GIRLS BASKETBALL: South gets back to winning ways


    CONCORD, Calif. — South Medford’s girls basketball team needed a spark after a listless performance the day before in the West Coast Jamboree at Ygnacio High.

    On Friday, Bella Pedrojetti provided it.

    The junior guard scorched the nets for 23 points, draining five 3-pointers and shooting 80 percent from the field as the Panthers downed American High (7-3) from Fremont, California, 67-42.

    “It was by far her best shooting percentage of the season and maybe, with those totals, for her ever,” said South Medford coach Tom Cole. “She really kind of rose to the occasion and played very focused tonight.”

    The win sends the Panthers (7-2) into the consolation title game in the Amber bracket. They play North Torrance at 11 a.m.

    Pedrojetti was 5-for-6 from long distance and 3-for-4 on two-point shots. She also was 2-for-2 at the free-throw line and pulled down six rebounds and made two steals.

    The Panthers lost their tourney opener on Thursday to Valencia, 58-49.

    “I felt like there was better effort tonight,” said Cole. “We were really sluggish yesterday, very lethargic and out of sorts. Today was a better effort consistently by the kids at all 10 positions. It was good to get a win.”

    Ula Chamberlin scored 13 points and notched seven assists.

    “I thought we were very unselfish,” said Cole. “Ula, who typically leads us in scoring, distributed the ball very well.”

    Tanesha Coley had a season-high eight rebounds, and Shakia Teague-Perry had eight points and seven boards. Toni Coleman made four steals.

    AMERICAN (42): Brown 11, Kalning 0, Huang 0, Carerra 0, D. Bell 13, Lee 0, L. Bell 2, Noori 13, Grisson 2, Alvarez 0, Hillman 1. Totals: 13-56 16-31 42.

    SOUTH MEDFORD (67): K. Chamberlin 6, Coleman 6, Dillard 4, Schmerbach 0, Pedrojetti 23, U. Chamberlin 13, Logue 3, Coley 4, Dahlin 0, Teague-Perry 8. Totals: 26-55 9-15 67.

    American914910— 42

    South Medford18171715— 67

    3-point goals — South Medford 6-14 (Pedrojetti 5, U. Chamberlin 1).

    ABBOTSFORD 46, NORTH MEDFORD 32: Down double digits for much of the game, North Medford rallied to within six points in the fourth quarter before Abbotsford of British Columbia puilled away in the Ruby bracket of the West Coast Jamboree at Clayton Valley High School.

    Once the Black Tornado (4-5) trimmed the lead to six, ill-timed turnovers turned into Abbotsford baskets down the stretch.

    Talia Baker produced 13 points and seven rebounds for the Black Tornado, which faces Dougherty Valley (Calif.) today.

    North Medford’s Hannah Drysdale corralled 11 boards to go with her seven points.

    ABBOTSFORD (46): Linz 12, Walton 0, K. Rousosse 7, Dumelton 9, L. Rousosse 1, Hernandez 0, Kithints 14, Wakabayashi 3. Totals: 16 11-14 46.

    NORTH MEDFORD (32): Ersepke 6, Wells 3, T. Baker 13, Fish 0, Kay. Seney 3, Kar. Seney 0, Christiansen 0, Thurman 0, Drysdale 7. Totals: 12 5-12 32.

    Abbotsford1213813— 46

    North Medford75911— 32

    3-point goals — Abbotsford 4 (Linz 1, Dumelton 2, Wakabayashi 1), North Medford 3 (Wells 1, T. Baker 1, Kay. Seney 1).

    INGLEMOOR 44, GRANTS PASS 32: At Lake Oswego, Grace Gaither turned in 16 points for Grants Pass but Inglemoor’s big first half was too much for the Cavers to overcome in the Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High.

    Gaither scored 12 of the Cavers’ 17 first-half points with four 3-pointers. Gaither connected on five from downtown, but the Vikings led at halftime, 28-17.

    Ayla Klingler added seven points, seven rebounds and a pair of steals for the Cavers (8-2), who take on St. Mary’s today.

