MURPHY — Setting the tempo was the name of the game Thursday night, and fourth-ranked Hidden Valley definitely won that battle against No. 9 Phoenix in Skyline Conference girls basketball.

MURPHY — Setting the tempo was the name of the game Thursday night, and fourth-ranked Hidden Valley definitely won that battle against No. 9 Phoenix in Skyline Conference girls basketball.

Aiming to limit the Pirates' possessions, the Mustangs methodically ran through their offense for almost two minutes at a time and did just enough to ease by Phoenix 27-13.

"We knew they liked to shoot so we wanted to control the tempo," said Hidden Valley coach Matt Kennedy. "Our goal was to hold them under 30 (points)."

That goal was met and then some as the Mustangs (12-4, 4-0 Skyline) limited Phoenix to 4-for-23 shooting from the field — including 0-for-12 in the second half. All four of the Pirates' points in the second half came from the foul line, while the Mustangs had two baskets to go with an 8-for-9 showing at the foul line.

"As far as outside shooting goes, it was pretty bad for both teams," said Phoenix coach Randy Kirkland, whose team dropped to 12-4 overall and 2-2 in Skyline play.

Like Hidden Valley, Phoenix fared well on the defensive end and limited the Mustangs to nine total field goals. Phoenix limited HV to four offensive rebounds in the first half, but three were putbacks by Lacy Wood and Haley Fikso to help Hidden Valley take a 15-9 lead at intermission.

"They really do a nice job of holding the ball out high by halfcourt and passing it around until they can get an open shot somewhere," added Kirkland. "I would say they averaged holding the ball for one minute and a half or maybe 1:45. We played great defense tonight, I have no problems with what we did defensively."

Fikso led the Mustangs with nine points and nine rebounds, while Wood added eight points and eight rebounds and Jamie Richardson had eight steals.

Kelsey George had six points to pace the Pirates, while Qiana Helm added five rebounds.

PHOENIX (13) — George 6, Bradfield 1, Helm 2, Smith 2, Heath 2, Tally 0, Passante 0. Totals: 4 5-6 13

HIDDEN VALLEY (27) — Fikso 9, Wood 8, Richardson 6, Bailey 4, Guevara 0, Fagoni 0. Totals: 9 9-11 27.

Phoenix 4 5 2 2 — 13

Hidden Valley 9 6 4 8 — 27

JV score — Hidden Valley 50, Phoenix 42.

NORTH VALLEY 46, ILLINOIS VALLEY 32 — At Merlin, North Valley's Goens sisters guided the Knights past Illinois Valley (0-4 Skyline).

Natalie Goens netted 12 points and Nicole Goens tossed in eight for the Knights.

Illinois Valley's Laurissa Tausaga scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (32) — Tausaga 18, Hults 5, Johnson 5, Huntamer 4, Pelletier 2, K. Tyler 0, Bullock 0, McAlister 0, T. Tyler 0, Cleman 0, Kaberline 0. Totals: 13 5-15 32.

NORTH VALLEY (46) — Na. Goens 12, Ni. Goens 8, Brown 6, M. Crawford 4, Ellis 4, Fray 4, L. Crawford 4, Nicholson 4, Knitter 0, Robles 0. Totals: 17 12-26 46.

Illinois Valley 6 7 9 12 — 32

North Valley 10 12 13 11 — 46

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 3 (Tausaga 2, Hults 1). Fouled out — Hults, Cleman, T. Tyler.

JV result — North Valley won.

SCL Girls

ST. MARY'S 51, LAKEVIEW 25 — Despite a sluggish start, St. Mary's had Lakeview tied down defensively and cruised to the Southern Cascade League victory.

Veronica Valdez led the way for the Crusaders (11-4, 4-0 SCL) with 12 points and Kylee Adderson tossed in 10.

Aubrie Street, Mackenzie Krieser and Abby Steinsiek all had five steals for St. Mary's, which held the Honkers to two points in the third quarter.

Steinsiek also contributed eight points and Domonique Valdez added seven.

LAKEVIEW (25) — Baldovino 2, Grant 0, Shuffield 5, Platt 2, Taylor 2, Stofleth 0, Seaton 0, Cahill 12, Wilson 2. Totals: 10 4-9 25.

ST. MARY'S (51) — Seus 0, D. Valdez 7, Steinsiek 8, Krieser 4, Street 4, Adderson 10, Bates 4, Gross 2, V. Valdez 12, Alvarez 0. Totals: 23 3-11 51.

Lakeview 12 4 2 7 — 25

St. Mary's 13 19 12 7 — 51

3-point goals — Lakeview 1 (Cahill), St. Mary's (D. Valdez 1, V. Valdez 1).

JV result — St. Mary's won.

MVL Girls

PROSPECT 33, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 31, OT — At Prospect, Kierstyn Anderson's baseline jumper with 30 seconds remaining in overtime lifted Prospect.

Senior post Jen King scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Cougars (5-8, 2-4 MVL) and Anderson also had six boards to go with her six points.

Alyssa Cool paced the Red Tail Hawks with 12 points.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (31) — Wold 2, Wood 3, Cool 12, Parmenter 6, Cole 8, Leffingwell 0. Totals: 10 10-20 31.

