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Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth’s Bella Pedrojetti drives to the hoop in the 1st quarter.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Balanced Panthers overwhelm Axe

South Medford placed a whopping six players in double-figure scoring and opened Southwest Conference girls basketball play with a 77-45 win over visiting South Eugene Friday.

The fifth-ranked Panthers (14-2, 1-0 SWC) were led by Bella Pedrojetti’s 15 points. She also had eight rebounds.

Ula Chamberlin scored 11, and teammates Kaili Chamberlin, Toni Coleman, Tanesha Coley and Shakia Teague-Perry each had 10.

The rotation of players changed a bit when Sierra Logue injured a knee before the game and wasn’t able to play. The 6-foot-2 freshman will have the injury examined Monday, said South Medford coach Tom Cole.

“Not having her on the floor balanced out the minutes for other kids,” he said. “They got more minutes than they typically do. They were distributing the ball more and getting everybody involved offensively. Everybody else really stepped up, so it was productive.”

Teague-Perry added six rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists, and Coleman had five rebounds and three steals. Coley grabbed six boards and Ula Chamberlin three steals.

South Eugene, which trailed 48-19 at halftime, dropped to 6-9 and 0-1.

SOUTH EUGENE (45): Lewis 4, Lucas 6, Harris 0, Galloway 2, Stein 6, McGowan 8, Lee 8, Megert 2, Jost 3, Schmidt 2, Bryant 4. Totals: 19-59 4-16 45.

SOUTH MEDFORD (77): K. Chamberlin 10, Coleman 10, U. Chamberlin 11, Dillard 0, Schmerbach 7, Pedrojetti 15, Coley 10, Dahlin 4, Teague-Perry 10. Totals: 31-70 11-18 77.

South Eugene1181610— 45

South Medford25231415— 77

3-point goals — South Eugene 3 (Lucas 2, McGowan 1), South Medford 4 (U. Chamberlin 1, Pedrojetti 3).

JV result — South Eugene won.

GRANTS PASS 31, NORTH MEDFORD 26: Grants Pass made back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter to overtake North Medford en route to victory in the Southwest Conference opener at North Medford.

The Black Tornado (7-7 overall) led 16-13 at halftime and was up one when the Cavers’ Ahdra Klingler and Elizabeth Williams hit from long range. Williams had another trey in the quarter, which ended with Grants Pass (10-5) leading 25-20.

Hannah Drysdale had seven points and seven rebounds for North Medford, while Jane Ersepke scored seven and Jazmyne Wells grabbed six rebounds.

Klingler scored 11 to lead the Cavers.

GRANTS PASS (31): Rucker 2, Gaither 3, Ay. Klingler 4, Williams 6, Ah. Klingler 11, Rund 4, Bruner 1, Yount 0. Totals: 10-35 6-10 31.

NORTH MEDFORD (26): Ersepke 7, Wells 0, Fish 0, Christiansen 6, Thurman 6, Drysdale 7. Totals: 12-32 1-3 26.

Grants Pass85126— 31

North Medford7946— 26

3-point goals — Grants Pass 5 (Gaither 1, Williams 2, Ah. Klingler 2), North Medford 1 (Ersepke 1).

JV result — Grants Pass won.

CRATER 67, WILLAMETTE 25: At Central Point, Crater’s half-court defense gave Willamette fits and the Comets’ hot shooting helped them go on big scoring runs to begin each of the first three quarters in their Midwestern League victory.

The Comets (12-3, 5-1 MWL) outscored the Wolverines (4-10, 2-5) 16-2 in the first quarter before beginning the second on an 11-0 run and the third with a 10-0 streak.

Eliza Idiart paced the Comets with 13 points and made three of Crater’s nine 3-pointers.

Crater also received 11 points and four steals from Maya Van Hook, and six points, six rebounds and two steals from Nehkyah Ellis.

WILLAMETTE (25): Morris 5, Scnear 1, Murphy 0, Smith 9, Gayle 0, Young 0, Crawford 3, Bitikofer 0, Gwynn 2, Lee 5. Totals: 6 8-14 25.

CRATER (67): Gugliotta 0, Hirsch 3, Dance 4, Idiart 13, Van Hook 11, Westbrock 0, Robison 8, Oestreich 2, Gray 9, Ellis 6, Dutkiewicz 0, Woodard 8, Bowers 2, Waters 1. Totals: 25 8-12 67.

Willamette2896— 25

Crater16201615— 67

3-point goals — Willamette 1 (Smith), Crater 9 (Idiart 3, Robison 1, Gray 2, Ellis 1, Woodard 2). Fouled out — Gugliotta.

JV score — Crater 58, Willamette 10.

