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Skyhawk girls win once, then fall at South Medford

Southridge opens the second season with a win at Glencoe High


MEDFORD — To suggest that Southridge’s 2012-13 girls basketball season was a roller coaster would be an understatement of massive proportions.by: MILES VANCE - GOING STRONG - Southridge's Hannah Rose goes up against Glencoe's Marly Anderson during her team's Feb. 27 win at Glencoe High School.

The Skyhawks entered the year with high hopes after reaching the Class 6A state tournament in 2012, but had to deal with defections, injuries and challenges throughout the season. Nonetheless, Southridge competed, battled its way to fourth place in Metro League play, then won its first playoff game and moved just one win away from another tournament berth.

But second-ranked Southern Oregon Conference champion South Medford stood in the way there, and this time, the challenge was just too great. The Panthers, hosting the Skyhawks in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs at South Medford High School, got 20 points from Kylie Towry, 14 from Julissa Tago and another 12 from Ashley Bolston to eliminate Southridge 79-38. The Skyhawks’ season ended with an overall record of 11-15.

“Especially for the seniors, we’ve been (to the state tournament) before and we definitely wanted to be back there,” Southridge senior Hannah Rose said. “That was the goal from the beginning of the season.”

In went south at South Medford right from the opening tip, though, with the talented Panthers riding their home-court advantage to a 19-12 edge in the first quarter, then pulling away with a dynamite offensive performance in a 27-10 second period that extended their lead to 36-22.

Southridge, led by Kylie Dummer’s 12 points and seven from Rose, tried to rally in the third quarter, but just couldn’t get any traction. Indeed, South Medford pushed even further ahead in the third to lead 50-28, then tacked on an 18-11 edge in the fourth to finish off the game.

Margaret Brock and Tiare Miles added five points each in the loss for Southridge, while Andee Ritter tacked on 10 for South Medford. The Panthers improved to 22-4 with the win and advanced to face St. Mary’s in yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) quarterfinal round of the state tournament.

Southridge 52, Glencoe 46

HILLSBORO — In their playoff opener, the Skyhawks rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit, held the 15th-ranked Crimson Tide to just two third-quarter points and win 52-46 at Glencoe High School on Feb. 27. The loss ended Glencoe’s year at 14-11 after the Tide placed third in the Pacific Conference.

“I think we really adjusted in the second half to what we needed to do,” Dummer said. “Everyone played key roles. Everyone hit big shots.”

“I was a little nervous, but once I got on the court, it all went away,” added senior Tiffany Backman, who just recently returned to the lineup after missing most of the year with a knee injury. “After the first half, we learned from each other and that helped.”

The Skyhawks started fast at Glencoe, getting four first-quarter points each from Rose, Amanda Hansen and Margaret Brock, as well as a three-pointer from Makenna Bell to lead 17-13 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter, however, was a disaster for Southridge. The Skyhawks scored just four points in the quarter, went just 2-of-13 from the floor, and turned the ball over six times.

Glencoe took advantage there, getting two three-pointers and eight points from senior Marly Anderson, another “three” and four points by Morgan Brown, and two each from Kayla Hyppolite and Courtney Clayton to build what appeared to be a solid 29-21 edge at the half.

But the Skyhawks came back strong in the second half, pushed into the lead before the end of the third quarter, and moved in front for good with 6:34 to go in the fourth quarter. Dummer — after a quiet first half — knocked down two “threes” in the final 1:29 of the third quarter, then hit again from long range to give her team the lead for good at 36-34 with 6:34 left on the clock.

The Hawks built their lead as high as seven points — at 45-38 when Bell hit a “three” with 3:23 to go — before the Tide made its last push of the game. The Tide got a three-pointer from Clayton, a pair of Anderson foul shots and then another free throw by Hyppolite to close within 45-44 with 1:54 to go.

But Rose responded with a “three,” a free throw and a fast break hoop in the next 1:22 to help her team pull away.

“Coach just pulled us all together and said ‘Hey. You know what you’re doing. You guys are good. You have this game,’” Rose said. “We all came together as a team. It was a team effort.”

“We knew this could be our last game and we weren’t going to give up so we just kept playing hard and coming back,” Dummer added.

Rose finished with 14, Dummer had 12 and Brock 10, while Anderson paced Glencoe with 26.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.



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