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PREP BASKETBALL: Hunter-less South gets the job done

No. 3-ranked Panther girls rally to edge Mountainside as all-star guard sits out

BEAVERTON — South Medford junior Tatum Schmerbach provided one of her best efforts of the season and senior Sierra Logue was pivotal down the stretch to lead the No. 3-ranked Panthers to a 45-41 comeback win over No. 7 Mountainside despite playing without all-star junior guard Donovyn Hunter on Saturday.

Hunter, who tore her ACL 2 1/2 years ago, suffered an awkward fall in the final two minutes of Friday’s girls basketball win over No. 6 Benson.

Able to walk despite being a little sore Saturday, Hunter sat out against the Mavericks out of precaution and expects to undergo an MRI this week to confirm her status moving forward.

“For Donovyn, it just didn’t make any sense for her to try and do anything today,” South Medford head coach Tom Cole said. “That fall she had (Friday night) was really hard, plus there’s the psychological impact that goes with it for someone who has experienced what she has. There was just no way she was going to play here today.”

An 11 a.m. tipoff Saturday and the malaise of how the Panthers expected to operate without Hunter on Day 3 of their three-day tour of elite Portland-area programs left the team in “kind of a weird vortex,” according to Cole.

Helping South Medford get out of that mindset throughout the contest was Schmerbach, who finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.

“Tatum was very poised and focused throughout,” Cole said. “Really the Schmerbach kids were kind of the unsung heroes for us Saturday, along with Sierra Logue’s play in the second half.”

Sara Schmerbach, a freshman, and Tatum Schmerbach each had key baskets to help the Panthers break a 35-all tie in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Kim Ceron added another big bucket and Logue’s driving effort with one minute to go put South up 43-39.

The Panthers led 43-41 inside the final 20 seconds when Mountainside’s Lindsey Wilson missed an elbow jumper and Logue pulled down the rebound and found Lottie Dillard on a long outlet for a game-sealing lay-in.

Logue finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for the Panthers (12-3), whose lone loss on the trip came via a buzzer-beater Thursday night at No. 5 Jesuit.

Dillard chipped in with 10 points for South, which plays three consecutive road games against Roseburg (Tuesday), North Medford (Friday) and Sheldon (Saturday) before hosting one of the top 5A programs in Corvallis next Sunday.

Carly Stone scored all 12 of her points on 3-pointers, Halle Hageman had 11 points and Wilson finished with 10 to pace Mountainside (10-7).

SOUTH MEDFORD (45): Settle 0, Dillard 10, S. Schmerbach 2, Ceron 2, Logue 13, West 0, Bullock 2, T. Schmerbach 10, Fealey 6. Totals: 18 8-12 35.

MOUNTAINSIDE (41): Hageman 11, Raugust 2, Gonzalez 6, Wilson 10, Shandy 0, Wold 0, Stone 12. Totals: 13-48 10-14 41.

South Medford7111116— 45

Mountainside917411— 41

3-point goals — South Medford 1 (Dillard 1), Mountainside 5 (Hageman 1, Stone 4).

JV result — South Medford won.

SHELDON 51, NORTH MEDFORD 35: At Eugene, North Medford senior Jaiden Gallery contributed eight points, six rebounds and four steals but Sheldon was able to open a 17-10 lead through one quarter and kept the Black Tornado at bay for the Southwest Conference win.

Olivia Boger added eight points and Caileigh Raines had six points and nine boards for North (6-10, 0-3 SWC), while Margaret Hamlin had four points and four rebounds.

Paityn Rhode scored 14 points to lead Sheldon (10-7, 3-0).

NORTH MEDFORD (35): Boger 8, Gallery 8, Hamlin 4, Stevens 4, Raines 6, Lane 5, Harris 0, Jackson 0, Miller 0, Patel 0. Totals: 14-40 4-13 35.

SHELDON (51): Rhode 14, Wright 9, Bruegman 8, G. Harms 8, I. Harms 3, Pappas 2, Line 2, Lehi 0, Sprouse 0, Kearney 0. Totals: 19-60 6-11 51.

North Medford10988— 35

Sheldon1791114— 51

3-point goals — North Medford 3 (Gallery 2, Lane 1), Sheldon 7 (Rhode 4, Miller 1, I. Harms 1, Bruegman 1).

JV result — Sheldon won.

GRANTS PASS 53, MARSHFIELD 25: At Coos Bay, Brooke Anderson poured in 26 points through the first three quarters to lead Grants Pass to the nonleague victory.

The Cavers (8-6) built a 19-2 lead through one quarter and led 35-6 at the break.

Charlie Dea scored 14 points for 5A Marshfield (12-5).

GRANTS PASS (53): Brandes 0, Anderson 26, Thompson 2, Bruner 5, K. Wakefield 0, Pastrell 6, Mock 5, Robinson 0, B. Wakefield 2, Vainuku-Johnson 5, Tobey 2. Totals: 21 4-9 53.

MARSHFIELD (25): Ainsworth 0, Hite 0, R. Clarke 0, Peach 0, England 3, Culver 0, A. Clarke 0, Miles 6, Dea 14, Macduff 0, Folau 2, Montiel 0. Totals: 10 0-2 25.

