Sheldon holds on to sweep South Medford girls

EUGENE — South Medford fell behind by double digits heading into halftime and was unable to take the lead in the second half of 59-49 loss to host Sheldon on Thursday in a key Southwest Conference girls basketball game.

Ula Chamberlin finished with a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and five steals for the Panthers (14-9, 7-3 SWC), who “fell apart” and suffered a “meltdown” over the final two minutes of the second quarter, South coach Tom Cole said, as the Irish (18-4, 9-1) took advantage of mistakes to stretch their lead from one point to 10.

South played aggressively in third quarter and rallied to cut the deficit to four, led by freshman guard Toni Coleman, who scored six of her 10 points in the period.

Sheldon, however, handled the Panthers’ pressure, making several momentum-breaking shots in the fourth quarter and converting 5 of 6 from the free throw line to seal the victory and sweep the two-game season series from the defending conference champions.

Foul trouble also caught up to South, as Coleman — who collected five steals — picked up her fourth foul early in the fourth quarter before eventually fouling out along with freshman backcourt mate Kaili Chamberlin.

“It was a tough one,” Cole said. “Sheldon did some good things. As we made some surges, they did a really good job of being patient on offense and running their sets without taking a bad shot. And I think that was a big difference in the maturity of the two teams.”

Freshman forward Shakia Perry added five points and nine rebounds for South.

Sophomore guard Aly Mirabile had 13 points, junior guard Fallon Hanson added 12 points and junior forward Kami Walk scored 11 for Sheldon.

SOUTH MEDFORD (49): K. Chamberlin 5, Coleman 10, U. Chamberlin 23, Schmerbach 0, Pedrojetti 6, Dahlin 0, Perry 5, Laupola 0. Totals: 19 9-13 49.

SHELDON (59): Washington 2, Mirabile 13, Foutz 0, Walk 11, Hanson 12, Scurlock 2, Reinen 10, Neuman 3, Winkler 6. Totals: 19 16-20 59.

South Medford;14;5;13;17;—;49

Sheldon;13;16;10;20;—;59

3-point goals — South Medford 2 (Pedrojetti 2), Sheldon 5 (Mirabile 1, Hanson 2, Reinen 2). Fouled out — K. Chamberlin, Coleman.

HENLEY 47, PHOENIX 34: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix struggled offensively until the final quarter — equaling its scoring output from the first three periods combined — and host Henley took advantage by cruising to a Skyline Conference victory.

Delani Parent, a freshman center, scored 13 points to pace the Pirates (3-18, 0-8 Sky), who shot just 3-for-14 from 3-point range while dropping their ninth straight game.

Senior guard Taylor DeVry added 12 points and three steals and freshman center Josephine Bolstad chipped in six rebounds and two blocked shots for Phoenix, which saw two starters (Parent, Maggie Carrillo) foul out and Henley connect on more free throws (18) than the Pirates attempted (15).

Jessica Northcutt, a junior post, finished with a game-high 17 points for the Hornets (15-6, 6-2).

PHOENIX (34): Carrillo 2, DeVry 12, Christiansen 1, Lopez 6, Parent 13, Kentner 0, Perez-Hernandez 0, Badillo 0, Tellez 0, Bolstad 0. Totals: 12 4-15 34.

HENLEY (47): Fahner 1, Higgins 8, Gonzales 4, Taylor 2, Kaler 2, Smith 4, Decker 9, Northcutt 17, Greif 0, Loney 0. Totals: 13 18-36 47.

Phoenix;9;6;2;17;—;34

Henley;13;13;7;14;—;47

3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (DeVry 2, Lopez 1), Henley 3 (Gonzales 1, Smith 1, Northcutt 1). Technical foul — Phoenix coach Alexander. Fouled out — Carrillo, Parent.

JV result — Henley won JV.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 45, PROSPECT 12: At Prospect, junior guard Savanah Zamora posted a near triple-double (12 points, eight rebounds, 11 steals), leading Rogue Valley Adventist to a Mountain Valley League victory over Prospect.

Senior post Rose Tovar added six points, six rebounds and three steals and freshman forward Madeln Bennett chipped in eight points for the Red Tail Hawks (20-1, 10-1 MVL), who can clinch their league championship with a victory on Saturday at Triad, the only team to defeat RVA this season.

The Cougars (3-20, 1-10), who lost their seventh straight, wrap up their season Saturday at Gilchrist.

Boys

HENLEY 66, PHOENIX 55: At Klamath Falls, a slow start proved too much to overcome for Phoenix, which dropped the Skyline Conference contest to host Henley.

Brothers Brennan Watts (12 points) and Braeden Watts (eight points) combined to knock down six of the eight 3-pointers made by the Pirates (5-16, 2-6 Sky), while Javan Gail added 10 points.

McKade Allen had 18 points and Kyle Hadwick scored 16 for the Hornets (16-4, 6-2), who won their sixth straight.

PHOENIX (50): Bre. Watts 12, Hutsell 6, Goff 6, Lozano Reyes 2, Lopez 3, Stella 3, Bra. Watts 8, Gail 10. Totals: 17 8-12 50.

HENLEY (66): Allen 18, Fenters 7, J. O’Connor 7, Overstreet 2, Hadwick 16, Loney 2, Scott 2. Totals: 18 12-17 66.

Phoenix;6;19;15;10;—;50

Henley;20;14;17;15;—;66

3-point goals — Phoenix 8 (Bre. Watts 4, Goff 1, Lopez 1, Bra. Watts 2), Henley 6 (Fenters 1, J. O’Connor 2, Hadwick 3).

RV ADVENTIST 46, PROSPECT 19: At Prospect, Marcus Wiggers had 12 points and 15 rebounds to lead Rogue Valley Adventist in the Mountain Valley League game.

The Red Tail Hawks (11-11, 5-7 MVP) also got 11 points, including three 3-pointers, from Ruben Tovar.

Jordan Christee paced Prospect (1-20, 0-12) with nine points.

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