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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hunter pours in 35 to guide South

EUGENE — South Medford junior Donovyn Hunter was up to the challenge and put forth a dynamic effort Friday night, scoring a career-high 35 points to lead the Panthers to an 81-43 win over St. Mary’s Academy on the opening day of the Luke Roth Showcase at Sheldon High.

Hunter, one of the nation’s top recruits before suffering a knee injury prior to her freshman year, finished 16-for-23 from the field and added four assists and three rebounds in South’s season opener.

“She’s been putting a lot of time in,” said Panthers coach Tom Cole. “She’s a kid who has been very driven in the offseason in wanting to get back to the place she was in terms of having dominant performances as younger kid. She played a huge role in our championship year (in the spring) and she’s very determined.”

Providing a nice backdrop for Friday’s game was a matchup with Sofia Bell of St. Mary’s Academy (0-1), a leading Class of 2023 recruit in her own right who has already committed to the University of Oregon.

“It was two national caliber kids today who know each other very well and I thought Donovyn was motivated to play well,” said Cole.

In a back-and-forth display with Hunter, Bell knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to lead the Blues until South Medford (1-0) took over in the second quarter. The Panthers outscored St. Mary’s Academy 27-8 in the frame to erase all doubts of the final outcome.

“In the second quarter, we were really able to turn up the pressure and do some things to be a little bit more disruptive,” said Cole, whose team finished with 26 steals and forced 35 turnovers.

Kendall Fealey contributed 11 points, six steals and five assists and Tanesha Coley had 12 points and five steals for the Panthers, who play Clackamas at 3:30 p.m. today. Sierra Logue added six points and joined Kimberly Ceron with six rebounds.

ST. MARY’S ACADEMY (43): Ashton 0, Bell 19, Graham 12, Groshong 0, Caron 0, Langer 2, Cottrell 0, Cabine 2, Trimble 5, Gurin 0, Newton 3. Totals: 12-34 12-22 43.

SOUTH MEDFORD (81): Settle 2, Hunter 35, S. Schmerbach 1, Ceron 3, Logue 6, Coley 12, West 0, Bullock 4, T. Schmerbach 7, Fealey 11. Totals: 36 6-10 81.

St. Mary’s Academy148147— 43

South Medford19271817— 81

3-point goals — St. Mary’s Academy 7 (Bell 5, Graham 2), South Medford 3 (Hunter 2, T. Schmerbach 1). Fouled out — Logue.

CRATER 88, YREKA 31: At Yreka, Calif., senior guard McKenzie Hirsch scored 20 points to lead Crater into the Yreka Holiday Tournament championship game.

Hirsch, who also had three rebounds and two assists, was one of three Comets to score in double figures. Kayleigh Gugliotta scored 12 points and Isabel McCauley had 10 points.

Chase Weaver added nine points, three rebounds and seven blocks for the Comets, who face Henley in the tournament title game at 6 p.m. tonight.

CRATER (88): K. Gugliotta 12, Sizemore 9, Gish 0, Dippel 8, Weaver 9, Hirsch 20, S. Winslow 8, McCauley 10, A. Winslow 8, A. Gugliotta 0, Traore 4. Totals: 35 7-16 88.

YREKA (31): A. Bennett 0, K. Bennett 4, Daws 8, Fogle 3, Collier 4, Out 2, Frietas 7, Patti 0, Odbert 3. Totals: 12 6-12 31.

Crater23252911— 88

Yreka9976— 31

3-point goals — Crater 11 (Sizemore 1, Dippel 2, Weaver 1, Hirsch 5, S. Winslow 1, McCauley 1), Yreka 1 (Fogle 1).

DOUGLAS 41, PHOENIX 26: At Phoenix, Morgan James notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds but host Phoenix went scoreless in the fourth quarter to come up short on Day 1 at the Phoenix Tournament.

Kynna Nolan added four points and the Pirates (1-1) got 3-pointers from Anabell Delgado and Ruby Rector.

Douglas senior Adrianna Sapp went for 23 points and saw her team outscore the Pirates 15-0 in the final frame to break a 26-all tie entering the fourth quarter.

Phoenix went 0-for-5 from the foul line in the fourth after going 4-for-9 in the opening three quarters.

DOUGLAS (41): McWhorter 0, Wiegman 0, Sapp 23, M. Polamalu 8, Bennett 10, Avery 0, Calvert 0. Totals: 18 3-7 41.

PHOENIX (26): James 16, Nolan 4, Potratz 0, Delgado 3, Rector 3. Totals: 10 4-14 26.

Douglas1151015— 41

Phoenix105110— 26

3-point goals — Douglas 2 (M. Polamalu 1, Bennett 1), Phoenix 2 (Delgado 1, Rector 1). Fouled out — M. Polamalu.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 60, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 51: At Yreka, Calif., Cascade Christian’s offense was able to rebound from a tough second quarter but couldn’t dig itself out of a first-half hole against Far West League rival Brookings-Harbor at the Yreka Tournament.

Freshman Jordynn Jones scored nine of her team-high 16 points in the second half to lead the comeback bid for the Challengers (0-2). Sophomore Timnah Roberson finished with 15 points and hit three of the Challengers’ five 3-pointers, while junior Bella Williams added 10.

Senior guard Faith Burton led Brookings-Harbor (1-1) with 17 points. Burton and senior Rockette Marrington — who finished with 13 points — both hit three treys.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (51): Shipman 0, Sweem 6, Williams 10, Coats 0, Jones 16, Pierson 0, Roberson 15, Smith 0, Purrier 0, Brehm 4. Totals: 19 8-11 51.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (60): Brouillard 0, Gallagher 2, Burton 17, Nolte 0, Carlson 6, Marrington 13, Scott 10, Schofield 12. Totals: 24 4-6 60.

Cascade Christian1271913— 51

Brookings-Harbor16121517— 60

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 5 (Sweem 1, Jones 1, Roberson 3), Brookings-Harbor 6 (Burton 3, Marrington 3).

South Medford's Donovyn Hunter, shown this past spring, scored a career-high 35 points in her 2021-22 debut against St. Mary’s Academy. MT file photo