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GIRLS HOOPS: Panthers roll to win in opener

EUGENE — In terms of making a first impression, the South Medford girls basketball team had quite the good one Friday night.

Senior Donovyn Hunter and freshman Taylor Young each scored 17 points to lead a balance South Medford attack in an 89-41 blowout win over Wilsonsville to open play at the Luke Roth Tipoff Showcase at Sheldon High.

Hunter, playing in her first game since officially signing with Oregon State, also led the Panthers (1-0) with five assists and seven steals.

“They played very unselfishly and everybody played a lot of minutes,” said South Medford head coach Tom Cole of his team, one that includes six freshmen this season. “The young players, they all contributed. It was a great team effort because everybody contributed.”

South finished with five players in double figures, as senior Kendall Fealey scored 16 points and sophomore Sara Schmerbach and freshman Jordan Barlow each had 10.

Junior forward Kim Ceron added eight points and three blocks, while senior Tatum Schmerbach had five points and five assists and freshman Mayan Akpan pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for the Panthers, who led 55-24 at the half.

South Medford finished with 26 steals as a team.

WILSONVILLE (41): Moultrie 16, Kipe 2, Nashif 0, Counts 11, Wilson 1, Ratcliffe 11. Totals: 13 12-22 45.

SOUTH MEDFORD (89): Richardson 0, Taulani 2, Hunter 17, Young 17, S. Schmerbach 10, Ceron 8, Barlow 10, Akpan 4, T. Schmerbach 5, Fealey 16. Totals: 39 8-8 89.

Wilsonville131198— 41

South Medford24312014— 89

3-point goals — Wilsonville 3 (Moultrie 1, Ratcliffe 1, Counts 1), South Medford 3 (T. Schmerbach 1, Hunter 1, Young 1).

OREGON CITY 55, NORTH MEDFORD 26: At Oregon City, turnovers proved to be North Medford’s undoing as Oregon City pulled away in the second half.

Sophomore forward Caileigh Raines pulled down 16 rebounds to go with five points for the Black Tornado (0-1), which outrebounded the Pioneers 30-27 but committed 26 turnovers.

North Medford senior guard Ali Stevens had eight points and three rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

NORTH MEDFORD (26): Stevens 8, Raines 5, Boger 4, Brownlee 4, Lane 3, Harris 2, Patel 0, Hamlin 0, Taylor 0, Jackson 0. Totals: 9-32 7-19 26.

OREGON CITY (55): Boling-Schmidt 13, Lugo 11, Weise 10, Miller 6, LaMarr 5, Craig 3, J. Stiegeler 2, Swanson 1, Foster 0, Sigler 0, Carns 0. Totals: 19-57 11-16 55.

North Medford41624— 26

Oregon City1619173— 55

3-point goals — North Medford 1 (Lane 1), Oregon City 6 (Weise 2, Miller 2, Craig 1, LaMarr 1). Fouled out — Stevens.

JV score — Oregon City 60, North Medford 18.

GRANTS PASS 48, CRATER 31: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass outscored Crater 21-2 in the first quarter and never looked back to claim its second straight win at the Grants Pass Kick-Off Tournament.

Sophie Mock scored 12 points and Brooke Anderson chipped in 11 for the Cavers (2-0), who were able to hold a 28-9 lead at the break.

Sage Winslow finished with 13 points and five steals for Crater (1-1).

CRATER (31): Gugliotta 2, S. Winslow 13, Gish 0, Vranes 0, Dippel 6, Munroe 3, Simmons 0, McCauley 0, A. Winslow 3, Traore 0, Idiart 0, Weaver 4, Valencia 0. Totals: 12 3-4 31.

GRANTS PASS (48): Brandes 5, Kleiner 4, Anderson 11, Thompson 4, Bruner 4, K. Wakefield 0, Pastrell 0, Mock 12, Vainuku-Johnson 0, B. Wakefield 8, Hull 0. Totals: 15 16-22 48.

Crater271012— 31

Grants Pass217155— 48

3-point goals — Crater 4 (S. Winslow 1, Dippel 2, Munroe 1), Grants Pass 2 (Anderson 1, Mock 1).

EAGLE POINT 47, HOOD RIVER VALLEY 29: At Redmond, after shaking off first-game jitters, Eagle Point was able to get out in transition in the second and third quarters to establish some separation and claim the opener of the Central Oregon Tip-Off Classic.

The Eagles (1-0) will close the two-day round robin tournament Saturday against host Redmond.

Senior Morgan Dole paced a balanced Eagles’ scoring attack with nine points, while freshman Jill Garlitz dropped in eight and Makynlee Schauffler had seven.

EAGLE POINT (47): Dole 9, Schauffler 7, Hanan 3, Garlitz 8, Lindstrom 5, Gomez 3, Ledbetter 5, Cabreara 7, Baldwin 0, Baldwin 0, Chandler 0. Totals: 16 13-23 47.

HOOD RIVER VALLEY (29): Castaneda 6, McNerney 6, Schrankel 9, G. Rowan 2, Rosselle 2, J. Rowan 2, Griggs 2, Marquez 0, Mason 0. Totals: 10 6-13 29.

Eagle Point618167— 47

Hood River Valley44813— 29

3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (Dole 1, Schauffler 1), Hood River Valley 3 (Schrankel 3). Fouled out — Castaneda.

PHOENIX 49, ST. MARY’S 22: Phoenix jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back in the nonleague contest at St. Mary’s High.

Morgan James scored 15 points and had 11 steals, and Kynna Nolan added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Pirates (2-0), who led 31-15 at halftime.

Maddie Ward scored seven of her team’s nine points in the first quarter for St. Mary’s (0-1) and finished with 15 points.

The Pirates forced 32 turnovers with 21 steals as a team.

PHOENIX (49): James 15, Nolan 10, Muhamud 9, Delgado 8, Rector 12, McConnell 0, Jacobs-Grigsby 0. Totals: 22 3-8 49.

ST. MARY’S (22): Medley 0, Ward 15, Ayala 2, Jensen 5, Bowdoin 0, Hung 0. Totals: 7 8-10 22.

Phoenix256613— 49

St. Mary’s9636— 22

3-point goals — Phoenix 2 (Nolan 2).

JV result — Phoenix won.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 50, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 42: At Yreka, Calif., Timnah Roberson scored 13 points and Jordynn Jones added 12 but Cascade Christian was unable to recover from a 21-11 run by Brookings-Harbor in the second quarter of the Yreka Tournament clash.

Taylor Folin added seven point for the Challengers (0-1).

Ashlyn Schofield had 19 points for the Bruins (1-1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (42): Akins 0, Lane 0, Ferreira 0, Folin 7, Coats 2, Jones 12, Roberson 13, Arce 4, Haley 4. Totals: 18 4-7 42.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (50): Bruce 3, Babb 0, Garcia 0, Carlson 7, Marrington 8, Bauer 0, Hodges 7, Muro 6, Schofield 19. Totals: 19 7-13 50.

Cascade Christian10111011— 42

Brookings-Harbor921155— 50

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Folin 1, Roberson 1), Brookings-Harbor 5 (Schofield 2, Marrington 1, Carlson 1, Bruce 1).

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune South Medford's Donovyn Hunter, seen here in a file photo from last season, scored 17 points in the Panthers’ season-opening win over Wilsonville.