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PREP ROUNDUP: South stymies Crater to share SOC title

CENTRAL POINT — Defense was the name of the game Friday night at Crater High, only South Medford got the best of the host Comets in a low-scoring boys basketball clash.

The visiting Panthers (11-1) held Crater to a season-low in points and clinched a share of the regular-season Southern Oregon Conference title with a 49-35 victory.

Freshman Jackson Weiland and junior Devon Malcolm each scored 11 points and senior Isaiah McNaught added 10 for South Medford, which used a 32-19 advantage in the second half to pull away.

Weiland also finished with six assists and three steals, and Malcolm had a strong all-around night as well with four steals, four blocks and eight rebounds.

“We just got super stagnant on offense,” said Crater coach Chris Schmerbach. “They did a nice job defending us and our movement wasn’t real great and we just had trouble scoring.”

Jude Pannell hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second half and finished with five steals and eight points to help spur the Panthers.

“In the second half we started to make some shots,” said South coach James Wightman, “but I was just happy with our defense. For us to hold Crater to 35 points at home was pretty good.”

For Crater (7-4), junior Colton Vranes had 15 points and senior Hunter Chubb added nine.

“I was happy in the way we defended and fought,” added Schmerbach, “we just didn’t have enough firepower to score tonight. If we only have one guy in double figures, we’re going to have a tough time beating people.”

By virtue of a head-to-head cumulative score tiebreaker, North Medford will take the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye into next week’s SOC tournament and South Medford will be the No. 2 seed and host Eagle Point Monday.

The Panthers beat North 87-81 in double overtime and the Tornado won 74-64 in overtime to split their series and force the co-championship.

SOUTH MEDFORD (49): Weiland 11, McNaught 10, Gaut 5, Adee 0, Adams 1, Bloodsaw 0, Pannell 8, Booth 3, Malcolm 11. Totals: 18 9-12 49.

CRATER (35): Idiart 0, Smith 2, Vranes 15, Acrey 0, Chubb 9, K. Price 0, Turner 0, L. Price 0, Dahlin 0, Eaton 2, Grant 4, Broesder 3. Totals: 15 0-3 35.

South Medford6111220— 49

Crater79514— 35

3-point goals — South Medford 4 (Pannell 2, Booth 1, Malcolm 1), Crater 5 (Vranes 3, Chubb 1, Broesder 1). Technical foul — Chubb.

JV score — South Medford 59, Crater 53

NORTH MEDFORD 71, GRANTS PASS 36: At Grants Pass, North Medford’s 1-2 punch of Trey Neff and Landon Ellis combined for 36 points to lead the Black Tornado to a comfortable win in its regular-season finale.

Neff finished with a game-high 20 points and five rebounds, while Ellis added 16 points to go with three assists and five steals. Neff also hit four of the Black Tornado’s 10 3-pointers.

Connor Goodrich also scored in double figures for the Black Tornado (13-1) with 10 points, while Bryce Dyer recorded a team-high four assists.

Brandon Ziegler finished with 10 points and Preston Robertson had nine points to lead the way offensively for the Cavemen (2-9).

North, which finished the regular season on a nine-game winning streak, has an opening-round bye in next week’s SOC tournament after receiving the No. 1 seed by virtue of a cumulative score tiebreaker with South Medford. The Black Tornado will face the winner of Monday’s game between Ashland and Roseburg.

Grants Pass opens tournament play Monday at Crater.

NORTH MEDFORD (71): McLean 2, Ty. Neff 2, Tr. Neff 20, Plankenhorn 0, Orozco 4, Karrick 8, Ellis 16, Young 2, Miller 2, Dyer 0, Goodrich 10, Dominguez 2, Conrad 3. Totals: 26 9-11 71.

GRANTS PASS (36): M. Anderson 8, Alderson 0, Bennett 3, Blanchard 0, Pollen 1, Robertson 9, Greenburg 5, Brandes 0, Ziegler 10. Totals: 14 5-8 36.

North Medford20221217— 71

Grants Pass1012104— 36

3-point goals — North Medford 10 (Tr. Neff 4, Karrick 2, Ellis 1, Goodrich 2, Conrad 1), Grants Pass 3 (M. Anderson 1, Bennett 1, Robertson 1).

JV score — North Medford 62, Grants Pass 35

ASHLAND 49, ROSEBURG 41: At Ashland, Ashland seniors Finn Hilden and Ty Williams combined for 31 points to help the Grizzlies overcome a three-point first quarter and beat Roseburg.

Hilden finished with a game-high 18 points, while Williams had a career-best 13 points and hit three 3-pointers on the Grizzlies’ senior night.

With the win, Ashland (5-7) leapfrogged Roseburg (4-9) for the No. 4 seed in next week’s SOC tournament, with the game now set to be played at Mountain Avenue Gym Monday night.

