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PREP BASKETBALL: South boys top North in two OTs

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Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Junior Sleezer drives to the basket during the third quarter.

South Medford nearly saw a prime chance to snap its skid against North Medford vanish due to a frantic fourth-quarter rally by the Black Tornado Tuesday in boys basketball.

Fortunately for the host Panthers, Junior Sleezer breathed new life into those chances in overtime and then played a key role in boosting his team to an 87-81 double-overtime win at South Medford High.

After North Medford junior Bryce Dyer registered a four-point play with two seconds remaining to tie the contest at 64-all and force overtime, Sleezer returned the favor with a last-second 3-pointer of his own in the first overtime to tie the game at 76-all.

Sleezer then opened the second overtime with a three-point play and the Panthers didn’t look back to snap a 10-game losing streak in the crosstown rivalry that dated back to a 72-65 win on Feb. 10, 2016, during the final season of legendary head coach Dennis Murphy.

“It’s a huge win,” said Panthers head coach James Wightman, who consequently earned his first win over North.

Sleezer finished with a game-high 27 points for South Medford (5-0) — scoring nine points over the two overtime sessions — while Jeremy Gaut added 19 points and the Panthers got 11 apiece from Jude Pannell and Isaiah McNaught.

Dyer came up clutch for North Medford (4-1), pouring in 12 of his team-high 20 points in a fourth quarter that saw South build a 16-point advantage with just under five minutes to play before the Tornado whittled all of it away.

“I thought the game was over at that point with just all the momentum going their way,” said Wightman. “You don’t usually come back from something like that after you’ve been up by so much for so long. It showed a lot of character and a lot of heart by our guys to do that, for sure.”

Trey Neff scored 18 points, Landon Ellis added 17 and Nick Karrick had 15 for North.

The Black Tornado trailed 22-13 after one quarter but took advantage of free-throw shooting woes by the Panthers down the stretch to extend the contest. South was 8-for-21 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

Devon Malcolm battled foul troubles and finished with 10 points in limited minutes.

NORTH MEDFORD (81): McLean 2, Ty. Neff 0, Tr. Neff 18, Orozco 3, Karrick 15, Ellis 17, Miller 5, Dyer 20, Goodrich 1, Dominguez 0, Conrad 0. Totals: 25 22-41 81.

SOUTH MEDFORD (87): Weiland 6, Sleezer 27, McNaught 11, Gaut 19, Adams 0, Pannell 11, Booth 3, Malcolm 10. Totals: 27 27-48 87.

North Medford13 16 10 25 12 5— 81

South Medford22 12 12 18 12 11— 87

3-point goals — North Medford 9 (Tr. Neff 2, Orozco 1, Karrick 3, Dyer 3), South Medord 6 (Sleezer 2, Pannell 1, Booth 1, Malcolm 2). Fouled out — McLean, Ty. Neff, Tr. Neff, Ellis, Dyer, Weiland, Malcolm. Technical foul — Tr. Neff, McNaught, Miller.

JV score — South Medford 50, North Medford 49

ASHLAND 41, EAGLE POINT 37: At Ashland, Hawthorn Lapierre kept Ashland in the contest early with 10 of his 17 points in the first half and Finn Hilden came up big with all 10 of his points in a 15-7 fourth-quarter surge by the Grizzlies that solidified their first win.

Egan Shields added eight points for the Grizzlies (1-3), who trailed 30-26 entering the final quarter.

Brennen Neyt scored 17 points and Alex Smith added nine for the Eagles (0-5).

EAGLE POINT (37): Smith 9, Valdovinos 2, Neyt 17, Quintero 7, Carlton 2, Dutton 0, Esquibel 0, Uribe 0. Totals: 14 6-8 37.

ASHLAND (41): Lapierre 17, Hilden 10, Barnes 6, Shields 8, Coster 0, Golden 0, Stowasser 0, Nogues 0, McNamara 0, Thompson 0. Totals: 11 16-21 41.

Eagle Point111187— 37

Ashland98915— 41

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Smith 3), Ashland 3 (Lapierre 3).

JV result — Ashland won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 51, HOSANNA CHRISTIAN/TRIAD 19: Morgan Law scored 19 points and Cascade Christian shut out Hosanna Christian/Triad in the fourth quarter.

Law, a senior guard, added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Austin Maurer had a double-double for the Challengers (3-0), recording 12 points and 10 rebounds. Braydn Coppedge had eight points and eight rebounds, and Levi Marincus registered seven points and five blocks.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN/TRIAD (19): Kensler 0, Young 8, Ryckewaert 0, Cross 0, D. Deal 9, Card 0, Sparks 0, Throne 2, Little 0, Smith 0, O. Deal 0. Totals: 6 2-6 19.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (51): Reece 4, Marincus 7, Anderson 0, Coppedge 8, P. Maurer 0, Law 19, A. Maurer 12, Nering 1. Totals: 20 7-10 51.

Hosanna Christian/Triad3880— 19

Cascade Christian1610718— 51

3-point goals — Hosanna Christian/Triad 5 (Young 2, D. Deal 3), Cascade Christian 4 (Marincus 1, Coppedge 3).

Girls

SOUTH MEDFORD 71, NORTH MEDFORD 20: South Medford shot out to a 25-1 lead after one quarter and cruised to its second lopsided victory in as many games at South Medford.

Donovyn Hunter paced the Panthers with 12 points and two steals. Emma Schmerbach led the harassing defense with six steals and added nine points.

Sierra Logue scored 11 points and shared team rebounding honors with Tanesha Coley, each with six. Toni Coleman had seven points and five boards.

Jazmyne Wells scored nine points to lead the Black Tornado (1-3).

