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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hunter, South storm past North

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The South Medford girls basketball team saw one half of its 1-2 punch return to the court Friday night, and it spelled bad news for the Panthers’ crosstown rival.

Junior guard Donovyn Hunter scored a game-high 20 points in her return to the starting lineup and senior forward Sierra Logue added 13 in No. 4-ranked South Medford’s dominant 81-21 win over North Medford at the Black Tornado’s gym.

Hunter had previously missed the Panthers’ last two games after a tough collision late in the fourth quarter of South’s Jan. 28 win over Benson in Portland.

“It was a game where we didn’t have to play her a lot, but she got about 13 minutes in tonight,” said South Medford head coach Tom Cole of Hunter. “Any time we have her play, she makes us a lot better. A lot of tonight was to get the mental adjustment to being back on the floor — she got bumped a couple of times tonight and got back up. She makes us better, there’s no question, and we were able to get our kids a lot of meaningful minutes and rest some others who have played a lot recently because of injuries.”

South Medford (14-3, 4-0 SWC) never trailed Friday night, scoring the game’s first 20 points to put plenty of distance between itself and North. Logue played a big part of that, scoring nine of the Panthers’ first 20 points — all within the first six minutes.

North Medford (6-11, 0-4) didn’t get on the scoreboard until there was two minutes left in the first quarter on a pull-up jumper by Ali Stevens.

Hunter also recorded six steals and five rebounds, while Logue grabbed seven boards and blocked three shots.

Tatum Schmerbach had a strong all-around game with 15 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks, while Lottie Dillard and Kendall Fealey both added 10 points. Fealey also had four steals and three rebounds.

Stevens scored six points to lead North.

South, which has four straight, heads to the second half of its four-game week with a trip to Eugene to face Sheldon (11-7, 4-0) — the SWC’s other unbeaten team — in a battle for the outright league lead.

“It is a big test for us, for sure,” said Cole of facing Sheldon. “It’s always a tough place to play and we’ve had a lot of meaningful battles there. Sheldon’s tough and we just have to be the best version of ourselves. If we can do that, I know it will be a good game.”

North has a chance to get its first league win this afternoon when it hosts Roseburg (1-13, 0-4), which is on a 13-game losing skid after beating Eagle Point in its season opener. Roseburg fell 54-24 to Grants Pass on Friday night.

“On one hand, it’s horrible losing and losing in that fashion,” said North Medford head coach JT Thomas. “But with a young group of kids who can get into a program with a lot of game opportunity between now and next year ... those kids in three years will have a lot of games under their belt.”

SOUTH MEDFORD (81): Hunter 20, T. Schmerbach 15, Logue 13, Dillard 10, Fealey 10, S. Schmerbach 8, Settle 3, West 2. Totals: 32 12-16 81.

NORTH MEDFORD (21): Stevens 6, Raines 4, Boger 3, Gallery 3, Patel 3, McNamee 2, Jackson 0, Riochardson 0. Totals: 8 3-4 21.

South Medford20301813— 81

North Medford4683— 21

3-point goals — South Medford 5 (T. Schmerbach 3, S. Schmerbach 1, Hunter 1), North Medford 2 (Patel 1, Gallery 1).

JV result — South Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 54, ROSEBURG 24: At Grants Pass, Brooke Anderson scored 14 of her 17 points in the first half to lead Grants Pass to the Southwest Conference win.

Anderson also hit four of the Cavers’ seven 3-pointers against Roseburg (1-13, 0-4).

Brooklyn Wakefield also scored 11 points for Grants Pass (9-5, 3-1).

ROSEBURG (24): Bowman 0, Morello 5, S. Muntifering 6, Carpenter 0, J. Muntifering 8, Murphy 0, Weidemier 2, Miller 3. Totals: 10 0-1 24.

GRANTS PASS (54): Brandes 0, Anderson 17, Thompson 4, Bruner 5, Pastrell 0, Mock 7, Robinson 1, B. Wakefield 11, Vainuku-Johnson 6, Tobey 3. Totals: 16 16-26 54.

Roseburg11625— 24

Grants Pass13171311— 54

3-point goals — Roseburg 4 (Morello 1, J. Muntifering 2, Miller 1), Grants Pass 7 (Anderson 4, Mock 2, B. Wakefield 1).

CRATER 55, THURSTON 46: At Springfield, freshman guard Addison Dippel tied a career high with five 3-pointers on her way to 17 points and Crater secured the Midwestern League victory with strong play down the stretch.

Dippel, who also had three steals and two assists, drained a pair of buzzer-beating treys at the end of the first and second quarters. Her 3-pointer to end the first half tied the game at 25-all.

Comets sophomore post Chase Weaver racked up a career-best nine blocks and senior guard McKenzie Hirsch had 14 points and five rebounds for the Comets (15-4, 8-2 MWL), who went 7-for-9 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help hold off Thurston (5-8, 3-5).

CRATER (55): K. Gugliotta 4, Dippel 17, Weaver 3, Hirsch 14, Stidham 2, S. Winslow 2, McCauley 1, A. Winslow 5, Vranes 0, Gish 0, A. Gugliotta 2, Traore 5. Totals: 17 15-22 55.

