CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — South Medford rallied from the brink of defeat to pull out an improbable, 79-76 overtime victory over Del Norte in nonconference girls basketball Saturday.
The Panthers, ranked sixth in Oregon Class 6A, trailed by four points with 7 seconds remaining.
At the end of regulation, Bella Pedrojetti made a long two-point field goal with 4 seconds left, and — after one made free throw on two attempts by Del Norte — a long 3-pointer by Toni Coleman at the buzzer forced overtime.
The Panthers (12-2) held on in the extra session against the talented Warriors.
“They have a really, really good team,” said South Medford coach Tom Cole.
After Pedrojetti’s basket, which was just inside the 3-point line, the Panthers fouled immediately. Ula Chamberlin corralled the long rebound on the missed second free throw, pushed the ball up court and found Coleman about 4 feet behind the 3-point line.
“All you can do is catch it and shoot it,” said Cole. “She heaves it up there, it goes off the backboard and in to tie it at the buzzer. The crowd is crazy.”
“The bucket of the year,” he added.
Del Norte, which began the game with a 10-0 run, started the overtime with three quick points.
“Then it was just on,” said Cole, “back and forth until we were able to get a little separation at the end.”
The Warriors, down by one, had a late chance to win. South Medford inbounded under the Warriors’ basket with a few seconds left, but turned it over. Del Norte inbounded under its basket, missed a shot, then fouled Chamberlin, who made two free throws for the final tally.
Chamberlin had 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals, and Coleman recorded 19 points, five boards and four steals. Bella Pedrojetti scored 16, and Shakia Teague-Perry contributed 14 points and eight rebounds.
Del Norte’s Kaleya Sanchez scored 35 points and teammate Jadence Clifton added 26.
SOUTH MEDFORD (79): K. Chamberlin 9, Coleman 19, U. Chamberlin 21, Schmerbach 0, Pedrojetti 16, Logue 0, Coley 0, Dahlin 0, Teague-Perry 14. Totals: 29-59 13-21 79.
DEL NORTE (76): Brown 0, Zepeda 2, Lenouer 0, Clifton 26, Ledema 0, Stone 13, Sanchez 35, Jackson 0. Totals: 26-66 17-25 76.
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Del Norte1914132010— 76
3-point goals — South Medford 8 (K. Chamberlin 2, Coleman 1, U. Chamberlin 3, Pedrojetti 2), Del Norte 7 (Clifton 6, Stone 1). Fouled out — K. Chamberlin, Pedrojetti, Logue.
RV ADVENTIST 32, TRIAD 8: At Klamath Falls, Rogue Valley Adventist ran its overall record to 11-1 and its Mountain Valley League mark to 6-1.
Savanah Zamora had eight points, seven steals and three assists in the win. Madelyn Bennett added seven points, seven rebounds and three assists, and Zoe Belovitch had six points, 11 rebounds and three assists.
The Red Tail Hawks led 20-6 at halftime.
CHILOQUIN 34, PROSPECT 17: At Prospect, it was a tale of two halves for Prospect, which took the loss but outscored Chiloquin 14-12 in the second half of the Mountain Valley League game.
MacKenzie Doud led the balanced Cougars (3-11, 0-7 MVL) with four points.
TRIAD 54, RV ADVENTIST 38: At Klamath Falls, Caleb Jackson had 17 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for Rogue Valley Adventist in the Mountain Valley League setback.
The Red Tail Hawks (7-5, 2-5 MVL) trailed 33-19 at halftime.
They also got seven points, four rebounds and three assists from Ruben Tovar.
CHILOQUIN 56, PROSPECT 36: At Prospect, Den Herrera scored 25 of his 33 points in the first half to lead Chiloquin in the Mountain Valley League game.
Prospect (1-14, 0-7 MVL) trailed 37-17 at halftime, then played the Panthers even in the second half.
Jordan Royce had eight points and three steals for Prospect, Jadon Taylor had seven points and five rebounds and Logan Gordon grabbed five rebounds.