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GIRLS BASKETBALL: South pushes win streak to 7 games

Fast starts appear to be the trend for the South Medford girls basketball team in Southwest Conference play, and Saturday afternoon was no different.

South Medford raced out to another big lead against SWC opposition, surpassing the 50-point mark in the opening half as the fourth-ranked Panthers claimed an 82-55 win over South Eugene to extend their winning streak to seven games.

“Overall, a lot of kids were able to contribute and get some confidence,” South Medford head coach Tom Cole said. “It was a good game by us.”

The Panthers (18-3, 7-0 SWC) were able to build a 49-29 lead going into halftime even with the hot shooting of Axe senior guard Sofia Megert, who scored 18 of her game-high 33 points in the first half. Megert, who had 21 points against South Medford in the SWC opener back on Jan. 22, made all six of South Eugene’s 3-pointers Saturday.

“We have seen that young lady have a few 30-point games,” Cole said of Megert, who shot 70% from the field in the first half. “She gave us some fits.”

Junior guard Donovyn Hunter led the way offensively for the Panthers with 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Senior forward Sierra Logue added 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while senior guard Lottie Dillard had 10 points, pulled down seven boards and recorded two assists.

Kendell Fealey added seven points and three steals for South, which plays at Grants Pass on Friday night.

Alia Harris also scored in double figures for South Eugene (5-13, 3-4) with 16 points.

“We were able to get a lot

of points out of turnovers,” Cole said. “We had only 10 turnovers and we forced 16 turnovers, so a lot of our points came out of steals. Of those 16 turnovers we forced, 12 of those were steals, and I thought we did a really good job on the boards and outrebounded them 41-20.”

SOUTH EUGENE (55): Megert 33, Lucas 0, Harris 16, Davis 0, Betenson 0, Boyd 2, Tuguldur 2, Keiper 2, Galloway 0, Villalobos 0. Totals: 20 9-15 55.

SOUTH MEDFORD (82): Settle 4, Hunter 25, Dillard 10, S. Schmerbach 6, Logue 14, West 7, Bullock 3, T. Schmerbach 6, Fealey 7. Totals: 36 5-13 82.

South Eugene13161412— 55

South Medford25241320— 82

3-point goals — South Eugene 6 (Megert 6), South Medford 5 (Hunter 3, Dillard 1, Fealey 1).

JV result — South Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 34, NORTH MEDFORD 29: Brooklyn Wakefield scored a putback following a missed free throw with 4.5 seconds left to ice the closely contested SWC game for Grants Pass.

A low-scoring game after Grants Pass (11-7, 4-3 SWC) led 13-11 after the first quarter, the Cavers were able to hold off the comeback bid by the Black Tornado.

Wakefield scored a game-high 14 points and had 10 rebounds and four blocks, while Brooke Anderson added 11 points, three assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals. Sophie Mock chipped in seven points, eight rebounds and five steals.

Olivia Boger led North Medford (7-13, 1-6) with 13 points, nine steals, four rebounds and three assists. Caileigh Raines added five points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

GRANTS PASS (34): B. Wakefield 14, Anderson 11, Mock 7, Brandes 2, Kleiner 0, Bruner 0, Vainuku-Johnson 0, Tobey 0. Totals: 10 13-21 34.

NORTH MEDFORD (29): Boger 13, Stevens 5, Raines 4, Patel 3, Richardson 2, Lane 2, McNamee 0, Hamlin 0, Gallery 0. Totals: 11 3-7 29.

Grants Pass13399— 34

North Medford11558— 29

3-point goals — Grants Pass 1 (Anderson 1), North Medford 4 (Boger 2, Stevens 1, Patel 1).

JV result — Grants Pass won.

OAKLAND 40, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 23: Shorthanded Cascade Christian managed just nine second-half points, allowing Class 2A Oakland to pull away for the nonleague victory at the Challengers’ gym.

Cascade Christian (5-16), which had just seven players available, trailed 19-14 at the half but was outscored by Oakland 21-9 after the break.

Challengers freshman Jordynn Jones scored seven of her team-high nine points in the first half.

Junior post Tia Picknell scored 13 points to lead the Oakers (17-8).

OAKLAND (40): Vogel-Hunt 5, Oberman 6, Witten 10, Sigl 0, Brooksby 1, Williamson 0, Busciglio 2, Picknell 13, Richardson 0, Carlile 0, Mason 3. Totals: 17 3-7 40.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (23): Cramer 5, Folin 0, Brehm 3, Jones 9, Pierson 2, Roberson 4, Smith 0. Totals: 9 4-6 23.

Oakland109813— 40

Cascade Christian6836— 23

3-point goals — Oakland 3 (Oberman 2, Vogel-Hunt 1), Cascade Christian 1 (Cramer 1).

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 47, CROSSPOINT CHRISTIAN 8: Michaela Porter scored a game-high 20 points and recorded five rebounds and three steals to lead Rogue Valley to a dominant win in the Red Tail Hawks’ regular-season finale.

With the win, RVA (17-3, 10-2) at least a tie for the Mountain Valley League title with Trinity Lutheran, which plays its final league game of the season on Monday against Central Christian.

RVA’s Emma Bischoff added nine points and eight rebounds, while Isabell Zamora had eight assists and Stephanie Castro chipped in eight points and two rebounds.

South Medford junior Donovyn Hunter, seen here in a file photo from earlier this season, scored a team-high 25 points in the Panthers’ win over South Eugene on Saturday. PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR