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Chiefs corral 'Stangs, near Skyline crown

MURPHY -- The fifth-ranked Rogue River girls basketball team shows no signs of letting up in its quest for the Skyline Conference championship.

On Saturday night, the Chieftains rode the shoulders of Sarah Jones and Shae Wright to a 59-37 road victory over Hidden Valley.

Jones tossed in 16 points and combined with Wright, who had 14, to score all 14 of the Chieftains' second-quarter points as Rogue River took a 32-13 lead.

We came out ready to play, said Rogue River coach Dan Mortinson. We did a tremendous job on defense.

In the fateful second period, Rogue River held the Mustangs to two points.

Jones also added four steals and three assists for Rogue River.

Hidden Valley forward Becky Hill got into early foul trouble and scored most of her 16 points after the outcome was decided.

When she went out we definitely had an edge on the boards, said Mortinson. When she went out Shae and Sarah took over.

Mindi Yost added 10 points for Rogue River (17-2, 10-1), which looks ahead to next week's matchup with Henley, the only team to put a blemish on its Skyline record.

We're just looking forward to proving ourselves Friday night, said Mortinson. We didn't give them our best game the last time out.

ROGUE RIVER (59) -- Jones 16, Wright 14, Yost 10, Donaghy 0, Cain 0, Hannan 5, Anderson 2, Costello 0, Orton 8, Badley 4. Totals: 27 4-10 59.

HIDDEN VALLEY (37) -- Hill 16, Sayer 2, Tedsen 5, Buschke 5, Olson 1, Johnston 2, Gannon 0, Bryk 2, Redd 4. Totals: 14 9-13 37.

Rogue River18 14 14 14 -- 59

Hidden Valley11 2 9 15 -- 37

3-point goals -- Rogue River — (Hannan 1).

JV score -- Rogue River 46, Hidden Valley 39.

NORTH VALLEY 53, LAKEVIEW 51 -- At Merlin, Jackie Kness couldn't connect at the free-throw line with one second left, allowing North Valley to escape with the victory.

Kness grabbed a rebound and was fouled as she went back up. But she missed the first shot and intentionally shot the second off the rim. The ball was batted around as time expired.

Ashley Enoch led North Valley with 20 points.

LAKEVIEW (51) -- Furtado 19, Bradbury 7, B. Sabin 7, Yokum 7, Kness 5, S. Sabin 2, Haufle 2, Holloway 2, Manibusan 0, Tuchscherer 0. Totals: 23 4-15 51.

NORTH VALLEY (53) -- Enoch 20, Arnado 12, Towns 8, Reinhart 6, Beck 4, Russell 2, McIntyre 1, N. Reid 0, S. Reid 0. Totals: 17 18-34 53.

Lakeview11 7 18 15 -- 51

North Valley9 12 16 16 -- 53

3-point goals -- Lakeview — (Bradbury 1), North Valley — (Enoch 1). Fouled out -- Furtado, North Valley Beck.

JV score -- Lakeview 50, North Valley 45.

PHOENIX 68, SOUTH UMPQUA 42 -- At Tri City, Phoenix's Sarah Prewitt scored 21 of her 25 points in the first half then set out the fourth quarter as the Pirates rolled.

Phoenix led 36-13 at halftime and was never threatened.

Danielle Shirtcliff hit six 3-pointers and had 19 points for the Lancers (1-17, 0-8 Skyline).

PHOENIX (68) -- Prewitt 25, Payton 13, Bones 11, Nikodym 6, Rennick 4, Curtis 4, Jackson 4, Clark 1, Prisbrey 0. Totals: 20 27-37 68.

SOUTH UMPQUA (42) -- Shirtcliff 19, Atkinson 11, Guthrie 10, White 2, Weaver 0, Cornell 0, Radford 0, Kaufmann 0, Brownson 0. Totals: 15 6-14 42.

Phoenix15 21 17 15 -- 68

South Umpqua9 4 19 10 -- 42

3-point goals -- Phoenix — (Bones 1), South Umpqua 6 (Shiftcliff 6). Fouled out -- Atkinson, Shirtcliff, Guthrie, Brownson.

JV result -- Phoenix won.

HENLEY 54, ILLINOIS VALLEY 43 -- At Klamath Falls, Jessica Horsely had 17 points to power Henley to the win.

Jeanette Pine added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets, who remained one game behind Skyline leader Rogue River.

Acacia Empey led Illinois Valley with 19 points.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (43) -- Sawyer 0, Page 6, Bell 0, Empey 19, England 5, Bishop 2, Melton 5, Hoskins 6. Totals: 43 4-8 43.

