PHOENIX — Phoenix turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and pulled away for a 69-49 home victory over North Valley in Skyline Conference girls basketball Tuesday.

PHOENIX — Phoenix turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and pulled away for a 69-49 home victory over North Valley in Skyline Conference girls basketball Tuesday.

Chelsea Passante scored 20 points to lead three Pirate players in double figures. The Phoenix senior guard was 7-for-14 from the field, including 4 of 10 on 3-pointers.

"(Passante) found her rhythm tonight," said Phoenix coach Randy Kirkland. "She wasn't trying to force anything and took advantage of her opportunities."

The ninth-ranked Pirates (14-4, 4-2 Skyline) raced to a 13-2 lead midway through the first quarter. But North Valley stormed back to outscore Phoenix 14-5 the rest of the period. Phoenix led 30-24 at intermission.

In the third quarter, the Phoenix defensive effort sparked a 20-8 run.

"We did a great job defensively and screening out on the boards," said Kirkland of the second half. "The defensive pressure allowed us to get some breakaway layups."

Phoenix junior point guard Kelsey George had a productive game with 17 points, seven assists, four steals and just two turnovers.

"Her intensity was there," said Kirkland of George. "She handled the ball well and found the open shooter."

The Phoenix guard trio of Passante, George and sophomore Danielle Smith (16 points) shot 54 percent (19-for-35) from the field.

The Pirates also received a boost off the bench from sophomore post Kelsie Bradfield, who grabbed seven rebounds in the second half.

"We threw Kelsie in there and she really stepped up," said Kirkland. "She's starting to come along pretty nice."

For North Valley (5-10, 1-5), Taylor Vandehey tallied 17 points.

NORTH VALLEY (49) — Ni. Goens 4, Na. Goens 3, Rinehart 2, Vandehey 17, Crawford 6, Nicholson 15, Robles 0, Knitter 0, Fray 0, Ellis 0. Totals: 20 9-21 49.

PHOENIX (69) — Welburn 6, George 17, Helm 2, Engle 2, Smith 16, Hendricks 3, Heath 3, Passante 20, Tally 0, Bradfield 0, Horton 0. Totals: 24 14-23 69.

North Valley 16 8 8 17 — 49

Phoenix 18 12 20 19 — 69

3-point goals — Phoenix 7 (Passante 4, Smith 2, Welburn 1). Fouled out — Vandehey, Na. Goens, Hendricks.

JV score — Phoenix 41, North Valley 31.

HIDDEN VALLEY 25, HENLEY 24 — At Klamath Falls, in another defensive battle for Hidden Valley, Jamie Richardson sealed the win by drawing a charge against Henley's Cori Wallace with two seconds remaining.

Richardson also had 10 points for the Mustangs (13-4, 5-0 Skyline). Katie Figoni had six points and four rebounds.

The Mustangs took the lead with 45 seconds to play in a back-and-forth fourth quarter but missed a free throw with seven seconds left and leading by one.

Wallace then drove to the basket for the potential game-winner but was met by Richardson.

HIDDEN VALLEY (25) — Richardson 10, Figoni 6, Wood 5, Fikso 2, Bailey 2, Swanson 0, Powell 0. Totals: 11 1-2 25.

HENLEY (24) — Carleton 9, Kennedy 5, T. Wallace 4, C. Wallace 3, Waugh 3, Matheson 0, Poetsch 0. Totals: 8 7-8 24.

Hidden Valley 6 5 6 8 — 25

Henley 8 0 10 6 — 24

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 2 (Richardson 2), Henley 1 (Carleton).

JV result — Henley won.

Southern Sky Conference

MAZAMA 61, EAGLE POINT 41 — At Eagle Point, Eagle Point wasn't able to keep pace as a 24-point third quarter enabled Mazama to pull away.

Senior Nicole Leaf led the Eagles (4-15, 0-6 SSC) with 10 points and Kristin Wyatt chipped in eight points and four rebounds.

For the Vikings, Darian Grigsby tossed in 17 points.

MAZAMA (61) — Grigsby 17, Garrett 3, Jones 14, Karther-Miller 9, McPhee 14, Edwards 2, Hoskins 2, Wood 0, Newman 0, Saltenberger 0, Pinner 0. Totals: 22 14-31 61.

EAGLE POINT (41) — Mellor 2, Leaf 10, Mason 3, O'Connor 6, Wyatt 8, Dale 2, Winner 3, Rasor 4, Robinson 2, Fernandez 1, Hedrick 0, Rodgers 0. Totals: 16 7-13 41.

Mazama 10 15 24 12 — 61

Eagle Point 8 13 11 9 — 41

3-point goals — Mazama 3 (Grigsby 2, Karther-Miller 1), Eagle Point 2 (O'Connor 2).

JV score — Eagle Point 51, Mazama 38.

Sunset League

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 58, COQUILLE 38 — At Coquille, Kierstin Barlow scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds to lead Cascade Christian.

Amber Brown added 10 points for the Challengers (11-4, 6-2 Sunset), who used a 9-0 run late in third to break a tie and then pulled away in the fourth.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (58) — Brown 10, Martin 4, Barlow 13, Case 4, Vondra 3, Cochran 1, Kinney 6, Cesaro 7, Martinez 6. Totals: 25 4-10 58.

COQUILLE (38) — Richardson 7, Jones 5, Hill 3, Attenbach 13, Cook 10. Totals: 10 5-14 38.

Cascade Christian 12 12 15 15 — 58

Coquille 9 15 6 8 — 38

3-point goals — Coquille 4 (Attenbach 2, Jones 1, Richardson 1). Fouled out — Kinney.

ROGUE RIVER 58, REEDSPORT 47 — At Reedsport, freshman Alli Ehrhardt sparked Rogue River to a fast start as the Chieftains ended a three-game losing streak.

Ehrhardt scored 10 of her 16 points in the first quarter to help Rogue River (8-10, 4-4 Sunset) jump out to a 26-11 advantage. The Chiefs were good on 11 of 16 field goals in the quarter and led 20-3 at one point.

Rogue River's Sabrina Smith registered her second straight double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Kelley Maxey added 13 points and seven assists.

ROGUE RIVER (58) — Lara 7, Ehrhardt 16, Turnham 7, Smith 13, Maxey 13, Fricke 2, B. Coulter 0, Cullotta 0, A. Coulter 0. Totals: 23 8-17 58.

REEDSPORT (47) — Cooper 17, Suebner 6, Hitchcock 8, Church 8, Willis 4, Ragen 1, Fraley 3, Roche 0, Clardy 0. Totals: 16 12-22 47.

Rogue River 26 15 7 10 — 58

Reedsport 11 16 11 9 — 47

3-point goals — Rogue River 4 (Ehrhardt 3, Turnham 1), Reedsport 3 (Hitchcock 2, Cooper 1). Fouled out — Hitchcock. Technical foul — Rogue River bench.

JV score — Rogue River 60, Reedsport 26.