Grants Pass1916144— 53

Marshfield24118— 25

3-point goals — Grants Pass 7 (Anderson 3, Bruner 1, Pastrell 2, Mock 1), Marshfield 5 (Dea 4, England 1).

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 51, CHILOQUIN 20: At Chiloquin, Rogue Valley Adventist held Chiloquin scoreless in the second half and got 26 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks from Emma Bischoff to earn the Mountain Valley League win.

Michaela Porter added 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Red Tail Hawks (12-3, 5-2 MVL), who led 28-20 at halftime. Isabell Zamora chipped in with six assists against Chiloquin (3-8, 2-6).

Boys

NORTH MEDFORD 64, SHELDON 49: At Eugene, North Medford seniors Trey Neff and Bryce Dyer paved the way with strong all-around efforts to lead the No. 6-ranked Black Tornado to a 14th straight victory.

Trey Neff had 23 points, nine rebounds and five steals and Dyer produced 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the Southwest Conference win for North (15-1, 3-0 SWC).

Ty Neff added four assists in the Tornado’s 13th game away from its home gymnasium this season.

Rocco Graziano scored 10 points to lead Sheldon (5-10, 1-2).

NORTH MEDFORD (64): McLean 3, Ty. Neff 2, Tr. Neff 23, Plankenhorn 0, Miller 4, Orozco 5, Dyer 18, Goodrich 5, Dominguez 4. Totals: 24-51 12-17 64.

SHELDON (49): Kokkeler 9, Rubino 3, Frey 2, Line 0, Bryant 9, Leighton 9, Graziano 10, Stapleton 2, Manago 0, Cramer 5, Winger 0. Totals: 16 13-16 49.

North Medford10221814— 64

Sheldon6141415— 49

3-point goals — North Medford 4 (Tr. Neff 3, Goodrich 1), Sheldon 4 (Kokkeler 1, Graziano 2, Cramer 1). Fouled out — . Technical foul — North Medford bench.

JV result — Sheldon 51, North Medford 49.

WILLAMETTE 67, CRATER 66: At Central Point, fifth-ranked Crater dug itself a deep hole for the third straight game before mounting another furious comeback that just fell short in Midwestern League play.

The Comets (13-4, 5-3 MWL) trailed by 20 points with just over four minutes to play before whittling their deficit down to one possession. A potential game-tying 3-pointer by Colton Vranes missed the mark with 12 seconds to go and, after a Willamette free throw, Javon Smith connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.

Caden Lasater powered the comeback and finished with 24 points, while Logan Price added nine points. Vranes and Smith each finished with eight points for Crater.

Parker Bracy scored 16 and Mike Small had 15 for the Wolverines (9-5, 5-3), who pulled into a third-place tie with Crater behind Churchill and Eagle Point.

WILLAMETTE (67): Lesane 8, Bracy 16, Brooks 0, Lin 2, Sandow 10, O’Roy 4, Stavros 4, Small 15, Long 8. Totals: 19 19-21 67.

CRATER (66): Acrey 6, Lasater 24, Vranes 8, Smith 8, L. Price 9, Idiart 5, Dutkiewicz 0, K. Price 6, B. Higginson 0. Totals: 24 12-19 66.

Willamette13201717— 67

Crater1381233— 66

3-point goals — Willamette 10 (Bracy 3, Sandow 2, Small 3, Long 2), Crater 6 (Lasater 2, Vranes 1, Smith 2, Idiart 1). Technical foul — Acrey.

PHOENIX 58, NORTH VALLEY 54, OT: At Phoenix, Isaiah Talbott and Miguel Valadez each scored 13 points and Julius Bolstad added 11 points and seven rebounds to lead Phoenix to the Skyline Conference win late Friday night.

Valadez also had four assists and seven steals for the Pirates (6-10, 1-2 Sky), who used key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and overtime by Talbott to deny North Valley (0-14, 0-2).

Gabriel Champion tallied 14 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks for the Knights, while Max Cartwright had 15 points and six rebounds.

NORTH VALLEY (54): Lauby 5, Champion 14, Kissel 0, Robinson 0, Garaeu 2, Cartwright 15, Kilborn 7, Hawkins 11. Totals: 17-51 18-30 54.

PHOENIX (58): Monroe 6, Talbott 13, Brown 0, Trenbeath 3, Ja. Selden 2, Je. Selden 2, Harper 6, Stubbs 2, Valadez 13, White 0, Bolstad 11. Totals: 19-70 14-28 58.

North Valley13121213 4— 54

Phoenix1417811 8— 58

3-point goals — North Valley 2-17 (Cartwright 1, Kilborn 1), Phoenix 6-37 (Talbott 4, Trenbeath 1, Bolstad 1). Fouled out — Lauby, Champion, Cartwright, Hawkins.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 72, CHILOQUIN 39: At Chiloquin, four Rogue Valley Adventist players scored in double figures as the Red Tail Hawks pulled away in the second half for the Mountain Valley League win.

Bryce Perry led RVA (15-2, 7-1 MVL) with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists, while David Zamudio chipped in 16 points to go along with six assists.

Kyle Wilson and Cody Mendenhall both had 10 points and combined for 11 rebounds.

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