• Challengers roll to win

  • St. Mary's stayed close for the first two quarters but once Cascade Christian got its transition game in gear the Crusaders could not keep up Friday night.
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  • St. Mary's stayed close for the first two quarters but once Cascade Christian got its transition game in gear the Crusaders could not keep up Friday night.
    The fifth-ranked Challengers clinched at least a share of the Southern Cascade Hybrid boys basketball title with a 64-35 home victory.
    It's the seventh time in eight years the Challengers (15-5, 6-0 SCH) have secured a conference championship.
    St. Mary's (7-15, 3-4) trailed 26-16 at intermission but were outscored by 29 points during the final two periods.
    "In the second half we came out with big-time intensity and forced a lot of turnovers that got our fastbreak rolling," said Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse. "They didn't get very many good looks."
    The Challengers caused 13 turnovers in the second half.
    Cascade received strong defensive efforts from sophomore Cody Coggins and senior Troy Thompson, who held St. Mary's top two scorers — Kade Benton and Connor Vinyard — to a combined nine points.
    "Those two guys played phenomenal pressure defense," said Morse.
    Senior Alex Miller scored 17 points and David Sellers, a junior post, added 16 to pace the Challengers' attack.
    Michael Crennan scored 10 points to lead St. Mary's.
    Cascade Christian hosts No. 7 Harrisburg (15-4) in a nonleague game at 1 p.m. today.
    ST. MARY'S (35) — Crennan 10, Benton 8, Lewis 7, Gambee 5, Robino 0, Conway 0, Eaton 2, Li 2, Vinyard 1. Totals: 10 13-19 35.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (64) — Brown 9, Laws 0, Joffer 4, Coggins 7, Ragan 0, Knox 1, Alvarez 0, Olson 2, Thompson 4, Cesaro 4. Totals: 25 11-17 64.
    St. Mary's 11 5 8 11 — 35
    Cascade Christian 16 10 19 19 — 64
    3-point goals — St. Mary's 2 (Gambee 1, Crennan 1), Cascade Christian 3 (Brown 1, Coggins 2). Fouled out — Benton.
    JV result — Cascade Christian won.
    ILLINOIS VALLEY 55, ROGUE RIVER 53, OT — At Cave Junction, Rogue River grabbed a quick four-point lead in overtime but Illinois Valley rallied to edge the Chieftains and pick up its first Southern Cascade Hybrid victory.
    The Chieftains (8-13, 2-5 SCH) had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed a go-ahead attempt on a lob pass at the basket on an inbounds play with three-tenths of a second remaining.
    Shawn Donahue went for 24 points and nine rebounds for the Chieftains and Andy Valencia added 11 points and six rebounds. Chris Campbell pitched in eight points and six boards.
    Chaise Robbins knocked down five of his eight free-throw attempts in overtime while leading the Cougars (6-14, 1-5) with 19 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
    The Cougars' Zach Welch contributed 15 points and seven rebounds and Mack Epple corralled 10 boards to go with his nine points.
    ROGUE RIVER (53) — Valencia 11, Campbell 8, Donahue 24, Ehrhardt 8, Strickland 0, Perston 0, Gretz 2, Lawson 0. Totals: 22 7-16 53.
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (55) — Hoelzle 1, Sanchez 2, Epple 9, Welch 15, Robbins 19, Davis 7, Doyle 0, Worly 2. Totals: 22 9-23 55.
    Rogue River 11 10 8 19 5 — 53
    Illinois Valley 15 10 8 15 7 — 55
    3-point goals — Rogue River 2 (Valencia 2), Illinois Valley 2 (Welch 2).
    JV score — Rogue River 59, Illinois Valley 30.
    NORTH VALLEY 79, PHOENIX 30 — At Merlin, undefeated North Valley placed four players in double figures, led by junior guard Cameron Lyon with 18 points.
    The top-ranked Knights (19-0, 8-0 Sky) received 18 points from Chris Morsa and 6-9 senior post JJ Chirnside contributed 13 points and six blocks.
    North Valley held a 46-12 halftime lead.
    Jason Wyncoop and Tyson Morris combined for 17 points for Phoenix (8-12, 2-6).
    PHOENIX (30) — Wyncoop 9, Morris 8, Leavens 5, Hay 3, T. Mahaffey 2, H. Mahaffey 2, Champion 1, Janousek 0, Deras 0, Kostios 0. Totals: 11 5-8 30.
    NORTH VALLEY (79) — Lyon 18, Morsa 17, Chirnside 13, Burke 12, McCue 7, Brazille 2, Vodicka 2, Pina 2, Olmstead 2, Eskitgis 2, Nelson 2, Tappan 0, Calzada 0, Thompson 0, Fairman 0. Totals: 29 16-21 79.
    Phoenix 8 4 9 9 — 30
    North Valley 26 20 17 16 — 79
    3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (Leavens 1, Hay 1, Morris 1), North Valley 5 (Morsa 3, Lyon 2). Fouled out — Deras.
    JV score — North Valley 53, Phoenix 30.
    HENLEY 66, HIDDEN VALLEY 45 — At Klamath Falls, Alan Rojas had 11 points and five steals and J.J. Flynn added 11 points for Hidden Valley in Skyline Conference action.
    Anthony Jarvis turned in five points and eight rebounds for the Mustangs (3-17, 0-8 Sky), who trailed 36-24 at halftime.
    Blake Crain and Colby Mueller pace Henley (15-5, 5-3) with 13 points apiece.
    HENLEY (66) — Mueller 13, Crain 13, Mitchell 11, Seater 9, Overstreet 7, Hilyard 6, Campbell 4, Dykstra 3, Greif 0, Peterson 0. Totals: 21 15-28 66.
    HIDDEN VALLEY (45) — Rojas 11, Flynn 11, Hults 9, Jarvis 5, Vaughn 4, Garrison 3, Fields 2, Elkins 0, Campbell 0, Bennett 0, Chastain 0. Totals: 15 8-18 45.
    Henley 16 20 20 10 — 66
    Hidden Valley 11 13 6 15 — 45
    3-point goals — Henley 2 (Seater 1, Dykstra 1), Hidden Valley 3 (Hults 2, Rojas 1).
    JV score — Henley 57, Hidden Valley 46.
    BUTTE FALLS 68, TRINITY LUTHERAN 35 — At Butte Falls, Alex Cool-Hunsaker posted a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Butte Falls to the MVL victory.
    James Ramirez came off the bench to notch 16 points and six rebounds for the Loggers (7-12, 6-6 MVL), who also received 13 points and three steals from Evan Givens.
    TRINITY LUTHERAN (35) — Dunn 14, L. Phillis 2, G. Phillis 7, Law 4, Nehi 2, Olano 2, Aulyama 4, Atnip 0, Kruger 0, C. Knauss 0, D. Knauss 0. Totals: 15 4-10 35.
    BUTTE FALLS (68) — Ramirez 16, Cool-Hunsaker 15, Givens 13, Sutton 5, Marley 4, E. Bateman 5, McGonagle 2, W. Bateman 6, Cool 2, Thompson 0. Totals: 31 4-6 68.
    Trinity Lutheran 6 4 13 12 — 35
    Butte Falls 18 22 16 12 — 68
    3-point goals — Trinity Lutheran 1 (G. Phillis 1), Butte Falls 2 (Sutton 1, Givens 1).
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