Phoenix girls fall in final seconds at GP

December 19, 2013

GRANTS PASS — Playing two classifications up, the Phoenix High girls basketball team gave Grants Pass all it could handle in a nonconference nail-biter Wednesday night at Grants Pass High School.

The Class 4A Pirates played neck-and-neck with the 6A Cavers and had a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but sharpshooter Bailee Tally missed an open 3 at the buzzer, allowing Grants Pass to escape with a hard-fought 49-46 victory.

"I felt the girls gave a great effort tonight," Phoenix coach Randy Kirkland said. "I was a little concerned coming off that game (Tuesday) night at South Umpqua that we'd have a letdown and weren't going to be up for a big game like this, but they came out and they played tough."

Tally hit three 3-pointers on her way to 15 points and three steals for the Pirates (3-2), and Baylee Toney scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Amanda Skaff added seven points, five assists and four steals for Phoenix, which trounced South Umpqua 62-18 on Tuesday.

Sierra Potter scored 19 points and Alexa Phillips nine for Grants Pass (2-2), which outscored Phoenix 17-12 in the second quarter to open up a 27-24 halftime lead.

The Pirates came back to take a brief one-point lead in the third quarter and the game was tied at 40 with about five minutes to go until Phillips gave the Cavers the lead for good with a steal and breakaway layup.

Down three with possession and 5.6 seconds on the clock, the Pirates didn't panic. Kirkland drew up a play for Tally, who came off a solid screen on the left side.

"It was on the opposite side that she's used to, but we had run the play twice earlier and she did hit off one of them," Kirkland said. "We tried to change it up so it didn't look the same and I brought another 3-point shooter in as a decoy. It worked really nice, but she a little (off), otherwise it was a swish and we're going to overtime."

PHOENIX (46) — Toney 16, Tally 15, Skaff 7, Hamilton 6, Wyncoop 2, Baught 0, Marshall 0. Totals: 16 11-19 46.

GRANTS PASS (49) — Potter 19, Phillips 9, Johnson 6, Stephenson 3, Hinderson 3, Luaoers 2, Beummett 7, Chapman 0, Torgerson 0, Tobey 0. Totals: 19 9-15 49.

Phoenix 12 12 10 12 — 46

Grants Pass 10 17 11 11 — 49

3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (Tally 3), Grants Pass 2 (Beummett 1, Stephenson 1).

JV result — Grants Pass won.

NORTH VALLEY 66, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 30 — At Grants Pass, New Hope Christian trailed by just two points at halftime but North Valley outscored the Warriors 40-8 after intermission.

The Knights (2-1) were paced by senior point guard Lexi Pittman, who scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals.

Alexis Scott scored 10 of her 12 points and Kaitlyn Bell had eight of her 10 in the second half.

North Valley post Kala Mohr pulled down 12 rebounds to go with eight points, six steals and four assists.

For New Hope, Alondra Chavez had four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 14 points.

NORTH VALLEY (66) — McKaskill 2, Bell 10, Werner 2, Scott 12, Hall 7, Wagman 8, Mohr 8, Thomas 4, Pittman 14. Totals: 26 11-20 66.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN (30) — Stephens 4, B. Chavez 6, Cunningham 5, A. Chavez 14, McKinney 1, Sedano 0, Dixon 0. Totals: 10 4-12 30.

North Valley 10 16 18 22 — 66

New Hope 8 16 4 2 — 30

3-point goals — North Valley 1 (Pittman 1), New Hope 6 (B. Chavez 2, A. Chavez 4). Fouled out — Hall.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 44, PROSPECT 24 — At Cave Junction, junior wing Alex LaFlamme led everyone with nine points as Illinois Valley used its superior size and experience to outscore Prospect 13-2 in the first quarter and rolled from there in the nonconference game.

Senior forward Kimberly Crow and sophomore forward Allison Primeau added eight points apiece for the Cougars (2-1), who hit four 3-pointers, two by LaFlamme.

Lakota Sizemore and Baley VanWormer scored six points apiece to lead Prospect (0-5).

