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PREP BASKETBALL: South girls storm past Crater

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CENTRAL POINT — South Medford wasn’t satisfied with its play through the first half of Thursday’s Southern Oregon Conference girls basketball game, and that spelled trouble for Crater in the second half.

The Class 6A Panthers used a 33-17 run in the third quarter to shake off any first-half woes and cruised to a 74-34 triumph at Crater High.

“It’s hard to say you’re happy after a 40-point loss,” said Crater coach Scott Dippel, “but I take a little pride in the fact that I thought we played hard. South’s a very good team. I don’t think people realize how talented of a ballcub it is.”

Eleven players scored overall for South Medford (9-0), with junior post Sierra Logue scoring eight of her team-high 16 points during the Panthers’ third-quarter onslaught. Logue also finished with eight rebounds and three blocks.

“We were very flat to start the game,” said South Medford coach Tom Cole. “I don’t think we rose to the level of energy we needed. I thought Crater’s focus and energy was greater than ours to start the game but we did a much better job of that coming out of halftime.”

Sophomore Donovyn Hunter scored 14 points and senior Emma Schmerbach added 10 points, with both South standouts also sparking their team from the defensive end.

Hunter finished with four of the Panthers’ 20 steals, while Schmerbach had two steals and five rebounds and Bella Stone had six steals and two assists.

“Emma Schmerbach and Donovyn Hunter, they are just so long,” said Dippel. “In the traps, even if they don’t get credit for the steals, between the two of them they seemed to be deflecting everything that came their way.”

Crater (10-2) trailed only 16-10 through one quarter, giving rise to hopes of a close competition, but the Panthers closed the first half up 29-15.

“We defended really well early,” said Dippel, “but you make a couple errors against them and it equals points. They can get a turnover and turn it into a lay-in real quick.”

Crater turned the ball over 15 times in the third quarter against South’s defensive pressure.

Kate Stidham and Chase Weaver each scored eight points to pace the Comets, with Weaver also adding three rebounds and two blocks.

Madison Dutkiewicz had seven points and Crater got four rebounds and two assists apiece from McKenzie Hirsch and Teya Amidei.

SOUTH MEDFORD (74): Chamberlin 4, Coleman 8, Hunter 14, Dillard 5, E. Schmerbach 10, Logue 16, Coley 6, Dahlin 3, Stone 3, Teague-Perry 2, Fealey 3, T. Schmerbach 0. Totals: 32 9-15 74.

CRATER (34): Sizemore 0, Amidei 0, Weaver 8, Hirsch 5, Stidham 8, Waters 2, Winslow 4, Dutkiewicz 7, Richardson 0, Gonzales 0. Totals: 11 9-13 34.

South Medford16133312— 74

Crater105172— 34

3-point goals — South Medford 1 (Stone 1), Crater 3 (Hirsch 1, Stidham 1, Dutkiewicz 1).

JV result — South Medford won.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 46, EAGLE POINT 43: At Brookings, Eagle Point (3-10) used hot shooting to build a 30-19 lead at halftime but turned cold in the second half, with Brookings-Harbor taking advantage.

The host Bruins (9-2) outscored the Eagles 11-8 in the fourth quarter to rally for the regular season-ending victory.

Hailey Burcham tallied four of Eagle Point’s 10 3-pointers to finish with 12 points, while Kansas Raber made three shots beyond the arc for her nine points.

Haley McCornack added nine rebounds and six points and Emilee Nielsen contributed six points and six assists for the Eagles.

EAGLE POINT (43): Raber 9, Hogan 6, Nielsen 6, Burcham 12, Balero 2, McCornack 6, Hanan 2, Ar. Cabrera 0, Al. Cabrera 0. Totals: 16 1-4 43.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (46): Fitzhugh 12, L. Schofield 9, Burton 3, Jirsa 12, Scott 3, A. Schofield 7, Peters 0, Marrington 0. Totals: 16 7-9 46.

Eagle Point141658— 43

Brookings-Harbor1361611— 46

3-point goals — Eagle Point 10 (Raber 3, Hogan 2, Nielsen 1, Burcham 4), Brookings-Harbor 7 (Fitzhugh 1, L. Schofield 1, Burton 1, Jirsa 4).

