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PREP ROUNDUP: South falls to Jesuit at the buzzer

PORTLAND — The South Medford girls basketball team’s much-anticipated trip through Portland nearly started on a thrilling note, but the Panthers were unable to close things out.

Emma Sixta’s left-handed runner from the left elbow as time expired gave No. 5 Jesuit a 47-46 win over No. 3-ranked South Medford on Thursday night.

South took a 46-45 lead thanks to Kim Ceron’s baseline jumper with 40 seconds to go, but Jesuit got the ball back with six seconds remaining after Donovyn Hunter missed the front end of a 1-and-1 situation.

After a Jesuit timeout, Sixta raced down the court as Hunter guarded her the entire way, but slipped out of a potential double team to get a look at the basket before the buzzer sounded.

“I felt like given some of the adversity we faced tonight, our kids kept their head up and they battled,” South Medford head coach Tom Cole said. “We certainly weren’t our best tonight, and some of that credit goes to what Jesuit did. They were very poised and had a strong effort to focus on Sierra (Logue) and Donovyn. We knew that this game would be physical and I felt like at times we responded and there were some times we didn’t.

“That’s the cruelty of basketball and, as cliche as it sounds, sometimes the ball doesn’t always bounce your way — and tonight it did not.”

This was the first of three top-10 matchups for the Panthers (9-3), with games against No. 6 Benson and No. 7 Mountainside still to come tonight and Saturday, respectively.

On Thursday, what was a fast start from both teams offensively turned into a defensive battle as time went on.

Jesuit (15-1), ranked No. 1 in the OSAA power rankings, held a 30-24 lead in the final seconds of the third quarter before Hunter’s floater in the lane right before the buzzer sounded cut into the deficit.

Hunter’s basket turned out to be the start of an 8-0 run for the Panthers, with Tatum Schmerbach’s putback and Hunter’s layup after a Sara Schmerbach steal giving South a 40-38 lead early in the fourth quarter.

It was tight all the way down the stretch, with Tatum Schmerbach’s driving layup breaking a 42-all tie with three minutes to go.

Hunter was the lone Panther to score in double figures with 16 points, while Jesuit limited Logue to just four points before the senior forward fouled out midway through the fourth quarter. Kendall Fealey added eight, while Ceron chipped in seven off the bench.

Sixta, who had three first-quarter 3-pointers, finished with 23 points.

“We need to find a way to use this loss as a way to really motivate our kids to do a few things different,” Cole said. “As we said in the locker room, if it bothers them and they’re competitors — and I know that it does — let’s try to regroup and learn from it and be better tomorrow.

“I saw enough good things tonight to know that if that’s the No. 1 team in the state that we’re not far off.”

SOUTH MEDFORD (46): Hunter 16, Dillard 5, S. Schmerbach 0, Ceron 7, Logue 4, Bullock 0, T. Schmerbach 6, Fealey 8. Totals: 20 6-13 46.

JESUIT (47): Kent 1, C. Hicks 5, Sixta 23, Randall 3, Edwards 6, Petitt 0, K. Hicks 9. Totals: 15 12-18 47.

South Medford179812— 46

Jesuit141689— 47

3-point goals — Jesuit 5 (Sixta 3, Edwards 2). Fouled out — Logue.

JV result — Jesuit won.

Boys Basketball

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 61, TRINITY LUTHERAN 45: Sophomore guard Thomas Strate led a balanced Rogue Valley Adventist offense with 17 points as the Red Tail Hawks topped Trinity Lutheran to win its fifth straight Mountain Valley League game.

RVA (13-2, 5-1 MVL) also got 15 points, three rebounds and five steals from senior Bryce Perry, while fellow senior Kyle Wilson added 11 points and five rebounds.

PROSPECT 65, CHILOQUIN 56: At Prospect, senior post Theo James posted a monster double-double with 30 points and 20 rebounds to lead Prospect to a Mountain Valley League win over Chiloquin.

Senior Andrew Hammer also posted a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds, going an impressive 13-of-16 from the free throw line.

Junior Boden Perkins added 15 points, five assists and four steals for Prospect (8-6, 3-4 MVL), which was able to get some separation after leading 24-23 at the half.


