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Mustangs continue mastery of Henley, earn trip to 3A girls hoop tourney

MURPHY -- Hidden Valley defeated Henley twice this season in Skyline Conference girls basketball. But the Mustangs still needed one more victory over the Hornets to make it back to the Class 3A state tournament for the third time in four years.

The Mustangs led most of the way and barely got the win, 40-39, in a conference playoff game Saturday.

The Mustangs, who now hold a six-game winning streak against the Hornets, never relinquished the lead after the score was tied at 10 with five minutes to go in the second quarter.

Hidden Valley (15-8) plays at Rogue River at 7 p.m. Tuesday to decide the conference's No. — and 2 seeds in the state tournament March 10-14 at the University of Portland Chiles Center.

It was a tight defensive game, Hidden Valley coach Marty Steiner said. They did a good job of blocking off and only giving up one shot. It was our lowest rebounding total of the season.

The Mustangs, who use a twin post alignment with Tracy Tedsen and Becky Hill, only corralled 15 rebounds.

But the the Mustangs' senior posts were a factor offensively by combining for 27 points.

We wanted to attack the basket and get them in foul trouble, said Steiner. They (Tedsen and Hill) did a good job of taking the ball to the hole. Both Amy (Buschke) and Cindy (Redd) hit them with some nice entry passes.

Hidden Valley led 40-39 with about — minutes remaining in the game. The Mustangs worked the clock down until Henley fouled Tedsen with 14 seconds left. When Tedsen missed both free throws, Henley got the rebound and had a chance to either tie or win the game.

The girls played great `D' the last 14 seconds, said Steiner. They flew to the ball. Henley never got a good look at the basket and threw up a desperation shot that was an air ball.

HENLEY (39) -- Knox 15, Gion 2, Criss 6, Case 3, Horsely 2, Chappell 4, Beeks 3, Johnson 4, Scott 0, Pine 0. Totals: 17 4-8 39.

HIDDEN VALLEY (40) -- Tedsen 14, Hill 13, Sayer 3, Buschke 5, Redd 5, Johnston 0. Totals: 14 10-19 40.

Henley8 7 12 12 -- 39

Hidden Valley9 10 13 8 -- 40

3-point goals -- Henley — (Beeks 1), Hidden Valley 2 (Buschke 1, Redd 1). Fouled out -- Johnson, Case.

Big Fir Tournament

BOYS

OAKLAND 67, RIDDLE 40 -- Jason Simmons scored 25 points to lead regular-season champion Oakland to the Big Fir's top seed in the Region C tournament during a league playoff game at South Medford High.

On Friday, Oakland faces Chiloquin, while Riddle goes against Lost River in the tournament at Umpqua Community College.

GIRLS

GLENDALE 45, YONCALLA 40 -- Glendale trailed 40-36 early in the fourth quarter, but the Pirates ran off nine unanswered points to claim the Big Fir League's No. — seed to the Region C Tournament Friday and Saturday at Umpqua Community College.

Glendale (17-6) will play Southern Cascade League champion Chiloquin on Friday, with the winner securing a Class 2A state tournament berth. Yoncalla faces Lost River in a game matching No. 2 seeds on Friday. The winner of the Yoncalla-Lost River plays the loser of the top-seeded game Saturday to determine the region's second berth at the state tournament.

After Yoncalla scored the first four points to break a 36-all tie entering the fourth quarter, Marque Peavyhouse connected on a 3-pointer for Glendale to cut the deficit to one. Then Liz Bresnan hit a driving shot to give Glendale the lead and Peavyhouse made a steal and scored to provide the Pirates with a 43-40 advantage. Bresnan hit two free throws to end the scoring and finished with 16 points.