• Big second period lifts Pirates

  • MERLIN — Phoenix figured the key to beating North Valley was to limit the Knights' top two players — Kenzie Schmoll and Lexi Pittman — so Baylee Toney stuck to Schmoll, the rest of the team took turns shadowing Pittman and the Pirates left town with a crucial 41-25 Skyline Conference girls basketball victory at North Valley High School.

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  • MERLIN — Phoenix figured the key to beating North Valley was to limit the Knights' top two players — Kenzie Schmoll and Lexi Pittman — so Baylee Toney stuck to Schmoll, the rest of the team took turns shadowing Pittman and the Pirates left town with a crucial 41-25 Skyline Conference girls basketball victory at North Valley High School.
    Toney limited Schmoll to eight points and Pittman hit two early 3-pointers then was held to one point the rest of the way as the Pirates bounced back from Tuesday's home loss to improve to 13-6 overall and 5-3 in Skyline play. North Valley fell to 9-11 and 3-5, and missed an opportunity to tie the Pirates for second place in the league standings.
    "Coming over here to North Valley has always been a hard place for us to play, but we really stressed to the girls the importance of this game," said Phoenix head coach Randy Kirkland. "They were just trying to take care of business, and they went out and worked their tails off."
    Kasey Hamilton led the Pirates with 16 points, Delanie Tally added eight assists and seven rebounds and Toney scored eight points to go with her stellar defense.
    Phoenix dominated the second quarter, outscoring North Valley 9-1 to take a 15-point lead into the half. Employing a diamond-and-one defense, the Pirates had four of their 12 steals in the second quarter and did not allow an offensive rebound.
    Kirkland said Erika Marshall, who had six rebounds, played her best defensive game of the season, while Toney put the clamps down on Schmoll after picking up two early fouls.
    "(Toney) was pretty pumped," Kirkland said. "She's probably our best defender, but we run so much zone. She did an outstanding job of hounding Schmoll wherever she went."
    "Every loose ball they came up with," North Valley coach Ken Lathen added. "They really wanted the win and got after it and earned it. And we were flat."
    PHOENIX (41) — Hamilton 16, B. Tally 9, D. Tally 3, Skaff 2, Marshall 3, Toney 8, Wallack 0, Wyncoop 0, Hickman 0, Brown 0. Totals: 15 9-18 41.
    NORTH VALLEY (25) — Schmoll 8, Pittman 7, McElheran 4, Bell 2, Dart 2, Mohr 1, Vandehey 0, Scott 0, DeChenne 0, Stegemiller 0, Colangeli 0. Totals: 10 3-6 25.
    Phoenix 17 9 10 5 — 41
    North Valley 10 1 9 5 — 25
    3-point goals — Phoenix 2 (B. Tally 1, D. Tally 1), North Valley 2 (Pittman 2). Fouled out — Toney.
    JV result — North Valley won.
    HENLEY 48, HIDDEN VALLEY 16 — At Murphy, Racyne Parker and Heidi Mueller combined for 28 points and Henley's zone defense limited Hidden Valley to 13 percent shooting from the field.
    Junior post Curly DeVos had 13 rebounds and eight points for the Mustangs (2-15, 0-8 Sky).
    Henley evened its Skyline mark at 4-4 and is 10-9 overall.
    HENLEY (48) — Parker 15, Mueller 13, Turner 0, Whistler 0, DeLonge 3, Moates 6, Olden 0, Brown 2, Haigh 0, Kochenderfer 9. Totals: 20 8-15 48.
    HIDDEN VALLEY (16) — DeVos 8, Waggoner 2, McGuinness 1, Davis 4, Richardson 0, Gore 0, Hansen 1, Mercer 0. Totals: 5 6-8 16.
    Henley 9 10 16 13 — 48
    Hidden Valley 4 5 3 4 — 16
    JV result — Henley won.
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