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PREP BASKETBALL: North falls in final seconds

SALEM — The North Medford girls basketball team’s comeback bid came up just short Saturday evening.

North Medford freshman Caileigh Raines hit a game-tying 3-ponter with 14 seconds left, but Yamhill-Carlton’s Olivia Southard hit two free throws in the dying seconds to give the Tigers a 50-48 win over the Black Tornado in the consolation final of the Crusader Classic New Year’s Invitational at Salem Academy.

North (5-5) held a 14-7 lead after the first quarter, but when into halftime trailing 24-23. The Black Tornado went into the final three minutes down by three, with Raines’ 3-pointer finally tying the game at 48-all.

Southard was able to shake loose of her defender on the next possession, then drew a foul as she attempted a potential game-winning 3-pointer, hitting two of them to put the Tigers back ahead with three seconds remaining.

Raines recorded her second double-double in as many games with a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds. She added four assists and six steals.

North’s Ali Stevens added seven points and recorded a team-best seven steals, while Jaiden Gallery had five points and two steals.

Southard was one of two Yamhill-Carlton players to score in double figures with 13 points. Cheyanna Kelly finished a team-high 15 points for the Tigers (3-8).

YAMHILL-CARLTON (50): Kelly 15, Southard 13, Slater 9, Davison 7, Tuning 3, Evans 2, Braithwaite 0. Totals: 13 19-26 50.

NORTH MEDFORD (48): Raines 22, Stevens 7, Lane 6, Gallery 5, Patel 3, Jackson 2, Harris 2, Boger 1, Miller 0. Totals: 17 9-21 48.

Yamhill-Carlton717917— 50

North Medford149817— 48

3-point goals — Yamhill-Carlton 4 (Davison 1, Kelly 1, Slater 2), North Medford 5 (Lane 2, Raines 1, Patel 1, Gallery 1). Fouled out — Kelly.

Basketball hoop with ball inside top view