PROSPECT (24) — Sizemore 6, B. VanWormer 6, Hedgpeth 4, H. VanWormer 3, Raines 2, Price 3, Bliss 0, Breiholz 0, Bailey 0. Totals: 10 4-13 24.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (44) — LaFlamme 9, Crow 8, Primeau 8, Dixon 6, T. Frederick 5, Nordal 4, Miller 2, Nevill 2, S. Frederick 0, M. Stewart 0, T. Stewart 0, Cusumano 0, Johnson 0. 17 6-10 44.

Prospect 2 9 8 5 — 24

Illinois Valley 13 7 10 14 — 44

3-point goals — Illinois 4 (LaFlamme 2, T. Frederick 1, Primeau 1).

JV result — Illinois Valley won.

Boys Basketball

NORTH VALLEY 83, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 40 — At Grants Pass, North Valley made 10 of 21 from 3-point range and used a 20-4 burst in the third quarter to pull away in the nonconference win.

Chris Morsa led the Knights (2-1) with 22 points — 12 coming from 3-point range — while Cody Thompson added 20, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Cameron Lyon hit five 3-pointers to go with nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

New Hope Christian was led by Austin Abbott's 21 points.

NORTH VALLEY (83) — Morsa 22, Thompson 20, Lyon 18, Flynn 6, Martz 4, Nelson 4, Olmstead 5, Eskitgis 2, Whitmore 2, Fairman 0, Davis 0, Bailey 0. Totals: 34 5-6 83.

NEW HOPE (40) — Abbott 21, D. Albright 13, Yunker 6, Shields 0, N. Albright 0, Barth 0, Laird 0, Jones 0, Loper 0, Gonzalez 0. Totals: 16 4-6 40.

North Valley 20 23 20 20 —83

New Hope 14 13 4 9 —40

3-point goals — North Valley 10 (Lyon 5, Morsa 4, Olmstead 1), New Hope 4 (Abbott 4).

ILLINOIS VALLEY 58, PROSPECT 36 — At Cave Junction, senior wing Zach Welch tallied 15 points and had seven rebounds as Illinois Valley won for the first time this season.

Prospect kept the game close in the first half — trailing 26-23 at intermission — but Illinois Valley turned up the defensive intensity in the second half and held the Cougars to 13 points.

Post Conrad Davis pulled down 12 rebounds and Elijah Chavez came up with four steals for the Cougars (1-2).

Darren Stillwagon paced Prospect with 12 points and Matt Rader added 10.

PROSPECT (36) — Raines 2, Bliss 8, Forge 0, Castro 0, Hunsley 0, May 0, Gaines 0, Stillwagon 12, Rader 10, Scofield 2, Cryts 2, Jones 0, Shilie 0. Totals: 16 3-7 36.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (58) — Weaver 7, Thompson 0, Nordal 6, Welch 15, Manning 4, Gardenhire 5, Chavez 6, Doyle 4, Davis 11. Totals: 26 3-7 58.

Prospect 11 12 4 9 — 36

Illinois Valley 16 10 21 11 — 58


3-point goals — Prospect 1 (Stillwagon 1), Illinois Valley 3 (Welch 3).

Wrestling

SOUTH MEDFORD 42, KLAMATH UNION 30 — At Klamath Falls, South Medford registered four pins in posting the road victory.

The Panthers received falls from Bradon Maloney (126), Anthony Neuenschwander (132), Brandon Brooks (170) and Dominic Harris (285).

126 — Bradon Maloney, SM, pinned Ayla Grant, 3:08; 132 — Anthony Neuenschwander, SM, pinned Victor Arriola, 0:51; 138 — Patrick Williams, KU, won by forfeit; 145 — D.J. Williams, KU, dec. Nick Negler, 5-0.

152 — Jose Mendez, KU, def. Gage Graves; 160 — Ruben Mendez, SM, won by forfeit; 170 — Brandon Brooks, SM, pinned J.J. Hughes, 1:30; 182 — Chase Anderson, KU, pinned Ian Witter, 3:56; 195 — Gray Prescott, KU, pinned Austyn Miles, 5:29.

220 — Sterling Westfall, KU, won by forfeit; 285 — Dominic Harris, SM, pinned Michael Donarski; 103 — no bout; 113 — South Medford won by forfeit.