• Phoenix girls fall to No. 1 Mazama

  • KLAMATH FALLS — Phoenix girls basketball coach Randy Kirkland knew his team had a big challenge facing Class 4A top-ranked Mazama on Friday.

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  • KLAMATH FALLS — Phoenix girls basketball coach Randy Kirkland knew his team had a big challenge facing Class 4A top-ranked Mazama on Friday.
    The Pirates had lost to Mazama twice this season, and it didn't help that their top rebounder and second-leading scorer, Baylee Toney, was not available due to a concussion suffered the previous Friday against Hidden Valley.
    Phoenix hung tough the first half but the host Vikings broke things open after intermission to roll to a 55-21 Skyline Conference victory Friday.
    The Pirates, who average 23 free throws per game, did not have an attempt from the foul line until the fourth quarter while Mazama feasted from the stripe — going a remarkable 21 of 23 for the game.
    "Anything we took to the basket did not get called," said Kirkland, who got whistled for a technical foul in the final period. "We worked so hard but could not get a call."
    Phoenix (12-5, 4-2 Sky) was paced by Kacey Hamilton, a junior forward, who scored a team-best nine points to go with nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
    "We wanted to be patient and take the opportunities when we had them to go to the basket," said Kirkland. "We knew it would be physical."
    Freshman guard Amber Lease scored 14 points to lead three players in double figures for Mazama (16-2, 6-0).
    "We didn't shoot well and it got into our heads a bit," said Kirkland. "Our girls, all six that were out there, worked the entire game. They dove for balls. It was a great effort, we just weren't rewarded for our hard work."
    PHOENIX (21) — Hamilton 9, B. Tally 5, Skaff 3, Marshall 4, D. Tally 0, Brown 0. Totals: 8 4-14 21.
    MAZAMA (55) — Reynolds 11, Totten 2, Morris 10, Lease 14, Mathis 2, Paschal 2, Mallams 2, Smith 8, Foust 3, Benson 1, Durant 0. Totals: 15 21-23 55.
    Phoenix 5 4 4 8 — 21
    Mazama 7 12 23 13 — 55
    3-point goals — Phoenix 1 (B. Tally 1), Mazama 4 (Morris 2, Reynolds 1, Lease 1). Fouled out — Marshall. Technical foul — Phoenix coach Kirkland.
    JV result — Mazama won.
    NORTH VALLEY 57, HIDDEN VALLEY 44 — At Murphy, Kenzie Schmoll poured in 22 points and Lexi Pittman added 16 to power North Valley in Skyline Conference play.
    Schmoll scored 14 points in the second half, knocking down seven of her 10 free throws in the fourth quarter.
    Pittman knocked down all four 3-pointers for the Knights (8-9, 3-3 Sky), who received points from just four players. Mikala Mohr pitched in 10 points.
    Curly DeVos turned in a monster game for the Mustangs (2-13, 0-6 Sky) with 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds — 10 at the offensive end. Baili Richardson registered five steals.
    NORTH VALLEY (57) — Schmoll 22, Vandehey 0, Scott 9, Pittman 16, Werner 0, McElheran 0, Mohr 10, Bell 0, Dart 0. Totals: 20 12-24 57.
    HIDDEN VALLEY (44) — Waggoner 0, McGuinness 8, Davis 2, Spahn 0, Richardson 3, Goree 6, DeVos 21, Hansen 4. Totals: 14 14-28 44.
    North Valley 19 10 12 16 — 57
    Hidden Valley 8 17 10 9 — 44
    3-point goals — North Valley 4 (Pittman 4), Hidden Valley 2 (McGuinness 2). Fouled out — Mohr, Hansen, Richardson.
    JV result — Hidden Valley won.
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