PROSPECT (33) — Zeller 7, Anderson 6, Peters 2, King 18, Zelner 0, Baker 0, Reynolds 0, Mahoney 0, VanWormer 0. Totals: 10 13-23 33.

Rogue Valley Adventist 7 7 6 9 2 — 31

Prospect 9 7 4 9 4 — 33

3-point goals — Rogue Valley Adventist 1 (Parmenter). Fouled out — Zeller, Cool.

Skyline Boys

HIDDEN VALLEY 46, PHOENIX 18 — At Phoenix, Phoenix was held scoreless in the second quarter and dropped its first Skyline Conference contest.

Kaylen Maynard led third-ranked Hidden Valley with 17 points while Todd Woodrum finished with eight points.

The Pirates had trouble shooting the ball as the Mustangs built a 33-8 halftime lead.

Skyler Reagan finished with eight points for Phoenix (9-6, 3-1 Skyline).

HIDDEN VALLEY (46) — Maynard 17, Longo 8, Woodrum 8, Suthann 5, Armanino 4, Bars 2, Mahuna 2, Gotfried 0, Frey 0, Krauss 0. Totals: 19 5-8 46.

PHOENIX (18) — Reagan 8, Ralls 4, Tredway 2, Bohn 2, Campoy 1, Crichton 1, Hendricks 0, Young 0, Lapat 0, Tally 0, Sauceda 0. Totals: 6 6-12 18.

Hidden Valley 15 18 6 7 — 46

Phoenix 8 0 8 2 — 18

JV score — Phoenix 54, Hidden Valley 47.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 52, NORTH VALLEY 48 — At Cave Junction, Kevin Snook flirted with a triple-double — 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks — as Illinois Valley held off Skyline Conference rival North Valley.

Roger Hults hit four key free throws late in the fourth quarter to give the Cougars (6-7, 1-3 Skyline) some breathing room after the Knights cut it to a two-point contest. Illinois Valley led by as many as 11 in the game and nine in the final period.

Cougars freshman Freddy Hults had 11 points, while older brother Roger Hults and Nathan Heath each added 10.

Ryan Anderson had 14 points to lead the Knights.

NORTH VALLEY (48) — Hart 8, Nelson 4, Beagley 10, Tappan 2, Woodruff 5, Anderson 14, Wert 5, Schwietest 0. Totals: 21 1-3 52.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (52) — Snook 16, Heath 10, Augustadt 5, R. Hults 10, F. Hults 11, Escalante 0. Totals: 19 13-20 52.

North Valley 12 5 12 19 — 48

Illinois Valley 7 14 17 14 — 52

3-point goals — North Valley 5 (Hart 2, Anderson 2, Woodruff 1), Illinois Valley 1 (F. Hults).

JV result — Illinois Valley won.

SCL Boys

ST. MARY'S 43, LAKEVIEW 42 — Chris Bates sank two key free throws to lift St. Mary's into a three-way tie for first in the Southern Cascade League.

Lou Gambee came up with a steal with 27 seconds left in the game and St. Mary's down by one point. The Crusaders (8-7, 3-1 SCL) missed their first attempt but Bates got a second shot off and was fouled with one second remaining.

Bates made both free throws to seal the victory for St. Mary's and finish with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Zach Tomlinson had 11 points and five rebounds while Si Boggess added five assists.

LAKEVIEW (42) — M. Clemens 9, K. Clemens 8, Pardue 8, McKenzie 0, Elder 0, Squires 7, St. Clair 10. Hill 0. Totals: 15 9-17 42.

ST. MARYS (43) — Harper 0, O'Boyle 1, Boggess 3, Grant 0, Gambee 8, Watson 0, Bates 20, Gross 0, Tomlinson 11. Totals: 15 9-13 43.

Lakeview 14 9 14 5 — 42

St. Mary's 12 11 10 10 — 43

3-point goals — Lakeview 3 (K. Clemens 2, Pardue 1), St. Mary's 4 (Bates 4).

JV score — Lakeview 32, St. Mary's 16.

MVL Boys

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 43, PROSPECT 32 — At Prospect, Caleb Fjarli went for 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead Rogue Valley Adventist to the Mountain Valley League victory.

Ryan Coggins had 10 points and eight rebounds for Rogue Valley Adventist (7-4, 5-3 MVL) while Robert Denton snatched nine rebounds.

Shane Kelley finished with 22 points for Prospect.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (43) — Coggins 10, Fjarli 10, Peterson 7, Denton 4, DeLaVega 2, Wold 6, Alvarez 4, Z. Wood 0, Gilley 0, Scott 0, J. Wood 0. Totals: 19 4-8 43.

PROSPECT (32) — Linson 4, Demello 0, Gallagher 0, Ryan 0, Simcoe 0, Kelley 22, Walton 6, Rowe 0. Totals: 13 5-10 32.

Rogue Valley Adventist 12 9 11 11 — 43

Prospect 8 8 4 12 — 32

3-point goals — Prospect 1 (Kelley), Rogue Valley Adventist 1 (Peterson). Fouled out — Walton.