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PREP BASKETBALL: Second-half surge boosts North Medford

Following a subpar performance in the first half, the North Medford boys basketball team’s starting lineup came out in the second half inspired against Ashland Monday.

The Black Tornado used strong bench play to grab a two-point advantage at intermission before coach Scott Plankenhorn’s challenge to his starters seemed to pick them up in the third quarter, taking command in what would be a 66-44 victory at North Medford.

“In the second half, we challenged (our starters): If they weren’t stepping up, we were going with the bench guys because they had played so well,” said Plankenhorn, whose Black Tornado led 26-24 at halftime.

The Black Tornado (4-0) was dominant at both ends of the floor in the third quarter, particularly over a six-minute stretch as Nick Karrick drained a pair of 3-pointers and scored all 10 of his points in the period.

The defense, which came away with 13 steals in the contest, helped ignite the offense in transition for easy baskets. Trey Neff put an exclamation point on the quarter with a 3-pointer with a few seconds remaining.

“We really stretched it right there,” said Plankenhorn of Neff’s trey that provided a 50-34 lead.

Tyson Neff led the way for North Medford with 15 points, Trey Neff finished with 14 points and Landon Ellis dropped in 10 points to go with five assists and four steals.

The Black Tornado also received five points, eight rebounds and four steals from Bryce Dyer.

Hawthorn Lapierre paced the Grizzlies (0-3) with 13 points, Finn Hilden chipped in 10 and Egan Shields nine.

ASHLAND (44): Lapierre 13, Golden 0, Hilden 10, Stowasser 2, Nogues 2, McNamara 4, Wright 3, Thompson 0, Barnes 1, Shields 9. Totals: 17 4-6 44.

NORTH MEDFORD (66): McLean 2, Ty. Neff 15, Tr. Neff 14, Orozco 0, Karrick 10, Ellis 10, Young 3, Miller 2, Dyer 5, Goodrich 2, Dominguez 2, Conrad 1. Totals: 24-61 11-18 66.

Ashland14101010— 44

North Medford14122416— 66

3-point goals — Ashland 6 (Lapierre 3, Hilden 2, Wright 1), North Medford 7-22 (Ty. Neff 2, Tr. Neff 2, Karrick 2, Dyer 1). Fouled out — Miller.

JV score — North Medford 66, Ashland 53

SOUTH MEDFORD 64, EAGLE POINT 46: Jackson Weiland scored 11 of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter as host South Medford pulled away from Eagle Point.

The Panthers (4-0), who host unbeaten North Medford tonight, led 21-13 at halftime, then outscored the Eagles (0-4) 24-13 in the third quarter to build a 19-point lead behind the freshman Weiland.

Devon Malcolm added 13 points for the Panthers.

Eagle Point’s Adan Quintero scored 18 points, making four 3-pointers. Brennen Neyt added 11.

EAGLE POINT (46): Smith 2, Valdovinos 2, Dutton 3, Neyt 11, Quintero 18, Carlton 4, Esquibel 4, Saucedo 2, Gorman 0. Totals: 17 6-11 46.

SOUTH MEDFORD (64): Weiland 19, Miller 3, Sleezer 10, McNaught 4, Gaut 9, Adee 0, Adams 1, Bloodsaw 0, Pannell 3, Clayborne 2, Booth 0, Malcolm 13. Totals: 24 10-24 64.

Eagle Point671320— 46

South Medford1472419— 64

3-point goals — Eagle Point 6 (Dutton 1, Neyt 1, Quintero 4), South Medford 6 (Weiland 3, Miller 1, Sleezer 2). Fouled out — Esquibel.

JV result — South Medford 61, Eagle Point 19.

Girls

ASHLAND 39, NORTH MEDFORD 23: At Ashland, senior wing Jayd Sollinger racked up 17 points and 17 rebounds as Ashland evened its record at 1-1.

The Grizzlies bolted out of the gate with 18 first-quarter points to take a double-digit lead.

Sollinger also had three steals and three blocks, while Kirsten Morgan registered eight points, five rebounds and seven steals.

North Medford (1-2) got six points each from Ali Stevens and Jazmyne Wells. Kiera McNamee grabbed eight rebounds and Diya Patel five.

NORTH MEDFORD (23): Stevens 6, Gallery 0, Stewart 0, Wells 6, Richardson 0, Patel 5, Hamlin 0, McNamee 3, Chavez 3. Totals: 10 1-2 23.

ASHLAND (39): Montgomery 0, Lambert 3, Sollinger 17, Carter 0, Morgan 8, Heiken 2, Sayre 2, Robinson 0, Losinsky 2, Abel 5. Totals: 16 3-8 39.

North Medford8726— 23

Ashland185142— 39

3-point goals — North Medford 2 (Patel 1, Chavez 1), Ashland 4 (Sollinger 1, Lambert 1).

JV result — North Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 53, ROSEBURG 14: At Roseburg, Grants Pass outscored Roseburg 21-3 in third quarter en route to the rout.

Brooke Anderson scored 14 points for the Cavers, who led 27-11 at halftime and improved to 2-1. Sophie Mock added 10 and Emily Rund eight.

Roseburg is 1-3.

GRANTS PASS (53): Lopez 0, Anderson 14, Bruner 0, Pastrell 6, Mock 10, Rund 8, Wakefield 3, Hull 0, Seidel 6, Teague 2, Poteet 0. Totals: 21 5-5 53.

ROSEBURG (14): Bowman 0, S. Muntifering 0, Mohlsick 2, Carpenter 0, Rivera 0, J. Muntifering 0, Pinard 2, McClatcher 5, Miller 0, Murphy 5, Stribling 0. Totals: 5 3-4 14.

Grants Pass1116215— 53

Roseburg6530— 14

3-point goals — Grants Pass 12 (Anderson 3, Pastrell 2, Mock 2, Rund 2, Wakefield 1, Seidel 2), Roseburg 1 (McClatcher 1).