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PREP BASKETBALL: South surges to edge Ashland

ASHLAND — South Medford pulled away late to deny Ashland in a back-and-forth boys basketball clash Friday night, 54-44.

Jackson Weiland scored 14 points and was key in spurring the Panthers (3-0) in the second half, while Junior Sleezer added 12 points and South Medford got eight points apiece from Devon Malcolm and Jeremy Gaut.

The game was closer than the final score made it seem, with South scoring four points on the final possession on free throws by Weiland after Ashland coach Sam Osofsky was assessed a technical foul.

“I was proud of our guys,” said Osofsky, whose team fell to 0-2. “The biggest lead of the game was the final score. That created the only double-digit lead of the game.”

Hawthorn Lapierre knocked down two of Ashland’s six 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 22 points. He was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line, marking the only Grizzly to take a foul shot in two games this season.

“It was a great basketball game,” said Osofsky. “We jumped out on them 9-1 and I thought we executed really well early but then I thought both teams played really well defensively. It was tough to get an open look tonight.”

Ashland led 25-21 at halftime but South Medford turned a couple forced turnovers by Weiland to ignite a 16-8 surge that gave the Panthers the advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies trailed by four points with 1:50 remaining in the game but missed an ensuing 3-pointer out of a timeout and could get no closer.

“It was a character kind of win,” said South Medford coach James Wightman. “It wasn’t pretty but the kids got it done.”

Finn Hilden added 10 points for Ashland.

SOUTH MEDFORD (54): Weiland 14, Sleezer 12, McNaught 1, Gaut 8, Pannell 6, Booth 5, Malcolm 8. Totals: 19 13-17 54.

ASHLAND (44): Lapierre 22, Coster 2, Hilden 10, McNamara 3, Barnes 5, Shields 2, Stowasser 0, Golden 0. Totals: 15 8-10 44.

South Medford11101617— 54

Ashland1312811— 44

3-point goals — South Medford 3 (Weiland 1, Sleezer 2), Ashland 6 (Lapierre 2, Hilden 2, McNamara 1, Barnes 1). Technical foul — Gaut, Ashland coach Osofsky.

JV score — South Medford 57, Ashland 34

CRATER 59, ROSEBURG 49: At Central Point, Crater senior Hunter Chubb scored 17 of his team-high 22 points in the first half to lead the Comets’ early charge en route to a win over Roseburg.

Chubb hit two of his three 3-pointers in the first half, helping the Comets (2-1) build a 38-15 halftime lead.

Roseburg senior Matthew Parker went off in the second half, scoring 22 of his game-high 26 points after halftime. Parker recorded five of Roseburg’s six 3-pointers, with four of those coming in the third quarter alone.

Junior Caden Lasater was the only other Crater player to finish in double figures with 12 points.

ROSEBURG (49): Pinard 6, Mendoza 8, Parker 2, Six 2, Fullerton 0, Stedman 0, M. Parker 26, Martin 5, Williams 0. Totals: 21 1-6 49.

CRATER (59): Smith 3, Vranes 6, Chubb 22, K. Price 4, L. Price 6, Eaton 2, Lasater 12, Broesder 4, Idiart 0, Acrey 0. Totals: 23 6-10 59.

Roseburg781915— 49

Crater2315165— 59

3-point goals — Roseburg 6 (M. Parker 5, Martin 1); Crater 7 (Smith 1, Vranes 2, Chubb 3, L. Price 1). Technical foul — Chubb.

GRANTS PASS 43, EAGLE POINT 33: At Eagle Point, Grants Pass rallied to outscore Eagle Point 17-6 in the fourth quarter after trailing much of the night to pick up a comeback over the Eagles.

Brandin Ziegler scored a game-high 13 points for Grants Pass, which improved to 1-1 with the win. Miles Anderson added 12 points and hit three of his team’s five 3-pointers.

Eagle Point’s Brennen Neyt finished with a team-high 10 points and was the lone Eagle to score in double figures. Adan Quintero added eight for Eagle Point (0-3).

GRANTS PASS (43): T, Anderson 7, M. Anderson 12, Alderson 3, Bennett 0, Ziegler 13, Polen 4, Robertson 2, Greenberg 0, Sawyer 2. Totals: 16 6-10 43.

EAGLE POINT (33): Smith 2, Neyt 10, Quintero 8, Carlton 3, Esquibel 4, Uribe 5. Totals: 12 6-12 33.

Grants Pass98917— 43

Eagle Point61476— 33

3-point goals — Grants Pass 5 (M. Anderson 3, Alderson 1, Ziegler 1), Eagle Point 3 (Quintero 2, Neyt 1). Fouled out — Esquibel.