EAGLE POINT 48, NORTH BEND 42, OT: At Bend, Kierssa Hogan came through when Eagle Point needed it, scoring 10 fourth-quarter points before adding three of her 18 points in overtime as the Eagles captured the Midwestern League victory.

Eagle Point (7-7, 3-4 MWL) quickly took control in OT when Andrea Flores made a lay-in and was fouled for a three-point play. Hogan later splashed in a 3-pointer to stretch the Eagles’ lead to 46-40.

Hogan made four from beyond the arc, Flores added 10 points and six rebounds and Nicole Lawler chipped in six points and five assists for the Eagles.

The Bulldogs (9-5, 4-4) were led by Haley Snelgrove’s 12 points.

EAGLE POINT (48): Shelton 2, Hogan 18, Monroe 7, Flores 10, Burgess 3, Lawler 6, Sather 2, Sked 0, Swanson 0. Totals: 19 3-6 48.

NORTH BEND (42): Snelgrove 12, Markel 9, Matthews 2, Proett 4, Cunningham 8, Anderson 2, Frank 5. Totals: 15 12-25 42.

Eagle Point51511128— 48

North Bend71311102— 42

3-point goals — Eagle Point 7 (Hogan 4, Burgess 1, Lawler 2). Fouled out — Swanson.

JV result — North Bend won.

NORTH EUGENE 47, ASHLAND 35: At Eugene, a tough night on the offensive end of the floor turned into Ashland’s second consecutive Midwestern League loss as the Grizzlies were unable to consistently get shots to fall in a road loss.

North Eugene (3-12, 1-6 MWL) snapped a seven-game losing skid with the win, its first against a team from Oregon this season.

Ashland (5-8, 1-5) was able to get back into the game after scoring just two points in the second quarter and going into halftime down 17-11.

Sophomore wing Jayd Sollinger finished with a team-high 11 points, and sophomore post Kendyl Abel added nine points.

North Eugene seniors Allison Oravec and Kamryn Manley each scored 14 points.

ASHLAND (35): Altig 2, Wilson 2, Sollinger 11, Barnes 2, Larson 0, Munson 5, Rodriguez 4, Abel 9. Totals: 12 10-18 35.

NORTH EUGENE (47): Collie 0, Cook 2, T. Manley 2, Oravec 14, K. Manley 14, Lundin 0, Martines 6, Slaughter 1, Pierce 0, Rogers 8, Smith 0. Totals: 14 18-21 50.

Ashland921014— 35

North Eugene891119— 47

3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Sollinger 1), North Eugene (Oravec 1).

ST. MARY’S 56, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 30: Emma Bennion poured in 12 of her 22 points in the second quarter where St. Mary’s seized control in the Far West League showdown at St. Mary’s High.

It was a gritty performance for Bennion, whose playing status was in question leading up to the game with an ankle injury she suffered the night before.

The Crusaders (8-6, 2-2 FWL) received 15 points from Ibixica Alvarez and Olivia Lippert scored nine points.

Sophie Ferreira led Cascade Christian (7-11, 2-2) with 10 points, while Challengers’ star Emily Stephens was limited to seven points.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (30): Quast 3, Alexander 4, Meilicke 6, Ferreira 10, Stephens 7, Clark 0, Willard 0, Sweem 0, Hensley 0. Totals: 10 9-23 30.

ST. MARY’S (56): Alvarez 15, Bennion 22, Conner 3, Lippert 9, Rajagopal 5, Christman 2, Young 0, Dunn 0, Rothfus 0, Ward 0. Totals: 19 8-10 .

Cascade Christian11649— 30

St. Mary’s11181314— 56

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 1 (Quast 1), St. Mary’s 10 (Alvarez 3, Bennion 2, Conner 1, Lippert 3, Rajagopal 1). Fouled out — Conner, Christman.

ROGUE RIVER 38, LAKEVIEW 33: At Rogue River, Jesse Langfield scored 14 points and Madison McKown added 10 as Rogue River made a remarkable comeback after trailing 20-1 at the end of the first quarter of the Southern Cascade League game.

The Chieftains (10-6, 3-2 SCL) cut their deficit to 28-22 after three quarters, then took the lead for good midway through the fourth.

After grabbing the lead, Rogue River went into a delay and forced Lakeview (5-12, 3-3) to foul. The Chieftains went 8-for-14 from the line to seal the victory.

Rogue River sophomore guard Jonwyn Ayres added seven points

GILCHRIST 57, PROPSECT 20: At Gilchrist, Stormie and McKenzie Thompson each scored eight points in the Mountain Valley League game for Prospect.

The Cougars (3-11, 0-7 MVL) trailed 32-12 at halftime.

Gilchrist is 7-5 and 3-5.

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