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GIRLS BASKETBALL: South opens MLK Showcase with win

STOCKTON, Calif. — South Medford head coach Tom Cole expected a step up in competition as the Panthers worked their way to their next stop on their road trip through California, and they certainly got that.

Junior guard Donovyn Hunter scored a team-high 21 points and the South Medford girls won a second road game in as many days, beating Woodside Priory (Calif.) 56-48 on Friday on the opening day of the Nike MLK Showcase at St. Mary’s High School.

“It was a game where there were not a lot of moments where I felt like we were playing at the capacity we had expectations to,” Cole said. “It’s our second game in a row after not playing for a month, and just calibrating it to win ugly rather than lose pretty is something that you have to do.”

South (7-1) led 18-14 after the first quarter but only managed seven second-quarter points and went into halftime trailing 26-25.

The Panthers, however, jumped back in front in the third quarter, taking a slim 39-36 lead into the final period.

South senior Sierra Logue, who battled foul trouble in the first half, scored eight of her 13 points after the break and added six rebounds. Kimberly Ceron recorded seven of her 11 points in the second half while pulling down a team-high eight rebounds.

Hunter, South’s leading scorer, also had five steals, while Lottie Dillard recorded six rebounds.

“Everybody had a better second half than they did in the first half,” Cole said. “It was a super physical game and it was a game where stamina was a challenge for both teams. Woodside is a good team, and it wasn’t a game that allowed for a lot of moments to be comfortable.”

Woodside Priory senior guard Valentina Saric, who will play at Morehead State next season, scored 27 points.

South Medford finally got back on the court after a 22-day hiatus late Thursday, kicking off its three-day trip through California with a 77-44 win over Chico (Calif.).

The Panthers used a strong second-half performance on defense to put Chico (13-4) — which entered the game on a 10-game winning steak — away once and for all.

Playing without senior forward Tanesha Coley, who is out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in practice, as well as two players who were out due to COVID-19, the Panthers saw Hunter and Logue carry the bulk of the workload on offense.

Hunter scored 16 of her 27 points in the second half against Chico and pulled down seven rebounds, while Logue contributed 24 points — 18 of which came in the first half — and 10 rebounds.

South junior guard Kendall Fealey added eight points, while Ceron chipped in five points and five rebounds.

WOODSIDE PRIORY (48): Zhao 0, Shi 3, Kartik 10, Saric 27, Bidaye 8, George 0, Axe 0. Totals: 16 10-12 48.

SOUTH MEDFORD (56): Settle 0, Hunter 21, Dillard 2, Ceron 11, Logue 13, Bullock 0, T. Schmerbach 4, Fealey 5. Totals: 24 6-9 56.

Woodside Priory14121012— 48

South Medford1871417— 56

3-point goals — Woodside 6 (Kartik 2, Saric 3, Shi 1), South Medford 2 (Hunter 1, Ceron 1).

SOUTH MEDFORD (77): Settle 4, Hunter 27, Dillard 5, Ceron 6, Logue 24, Bullock 0, T. Schmerbach 3, Fealey 8. Totals: 34 7-11 77.

CHICO (44): Huffman 0, Vieg 4, Nelson 0, S. Sims 3, Clements 14, Gonzalez 6, Cavina 2, Wilkerson 13, C. Sims 2. Totals: 17 2-2 44.

South Medford28112018— 77

Chico112454— 44

3-point goals — South Medford 2 (Hunter 2), Chico 8 (Clements 4, Wilkerson 3, S. Sims 1).

SOUTH EUGENE 51, NORTH MEDFORD 45: South Eugene senior Sofia Megert scored 20 of her game-high 30 points in the second half to help the Axe hold off North Medford in the Southwest Conference opener for both teams.

North freshman Caileigh Raines posted a team-high 13 points and 10 rebounds, but the Black Tornado (5-8, 0-1 SWC) was unable to execute consistently down the stretch to take the lead.

North’s Jaiden Gallery and Ali Stevens each finished with 11 points, while Brooke Richardson grabbed five rebounds and Olivia Boger added four assists and four steals.

Megert hit four of her five 3-pointers in the second half. South Eugene (3-7, 1-0) also got 10 points from Alia Harris.

SOUTH EUGENE (51): Megert 30, Harris 10, Bentenson 4, Galloway 4, Bilenki Boyd 3, Davis 0, Tuguldur 0, Keiper 0. Totals: 18 9-10 51.

