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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Panthers roll past Axe in SWC opener

EUGENE — A quick turnaround between games proved to be no issue for the South Medford girls basketball team Saturday afternoon, as the No. 4-ranked Panthers rolled to a 75-34 win over South Eugene in their long-awaited Southwest Conference opener.

Junior guard Donovyn Hunter led South Medford (9-2, 1-0 SWC) with 24 points, five steals, five rebounds and three assists.

“We were conscious that we didn’t want to come in with a lack of energy coming off a game that was surrounded with a little bit more anticipation because of the record of the opponent last night,” said South Medford head coach Tom Cole, whose team won 74-45 over Willamette (No. 1 in Class 5A) late Friday night. “Sometimes the next morning games when the opponent appears not as strong or has a record that hasn’t had as much success, sometimes those are trap games.”

There was no lag in the Panthers’ play against the Axe (3-9, 1-1). South Medford led the entire way and held a commanding 38-15 lead going into the half.

Senior forward Sierra Logue recorded 16 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Senior guard Lottie Dillard added 12 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Kim Ceron had 10 points and eight rebounds.

As a team, South forced 24 turnovers and recorded 18 steals.

South Eugene senior guard Sofia Megert paced the Axe with 21 points.

“It was a game that allowed a lot of kids to play,” said Cole. “We got all 10 kids significant minutes in both halves. We were trying to use this experience this weekend as something that will hopefully be a big boost for next week when we face some of the best teams in the state — Jesuit, Benson and Mountainside — all at their place.”

SOUTH MEDFORD (75): Settle 0, Hunter 24, Dillard 12, S. Schmerbach 2, Ceron 10, Logue 16, West 2, Bullock 4, T. Schmerbach 0, Fealey 5. Totals: 36 3-6 75.

SOUTH EUGENE (34): Megert 21, Lucas 0, Harris 5, Davis 2, Tuguldur 1, Galloway 2, Villalobos 3. Totals: 11 8-17 34.

South Medford18202215— 75

South Eugene69118— 34

3-point goals — South Eugene 4 (Megert 4).

JV result — South Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 52, NORTH MEDFORD 38: At Grants Pass, Brooke Anderson scored 14 of her game-high 28 points in the third quarter to help Grants Pass claim its first SWC win of the season.

Anderson, a sophomore, finished with 20 of the Cavers’ 31 second-half points, as Grants Pass (7-5, 1-1 SWC) was able to retake the lead after trailing 26-21 at the half.

Caileigh Raines led North Medford (6-9, 0-2) with 14 points, while fellow freshman Mariah Lane added eight points.

NORTH MEDFORD (38): Patel 6, Gallery 2, Hamlin 0, Stevens 3, Raines 14, Richardson 0, McNamee 0, Boger 5, Lane 8. Totals: 15 1-4 38.

GRANTS PASS (52): Anderson 28, Thompson 2, Bruner 2, Pastrell 0, Mock 8, B. Wakefield 7, Vainuku-Johnson 1, Tobey 4. Totals: 17 13-18 52.

North Medford111566— 38

Grants Pass1472110— 52

3-point goals — North Medford 7 (Patel 2, Raines 2, Boger 1, Lane 2), Grants Pass 7 (Anderson 5, Mock 1, B. Wakefield 1).

JV score — Grants Pass 63, North Medford 15.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 45, CROSSPOINT CHRISTIAN 22: At Klamath Falls, Michaela Porter scored a game-high 15 points and Emma Bischoff added a double-double to lead Rogue Valley Adventist over Crosspoint Christian in Mountain Valley League action.

Bischoff scored 14 points and recorded 14 rebounds, while Isabell Zamora added four points and dished out a team-high 11 assists.

RVA (10-3, 3-2 MVL) was in control from the onset, leading 24-6 going into halftime.