PREP BASKETBALL: Big second lifts Panther girls


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    CONCORD, Calif. — South Medford erupted for 33 points in the second quarter and rode the momentum to an 81-42 girls basketball win over North Torrance in the Amber bracket consolation championship of the West Coast Jamboree Saturday.

    The Panthers, ranked seventh in Oregon 6A ranks, built a 53-20 first-half lead and cruised, finishing the tournament with a 2-1 record. They are 8-2 overall.

    “That second quarter was a really strong quarter,” said South Medford coach Tom Cole. “It helped us create separation and comfort so we could play consistently. That’s the first time we had that here.”

    South Medford’s run was the result of defense against the transition game North Torrance prefers. The Panthers, who had a season-high 19 blocks, limited the Saxons (13-3) to five points in the second.

    Shakia Teague-Perry racked up 10 blocks to go with nine points, seven rebounds and four assists. Sierra Logue had six blocks.

    Ula Chamberlin, who had five assists, paced South Medford with 21 points. Toni Coleman scored 17 and Kaili Chamberlin 16.

    A year ago, when the Panthers’ roster was made up mostly of freshmen, they went 1-2 in the tourney and lost the finale when they gave up six points in the last 17 seconds.

    Saturday’s win was a good way to finish, said Cole.

    “Even though we’re still young, we’re starting to see signs of jelling, and that’s encouraging,” he said. “Especially in a game like that, where you’re able to play your entire roster and we’re transitioning to the new year and conference is right around the corner. All the girls got game experience and minutes under their belt to get them ready for conference.”

    Southwest Conference play begins Jan. 18.

    NORTH TORRANCE (42): Yangai 9, Takata 8, Takeshi 5, Murobai 1, Sulzman 0, Misum 3, Kamiya 2, Vargas 0, Valles 10, Schwenke 4. Totals: 16-67 4-9 42.

    SOUTH MEDFORD (81): K. Chamberlin 16, Coleman 17, U. Chamberlin 21, Dillard 0, Schmerbach 2, Pedrojetti 6, Logue 6, Dahlin 4, Teague-Perry 9. Totals: 32-54 13-15 81.

    North Torrance1551111— 42

    South Medford20331414— 81

    3-point goals — North Torrance 4 (Yangai 3, Takata 1), South Medford 12 (K. Chamberlin 1, U. Chamberlin 1, Pedrojetti 2).

    NORTH MEDFORD 68, DOUGHERTY VALLEY 38: At Concord, Calif., Talia Baker scored a career-high 32 points — including a whopping 25 in the first half — as North Medford won its final game in the Ruby bracket of the West Coast Jamboree.

    Baker, a 5-foot-9 senior who was named to the all-tournament team, made 13 of 15 shots from the field and all five of her free throws. Most of her points came on mid-range jumpers, and she didn’t play in the fourth quarter against the San Ramon, California, school.

    The Black Tornado (5-5) led 41-15 at halftime and 58-32 entering the fourth.

    Jane Ersepke added 16 points, and Abby Christiansen pulled down eight rebounds.

    DOUGHERTY VALLEY (38): Samra 6, Akers 2, Lee 3, Mabanag 0, Shah 0, Zink 7, Milota 7, Nacker 4, Wirgler 4, Wong 5. Totals: 13 9-13 38.

    NORTH MEDFORD (68): Ersepke 16, Wells 2, Baker 32, Fish 5, Christensen 3, Drysdale 10, Kay. Seney 0, Kar. Seney 0, Thurman 0. Totals: 27 11-17 68.

    Dougherty Valley105176— 38

    North Medford19221710— 68

    3-point goals — Dougherty Valley 3 (Samra 2, Zink 1), North Medford 3 (Ersepke 1, Baker 1, Drysdale 1). Technical foul — Lee.

    ST. MARY’S ACADEMY 41, GRANTS PASS 34: At Lake Oswego, Ayla and Ahdra Klingler combined for 21 points but it wasn’t enough for Grants Pass in the Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego High.

    Ayla Klingler led all scorers with 11, Ahdra Klingler had 10 and Grace Gaither seven for the Cavers (8-3) in the last of the four-day tournament, where Grants Pass finished with a 2-2 record.

    It was the first time this season the Cavers have lost back-to-back games.

    GRANTS PASS (34): Page 0, Gaither 7, Ay. Klingler 10, Williams 0, Ah. Klingler 11, Rund 2, Bruner 4, Yount 0. Totals: 11 9 34.

    ST. MARY’S ACADEMY (41): Brazille 8, Johnson 7, Graham 0, Galian 4, Edoy 8, Rawhouse-Mylet 6, Ja. Newton 8, Je. Newton 0, Grosheng 0. Totals: 15 7 41.

    Grants Pass8989— 34

    St. Mary’s Academy1110713— 41

    3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Ah. Klingler 2, Gaither 1), St. Mary’s Academy 3 (Rawhouse-Mylet 2, Galian 1). Fouled out — Bruner.

    ASHLAND 58, NORTH EUGENE 41: At Corvallis, Jayd Sollinger tallied 19 points as Ashland secured third place in the four-team Crescent Valley Tournament.

    Sollinger also collected five steals and five rebounds for the Grizzlies (4-6), who received 14 points and 10 rebounds from Kendyl Abel and 15 points from Nina Munson.

    ASHLAND (58): Altig 3, Wilson 0, Sollinger 19, Baldwin 0, Larson 0, Munson 15, Witnour 4, Rodriguez 3, Abel 14. Totals: 24 9-21 58.

    NORTH EUGENE (41): Cook 12, T. Manley 6, Oravec 7, K. Manley 1, Lundin 4, Hobbs 2, Martinez 2, Rogers 8. Totals: 16 8-12 41.

    Ashland15191410— 58

    North Eugene131388— 41

    3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Sollinger), North Eugene (Cook 1, Oravec 1).

    Boys

    GRANTS PASS 58, EATONVILLE 30: At Bend, Taylor Anderson racked up 21 points for Grants Pass, which nearly doubled up Eatonville in the final day of the Summit Holiday Tournament.

    Anderson knocked down five 3-pointers for the Cavemen (4-6), who received 12 points from Skyler Rich and 10 from Randy Clark.

    GRANTS PASS (58): Rich 12, Lopez 4, Law 4, Coyle 1, Anderson 21, Maravilla 3, Lackey 0, Clark 10, Bellum 3. Totals: 23 5-12 58.

    EATONVILLE (30): Foster 0, Schoepf 2, Roulst 7, Knoblauch 11, Humphrey 2, McElyea 0, Smith 4, Root 0, McIlraith 2, Hatler 2. Totals: 11 5-9 30.

    Grants Pass19131214— 58

    Eatonville81343— 30

    3-point goals — Grants Pass 7 (Anderson 5, Clark 1, Bellum 1), Eatonville 3 (Knoblauch 3).

    CRESCENT VALLEY 57, ASHLAND 56: At Corvallis, Ashland missed a shot at the final buzzer in the third-place game in the Crescent Valley Tournament.

    The Grizzlies (5-5) lost starting guard KJ Pippa to an ankle injury in the first quarter.

    Ashland will return to action on Friday, hosting Thurston of Springfield in Midwestern League play.

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