South Medford's Josh Havird passes over two Redmond defenders during Monday's game.

Havird has quite a night

Josh Havird didn't plan on taking over the game, but that's just what the South Medford senior wing did in the first round of the 20th annual Abby's Holiday Classic Monday.

Havird scored a career-high 30 points as the Panther boys basketball team defeated Redmond, 71-49, at South Medford High.

Thirteen of his points came in the second quarter, giving Havird 17 at the break as South Medford eked out a 31-27 advantage.

"I didn't realize I had 30 points the whole night," said Havird, whose previous high was 23 earlier this season. "It wasn't one of those games where I was thinking, 'Oh, I'm scoring a lot.' It felt more balanced. I was comfortable and wasn't rushing things. I was surprised to hear I had 30."

South Medford (5-3) needed him to step up, too, as a ragtag first half unfolded in which it appeared whichever side stabilized its play first would take command.

After 11 turnovers in the opening half, including eight in the first quarter, South Medford turned the ball over only four times in the second half.

Redmond (3-6), which is also nicknamed the Panthers, had seven turnovers in the first quarter and 25 for the game.

Travis Pratt scored five of South Medford's first seven points in the third period as the Panthers opened an eight-point lead. It grew to 12 by the end of the quarter, and South Medford finished strong with a 19-6 run in the fourth.

South Medford faces West Linn at 7:30 tonight at South High. The Lions defeated Red Bluff, Calif., 68-62 in double overtime earlier Monday in the Panthers' gym.

Red Bluff and Redmond meet at 4:30 p.m. today at South Medford.

South Medford coach Dennis Murphy started a different lineup for the first time this season, getting Matt Retzlaff and Sean Pearson into the mix. Illness and missed practices led the coach to try something new, and he didn't blame the poor start on the shake-up.

"I just didn't think we played very hard at all in the first half," said Murphy, who credited Redmond's half-court trapping defense for part of his team's woes. "I thought we played harder the second half. The harder we play, especially on defense, it helps us offensively. We became more efficient offensively in the second half. Redmond got after us, and we knew they would."

Redmond led 17-15 early in the second quarter, but Havird hit a jumper from the free-throw line and again from the baseline on an inbounds play. He added a couple layups, then was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1:20 left in the first half. The successful free throw gave him another first.

"That's the first four-point play of my high school career," he said. "It was fun. He (Redmond defender) kind of lowered his shoulder into my gut."

Redmond's aggressive defense presented scoring opportunities, he added.

"We kind of figured it out," he said. "Their defensive scheme was to trap us and force us. We figured out that if we looked up the floor, we could get easy buckets and layins in transition. That's where most of my points came from, it seemed like. The guys found me and I made the shots or got to the foul line."

Havird was 8 of 14 from the field and 12 of 14 from the line. He made two 3-pointers, had three assists and two steals.

"Josh keeps getting better and better," said Murphy. "We try to do things to get him his shots, and he does a great job of getting to spots he feels comfortable shooting from. Obviously, he shoots it pretty well. I don't know if we need 30 out of him every night, but we need him to shoot the ball well."

Pratt and Brett Wallan each scored eight points in the win, and Pratt added four blocked shots.

Brad Carter scored 18 for Redmond.

REDMOND (49) — Dollarhide 9, Dahlen 6, Gerdes 0, Booster 4, Young 0, Manselle 6, Welsh 0, Perdue 6, Larkin 0, Carter 18. Totals: 19 8-11 49.

SOUTH MEDFORD (71) — Brassel 5, Retzlaff 1, Shanklin-Rice 2, Pearson 4, Seutter 6, Havird 30, Pratt 8, Mercer 6, Voss 0, Wallan 8. Totals: 25 18-22 71.

Redmond 13 14 11 11 — 49

South Medford 15 16 19 21 — 71

3-point goals — Redmond 3 (Dollarhide 1, Manselle 1, Perdue 1), South Medford 3 (Brassel 1, Havird 2). Fouled out — Welsh.

WEST LINN 68, RED BLUFF 62, 2 OTs — At South Medford High, four players scored in double figures as West Linn survived in double overtime.

The score was tied at 50-50 after regulation, and it appeared West Linn would win in overtime with a 60-57 lead and time ticking off. But following a missed free throw, Red Bluff's Ian Hill made a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to force the second extra session.

West Linn got 17 points from Michael Fay, 14 each from Jeff Bush and Michael Underriner and 13 from Mario Shonkwiler.

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