JV result — Grants Pass won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 64, SOUTH UMPQUA 15: At Myrtle Creek, Cascade Christian 6-foot-10 freshman Austin Maurer contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in his high school debut and the Challengers opened a 35-10 lead by halftime.

Senior Matt McPheeters scored 12 points and fellow senior Morgan Law added nine points, five steals and four assists in the runaway win for Cascade Christian (1-0), which plays host to Days Creek at 2 p.m. today.

Isaac Real scored 11 for South Umpqua (0-1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (64): Reece 8, Anderson 4, Coppedge 6, P. Maurer 4, McPheeters 12, Law 9, A. Maurer 16, Nering 5, Marincus 0. Totals: 27 8-12 64.

SOUTH UMPQUA (15): Real 11, Briggs 2, Shadbolt 1, Kelly 1, Parker 0, Marlow 0, Johnson 0, Burnett 0. Totals: 4 7-14 15.

Cascade Christian15201910— 64

South Umpqua7323— 15

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (McPheeters 1, Law 1).

Girls

CRATER 65, ROSEBURG 13: At Roseburg, Crater’s defensive intensity once again spearheaded a strong effort, with the Comets limiting their opponent to 13 points for a second straight game in another runaway victory.

McKenzie Hirsch collected 18 points and Abby Winslow had 10 for Crater (3-0), which beat North Medford 76-13 on Wednesday and opened a 21-0 lead through one quarter against Roseburg (0-1).

Allison Waters added six steals and five rebounds and Naomi Richardson had five offensive rebounds to go with two assists and two steals for the Comets.

CRATER (65): Sizemore 2, Amidei 4, Weaver 8, Hirsch 18, Stidham 6, Vranes 2, Waters 3, Winslow 10, Dutkiewicz 8, Richardson 4, Valencia 0. Totals: 23 15-28 65.

ROSEBURG (13): Bowman 0, S. Muntifering 0, Smith 0, Mohlsick 0, Carpenter 6, Rivera 2, J. Muntifering 3, Pinard 0, McClatcher 2, Miller 0. Totals: 5 3-6 13.

Crater21131714— 65

Roseburg0265— 13

3-point goals — Crater 4 (Hirsch 3, Stidham 1).

JV result — Crater won.

GRANTS PASS 52, EAGLE POINT 33: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass quickly turned a seven-point halftime lead into a comfortable victory as it pulled away from Eagle Point in the second half to record its first win of the spring season.

Grants Pass’ Brooke Anderson scored eight of her game-high 15 points in the second half. Emily Rund added 13 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers, while Sophie Mock had 12 for the Cavers (1-1).

Eagle Point (0-2) was led by Kierssa Hogan, who had 10 points and hit a trio of 3s. Emilee Nielsen and Hailey Burcham both chipped in eight points apiece for the Eagles, who trailed 24-17 at the half.

EAGLE POINT (33): Hogan 10, Nielsen 8, Burcham 8, Balero 0, Cortez 2, Ar. Cabrera 2, Al. Cabrera 3, Chandler 0. Totals: 10 9-14 33.

GRANTS PASS (52): Lopez 0, Anderson 15, Bruner 2, Pastrell 3, Mock 12, Rund 13, Wakefield 0, Hull 0, Seidel 4, Teagle 2, Poteet 0 Totals: 19 9-12 52.

Eagle Point61197— 33

Grants Pass14101513— 52

3-point goals — Eagle Point 5 (Hogan 3, Burcham 1, Al. Cabrera 1); Grants Pass 5 (Anderson 1, Pastrell 1, Mock 1, Rund 2).

PHOENIX 52, DOUGLAS 42: At Winston, Phoenix got 18 points off the bench from Fatima Flores and outscored Douglas 12-4 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

Flores, a shooting guard, also contributed six rebounds and two steals.

Delani Parent added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Pirates (2-0), and Kassandra Skaff scored 11. Morgan James provided three steals at crucial times to spark the defense.

PHOENIX (52): James 5, Skaff 11, Lumbreras 0, Bolstad 7, Flores 18, Parent 11. Totals: 16 15-25 52.

DOUGLAS (42): McWhorter 0, Perron 0, Bennett 17, Ma. Polamalu 8, Lund 4, Mi. Polamalu 8, Avery 0, Sapp 5. Totals: 17 7-15 42.

Phoenix11131612— 52

Douglas1111164— 42

3-point goals — Phoenix 5 (Flores 2, Parent 3), Douglas 1 (Ma. Polamalu 1). Fouled out — Sapp. Technical foul — Mi. Polamalu, Sapp.

JV result — Douglas won.

South's Junior Sleezer, seen here in a file photo, scored 12 points in the Panthers’ win over Ashland on Friday night. (Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune)