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PREP BASKETBALL: South snaps Beaverton win streak

BEAVERTON — South Medford never got a chance to play Beaverton in last year’s Class 6A girls basketball state tournament in what stood as a potential battle of favorites due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

On Wednesday, the Panthers weren’t about to miss their opportunity against the Beavers in a top-tier showdown during this pandemic-shortened campaign.

Led by sophomore guard Donovyn Hunter’s 16 points and key efforts down the stretch from seniors Kaili Chamberlin, Toni Coleman and Emma Schmerbach, South Medford shook off a first-half deficit and an early fourth-quarter challenge by host Beaverton to pull away for a 52-43 triumph.

The win put an end to Beaverton’s 25-game winning streak and moved the Panthers to 4-0 this spring less than 24 hours after beating Crater 84-35 in Medford.

Wednesday also marked the first contest in a three-game road trip that will pit South Medford against some of the state’s top teams in the Beavers, Grant (5:30 Thursday) and West Linn (4:30 p.m. Friday).

“They’re a really good team so it was tough,” said South Medford coach Tom Cole of the 6-1 Beavers. “You could tell they were much more poised and had played more with more experience under their belt, but I felt like we were very good on defense and stayed with the pressure to really just take the tempo of the game over.”

Beaverton led 36-35 early in the fourth quarter before South Medford went on an 11-0 run to take control. Hunter converted a steal into a basket and hit her second 3-pointer of the game during the surge, and when Coleman made two free throws with 3:04 left, the Panthers were up 46-36.

“Donovyn Hunter was huge tonight,” said Cole of the guard, who finished 7-for-9 from the field. “She had two big 3s at really pivotal points and really played with a lot of poise.”

Coleman, who played a big role in advancing South into the state semifinals last year before the tourney was halted, finished with nine points.

Chamberlin had 15 points, including a handful of free throws down the stretch, and Schmerbach had a driving basket and free throws of her own to keep Beaverton at bay.

Beaverton sophomores Zoe Borter and Lindsey Spear each scored 16 points, and the Beavers used a 10-0 run to close out the first half to build a 21-17 edge at the break.

“We went into halftime mad that we let the lead go and let the momentum shift,” said Cole, “but we came out and took the momentum back in the third quarter and then really battled from there and kept the pressure on them and finished strong in the fourth quarter.”

SOUTH MEDFORD (52): Chamberlin 15, Coleman 9, Hunter 16, Dillard 0, E. Schmerbach 4, Logue 4, Coley 4, Dahlin 0, Stone 0, Teague-Perry 0, T. Schmerbach 0, Fealey 0. Totals: 17 16-19 52.

BEAVERTON (43): Mack. Naro 0, Z. Borter 16, E. Rice 4, Baker 0, H. Rice 0, Mad. Naro 2, Pfleiger 0, Spear 16, Zewald 0, A. Borter 5, Luto 0, Shank 0. Totals: 16 7-18 43.

South Medford981619— 52

Beaverton813913— 43

3-point goals — South Medford 2 (Hunter 2), Beaverton 4 (Z. Borter 2, Spear 2). Fouled out — Logue.

LOST RIVER 33, ROGUE RIVER 30: At Merrill, Rogue River junior Ayrica Hansen scored 12 points and the Chieftains got seven points apiece from Alyssa Sizemore and Diana Weilbacher in a failed comeback bid.

Rogue River (1-3) uncharacteristically fell behind 16-3 after one quarter and trailed 25-10 at halftime before mounting a second-half rally.

Leslie Vera scored 24 points to pace Lost River (1-3).

Boys Basketball

SOUTH MEDFORD 69, GRANTS PASS 29: South Medford shot a blistering 75% from the field in the first half and rolled to the SOC victory in the Panthers’ gym.

South Medford was 15 of 20 from the field as it took a 42-15 halftime lead. The advantage ballooned to 59-23 entering the fourth, when a running clock was implemented.

The Panthers (7-0) were 26 of 42 for the game for 62% and had assists on 18 of the field goals.

Jeremy Gaut scored 16 points to pace the Panthers, and Devon Malcolm had 13 points and eight rebounds. Junior Sleezer tallied 11 points.

Jackson Weiland had five assists and three of South Medford’s 12 steals, and Isaiah McNaught added five assists.

Grants Pass (1-6) was led by Brandin Ziegler’s nine points.

GRANTS PASS (29): T. Anderson 6, Bennett 5, Polen 0, B. Robertson 0, Greenburg 0, Sawyer 5, P. Robertson 0, Brandes 4, Ziegler 9. Totals: 10 6-8 29.

SOUTH MEDFORD (69): Weiland 5, Miller 3, Sleezer 11, McNaught 2, Gaut 16, Adee 0, Adams 2, Blooodsaw 3, Pannell 5, Clayborne 3, Booth 6, Malcolm 13. Totals: 26 11-21 69.

Grants Pass51086— 29

South Medford24181710— 69

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Bennett 1, Sawyer 1, Ziegler 1), South Medford 6 (Miller 1, Sleezer 1, Gaut 1, Pannell 1, Clayborne 1, Booth 1). Fouled out — Polen.

JV score — South Medford 63, Grants Pass 40.

ROSEBURG 48, EAGLE POINT 37: At Eagle Point, sophomore Adan Quintero scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the first half for Eagle Point, but the Eagles struggled with turnovers in the second half to leave room for Roseburg to rally.

Brennen Neyt had seven points for Eagle Point (0-7), which led 23-17 at halftime.

Zach Martin had 17 points to lead three Roseburg (3-3) players in double figures.

ROSEBURG (48): Pinard 0, Mendoza 3, J. Parker 3, Marsters 12, Wilder 0, Stedman 1, M. Parker 12, Martin 17. Totals: 13-39 17-20 48.

EAGLE POINT (37): A. Smith 2, Valdovinos 0, Dutton 0, Neyt 7, Quintero 17, Carlton 4, Esquibel 2, Uribe 5. Totals: 16-52 0-5 37.

Roseburg7101318— 48

Eagle Point131086— 37

3-point goals — Roseburg 5-15 (Mendoza 1, M. Parker 2, Martin 2), Eagle Point 5-19 (Neyt 1, Quintero 3, Uribe 1). Technical foul — Quintero.

JV result — Roseburg 67, Eagle Point 47.

NORTH LAKE 41, PROSPECT 26: At Prospect, Boden Perkins had 13 points and three steals but playing a fifth game in six days caught up to Prospect, which ran out of gas in the second half.

Theo James pulled in 12 rebounds and Andrew Hammer added 10 boards for the Cougars (0-6), who railed only 19-17 at halftime but finished 6-for-44 from the field.

South Medford's Donovyn Hunter, shown pressuring to get the ball away from Crater's Kate Stidham during Tuesday’s contest, scored a team-high 16 points against Beaverton on Wednesday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune