Jacki Speer continued her climb up the Southern Oregon career scoring list Tuesday as the ninth-ranked Raiders rolled past Simpson 65-46 in Redding, Calif.
Behind Speer's 19 points and 14 rebounds, Southern Oregon improved to 12-1 overall heading into a big-time Cascade Conference game Friday night at Eastern Oregon. Simpson dropped to 0-15 overall.
Speer recorded her 12th double-double in 13 games and in the process passed Nada Janackovic (1,515) for second on SOU's career scoring list. SOU Hall of Famer Melissa Bogh holds the school record with 1,865 points.
Gabe Johnson added 11 points and four assists for the Raiders, while Carly Wood finished with nine points.
Paige Barrett had 12 points for the Red Hawks.
The Raiders used a pair of 3-pointers by freshman Celonna Arrington to take a 29-24 halftime lead after shooting just 35 percent from the field and only 45 percent from the free throw line on 5 of 11 shooting.
Southern Oregon opened up the second half with a 8-0 run, including six points from Speer. The Raiders kept the pressure on and ran out to a 16-5 run to put the game away with just over 12 minutes to play.
Ryan Staker and Justonn Smith combined for 43 points as Southern Oregon scored an 82-64 nonconference victory over Simpson Tuesday in Redding, Calif.
Southern Oregon improved to 8-3 overall. The Raiders have conference games Friday and Saturday at Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho and then travel to NCAA Division I Utah Valley State on Monday.
Staker finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Raiders. Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Humphrey Jackson finished with 10 points and seven assists.
Jason Stubbs had 19 points for the Red Hawks, who fell to 2-11.
Southern Oregon jumped out to a 12-0 lead to start the game and then led 20-6 on their way to a 33-25 halftime lead. In the second half, the Red Hawks cut the lead to 49-40 before SOU scored six straight to take control again.
Southern Oregon outrebounded Simpson 53-25 on the night.
Hannah Picknell hadn't been the focus of the South Medford girls basketball offense in the season's early stages.
That changed with only a few seconds on the clock in a tight nonconference game against visiting Ashland on Tuesday, at Medford.
Picknell, a reserve, took an inbounds pass with just under 10 seconds left, made a short-range basket and was fouled. She sank the ensuing free throw to provide the margin of victory in a 54-53 decision.
"We were going to our senior," said South Medford coach Tom Cole, who has only three upperclassmen on the roster. "She hadn't played a lot of minutes in the first three games, but she stepped up. That was a big shot for her. Just to get some leadership from her under pressure, that was big."
The game was tied with 16 seconds left, but the Panthers (3-1) took an ill-advised shot and Ashland turned it into a field goal at the other end.
Then came Picknell's heroics in the key and at the line, giving the 6-foot-2 post 15 points.
After her free throw, Ashland's Allison Gida hustled the ball up the court but lost control of it. A scramble followed and South Medford's Hanna Curtius gained possession and kept it as time ran out.
Gida, who is headed to the University of Utah, poured in 29 points.
"If she's not the best point guard in the state, she's one of them," said Cole.
Gida scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, when she was 5 of 6 at the free-throw line.
Leilani Morris added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers. Tess Picknell grabbed eight boards in the win, Yaremi Mejia had six assists and Amber Becker three steals.
Katie Patton scored 10 for Ashland (3-4).
ASHLAND (53) — Shulenberger 0, Van Vleck 6, Sturges 2, Reynolds 3, Pavlich 0, Patton 10, Gida 29, Michiels 3. Totals: 18 15-19 53.
SOUTH MEDFORD (54) — Vargas 0, Towry 8, Becker 0, Batten 6, Curtius 3, Contreras 0, Hubbard 3, Mejia 4, Morris 11, T. Picknell 4, H. Picknell 15. Totals: 21 11-25 54.
Ashland 11 10 14 18 — 53
South Medford 12 15 14 13 — 54
3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Reynolds 1, Gida 1), South Medford 1 (Towry 1). Fouled out — Morris.
JV results — South Medford won.