HIDDEN VALLEY 43, PHOENIX 23: At Talent, Phoenix sophomore Morgan James had 11 points, four rebounds and two steals but unbeaten Hidden Valley proved too much in a contest played at Talent Middle School.

Delani Parent knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points for the Pirates (8-4).

Phoenix’s leading scorer, senior Josie Bolstad, grabbed five rebounds but was held to two points in a focused defensive effort by the Mustangs (9-0).

Senior Kaiah Fisher powered Hidden Valley with 22 points.

HIDDEN VALLEY (43): Powers 5, Tiffin 0, Bents 3, Noga 0, Jaa. Steele 5, Hurley 2, Lowry 0, Willey 6, Bennett 0, Fisher 22, Jaz. Steele 0, A. Yunker 0. Totals: 17 6-10 43.

PHOENIX (23): James 11, Skaff 1, Hernandez 0, Lumbreras 3, Potratz 0, Rector 0, Bolstad 2, Flores 0, Parent 6. Totals: 8 4-12 23.

Hidden Valley815137— 43

Phoenix6485— 23

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 3 (Powers 1, Bents 1, Fisher 1), Phoenix 3 (James 1, Parent 2). Technical foul — Fisher.

SUTHERLIN 55, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 36: Cascade Christian senior Katelyn Willard had 10 points and three steals and Liz White added eight points, nine rebounds and two steals in the Far West League loss.

Bella Williams chipped in with six points and four steals and Callie Sweem had seven points for the host Challengers (3-7), who wrap up their season Saturday at home against Douglas.

Three players reached double figures for Sutherlin (10-0), which led 37-21 at halftime.

SUTHERLIN (55): Dickover 11, Ja. Vermillion 11, Wagner 11, Gill 7, Wicks 6, Edmonson 3, Gary 2, Jo. Vermillion 2, Richardson 2, Burdett 0, Ratledge 0, Cardoza 0, Summers 0. Totals: 23 4-11 55.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (36): Willard 10, White 8, Sweem 7, Williams 6, Joseph 4, Pierson 0, Dunn 0, Akins 0. Totals: 14 8-11 36.

Sutherlin1819117— 55

Cascade Christian912411— 36

3-point goals — Sutherlin 5 (Wagner 2, Ja. Vermillion 1, Gill 1, Edmonson 1).

DOUGLAS 65, ST. MARY’S 43: At Winston, St. Mary’s junior Ryker Rothfus scored a game-high 23 points, but the Crusaders were handed a loss in their 2021 season finale.

Rothfus was the lone Crusader to score in double figures, and hit her team’s only 3-pointer on the night.

Morgan Dole had five points and six assists for St. Mary’s (3-10), while Maddie Ward added five points and a pair of blocks.

Douglas (5-3) built a 29-21 lead at the half and was led by the tandem of Male’ata Polamalu and Adrianna Sapp, who both finished with 21 points. Kierra Bennett also scored 11.

ST. MARY’S (43): Dole 5, Bowdoin 0, Conner 2, Rothfus 23, Erickson 2, Ashland 4, Ward 5, Mejia 2. Totals: 17 8-17 43.

DOUGLAS (65): McWhorter 0, Perron 0, Bennett 11, Ma. Polamalu 21, T. Polamalu 0, Lund 2, Phillips 4, Mi. Polamalu 6, Sapp 21, Avery 0. Totals: 25 13-22 65.

St. Mary’s1291210— 43

Douglas12171917— 65

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 1 (Rothfus 1), Douglas 2 (Bennett 2). Fouled out — Ma. Polamalu.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 55, TRINITY LUTHERAN 47: At Bend, four Rogue Valley Adventist players scored in double figures and the Red Tail Hawks went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line to secure a win in their regular-season finale.

Sophomore Emma Bischoff scored a team-high 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the way for the Red Tail Hawks (7-1). Fellow sophomores Michaela Porter (12 points) and Isabell Zamora (10 points) also finished in double figures. Porter added four assists and six rebounds, while Zamora recorded a team-high seven assists.

RVA senior Madelyn Bennett chipped in 10 points and five assists.

