Shorthanded Grizzlies fall to Panthers

MEDFORD — Usually, Sam Owirka is South Medford's hard-hitting finisher.

On Tuesday against Ashland, Miranda Marincus gladly took over the role with similar results.

Marincus had 16 kills and 18 digs, Owirka added 13 kills and 21 digs and the Panthers shook off a flat second set to trounce Ashland, 25-20, 14-25, 25-15, 25-16 on senior night at South Medford High School.

"(Marincus) just went for it today, and she was really excited when she found out how many kills she had," South Medford head coach Sarah Costa said.

The nonconference win was the fourth in a row for South Medford (11-8), while Ashland fell to 6-10.

Emily Cutting added 27 digs and four aces and Chandler Criswell 37 assists for the Panthers, who needed five sets to defeat Ashland back on Sept. 22.

This time, the Grizzlies were without starting setter Cassie Hall, and it showed.

"It's difficult mixing the chemistry up, and a different setter means different sets," Ashland head coach Robin Akpan said.

Hall's replacement, freshman Jordan Tilley, played well, finishing with 16 assists, 11 digs and two blocks, while Piper Cantrell added 41 digs and three kills. Shelby Minor had eight kills and Renee Lenthe six blocks.

Boys Soccer

Diego Harrison scored in the 48th minute and again on a penalty kick in the 72nd as Ashland overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to beat Grants Pass 2-1 in nonleague action at Ashland Middle School.

Senior halfback Dylan Molnar set up Ashland's first goal, dribbling into the corner then all the way down the end line before passing to a wide-open Harrison, who tapped it in to tie the game. Later, Ashland sophomore halfback Nick Chouard was fouled by the Grants Pass keeper on a breakaway and Harrison converted the PK.

The Grizzlies improved to 5-6-2; Grants Pass fell to 8-3-1.

Girls Soccer

Heather Perry scored three goals in the second half to help Grants Pass avenge an early-season tie and pick up its fourth win in a row, 7-1, over Ashland in a nonconference tilt at Grants Pass.

Keeli Morse and Danielle Ball each scored in the first half to give the Cavers (7-2-2) a 2-0 lead at the break. They quickly added to that cushion when Perry scored three goals in a nine-minute span between the 60th and 68th minutes.

Grants Pass' Presley Voris added two goals in the second half.

Ashland fell to 5-7-1.

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