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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hunter, South roll to win over Crater

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CENTRAL POINT — Playing their first game in the Rogue Valley this season, the South Medford girls basketball team didn’t wait all that long to show just how potent they are.

Led by another big night from junior Donovyn Hunter, South Medford opened on a 14-0 run and never looked back, recording a 78-41 nonconference win over Class 5A Crater at the Comets’ gym Tuesday night.

Hunter scored 18 of her 27 points in the first half to lead the Panthers (2-1), who were coming off a tough 58-56 loss in overtime to Clackamas this past Saturday.

“I think our defense, we made a better commitment and converted into transition baskets,” South Medford head coach Tom Cole said. “We played to pace and once we got into a rhythm we started to roll and we shot the ball for a high percentage. ... This was a game our bench got to play a lot of minutes in. After the first quarter, no single kid got more than four minutes in a single quarter. It was a good learning experience for our younger kids and our starters were very comfortable and it allowed the younger kids to come in and learn.”

Hunter, who also recorded five assists and four steals, had 12 points in the first quarter alone as the Panthers limited the Comets (3-1) to just one field goal in building a 28-5 lead after the first period.

Whether it was defense creating offense or simply executing in the halfcourt, South had plenty working to open things up Tuesday.

“If Donovyn Hunter missed, I wasn’t looking,” Crater head coach Scott Dippel quipped. “She’s an unbelievable athlete, a smart basketball player, shoots at a high percentage. You can do a lot of things to keep it off her side, but she’s a very talented kid.”

On the flip side, Crater — which was ranked sixth in the 5A coaches poll — just couldn’t muster much of any offense against South’s swarming defense.

In total, the Comets finished with 19 turnovers.

“We really hurt ourselves early in the first half,” Dippel said. “We turned the ball over quite a bit and if we didn’t turn the ball over, we rushed and took the first shot available to us. It took until the second quarter to get a little offensive rhythm.”

South senior Sierra Logue finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while junior Tatum Schmerbach also finished in double figures with 10 points. Sophomore forward Kimberly Ceron had eight points and six blocks.

Freshman Addison Dippel led the Comets with 11 points and hit three of her team’s four 3-pointers. Sophomore post Chase Weaver added eight points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while senior Kayleigh Gugliotta had seven points and six rebounds.

South limited Crater senior guard McKenzie Hirsch — the Comets’ leading scorer — to just two points. She also had five rebounds.

The Panthers, who dropped from first to fourth in this week’s 6A coaches poll, have nearly a week and a half off before they play again, with a pair of games in Southern California against Brea Olinda and Orangewood Academy next Thursday and Friday.

“Both of those teams have some significant talent, so it will be good,” Cole said.

Crater plays at Hidden Valley on Thursday night before hosting Mazama on Friday.

“We just need to move on and work on the things we need to work on,” Dippel said.

SOUTH MEDFORD (78): Settle 2, Hunter 27, S. Schmerbach 0, Ceron 8, Logue 15, Coley 8, West 2, Bullock 2, T. Schmerback 10, Fealey 4. Totals: 33 11-15 78.

CRATER (41): K. Gugliotta 7, Sizemore 0, Dippel 11, Weaver 8, Hirsch 2, S. Winslow 1, McCauley 5, A. Winslow 5, Vranes 0, A. Gugliotta 2, Traore 0. Totals: 11 15-25 41.

South Medford28182210— 78

Crater510188— 41

3-point goals — South Medford 1 (Hunter 1), Crater 4 (Dippel 3, McCauley 1).

JV score — Crater 52, South Medford 32.

GRANTS PASS 55, DEL NORTE 32: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass sophomore guard Brooke Anderson led the Cavers with 16 points in a nonconference win over Del Norte.

Grants Pass (1-1) also got nine points from freshman Mia Thompson.

DEL NORTE (32): Carter 3, Nunez 1, Hueberger 0, Bettega 17, Franz 2, Taylor 4, McCovey 0, Wilson 3, Harris 2, Young 0. Totals: 9 10-16 32.

