711— 31

Willamina1091912— 50

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Ferreira 1, White 1), Willamina 2 (Scranton 1, Shrable 1); Fouled out — Joseph, Willard, Fish, Hughes.

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