THURSTON (46): Casley 8, Carpenter 9, Jones 0, Hall 4, Newell 0, Kauffman 12, Tovey 10, Custer 3. Totals: 18 7-12 46.

Crater15101317— 55

Thurston10151110— 46

3-point goals — Crater 6 (Dippel 5, Hirsch 1), Thurston 3 (Casley 2, Kauffman 1). Fouled out — Kauffman. Technical foul — Custer.

NORTH BEND 48, ASHLAND 40: At North Bend, Abby Lambert and Gabby Heiken combined for 33 points but Ashland was unable to get the Midwestern League road win, falling to the Bulldogs for the second time in eight days.

Heiken scored 17 points, nine rebounds and hit three of the Grizzlies’ six 3-pointers, while Lambert — who hit two treys of her own — finished with 16 points.

Kendra Caruso also chipped in seven rebounds and four assists for Ashland (1-11, 0-5 MWL).

ASHLAND (40): Montgomery 0, Sayre 3, Lambert 16, Caruso 2, G. Carter 0, Jenkins 0, Heiken 17, Robinson 0, Lundgren 2, Pokrob 0. Totals: 13 8-15 40.

NORTH BEND (48): Frank 22, Reeves 0, Morris 2, Barker 13, L. Riddle 0, Lambert 7, M. Riddle 0, A. Riddle 0, Medina 2, Edera 0, Pex 2. Totals: 19 7-14 48.

Ashland913711— 40

North Bend142068— 48

3-point goals — Ashland 6 (Heiken 3, Lambert 2, Sayre 1), North Bend 3 (Frank 3).

JV result — North Bend won.

SPRINGFIELD 48, EAGLE POINT 16: At Springfield, Eagle Point junior Morgan Dole scored 13 points but the Eagles were unable to dig themselves out of an early 16-point hole in a loss to ninth-ranked Springfield.

Dole hit three 3-pointers for Eagle Point (3-10, 0-6 MWL), which trailed Springfield (13-5, 7-2) 17-1 after the first quarter and 25-5 at the half.

EAGLE POINT (16): Raber 0, Dole 13, Nielsen 2, Pena 0, Munoz 0, Balero 0, McCornack 0, Schauffler 0, Cabrera 0, Lindstrom 0, Hanan 1. Totals: 4 5-8 16.

SPRINGFIELD (48): Morgan 4, Wilson 5, Phillips 11, Smith 0, Henderson 12, Rawson 0, Weimer 0, Romero-Ah Sam 10, Rankins 6, Cline 0, Ostrander 0. Totals: 19 8-9 48.

Eagle Point1483— 16

Springfield178716— 48

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Dole 3), Springfield 2 (Phillips 1, Romero-Ah Sam 1).

JV result — Springfield won.

DOUGLAS 51, ST. MARY’S 38: Despite establishing a first-half lead, foul trouble haunted St. Mary’s late and Douglas was able to take advantage and lasso the Far West League win.

Once the Crusaders’ only available posts — Hannah Erickson and Maddie Ward — both fouled out in the fourth quarter, Trojans post Adrianna Sapp took control of the paint and dropped in 11 of her game-high 20 points.

Senior guard Ryker Rothfus paced the Crusaders (3-8, 2-4) with 10 points and Erickson finished with nine.

The Trojans improved to 11-5 overall and 4-2 in FWL play.

DOUGLAS (51): McWhorter 0, Lee 0, Sapp 20, T. Polamalu 2, Hester 2, M. Polamalu 14, Bennett 10, S. Polamalu 0, Avery 3, Calvert 0. Totals: 20 10-21 51.

ST. MARY’S (38): Meyer 0, Mayerle 0, Bowdoin 2, Ward 6, Rothfus 10, Erickson 9, Jensen 4, Ashland 4, Mills 3. Totals: 15 8-15 38.

Douglas1151322— 51

St. Mary’s813611— 38

3-point goals — Douglas 1 (M. Polamalu), St. Mary’s 1 (Mills 1). Fouled out — Ward, Erickson, M. Polamalu.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 38, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 28: Cascade Christian managed double digits in just one quarter as the Challengers fell to Brookings-Harbor in Far West League action.

Sophomore Timnah Roberson had nine points to lead the way offensively for the Challengers (5-12, 0-4 FWL).

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (38): Brouillard 0, Gallagher 0, Burton 3, Nolte 2, Carlson 18, Marrington 7, Scott 2, Schofield 6. Totals: 14 4-7 38.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (28): Cramer 0, Shipman 0, Sweem 2, Brehm 3, Coats 2, Jones 6, Pierson 6, Roberson 9, Purrier 0. Totals: 9 8-15 28.

Brookings-Harbor1213103— 38

Cascade Christian51067— 28

3-point goals — Brookings-Harbor (Burton 1, Carlson 4, Marrington 1), Cascade Christian 2 (Roberson 2).

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Donovyn Hunter gets the ball away from North Medford's Ali Stevens during the first quarter of Friday night’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Sierra Logue shoots for two points during the first quarter of Friday night’s game against North Medford.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Sierra Logue drives to the basket during the first quarter of Friday night’s game against North Medford.