NORTH MEDFORD (45): Raines 13, Gallery 11, Stevens 11, McNamee 4, Patel 3, Hamlin 2, Boger 1, Richardson 0, Lane 0. Totals: 19 4-11 45.

South Eugene11111613— 51

North Medford7131510— 45

3-point goals — South Eugene 6 (Megert 5, Bilenki Boyd 1), North Medford 3 (Stevens 1, Patel 1, Gallery 1).

JV score — North Medford 30, South Eugene 19

CRATER 62, NORTH BEND 20: At Central Point, Crater sophomore Samantha Gish and freshman Sage Winslow each scored 10 points to lead a balanced Crater attack to open Midwestern League play.

Crater (12-2, 5-0, MWL), ranked fifth in this week’s Class 5A coaches poll, also put forward a dominant defensive performance, which allowed the Comets to build a led 37-6 at the half over North Bend (8-3, 2-1).

Crater limited a team to single-digit scoring in the first half for the second time this week. The Comets led Class 6A Grants Pass 13-5 at halftime Tuesday.

Crater freshman Addison Dippel added eight points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists, while fellow freshman Isabel McCauley had four points, four rebounds and three steals. Freshman post Lydia Traore chipped in four points, five rebounds and five blocks.

NORTH BEND (20): Frank 7, Reeves 4, Morris 2, Barker 6, Lambert 1, Taylor 0, Medina 0, Edera 0, Pex 0. Totals: 7 4-7 20.

CRATER (62): Gish 10, Dippel 8, Weaver 2, Hirsch 7, Stidham 2, S. Winslow 10, McCauley 4, A. Winslow 8, Simmons 1, A. Gugliotta 4, Traore 4, Valencia 2. Totals: 27 3-6 62.

North Bend42113— 20

Crater1621169— 62

3-point goals — North Bend 2 (Frank 1, Barker 1), Crater 5 (Gish 2, Dippel 2, Hirsch 1).

MAZAMA 46, PHOENIX 35: At Phoenix, Anabell Delgado poured in 17 points but Phoenix ran out of gas down the stretch and Mazama took advantage in the Skyline Conference opener for both teams.

The Pirates (6-8, 0-1 Skyline) played well at both ends of the floor in the first half where they grabbed a 26-19 halftime lead. In the second half, however, Phoenix found it hard to sustain its intensity against the Vikings’ fast-paced style of play and were outscored 27-9.

Mazama (8-6, 1-0) hit 11 of its 16 free throws in the second half, nine in the fourth quarter alone.

Delgado also collected five steals for the Pirates, and junior forward Morgan James went for eight points and eight rebounds.

MAZAMA (46): Lease 6, McGirr 7, Lueker 5, Hill 8, Lindow 9, Byington 2, Hamilton 9. Totals: 14 16-27 46.

PHOENIX (35): James 8, Nolan 4, Potratz 3, Delgado 17, Rector 3, McConnell 0, Mohamud 0, Woodward 0. Totals: 12 9-19 35.

Mazama1181215— 46

Phoenix131345— 35

3-point goals — Mazama 2 (Lease 2), Phoenix 2 (Delgado 2). Fouled out — Lindow, James.

JV result — Mazama won.

DOUGLAS 56, ST. MARY’S 25: At Winston, Ryker Rothfus scored 15 points but St. Mary’s couldn’t eliminate a 15-point halftime deficit against No. 7-ranked Douglas and dropped its Far West League opener.

The Crusaders (1-5, 0-1 FWL), playing just their second game since early December, trailed 18-7 after the first quarter and 32-17 at the half.

Kierra Bennett paced Douglas (8-2, 1-0) with 18 points.

ST. MARY’S (25): Rothfus 15, Erickson 2, Mejia 2, Ward 4, Jensen 2, Ashland 0, Mills 0, Meyer 0, Mayerle 0, Bowdoin 0. Totals: 9 5-13 25.

DOUGLAS (56): McWhorter 2, Sapp 17, Lee 0, T. Polamalu 2, Hester 0, M. Polamalu 13, Bennett 18, S. Polamalu 2, Perron 2, Calvert 0. Totals: 23 5-18 56.

St. Mary’s71062— 25

Douglas18141212— 65

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 2 (Rothfus 2), Douglas 3 (Bennett 2, M. Polamalu 1). Fouled out — Ward, Mejia.

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune South Medford's Donovyn Hunter, seen here in a file photo from earlier this season, scored 21 points in her team’s win over Woodside Priory (Calif.) on Friday night.