December 08, 2012

PORTLAND — Top-ranked South Medford doesn’t mind getting a little charity.

The Panthers’ girls basketball team was 14-for-14 at the charity stripe, or free-throw line, and defeated No. 10 St. Mary’s, 70-58, in nonconference play Friday.

South Medford (4-0) was to be part of a four-team tournament. But it would have played second-ranked Westview tonight — after having played the Wildcats last week — and the teams elected to cancel the game. The Panthers will likely try to add a game later in the season.

Free throws have been good to South Medford of late. Against Westview last week, it missed only once.

Against St. Mary’s, “They were huge,” said Panthers coach Tom Cole. “Especially in the second half. They made a run in the third quarter.”

South Medford led by eight at halftime and got off to a fast start in the third before St. Mary’s stemmed the tide.

Panther senior point guard Yaremi Mejia scored 25 points. She was 8 of 10 from the field and 8 of 8 at the line, including five makes in the fourth.

“Yaremi was really poised,” said Cole, who also praised the inside work of Ashley Bolston, who had 10 rebounds and six assists, and the play of 5-foot-10 sophomore reserve MacKenzie Cox against the taller Blues. Cox had five rebounds.

South Medford was undermanned. Freshman Jasmine Falls wasn’t available because she was entered in the scorebook with the wrong number (the Panthers used different road uniforms than they had most recently), and starting post Luisa Tago is out with an injury.

Putting the 5-11 Falls in would have resulted in a technical foul.

“We could have really used her,” said Cole. “We gave up a lot of inside points in the first half. We struggled in that area.”

Kylie Towry scored 18 points, making four of the Panthers’ six 3-pointers.

SOUTH MEDFORD (70) — Towry 18, Ritter 9, Bolston 8, J. Tago 4, Sleezer 6, Mejia 25, Cox 0. Totals: 25 14-14 70.

ST. MARY’S (58) — Allen 0, Lanz 11, McCowan 4, Bilbreu 2, Torregano 21, Wooten 8, Sellers 2, Blake 10. Totals: 23 9-19 58.

South Medford 15 20 15 20 — 70

St. Mary’s 16 11 18 13 — 58

3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Towry 4, Ritter 1, Mejia 1), St. Mary’s 3 (Torregano 3).

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