SOUTH MEDFORD (71): Chamberlin 2, Coleman 7, Hunter 12, Dillard 4, E. Schmerbach 9, Ceron 2, Logue 11, Coley 4, Dahlin 6, Settle 5, Stone 2, T. Schmerbach 5, Fealey 2. Totals: 28-60 11-12 71.

NORTH MEDFORD (20): Gallery 1, Stewart 0, Stevens 6, Wells 9, Richardson 0, Patel 4, Hamlin 0, McNamee 0, Chavez 0. Totals: 8-23 3-9 20.

South Medford25132211— 71

North Medford1892— 20

3-point goals — South Medford 4-14 (Donovan 2, T. Schmerbach 1, Dahlin 1), South Medford North Medford 1 (Wells 1).

JV result — North Medford 34, South Medford 11.

CRATER 49, GRANTS PASS 44: At Grants Pass, Crater grabbed a slight lead midway through the fourth quarter, then McKenzie Hirsch sealed the victory at the free-throw line.

A Chase Weaver jumper put the Comets (4-0) ahead by two. Crater regained possession moments later on a steal by Abigail Winslow and controlled the ball as Hirsch, who scored 17 points, made 5 of 6 at the line in the final three minutes.

Hirsch also had 11 rebounds and six steals, while Kate Stidham had seven points and four assists, Winslow had seven points and Allison Waters five rebounds.

Brooke Anderson scored 15 points for Grants Pass (2-2).

CRATER (49): Sizemore 2, Amidei 4, Weaver 6, Hirsch 17, Stidham 7, Vranes 0, Waters 3, Winslow 7, Dutkiewicz 2, Richardson 1, Gonzalez 0. Totals: 17 13-21 49.

GRANTS PASS (44): Anderson 15, Bruner 9, Pastrell 0, Mock 5, Rund 13, Seidel 0, Teagle 0, Poteet 2. Totals: 14 10-14 44.

Crater8101615— 49

Grants Pass1181411— 44

3-point goals — Crater (Hirsch 1, Winslow 1), Grants Pass (Rund 2, Mock 1, Anderson 1).

JV result — Crater won.

ASHLAND 44, EAGLE POINT 39: At Eagle Point, Ashland sophomore Abbey Lambert stepped up with 11 of her 18 points in the third quarter to give her team its first lead and create some separation against Eagle Point.

Lambert knocked down two of her three 3-pointers in the third for Ashland (2-1), which also saw senior Jayd Sollinger pull in 19 rebounds to go with seven points.

Kirsten Morgan added nine points, five assists and three steals, while Kendyl Abel and Aubrey Losinski each grabbed six rebounds.

Hailey Burcham scored 13 points and Emily Nielsen had nine for the Eagles (0-3), while Haley McCornack added nine rebounds.

ASHLAND (44): Montgomery 0, Lambert 18, Sollinger 7, Carter 0, Morgan 9, Sayre 0, Robinson 0, Losinski 3, Abel 7. Totals: 14 13-20 44.

EAGLE POINT (39): Hogan 5, Nielsen 9, Burcham 13, Hanan 2, McCornack 6, Ar. Cabrera 0, Balero 4. Totals: 15 7-12 39.

Ashland9111311— 44

Eagle Point814413— 39

3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Lambert 3), Eagle Point 2 (Nielsen 1, Burcham 1). Fouled out — Morgan, Nielsen.

JV result — Eagle Point won.

MAZAMA 50, PHOENIX 48: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix seniors Josie Bolstad and Kassandra Skaff each scored 13 points but the Pirates could not get another chance after pulling within two points in the final seconds.

Bolstad added nine rebounds and Skaff had five steals for Phoenix (2-1).

Morgan James finished with 10 points for the Pirates, while Ella Baley poured in 23 points to pace Mazama (1-0).

PHOENIX (48): James 10, Skaff 13, Lumbreras 7, Bolstad 13, Flores 3, Parent 2. Totals: 17 (2) 8-16 48.

MAZAMA (50): Lease 2, Clemens 12, Baley 23, Hill 4, Charkins 9, Lindow 0, Hamilton 0, McGirr 0, Albers 0. Totals: 14 (4) 10-19 50.

Phoenix1312149— 48

Mazama1512167— 50

3-point goals — Phoenix 2 (Lumbreras 1, Flores 1), Mazama 4 (Clemens 2, Baley 2). Fouled out — Bolstad.

JV result — Mazama won.

DOUGLAS 61, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 51: At Winston, Cascade Christian senior Katelyn Willard had 13 points and sophomore Melanie Snowden added 10 but the Challengers were unable to recover from a 21-4 deficit after the first quarter in their season opener.

Timnah Roberson added nine points and Liz White had seven for Cascade Christian (0-1).

Adrianna Sapp scored 25 for Douglas (2-1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (51): Willard 13, Snowden 10, Roberson 9, White 7, Pierson 6, Holt 4, Joseph 2, Shipman 0, Akins 0, Williams 0, Dunn 0, Sweem 0. Totals: 16 (5) 4-10 51.

DOUGLAS (61): Sapp 25, Lund 12, Ma. Polamalu 10, Mi. Polamou 5, Avery 3, Bennett 6, McWhorter 0, Perron 0, T. Polamalu. Totals: 26 9-13 61.

Cascade Christian4151418— 51

Douglas2151619— 61

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 5 (Snowden 2, Roberson 2, Willard 1).

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Jude Pannell gets the ball away from North Medford's Treyson Neff during the 4th quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Junior Sleezer drives to the hoop during the 4th quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford's Bryce Dyer gets fouled shooting a three-pointer for a 4 point play to tie the game at the end of the 4th quarter.