    INGLEMOOR (44): Laccianole 2, Young 9, Englebrekt 4, Munson 0, Kauffman 0, Troy 12, Haller 4, Reed 3, Zorich 7, Taylor 3, Mackey 0. Totals: 17 6-9 44.

    GRANTS PASS (32): Gaither 16, Lingo 0, Ay. Klingler 7, Williams, 0, Ah. Klingler 3, Rund 1, Bruner 5. Totals: 10 7-15 32.

    Inglemoor101897— 44

    Grants Pass9896— 32

    3-point goals — Inglemoor 4 (Young 1, Reed 1, Zorich 1, Taylor 1), Grants Pass 5 (Gaither 5).

    WILLAMETTE 41, ASHLAND 40: At Corvallis, in a seesaw battle with less than two minutes remaining, Ashland rallied from a seven-point deficit but was off target on two late free throws before missing a contested 20-footer at the buzzer in the Crescent Valley Tournament.

    The Grizzlies (3-6) controlled the first half but sputtered in the third quarter, allowing the Wolverines (3-5) to regain the lead.

    Jayd Sollinger and Nina Munson each scored 10 points and Malia Rodriguez added eight for the Grizzlies, who finish the event today against North Eugene.

    Willamette’s Natalie Willoughby scored 20 points.

    ASHLAND (40): Altig 0, Wilson 0, Sullinger 10, Larson 2, Munson 10, Whitnour 4, Rodriguez 8, Abel 6, Baldwin 0. Totals: 13 9-14 40.

    WILLAMETTE (41): Morris 2, Crawford 14, Bitikofer 2, White 2, Willoughby 20, Young 0. Totals: 14 13-24 41.

    Ashland814612— 40

    Willamette1261310— 41

    3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Rodriguez); Fouled out — Abel, Altig.

    JV result — Willamette won.

    ROGUE RIVER 45, REEDSPORT 14: At Reedsport, Jesse Langfield’s 19 points powered Rogue River to a nonconference victory.

    Jonwyn Ayres added nine points for the Chieftains (7-4).


    GRANTS PASS 67, MILWAUKIE 52: At Bend, Taylor Anderson led three Grants Pass players in double figures with 15 points as the Cavemen slowly pulled away from Milwaukie in the Summit Holiday Tournament.

    The Cavemen (3-6) led 34-27 at halftime before stretching the margin to 10 heading into the fourth quarter.

    Anderson drained three 3-pointers while Randy Clark scored 12 points and Skyler Rich 10.

    ASHLAND 46 CENTRAL 37: At Corvallils, after a slow start, Ashland found its rhythm in the second quarter and turned the tables on Central in the first round of Crescent Valley Tournament.

    Central (3-6) nabbed the early edge with an 11-7 lead, but the Grizzlies (5-4) outscored Central 15-6 in the second period. In the third, Ashland got six points apiece from KJ Pippa and Nate Desmond to grab a 34-25 advantage heading into the fourth.

    Pippa finished with 13 points, Desmond added 10 and Joseph Wallner-Sentle seven.

    Central’s Brendan Lesmeister amassed 27 points.

    CENTRAL (37): Lesmeister 27, Cable 0, Fleming 0, Cooper-Leavitt 2, Kantola 4, Ferguson 0, Barba 2, Alarcon 2. Totals: 12 11-19 37.

    ASHLAND (46): Pippa 13, Wallner-Sentle 7, Ekwall 3, Sanford 4, Saulsbury 3, Swenson 0, Carter 3, Desmond 10. Totals: 16 5-7 46.

    Central116812— 37

    Ashland7151212— 46

    3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Wallner-Sentle 1, Ekwall 1, Saulsbury 1).

    REEDSPORT 56, ROGUE RIVER 52: At Rogue River, Rogue River built a big lead in the first half, only to see Reedsport storm back in the nonconference game.

    The Chieftains (6-4) led 41-28 at halftime, but the Braves (5-5) outscored them 19-4 in the fourth quarter.

    Aiden Norris tallied 17 points to lead Rogue River.

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