Colton Marsters led Roseburg with 12 points.

ROSEBURG (41): Pinard 7, Mendoza 6, J. Parker 6, Marsters 12, M. Parker 5, Martin 5, Stedman 0. Totals: 15 7-14 41.

ASHLAND (49): Lapierre 8, Hilden 18, Williams 13, Nogues 1, Barnes 5, Shields 4, Showasser 0. Totals: 15 12-18 49.

Roseburg145139— 41

Ashland3141319— 49

3-point goals — Roseburg 4 (J. Parker 2, M. Parker 1, Martin 1), Ashland 7 (Lapierre 2, Hilden 1, Williams 3, Barnes 1). Technical foul — J. Parker, Williams.

JV score — Roseburg 53, Ashland 45.

Girls Basketball

GRANTS PASS 43, NORTH MEDFORD 21: At Grants Pass, senior guard Emily Rund scored a game-high 19 points and connected on all but one of Grants Pass’ five 3-pointers in a win over North Medford.

Rund scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half as the Cavers (8-4) extended their 22-11 halftime lead.

Jaiden Gallery scored 10 points to lead North (2-10).

North Medford hosts Eagle Point in the opening round of the SOC tournament Monday, while second-seeded Grants Pass will be at home against South Medford’s JV team.

NORTH MEDFORD (21): Gallery 10, Stewart 2, Stevens 4, Wells 0, Richardson 0, Patel 3, Hamlin 0, McNamee 2, Chavez 0. Totals: 6 8-10 21.

GRANTS PASS (43): Lopez 2, Bruner 4, Pastell 1, Mock 8, Rund 19, Wakefield 3, Hall 0, Seidel 6, Poteet 5. Totals: 16 11-18 43.

North Medford3846— 21

Grants Pass1841110— 43

3-point goals — North Medford 1 (Patel 1), Grants Pass 5 (Rund 4, Wakefield 1).

ASHLAND 49, ROSEBURG 24: At Roseburg, Ashland senior wing Jayd Sollinger nearly outscored Roseburg on her own and the Grizzlies attempted an astonishing 39 free throws to close out the regular season.

Sollinger finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 22 points — including a 14-for-17 night at the line, all of which coming after the first quarter — and pulling down 13 rebounds.

For the game, Ashland (6-4) was 23-for-39 from the charity stripe.

Ashland sophomore Kirsten Morgan had 10 points and five steals, while senior post Kendyl Abel had seven rebounds and three assists.

Junior Chelsea Miller scored eight points to lead Roseburg (0-10).

The two teams play each other once again in the opening round of the SOC tournament at 5 p.m. Monday in Ashland.

ASHLAND (49): Montgomery 0, Lambert 6, Sollinger 22, Carter 0, Morgan 10, Heiken 6, Sayre 0, Losinski 3, Abel 2, Jenkins 0. Totals: 11 23-39 49.

ROSEBURG (24): S. Muntifering 0, Morello 0, Mohlsick 0, Carpenter 2, Rivera 0, Smith 0, J. Muntifering 5, Pinard 5, McClather 2, Miller 8, Murphy 0, Cunningham 0, Stribling 2. Totals: 11 0-2 24.

Ashland10101613— 49

Roseburg24144—24

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Sollinger 2), Roseburg 2 (J. Muntifering 1, Pinard 1). Technical foul — Roseburg coach Smith 2.

JV result — Roseburg won.

Wrestling

GIRLS SOUTH REGIONAL: At Cottage Grove, North Medford’s Estella Gutches and Lily McMahon each won regional titles and Eagle Point’s Shayla McNulty topped Isabella Prinslow of Phoenix in one of the marquee championship matches at the 55-team tournament.

The Black Tornado also saw Alyx Cameron finish as runner-up to help North tie for fourth overall in the team standings with 98 points.

Thurston won the team crown with 209 points, followed by North Salem (115.5), McKay (110), North Medford and Sweet Home (98) to round out the top-5 squads.

Gutches scored a 9-0 major decision in the 110-pound final against Analise Smith of Bend, while McMahon pinned Springfield’s Destiny Cowans at 120 in 4 minutes.

McNulty, a reigning state champion, also earned a pin (4:00) at 135 over Prinslow to help the Eagles finish 18th overall with 30 points.

Cameron advanced to the finals at 100 but was pinned in 3:21 by Thurston’s Kaylee Annis to place second.

In other local matches, Ashland’s Sienna Caruso lost by pin in the third-place final at 100 to Hayleigh Michael of La Pine, and Crater’s Bailey Greco forfeited her third-place match against Thurston’s Gabi Gilbert at 155.

Phoenix finished 26th with 24 points, while Ashland and Crater tied for 34th with 14 points.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Isaiah McNaught shoots for two points during the second quarter Wednesday against Ashland.