South Medford earns its respect with perfect season

Panthers top Westview for 6A title in end to winter sports
March 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
South Medford players begin celebrating late in their win over Westview Saturday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com.

Finally, Southern Oregon has a champion.

South Medford, charged all season by the mission of bringing respect to girls basketball in the Rogue Valley, won the Class 6A title at the Rose Garden Saturday night.

With spunky junior guard Yaremi Mejia providing 16 points, and key scoring runs, the Panther beat Westview 61-46 to cap a perfect season.

Tess Picknell added 10 points and 13 rebounds for South, which became the first team South of Eugene to win the large-school title since championships first began in 1976.

"We've been working for this for a long time," said senior guard Kylie Towry. "We've wanted to bring respect for basketball in Southern Oregon, and now we've done it.

"This is a historic win, and, hopefully, there'll be more to follow."

 

CLASS 5A - Springfield wins again

The top-ranked Millers overcame a stubborn game plan by rival Willamette to win its second-straight title, 16-7, at Matthew Knight Arena.

Willamette, which lost its previous two games against Springfield, slowed the game to a crawl, and trailed 4-0 at halftime after holding the ball for nearly the entire second quarter.

Mercedes Russell led Springfield with seven points and eight rebounds. Springfield attempted just nine shots from the field, while Willamette gambled on outside shooting, but made just one of nine three-point attempts.

 

CLASS 4A - Henley ends long title drought

Henley won a title for this first time in 21 years with a 41-35 decision over Sutherlin at Gill Coliseum.

The Hornets scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to break a 28-all tie.

Elle Morgan had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Henley.

 

 

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