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North Valley clinches at least a share of Skyline title

MERLIN - North Valley's girls basketball program has been a work in progress.

It still isn't completed, but it's taking the shape the artists envisioned.

The Knights clinched the Skyline Conference's No. — seed to the state tournament and at least a share of the league championship Tuesday with a 49-31 victory over Hidden Valley.

Their trip to the state tournament at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis will be the school's first in 15 years, yet comes as no great surprise to coach Byron Robertson.

North Valley opens state play at 9:30 a.m. March 5 against a to-be-determined opponent.

"This is a tribute to these girls," he said. "We've been slowly building the program back up for the last five years, and these girls are getting the reward of something started by past classes. These girls have taken the torch that was handed to them the final step to the tournament."

North Valley has a one-game lead over Henley and would win the title outright with a victory Friday at Phoenix.

Although the teams split their two conference games, the Knights own the tiebreaker over Henley. North Valley swept third-place Hidden Valley while Henley split with the Mustangs.

Robertson felt at the beginning of the season that his core of seniors - Malloree Enoch, Nicole Roberts, Galina Vial, Whitney Coston and K'pree Ford-Harris - was a good place to start.

"Then you mix in the sophomores and other role players," he said, "and we thought we could compete. We thought we would at least be in the top three, if not the top two."

North Valley is 18-3 overall, 12-1 in the conference.

Though it was senior night and the aforementioned upperclassmen all started, it was a couple of sophomores who led the way.

Whitney Makepeace, elevated to the starting lineup midway through the Skyline season, scored 11 points to lead the Knights, and classmate Elaina Renius contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Vial had six assists.

As often happens, Enoch didn't lead in scoring but set the tone at the defensive end and with her all-around play.

"She's the glue that holds us together," said Robertson.

"The girls have done a great job of learning how to play defense," he added. "We always knew that defense would keep us in every game and, hopefully, we could score enough points to win."

Against Hidden Valley (17-6, 9-4 Skyline), that defense was on display. The Mustangs were limited to single digits in each quarter.

North Valley got off to a 10-2 start and led at halftime, 29-16.

Gina Anderson led the Mustangs with 10 points.

HIDDEN VALLEY (31) - Anderson 10, Ford 9, A. Tate 6, Dean 3, Bain 3, Nieto 0, Holley 0, Gill 0, L. Tate 0, Tennant 0. Totals: 10 8-12 31.

NORTH VALLEY (49) - Makepeace 11, Coston 8, Renius 8, Roberts 6, Ford-Harris 6, Enoch 4, Beck 4, Vial 2, Richards 0, Allen 0, Long 0, Seybold 0. Totals: 19 11-14 49.

Hidden Valley..............................................7 9 8 7 - 31North Valley..........................................14 15 9 11 - 49

3-point goals - Hidden Valley — (Anderson 2, Dean 1).

JV score - North Valley 46, Hidden Valley 42.

LAKEVIEW 38, PHOENIX 35- At Lakeview, Ashley Stewart had 12 points and Jenna Kiely 11 in helping Lakeview rally past Phoenix.

Fran Hartman chipped in 12 rebounds and six points for the Honkers, who managed a 21-14 halftime lead but were overtaken by a Phoenix burst in the third quarter.

PHOENIX (35) - Ross 7, Dunlap 7, Cavener 6, Reed 2, Meredith 6, Duffel 7, McCarty 0, Russell 0. Totals: 14 4-11 35.

LAKEVIEW (38) - M. Albertson 0, Hartman 6, Flynn 1, Kiely 11, Stewart 12, Bradbury 8, C. Albertson 0. Totals: 13 12-26 38.

Phoenix......................................................9 5 12 9 - 35Lakeview................................................10 11 4 13 - 38

3-point goals - Phoenix — (Cavener 2, Dunlap 1).

JV result - Phoenix won.

ROGUE RIVER 57, ILLINOIS VALLEY 48- At Cave Junction, Erin Gilkison poured in 26 points in leading Rogue River to the Skyline Conference win.

Terra Myers added 15 points for the Chieftains, who used a 24-6 surge in the third quarter to pull away from the Cougars.

Amanda Hamilton scored 12 points, Kim Hamilton had 11 and Ivy Fink 10 to pace Illinois Valley (3-19, 1-12 Skyline).

Although overmatched on the boards, Corina Dougherty pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds for IV.

ROGUE RIVER (57) - Gilkison 26, Myers 15, Troutt 4, Jones 5, Huston 4, Birdseye 2, Artoff 1, Richardson 0, Tocher 0. Totals 24 8-18 57.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (48) - A. Hamilton 12, K. Hamilton 11, Fink 10, Dougherty 6, Walker 5, Snook 4, Coultas 0, Ledford 0. Totals 17 10-18 48.

Rogue River.........................................13 10 24 10 - 57Illinois Valley.......................................10 19 6 13 - 48

3-point goals - Rogue River — (Jones 1), Illinois Valley 4 (A. Hamilton 3, K. Hamilton 1). Fouled out - Troutt, K. Hamilton, Walker.

JV score - Rogue River 57, Illinois Valley 37.

HENLEY 67, MAZAMA 21- At Klamath Falls, Henley's Kandice McClung poured in 22 points in single-handedly outscoring Mazama in a Skyline Conference matchup.

Henley (16-4, 11-2 Skyline) opened up a 38-11 halftime advantage in a dominating effort.

Stacy Maupin added 12 rebounds and six points for the Hornets.

MAZAMA (21) - Chastain 9, Peterson 1, Britton 2, Young 0, Lawrence 3, Glidewell 0, Miller 3, Toffell 3. Totals: 7 8-20 21.

HENLEY (67) - Stock 5, Maupin 6, Olliffe 4, Houglum 2, Sutfin 0, McClung 22, Young 8, Pence 3, Garrett 0, Schwartz 9, Klaja 3, Hunter 4, Mathis 1, Webb 0. Totals: 27-69 12-22 67.

Mazama.........................................................92 — 9 - 21Henley..................................................16 22 14 15 - 67

3-point goals - Mazama — (Chastain 1), Henley — (Pence 1).

JV result - Henley won.

SCL Girls Playoff

GILCHRIST 35, ST. MARY'S 31- No. — seed St. Mary's picked the wrong time to go cold offensively, allowing No. 4 seed Gilchrist to break open a tie game in the fourth quarter in the SCL district playoff.

Gilchrist went 4-for-8 from the free-throw line to edge St. Mary's, which struggled to find the mark on several putbacks.

Megan Stevens scored a game-high 20 points to lead Gilchrist, while Brittany Farrer and Christina Vaninetti each had 10 points to pace the Crusaders.

Vaninetti also pulled down 12 rebounds, while Farrer shrugged off foul problems to grab six for St. Mary's (8-15).

GILCHRIST (35) - Ramsey 2, Adams 1, Knotts 5, Trapanese 5, Stevens 20, Smith 2, Olson 0, Speir 0. Totals: 13 8-16 35.ST. MARY'S (31) - Farrer 10, Vaninetti 10, Beckstead 3, Walden 2, Tomlinson 4, Seus 2, Montan 0. Totals: 14 3-7 31.

Gilchrist...................................................7 5 10 13 - 35St. Mary's..................................................4 8 10 9 - 31

3-point goals - Gilchrist — (Trapanese 1).