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PREP BASKETBALL: North girls win, South boys falter in 4th

After Caileigh Raines and the North Medford girls basketball team had controlled most of the game, a late surge by Century made things interesting in the final two minutes of their contest Monday.

But with 1 minute, and 43 seconds remaining, freshman Mariah Lane nailed a 3-pointer to put the game out of reach and the Black Tornado came away with a 41-28 victory at North Medford High School.

“They’re finding out how varsity play is different, teams are really playing to win,” North Medford coach JT Thomas said. “They had to scrap to not let this one get away. They just knocked down shots at the right time and made some nice plays down the stretch. I’m really proud of them.”

After North Medford’s defense had excelled at creating turnovers and limiting what Century was able to do offensively over the first three quarters, the Jaguars (3-2) were able to whittle down a 21-9 Black Tornado halftime lead to six points in the fourth quarter.

With about two minutes left, North’s Ali Stevens was fouled and made a free throw to bring the Black Tornado lead back up to seven. North Medford (3-3) quickly got the ball back following an out-of-bounds turnover by Century and Lane followed with her key 3-pointer.

Raines put together an all-around performance of 14 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, three blocks and three assists, while Stevens went for eight points, eight rebounds and a pair of steals.

Brooke Richardson added six points and 12 rebounds for the Black Tornado, while Lane finished with five points and three steals.

CENTURY (28): Loza 8, Walkenhorst 7, Makboul 7, Skipper 3, Hill 2, Nyborg 1, Restrepo 0. Totals: 9 9-15 28.

NORTH MEDFORD (41): Raines 14, Stevens 8, Richardson 6, Jackson 4, Boger 4, Lane 5, Hamlin 0, Harris 0, Heese 0, Pyka 0. Totals: 19 2-7 41.

Century36910— 28

North Medford912911— 41

3-point goals — Century 1 (Loza), North Medford 1 (Lane).

JV result — North Medford 45, Century 34

Boys

GARFIELD (WASH.) 63, SOUTH MEDFORD 50: At Auburn, Wash., holding the lead through three quarters of play, South Medford was able to muster just four points in the fourth quarter, opening the door for Garfield to hand the Panthers their first defeat of the season in the third round of The Hardwood Invite.

South Medford (6-1), which is now 2-1 in the event, held a 46-44 lead at the end of three quarters but was outscored 19-4 in the fourth.

Junior Sleezer paced the Panthers with 13 points, Devon Malcolm and Jackson Weiland had 12 points apiece and Boden Howell chipped in nine.

SOUTH MEDFORD (50): Weiland 12, Hall 0, Sleezer 13, Howell 9, Adams 2, Bloodsaw 0, Clayborne 2, Malcolm 12. Totals: 21 1-2 50.

GARFIELD (63): Johnson 11, Justice 8, Guidry 7, Stewart 14, Brown 2, Smiley 4, Marquardt 3, McCullum 14. Totals: 24 6-7 63.

South Medford1223114— 50

Garfield18101619— 63

3-point goals — South Medford 7 (Weiland 2, Sleezer 2, Howell 3), Garfield 7 (Johnson 1, Justice 2, Guidry 1, Stewart 2, Marquardt 1).

North Medford freshman Mariah Lane, shown earlier this season, supplied a key 3-pointer to close out Monday’s victory. Photo by Larry Stauth Jr.