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GIRLS BASKETBALL: South escapes with OT win at Sheldon

EUGENE — South Medford junior Kendall Fealey scored what proved to be the game-winning basket and then sunk two late free throws as the No. 4-ranked Panthers remained perfect in Southwest Conference play with a 52-49 overtime win over Sheldon in girls basketball Saturday.

The Panthers (15-3, 5-0 SWC) had an opportunity to win it in regulation, but senior Sierra Logue was unsuccessful on a pair of free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining. Before the buzzer sounded, South had one last chance to win it before overtime, but Tatum Schmerbach missed a shot as time expired with the game tied at 43.

South never trailed in overtime, as Lottie Dillard put the Panthers ahead 45-43 with a corner jumper before Donovyn Hunter’s 3-pointer from the corner made it 48-45.

“We had a lot of chances to finish that game in regulation and we didn’t,” South Medford head coach Tom Cole said. “It came down to, in that last possession, us making free throws and then defending well and finally getting a stop. We didn’t execute some things on both ends of the floor at meaningful times.

“As I told the kids after the game, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, and we weren’t good but we were good enough with some luck to beat a team that was definitely prepared today.”

The win allows the Panthers to take a one-game lead over the Irish (11-8, 4-1) at the SWC midway point. Sheldon had previously won six straight games.

Hunter finished with 25 points — including a career-high five 3-pointers — to go with seven rebounds and four steals.

Logue recorded 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, while Fealey had nine points and Schmerbach grabbed six rebounds.

The Panthers started fast, but the Irish came roaring back to take a 27-23 lead going into halftime.

“We played a great first quarter and then got up by 11, but let (Sheldon) creep back in and in the second quarter we were just flat,” Cole said. “They’re also a formidable opponent and today we weren’t very good, but I also credit them. They really got up for this game and we played in some weird rhythms today.”

Paityn Rhode led Sheldon with 16 points, while Beaux Bruegman had 12 and Diamond Wright chipped in 10.

SOUTH MEDFORD (52): Hunter 25, Dillard 5, S. Schmerbach 0, Logue 11, T. Schmerbach 2, Fealey 9. Totals: 21 4-9 52.

SHELDON (49): Line 0, Rhode 16, Pappas 5, Wright 10, Sprouse 0, I. Harms 0, G. Harms 6, Bruegman 12. Totals: 17 9-13 49.

South Medford158128 9— 52

Sheldon111697 6— 49

3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Hunter 5, Dillard 1), Sheldon 6 (Rhode 3, Bruegman 2, Pappas 1).

JV result — Sheldon won.

GRANTS PASS 47, SOUTH EUGENE 43: At Grants Pass, Brooke Anderson scored 26 points and Grants Pass outscored South Eugene 17-7 in the fourth quarter to record the comeback victory.

Anderson — who also had three assists, three steals and five rebounds — scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including two of her three 3-pointers to rally the Cavers (10-6, 3-2 SWC).

Atianna Vainuku-Johnson nearly had a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Brooklyn Wakefield also pulled down nine boards.

Alia Harris scored 19 points to lead South Eugene (4-12, 2-3).

SOUTH EUGENE (43): Megert 9, Lucas 2, Harris 19, Davis 1, Benson 1, Bilenki-Boyd 0, Tuguldur 0, Keiper 4, Galloway 8. Totals: 16 10-15 43.

GRANTS PASS (47): Anderson 26, Thompson 2, Bruner 3, Pastrell 2, Mock 3, B. Wakefield 0, Vainuku-Johnson 11, Tobey 0. Totals: 16 12-15 47.

South Eugene1113127— 43

Grants Pass715817— 47

3-point goals — South Eugene 1 (Megert 1), Grants Pass 3 (Anderson 3). Technical foul — South Eugene coach.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 46, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 16: Rogue Valley Adventist junior Michaela Porter had 14 points and seven rebounds and junior Emma Bischoff chimed in with 23 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in the runaway Mountain Valley League win.

The Red Tail Hawks (13-3, 6-2 MVL) led 33-5 at halftime and coasted from there against Central Christian (7-8, 5-6).

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Kendall Fealey, shown earlier this season against South Salem, knocked down a pair of clutch free throws to secure Saturday’s win at Sheldon.