GIRLS BASKETBALL: South falls to Clackamas in OT
EUGENE — South Medford junior Donovyn Hunter scored with just over one second remaining in regulation to force overtime but her driving effort in the final possession of overtime did not offer a repeat as Clackamas held on for a 58-56 overtime win Saturday in the Luke Roth Showcase at Sheldon High.
One night after pouring in 35 points, Hunter finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals to pace the Panthers (1-1), who entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in the Class 6A preseason coaches poll. Clackamas is ranked sixth.
“We had a great drive to the bucket with Donovyn at the end in traffic,” said South Medford head coach Tom Cole. “It was a really good look but we just weren’t able to convert.”
It was that kind of night for the Panthers, who never really found their rhythm in a game that was played in a state tournament-like atmosphere.
“We give a lot of credit to Clackamas,” said Cole. “I think they rose to the occasion to play us and I don’t think we rose to the occasion to play them. By the time we figured things out, we were really never able to get into a controlling flow of the game.”
South Medford senior Sierra Logue converted both ends of a pivotal one-and-one free throw opportunity and the Panthers followed with a defensive stop to set the stage for Hunter’s effort to send the contest into extra time.
“Then we just had some real critical mistakes in overtime,” said Cole. “We missed a defensive rebound that they were able to score on and we turned the ball over twice near the end.”
Logue finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds but the Panthers shot only 32% from the field to hinder their cause.
Clackamas freshman Jazzy Davidson was tremendous for her team, totaling 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. the 6-foot-1 standout already holds an offer from Stanford, which had representatives in the building Saturday.
“Jazzy Davidson is already special,” said Cole, “but she has the potential to be the best player in the history of the state.”
“I’ve seen some great freshman players who have come out through our state,” he added, “with Cameron Brink and Mercedes Russell and Evina Westbrook and Jordan Reynolds and Jaime Nared — the list goes on and on of great kids, some of whom have gone on to have wonderful professional careers — but I have never seen a freshman who is as poised and as gifted as she is as a freshman.”
SOUTH MEDFORD (56): Hunter 19, S. Schmerbach 0, Ceron 2, Logue 17, Coley 6, T. Schmerbach 6, Fealey 6. Totals: 23 9-10 56.
CLACKAMAS (58): Peterson 10, L. Shackleton 0, D. Mogel 10, Lacy 2, Barhoum 8, E. Shackleton 2, Rey. Mogel 2, Davidson 24. Totals: 26 3-5 58.
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3-point goals — South Medford 1 (Hunter 1), Clackamas 3 (Barhoum 2, Peterson 1).
CRATER 68, HENLEY 32: At Yreka, Calif., Crater sophomore guard Abigail Winslow scored a game-high 14 points to lead a balanced offensive attack and the Comets locked down on defense to pull away for the win in the Yreka Holiday Tournament championship game.
Crater junior guard Joslyn Sizemore had 12 points, six steals and two assists, while senior guard Kayleigh Gugliotta — who was named defensive player of the tournament — scored 11 points and had six steals.
Crater senior McKenzie Hirsch finished with eight points, five rebounds and four steals. She was named tournament MVP.
The Comets (3-0) led 36-21 at the half before limiting the Hornets (2-1) to 11 second-half points.
CRATER (68): K. Gugliotta 11, Sizemore 12, Dippel 3, Weaver 0, Hirsch 8, S. Winslow 5, McCauley 5, A, Winslow 14, Idiart 2, A. Gugliotta 2, Traore 6. Totals: 27 13-14 68.
HENLEY (32): Martino 0, Hamilton 0, Balbin 0, Mattox 5, Parker 4, Mauch 0, Poe 2, Campos 9, Sharp 2, Harper 4, Northcutt 6. Totals: 10 11-24 32.
3-point goals — Crater 4 (Sizemore 2, Dippel 1, McCauley 1), Henley 1 (Mattox 1). Fouled out — Traore.
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 49, POWERS 19: Rogue Valley Adventist junior Emma Bischoff tallied 22 points and outscored visiting Powers on her own as the Red Tail Hawks cruised to the win.
Bischoff finished with a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds as well as recording four assists.
Isabell Zamora also had 10 rebounds to go along with eight points and five assists while Michaela Porter had seven points and seven assists for RVA (2-0), which was in control from the onset and led 25-8 at halftime.