Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
Axe JV knock off Roseburg, 35-24.
The Axe JV hosted Roseburg in a high noon showdown Saturday in the Purple Pit. South Eugene took an 8-4 lead after one quarter, led by Charlotte Noteboom’s 4 points and two late free throws from Miranda Vidal. The Axe doubled up the Indians again in the second quarter to lead 16-8 at halftime. Lucia Villalobos scored 4 points and Rowan Davis and Lila Cadaret added 2 points each in the quarter.
In the third quarter, the Axe spread the scoring around, starting with a long two from Zara Karpinski and baskets by Ava Sponberg and Ivy Proudfoot. Vidal closed out the quarter with three more free throws to push the lead to 25-11. In the fourth quarter, Villalobos led the way with 5 points and the Axe held on to win 35-24.
The young Axe had an all-around team effort with eight players scoring and seven assists on ten made baskets. South shot 65% (15-23) from the foul line, and outrebounded Roseburg 30-22, including 10 offensive rebounds. Defensively the Axe had eight steals and forced 18 total turnovers.
Villalobos and Vidal led the balanced scoring attack. Villalobos had a game high 9 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, while Vidal scored 7 points, with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and a block. Noteboom finished with 5 points, 2 rebounds and a block. Davis added 4 points, Proudfoot had 3 points and 6 rebounds, and Cadaret had 3 points and 2 assists. Karpinski and Sponberg rounded out the scoring with 2 points each, and Chloe Ward grabbed 3 rebounds.
The Axe JV host Grants Pass Tuesday and close out the season at Sheldon on Friday afternoon.
Axe JV fall to the Colts, 26-21
South battles but comes up short against Thurston
The young Axe junior varsity made their way across the river to meet the Thurston Colts on Valentine’s Day. There was no love on the court as the teams combined for 24 fouls and 38 turnovers in a close, low scoring game, with Thurston coming out on top, 26-21.
Both teams started slow in the first quarter with four lead changes and the Axe taking a 7-5 lead on Zara Karpinski’s 3-pointer on a pass from Ava Sponberg. That was all the scoring for the Axe in the first half as Thurston closed with three layups to take an 11-7 lead after one period. In the second quarter, Thurston stifled the Axe offense and pushed their lead to 14-7 at the half.
In the second half, the teams played hard, getting up and down the court, working to get some offense going. The Axe broke out with 9 points on two Karpinski threes and three free throws. As they moved into the fourth quarter the Axe could not get closer than four points, leading to the final margin, 25-21.
Karpinski led the Axe with 11 points, including 3-7 from three and 2-3 at the line. Ivy Proudfoot finished with 3 points on 3-6 from the line, grabbed 6 rebounds, and had one block and one assist. Lila Cadaret, Rowan Davis and Lucia Villalobos added 2 points each, while Sponberg had one. Cadaret also had 2 rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal. Davis had 5 rebounds, including 4 offensive rebounds, 2 steals and a block. Villalobos added 2 rebounds, 3 steals and a block. Charlotte Noteboom had a rebound, a steal and an assist. Chloe Ward played, but did not score.
The Axe shot 20% (5-25) from the field, 33% (3-9) from three, and 44% (8-18) from the foul line. The host Colts shot 33% (10-30) from the field and 40% (6-15) from the line. Thurston did not attempt a three pointer.
JV Girls Get a Win
The Axe JV hosted North Medford on Friday night in the second meeting of the season. After a slow start, the Axe trailed 4-3 at the end of one. In the second quarter, the Axe got going on offense and scored the last five points of the half, including a 3-pointer from Ava Sponberg, to take a 14-9 lead.
The teams traded baskets to start the second half. The score was tied three times, the last at 21-21, before the Black Tornado edged out to a 26-23 lead after three quarters.
The resilient Axe fought back to take control in the final eight minutes, Lucia Villalobos knocked down a three from the corner to tie the game at 26, followed by an offensive rebound and put back by Ivy Proudfoot putting the Axe up 28-26. The teams traded baskets and the lead until Zara Karpinski drained a corner three off an inbound pass from Villalobos for a 35-32 lead. The Axe defense stiffened in the end to seal the 38-33 victory.
Karpinski led the balanced scoring for the Axe with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals; Proudfoot added 7 points and 12 rebounds, including 7 offensive boards. Sponberg and Lila Cadaret both had 6 points, Cadaret added 5 rebounds and 3 assists, and Sponberg had 2 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Villalobos finished with 5 points, Rowan Davis added 4 points and 9 rebounds in limited minutes. Charlotte Noteboom had 2 points and 5 rebounds, and Chloe Ward played strong defense and had a rebound and an assist.