GRANTS PASS (55): Anderson 16, Thompson 9, Bruner 3, K. Wakefield 0, Pastrell 5, Mock 4, Robinson 0, B. Wakefield 6, Seidel 0, Vainuku-Johnson 6, Mizer 0, Tobey 6. Totals: 19 15-18 55.

Del Norte461111— 32

Grants Pass10141120— 55

3-point goals — Del Norte 4 (Bettega 4) , Grants Pass 2 (Bruner 1, Pastrell 1).

NORTH VALLEY 43, ASHLAND 31: At Ashland, Abbey Lambert scored 11 points and Gabby Heiken added eight points and 10 rebounds but cold-shooting hindered Ashland in its season opener.

Isabella Robinson, Kendra Caruso and Gracie Carter each had seven rebounds for the Grizzlies (0-1), who shot 16% overall and went 6-for-38 from 3-point range.

Ashlyn Godfrey scored 12 points to lead North Valley (2-1).

NORTH VALLEY (43): Moore 9, Cooke 0, A. Godfrey 12, Hawkins 5, Schrock 6, Wheeler 2, S. Godfrey 0, Touey 7, Fagert 2, Champion 0, Ferrero 0. Totals: 18 9-20 43.

ASHLAND (31): Montgomery 0, Sayre 5, Lambert 11, Caruso 3, Carter 0, Jenkins 0, Heiken 8, Robinson 4. Totals: 11 3-6 31.

North Valley12101011— 43

Ashland97114— 31

3-point goals — North Valley 0, Ashland 6 (Sayre 1, Lambert 3, Caruso 1, Heiken 1).

JV result — Ashland 37, North Valley 27

YREKA 33, PHOENIX 28: At Phoenix, Morgan James notched a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds but a third-quarter lull proved costly for Phoenix in the nonconference game.

Kyla Potratz added six points, seven rebounds and four steals in a solid all-around effort for the Pirates (2-2), who led 16-9 at halftime but were outscored 11-3 in a third quarter that saw Yreka dial up its full-court defensive intensity.

Anabell Delgado added nine points and three rebounds for Phoenix.

Samantha Freitas had 14 points to pace Yreka (3-2).

YREKA (33): Daws 8, Harris 0, Fogle 0, Collier 4, Out 7, Freitas 14, Odbert 0. Totals: 12 9-19 33.

PHOENIX (28): James 11, Nolan 2, Vos 0, Potratz 6, Delgado 9, Rector 0, McConnell 0. Totals: 11 8-14 28.

Yreka541113— 33

Phoenix61039— 28

3-point goals — Yreka 0, Phoenix 0. Fouled out — Rector.

JV result — Yreka won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 45, LOST RIVER 17: Cascade Christian freshman Jordynn Jones led the charge with 22 points in only three quarters of play to help the Challengers secure their first win under head coach Jeff Roberson.

Callie Sweem added 10 points and Timnah Roberson had nine points for Cascade Christian (1-3), which held Lost River (0-3) to two points in the first half.

LOST RIVER (17): Garcia 0, Turner 9, Hill 2, Herring 0, Cobian 0, Overcash 0, Villegas 2, Britton 0, Arceo Bigoni 2, Dalton 2. Totals: 6 5-14 17.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (45): Longiotti 0, Cramer 0, Shipman 2, Sweem 10, Williams 2, Folin 0, Brehm 0, Coats 0, Jones 22, Roberson 9, Smith 0, Purrier 0, Coble 0. Totals: 19 6-12 45.

Lost River02510— 17

Cascade Christian923112— 45

3-point goals — Lost River 0, Cascade Christian 1 (Roberson 1). Fouled out — Williams.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Donovyn Hunter drives to the hoop for a score during the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game against Crater.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Sierra Logue goes up for a basket during the first quarter of Tuesday night’s game against Crater;
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Sara Schmerbach and Hadley West defend against Crater's Abigail Winslow during the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Sara Schmerbach and Hadley West defend against Crater's Abigail Winslow during the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game.
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
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Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
Girls Basketball; South Medford at Crater.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune