• Thomson, Challengers edge Cougars

  • CAVE JUNCTION — Junior post Alaina Thomson erupted for 28 points and knocked down key free throws late to push the Cascade Christian girls basketball team to a 56-52 victory over Illinois Valley in the Southern Cascade Hybrid regular-season finale on Friday.

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  • CAVE JUNCTION — Junior post Alaina Thomson erupted for 28 points and knocked down key free throws late to push the Cascade Christian girls basketball team to a 56-52 victory over Illinois Valley in the Southern Cascade Hybrid regular-season finale on Friday.
    The Challengers, who finished in the second place in the SCH, will play Lakeview in a league playoff game at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.
    Thomson buried 6 of 8 free throws in the fourth for Cascade Christian (14-9, 6-2 SCH), attacking the rim with Cougar post Kim Crow in foul trouble after the Challengers entered the final frame with a 44-41 advantage.
    Thomson connected on 9 of 12 free throws and sank three 3-pointers, and Michelle Kinney scored eight points for Cascade Christian.
    Naviya Dixon had 13 points and Alex LaFlamme added 12 points for the Cougars (11-12, 2-6), who trailed by just two at halftime.
    "I'm really proud of the girls," Illinois Valley head coach Loren King said. "We started out the year a little shaky trying to rebuild a program and I think our goal was to be the most dangerous team in the league at the end of the season, the one no one wanted to play. We were hoping to get into the backdoor of the playoffs and didn't quite make it."
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (56) — Thomson 28, Kinney 8, Alvarez 6, Bales 2, Croy 7, Spani 3, Miller 2, Battiato 0. Totals: 18 14-23 56.
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (52) — Dixon 13, LaFlamme 12, Crow 8, Wellen 8, Hancock 7, Stewart 4, Frederick 0, Brooks 0. Totals: 21 7-17 52.
    Cascade Christian 16 12 16 12 — 56
    Illinois Valley 14 12 15 11 — 52
    3-point goals — Cascade Christian 6 (Thomson 3, Spani 1, Croy 1, Alvarez 1), Illinois Valley 3 (Dixon 2, Hancock 1).
    JV result — Cascade Christian won.
    ST. MARY'S 49, CHILOQUIN 33 — St. Mary's finished the regular season with 10-game winning streak behind 19 points from Emily Alvarez.
    The junior guard knocked down five 3-pointers and Alex DeBoer added seven points for the Crusaders (22-2), who led 27-14 at halftime.
    St. Mary's will host either Cascade Christian or Lakeview in the SCH championship game Feb. 16.
    CHILOQUIN (33) — Case 14, Montoya 4, Watah 4, Witcraft 2, Parrish 7, Thompson 2, Case-Scott 0, Rubidoux 0, Maldonado 0. Totals: 12 7-14 33.
    ST. MARY'S (49) — DeBoer 7, E. Alvarez 19, R. Alvarez 6, Martin 3, E. Vasey 3, Weiland 6, Rothfus 5, Miller 0, M. Vasey 0, Barnum 0, Juncal 0, Hough 0. Totals: 19 5-15 49.
    Chiloquin 5 9 6 13 — 33
    St. Mary's 10 17 11 11 — 49
    3-point goals — Chiloquin 2 (Case 2), St. Mary's 6 (E. Alvarez 5, Martin 1).
    JV result — St. Mary's won.
    LAKEVIEW 55, ROGUE RIVER 25 — At Rogue River, Emily Roldan scored nine points for Rogue River.
    The Chieftain senior forward also had three blocks and three rebounds as Rogue River ended the season 0-20 and 0-8 in the SCH.
    LAKEVIEW (55) — Helling 10, Hall 16, Nicholl 8, Gallagher 2, Crumrine 9, Reese 1, Arcularius 7, Leal 2. Totals: 15 23-35 55.
    ROGUE RIVER (25) — Moore 7, Roldan 9, Pamplona 2, Smith 2, Middleton 2, Lamar 3. Totals: 10 5-11 25.
    Lakeview 13 12 13 17 — 55
    Rogue River 2 12 5 6 — 25
    3-point goals — Lakeview 2 (Hall 1, Arcularius 1), Rogue River 2 (Roldan 2). Fouled out — Roldan.
    JV score — Lakeview 10, Rogue River 6.
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