HENLEY (54) -- Scott 0, Pine 14, Knox 7, Gion 0, Criss 4, Case 4, Horsley 17, Chappell 6, Todd 0, Beeks 0, Olsen 2. Totals: 23 6-14 54.

Illinois Valley9 7 12 15 -- 43

Henley15 10 13 16 -- 54

3-point goals -- Illinois Valley — (Empey 1).

Boys

ROGUE RIVER 58, HIDDEN VALLEY 57 -- At Rogue River, Beau Gibson hit the final three of his 20 points on a winning 3-pointer with about one minute remaining, then Rogue River held off Hidden Valley down the stretch.

Willy Isley cut the margin to 58-57 with 23 seconds left before Gibson missed the front end of a one-and-one to give the Mustangs another chance with 13 seconds to go. Hidden Valley couldn't capitalize on a opportunity to win the game -- missing three shots in the final seconds before time expired.

Ron Wessels contributed 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Chieftains, while junior point guard Kevin McMillian handed out eight assists.

Rogue River also got a strong defensive effort from junior guard Ryan Paxson, who held the Skyline Conference leading scorer Garrett Ryan to 12 points.

HIDDEN VALLEY (57) -- Isley 13, Palmer 2, Jiron 11, Lee 0, Anderson 8, Ryan 12, Reid 0, Stanley 0, Sakraida 3, Young 2, Callaway 6. Totals: 24 8-17 57.

ROGUE RIVER (58) -- Gibson 20, Wessels 11, McMillian 5, Paxson 16, Berg 6, Peterson 0, Daily 0, Tuulik 0, Shockcor 0, Cunningham 0. Totals: 21 8-10 58.

Hidden Valley13 14 16 14 -- 57

Rogue River17 11 15 15 -- 58

3-point goals -- Hidden Valley — (Jiron 1), Rogue River 8 (McMillian 1, Paxson 3, Gibson 4).

JV score -- Hidden Valley 58, Rogue River 38.

HENLEY 71, ILLINOIS VALLEY 55 -- At Cave Junction, Tim Frost poured in 22 points to pace four Henley players in double-figures in its rout of Illinois Valley.

Matt Johnson added 14 points for the Hornets, while Rick Warnick chipped in with 12.

Ry Heller led the Cougars with 15 points, while Ben Moses added 12.

HENLEY (71) -- Frost 22, Johnson 14, Nunez 2, Stephens 7, Tennison 12, Warnick 12, Cunningham 2, McDonald 0, Thede 0. Totals: 24 18-24 71.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (55) -- Heller 15, Despacio 11, Moses 12, Hirning 8, Dobie 5, Jackson 2, Robinson 0, Pope 2, Neville 0, Thomas 0, Keitgues 0. Totals: 19 6-6 55.

Henley20 15 20 16 -- 71

Illinois Valley12 14 15 14 -- 55

3-point goals -- Henley (Warnick 3, Tennison 1, Stephens 1), Illinois Valley (Despacio 1, Moses 2, Dobie 1, Heller 5). Fouled out -- Despacio.

JV score -- Illinois Valley 58, Henley 51.

SOUTH UMPQUA 68, PHOENIX 54 -- At Phoenix, South Umpqua became the first team to outscore Phoenix from the 3-point line this season, nailing seven treys to one for the Pirates.

The Lancers started fast -- outscoring Phoenix 19-6 in the first quarter -- and out played the Pirates in all facets.

Phoenix sophomore guard Wesley Towne, playing in his second game since transferring from North Medford, led the Pirates with 19 points.

Senior forward Eric Esselstrom added nine rebounds for the Pirates.

SOUTH UMPQUA (68) -- Price 18, Slater 8, Mills 9, Mosley 13, Williams 13, McCurry 0, Brown 0, Peterman 4, Graham 0, Snyder 2, Mitchell 0, Shirtcliff 0, Bare 1, Walker 0. Totals: 26 9-13 68.

PHOENIX (54) -- Towne 19, Brink 7, Bartels 0, Condry 2, Murphy 0, Esselstrom 12, Jeffers 0, Willard 5, Burns 4, Crofts 0, Grigsby 1, Prisbrey 4, Castillo 0. Totals: 19 15-23 54.

South Umpqua19 10 21 18 -- 68

Phoenix6 11 13 24 -- 54

3-point goals -- South Umpqua 7 (Price 5, Slater 1, Mosley 1), Phoenix — (Willard 1). Technical foul -- Willard.

JV result -- Phoenix won.