SOUTH MEDFORD 48, SHELDON 30: South Medford’s Kristian Hernandez, Isaack Valdez and Li Moala paved the way to a Southwest Conference victory with pins to highlight a solid effort in the Panthers’ gym.

Hernandez pinned Vielka Zuniga in 42 seconds to open the night at 106 pounds, while Valdez (152) pinned Isaac Peters in 1 minute, 7 seconds and Moala (220) pinned Laith Elhammi in 5:07.

Adin Kaufmann (138) and Caleb Dalke (170) also won by decisions to boost South.

*106 — Kristian Hernandez, SM, pinned Vielka Zuniga, :42; 113 — Cameron Johnson, SM, inj. default over Luke Gass; 120 — Jaice Jones, SM, won by forfeit; 126 — Brayden Ostvik, SM, won by forfeit; 132 — Kosmo Stoddard, S, pinned Connor Maukonen, 5:52.

138 — Adin Kaufmann, SM, dec. Timothy Essin, 8-2; 145 — Cole Meyer, S, pinned Isaiah Harris, 2:38; 152 — Isaack Valdez, SM, pinned Isaac Peters, 1:07; 160 — Owen Oliver, S, pinned Carson Alvarez, 3:19.

170 — Caleb Dalke, SM, dec. Bricen Stewart, 2-1; 182 — Caleb Pierce, S, won by forfeit; 195 — Blake Heflin, S, won by forfeit; 220 — Li Moala, SM, pinned Laith Elhammi, 5:07; 285 — Jayden Solis, SM, won by forfeit.

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EAGLE POINT SWEEPS: At Eagle Point, Dylan Dahling and Kenai Copeland each scored a pair of pins to help lead Eagle Point to dominant wins over North Bend and Springfield in Midwestern League action.

The Eagles won 60-24 over North Bend and 78-6 over Springfield.

Dahling, at 138 pounds, scored falls in 3 minutes, 3 seconds against Springfield’s Fernando Gonzalez and 21 seconds against North Bend’s Thomas Johnston.

Copeland was equally impressive, with a fall in 1:51 against the Millers’ Lucas Richardson and 48 seconds against the Bulldogs’ Breighden Greene.

Eagle Point 60, North Bend 24

106 — Haley Buskerud, NB, pinned Tallen Elizando, 1:28; *113 — Kyleigh Fradelis, NB, pinned Gregory Hunter, 2:31; 120 — Luke Callahan, EP, won by forfeit; 126 — Luke Patterson, EP, pinned Antony Harris, :12; 132 — Robert Howes, EP, won by forfeit.

138 — Dylan Dahling, EP, pinned Thomas Johnston, :21; 145 — Kenai Copeland, EP, pinned Breighden Greene, :48; 152 — David Brown, EP, pinned Kaydee Brinas, :19; 160 — Tim Sarnecky, NB, pinned Rhylee Britton, 2:13.

170 — Juan Ruiz, EP, won by forfeit; 182 — Brian Brown, EP, won by forfeit; 195 — Jimmie Copeland, EP, won by forfeit; 220 — Marc Milazzo, EP, won by forfeit; 285 — Neal Walter, NB, pinned Garrett Matthews, 1:28.

Eagle Point 78, Springfield 6

106 — Tallen Elizando, EP, won by forfeit; 113 — Juventino Macias, S, pinned Gregory Hunter, :36; *120 — Luke Callahan, EP, pinned Joseph Plueard, 1:43; 126 — Luke Patterson, EP, won by forfeit; 132 — Robert Howes, EP, won by forfeit.

138 — Dylan Dahling, EP, pinned Fernando Gonzalez, 3:03; 145 — Kenai Copeland, EP, pinned Lucas Richardson, 1:51; 152 — David Brown, EP, won by forfeit; 160 — Rhylee Britton, EP, won forfeit.

170 — Juan Ruiz, EP, won by forfeit; 182 — Brian Brown, EP, pinned Alexander Waizman, 1:59; 195 — Jimmie Copeland, EP, pinned James Barnett, 1:50; 220 — Marc Milazzo, EP, won by forfeit; 285 — Garrett Matthews, EP, pinned Kaiden VanEtten, 3:27.

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