North Medford girls rebound, beat Roseburg
Like any head coach would be, JT Thomas was quite interested to see how his North Medford girls basketball team would respond after Friday night’s blowout loss to crosstown rival South Medford.
The Black Tornado girls didn’t wait long to show Thomas they had put what happened less than 24 hours earlier behind them.
Freshman Caileigh Raines scored 16 points and junior Ali Stevens added 15 to lead North Medford to its first Southwest Conference win of the season, 50-21 over Roseburg on Saturday afternoon.
“The kids did a really good job,” Thomas said. “I’m proud of their effort after a pretty demoralizing loss. They took the lesson from (Friday night) and came out playing like they know they can and with a little bit better of an understanding of varsity play. To take that pill we got (against South Medford) and understand where we have to go now since we understand the pace of a top-5 team in the state, they showed a short memory and played North Medford basketball.”
Raines did a lot of her work against Roseburg (1-14, 0-5 SWC) right out of the gate, scoring nine of North’s 20 first-quarter points to help the Black Tornado build a 20-4 lead after the opening period.
By the end of the first half, Raines had 13 points and the Black Tornado was comfortably ahead 34-12
Raines, who was limited to just two points in the loss to South, also had six rebounds and two steals.
Stevens finished with a team-high six steals to go with five rebounds, while freshman Olivia Boger had eight points, four steals and five rebounds.
Brooke Richardson added two steals, six rebounds and four assists for North (7-11, 1-4), which snapped a three-game losing skid.
North also got it done on the defensive end, preventing Roseburg from scoring double digits in any quarter.
“Boger is starting to do a great job in tandem with Ali defensively and really bottled up (Roseburg’s guards),” Thomas said, “and between those two they got a lot of the hustle points — meaning they were diving, tipping balls and getting steals. They just came back in today after facing those South guards and we talked about it — how you felt against a very good team of very good defensive guards — this is the kind of thing that you’ve got to turn around and say you can do that, too.
“We said this would be a guard game and we need to turn this around and play it like we were played against South last night. I thought they all did a great job of that.”
Junior Emma Murphy led Roseburg with nine points, all coming on a trio of 3-pointers.
North Medford begins the second half of SWC play Friday when it travels to play South Eugene. The Axe (4-12, 2-3) edged the Black Tornado 51-45 in the first meeting of the teams Jan. 14.
“I was super proud of them,” Thomas said. “We have a super young group, we’re missing kids, but we don’t have any excuses and we are who we are. We’re with a short bench this weekend, but they played hard and those seven kids came back again today and really put it out there and just competed like a good varsity team should after a tough loss.”
ROSEBURG (21): Murphy 9, J. Muntifering 3, Smith 2, S. Muntifering 2, Morello 2, Bowman 2, Carpenter 1, Weidemier 0, Miller 0. Totals: 7 4-8 21.
NORTH MEDFORD (50): Raines 16, Stevens 15, Boger 8, Patel 5, Richardson 4, Gallery 1, McNamee 1, Harris 0, Jackson 0. Totals: 20 6-15 50.
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3-point goals — Roseburg 3 (Murphy 3), North Medford 4 (Raines 2, Patel 1, Stevens 1).
JV score— Roseburg 22, North Medford 21
Reach reporter Danny Penza at 541-776-4469 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @penzatopaper.