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Girls Basketball: Ersepke, Tornado overwhelm Indians

ROSEBURG — In the absence of one of the state’s top scorers in the Southwest Conference, junior Jane Ersepke provided the go-to scoring and poise the North Medford girls basketball team needed on Tuesday.

Ersepke led all scores with 19 points while helping limit the Black Tornado miscues to just eight turnovers in the contest as North Medford claimed a 59-38 victory in the nonconference contest at Roseburg High School.

“Jane stepped up when we needed her,” said Black Tornado coach Aaron Rayburn on Ersepke, who helped fill the void left by their top scorer Talia Baker, who was injured in their previous matchup against South Eugene. Baker, a senior, averages around 17 points per game.

Ersepke finished 6 of 12 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds, all while keeping the North Medford (7-6) offense flowing and efficient, as shown by their 25-for-49 shooting performance.

“We were really patient on offense and took care of the ball, which was a big piece of it,” said Rayburn. “That’s something we really emphasize.”

North Medford’s Abby Christiansen was 4-for-5 from the floor and dropped in 14 points while Hannah Drysdale finished with eight points and six rebounds.

Paisley Fish scored four points and provided a spark for the Black Tornado with her defense on Indians’ guard Emma Vrendenburg, who did not score in the contest.

Roseburg dropped to 2-12 overall.

NORTH MEDFORD (59): Ersepke 19, Wells 5, Hood 3, Fish 4, Christiansen 14, Thurman 6, Drysdale 8, Gallery 0. Totals: 20-34 5-15 4-8 59.

ROSEBURG (38): Anderson 0, Allen 7, Murphy 2, Vrendenburg 0, Wayman 7, Lake 2, White 2, Knudson 2, Melvin 0, Bergman 16. Totals: 12-31 1-8 11-14 38.

North Medford14131319— 59

Roseburg681113— 38

3-point goals — North Medford 5 (Ersepke 1, Wells 1, Hood 1, Christianson 2), Roseburg 1 (Allen).

JV result — Roseburg won.

HENLEY 39, PHOENIX 26: At Phoenix, mired by turnovers, Phoenix’s offense had a tough time getting going as Henley handed the Pirates a Skyline Conference defeat.

Josie Bolstadt went for nine points and six rebounds while Maggie Carrillo added nine points and three steals for the Pirates (6-10, 0-2 Skyline), who committed 29 turnovers.

Phoenix also picked up five points, five rebounds and three steals from Delani Parent.

Henley improved to 8-7 overall and 2-0 in Skyline.

HENLEY (39): Loney 7, Cheyne 0, Sharp 16, Peterson 0, Barnett 0, Smith 6, McLauchlin 2, Moore 0, Lowry 1, Northcutt 7. Totals: 14 10-17 39.

PHOENIX (26): Carrillo 9, Villasenor 0, Christensen 1, Skaff 0, Bolstad 9, Tellez 0, Flores 0, Badillo 2, Parent 5. Totals: 9 6-12 26.

Henley136146— 39

Phoenix45512— 26

3-point goals — Henley 1 (Loney), Phoenix 2 (Carrillo 2). Fouled out — Villasenor.

JV result — Henley won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 48, DOUGLAS 46: Tied 46-all with 2.9 seconds left, Emily Stephens received the ball on the inbound pass, took two dribbles and swished the game-winning jumper from the right side of the elbow, lifting Cascade Christian over Douglas in Far West League action.

Stephens was superb, finishing with 18 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals, despite being the focal point of Douglas’ defensive strategy.

Katelyn Willard poured in a game-high 19 points and knocked down all of Cascade Christian’s 3-pointers, making 5 of 6 attempts. The Challengers (7-10, 2-1 FWL) also picked up eight points from Sophie Ferreira.

Douglas (6-7, 0-4) was led by Amy Dickover’s 18 points.

DOUGLAS (46): Parson 1, Hall 12, Phillips 6, Lund 0, Snuka-Polamalu 3, Sapp 2, Davis 4, Dickover 18 Totals: 17 11-18 46.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (48): Joseph 0, Quast 0, Alexander 3, Meilicke 4, Ferreira 8, Willard 19, Hagloch 6, Sweem 0, Stephens 18. Totals: 18 8-24 48.

Douglas11111212— 46

Cascade Christian1811811— 48

3-point goals — Douglas 1 (Hall 1), Cascade Christian 5 (Willard 5). Fouled out — Meilicke, Snuka-Polamalu.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 65, ST. MARY’S 45: At Brookings, after pulling to within one point in the third quarter, St. Mary’s got outscored 19-5 in the Far West League road loss.

Emma Bennion paced the Crusaders (7-5, 1-3 FWL) with 17 points and Ibixica Alvarez added 14.

For Brookings (8-6, 3-0), Sidney Alexander scored eight of her 17 points during a pivotal third quarter surge.

ST. MARY’S (45): Young 0, Alvarez 14 Bennion 17, Conner 4, Lippert 2, Raj 0, Dunn 0, Christman 4, Rothfus 2, Ward 2. Totals: 19 2-5 45.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (65): Fitzhugh 11, Schofield 10, Fulton 5, Jirsa 2, Pettus 3, Alexander 17, Murray 3, McCrae 14. Totals: 24 9-16 65.

St. Mary’s3201210— 45

Brookings-Harbor13152413— 65

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 5 (Alvarez 4, Bennion 1), Brookings-Harbor 8 (Fitzhugh 1, Schofield 2, Alexander 4, Murray 1).

JV result — Brookings-Harbor won.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 50, ROGUE RIVER 44: At Cave Junction, Rogue River pulled to within four points after trailing by 20 in the fast-paced Southern Cascade League contest.

For Rogue River (9-6, 2-2 SCL), Madison McKown scored 16 points and Jesse Langfield contributed 14.

EAGLE POINT FRESHMEN 37, PROSPECT 26: At Eagle Point, Mackenzie Dowd scored 10 points in a losing effort for Prospect.

The Eagle Point freshmen did a good job beating Prospect’s press for easy transition baskets, building a 20-5 halftime lead over the Cougars (3-12).

Prospect’s Annalee Breiholz added six points.

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