RVA, which led the game 23-16 at the half and shot 56 percent for the game, will take a three-game winning streak into the Class 1A postseason tournament next week. The Red Tail Hawks open against Nixyaawii Monday afternoon in Baker.


HIDDEN VALLEY 48, PHOENIX 33: At Talent, Jack Monroe and Jackson Selden each scored six points to boost Phoenix, which trailed 22-19 at halftime but a third-quarter lull led to an 18-8 surge by Hidden Valley in the Skyline Conference game at Talent Middle School.

Ezra McLean had 15 points to lead three Hidden Valley (6-3) players in double figures.

Phoenix dropped to 2-8.

HIDDEN VALLEY (48): D. Iwamizu 4, McLean 15, Klipfel 2, Stone 11, Griess 6, M. Iwamizu 0, Stever 10, Haley 0, Kanott 0. Totals: 18 6-11 48.

PHOENIX (33): Talbott 2, Ja. Selden 6, Monroe 6, Trenbeath 2, Stubbs 5, Je. Selden 2, Osorio 2, Harper 5, Loy 0, Bolstad 3, Garcia 0. Totals: 10 11-22 33.

Hidden Valley1210188— 48

Phoenix11886— 33

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 6 (McLean 2, Stone 1, Stever 3).Technical foul — M. Iwamizu.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 65, SUTHERLIN 47: At Sutherlin, Cascade Christian senior Matt McPheeters scored a game-high 24 points to lead the way as the Challengers completed an undefeated regular season.

McPheeters scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half, helping the Challengers (12-0) build a 39-20 lead going into the break. He also had seven rebounds, five steals and a pair of blocks.

Cascade Christian also got 14 points from senior Morgan Law, while junior Cody Reece added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Law connected on four of the Challengers’ seven 3-pointers.

Senior Josh Davis led Sutherlin (4-6) with 20 points, while Kolbi Stinnett and Trevin Wattman each had 11.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (65): Reece 12, Marincus 7, Anderson 0, Coppedge 2, P. Maurer 4, Hess 0, McPheeters 24, Law 14, Nering 2. Totals: 25 10-14 65.

SUTHERLIN (47): Smalley 0, Davis 20, Bodine 1, Stinnett 11, T. Woods 0, Wattman 11, Parsons 0, Pacini 0, Cervantes 0, B. Woods 4. Totals: 16 12-18 47.

Cascade Christian2019818— 65

Sutherlin128107— 47

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 7 (Reece 1, Marincus 2, Law 4), Sutherlin 3 (Stinnett 2, B. Woods 1). Fouled out — Bodine.

ST. MARY’S 65, DOUGLAS 49: At Winston, St. Mary’s seniors Luke Bennion and Jonah Hadley each scored 16 points to lead four Crusaders in double figures during the regular-season finale.

Will Kranenburg added 12 points and Nathan Sternenberg had 10 for St. Mary’s (8-4), which led 38-25 at halftime.

Jacob Fay scored 16 for Douglas (3-2).

ST. MARY’S (65): Friesen 2, Kranenburg 12, Walker 2, Bennion 16, Delplanche 4, Hadley 16, Sternenberg 10, Patel 0, Foster 0, Haynes 3. Totals: 21 16-26 65.

DOUGLAS (49): Wilson 8, Anderson 0, Willard 6, Fay 16, Dunstan 0, Jones 10, Metianu 0, Page 9, Nielsen 0. Totals: 14 7-19 49.

St. Mary’s20181116— 65

Douglas1015159— 49

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 4 (Bennion 3, Hadley 1), Douglas 1 (Gones 1). Fouled out — Fay. Technical foul — Nielsen.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Bella Stone drives to the basket during the 2nd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Sierra Logue shoots for two points during the 1st quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Emma Schmerbach and Bella Stone pressure Crater's Kate Stidham during the 3rd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Emma Schmerbach drives to the basket during the 3rd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Toni Coleman steels the ball from Crater's Abigail Winslow during the 3rd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Donovyn Hunter gets foules as she drives to the basket during the 2nd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Toni Coleman drives to the basket during the 1st quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Donovyn Hunter steels the ball away from Crater's Madison Dutkiewicz during the 3rd quarter.