It wasn’t quite the all-out showing South Medford girls basketball coach Tom Cole was hoping to see Wednesday in preparation for an even bigger Southwest Conference clash Friday, but it was more than enough at North Medford High.
South Medford shuffled through three so-so quarters, in Cole’s eyes, before ultimately closing strong to secure a 69-33 win over host North Medford, earning a sweep in the crosstown rivalry this season.
The triumph also allowed the sixth-ranked Panthers (21-3, 8-1 SWC) to remain one game back of No. 7 Sheldon (20-4, 9-0) in the SWC standings, with only Friday’s matchup at South Medford High remaining in the regular season.
“I thought we could’ve been better tonight but we didn’t particularly come out with the same level of intensity that we have had,” said Cole, “and I sincerely hope by Friday they rebound because Sheldon’s obviously a very good team that’s already beaten us once. In order for us to clinch a conference championship, it comes down to Friday.”
South Medford senior Ula Chamberlin scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in the first half and finished with five assists, while sophomore Kaili Chamberlin added eight of her 12 points in the second quarter, many off assists from her sister.
“Ula shot the ball really well in the first half,” said Cole. “She set the tone early with her scoring.”
Freshman Sierra Logue also had an early impact for the Panthers, notching six of her eight points in the first quarter and finishing with five blocks, six rebounds and two assists. Shakia Teague-Perry also pulled down six boards, while fellow sophomore Toni Coleman had six points, six rebounds and three steals.
North Medford (8-14, 1-8) played without junior standout Jane Ersepke and sophomore Hannah Drysdale but got a big lift from junior Abby Christiansen, who had 12 points, and sophomore Savannah Weaver, who added eight points and helped steady a patient offensive attack.
“You have to give credit to North Medford,” said Cole. “They moved the ball very well tonight and they were very patient. They didn’t turn the ball over as much and I thought that they moved the ball around enough that sometimes we didn’t stay engaged for the full possession on defense and ultimately gave up some points from that.”
SOUTH MEDFORD (69): K. Chamberlin 12, Coleman 6, U. Chamberlin 16, Dillard 0, Schmerbach 5, Pedrojetti 6, Logue 8, Coley 6, Dahlin 6, Teague-Perry 4. Totals: 31-61 1-2 69.
NORTH MEDFORD (33): Wells 6, T. Baker 5, Gallery 0, Weaver 8, Kay. Seney 0, Christiansen 12, Thurman 2. Totals: 12-43 6-11 33.
South Medford17171520— 69
North Medford88125— 33
3-point goals — South Medford 6 (U. Chamberlin 2, Dahlin 2, Pedrojetti 2), North Medford 3 (Christiansen 2, Weaver 1).
JV result — South Medford won.
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