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Knights claim Skyline title outright with victory against Pirates

PHOENIX - Even though North Valley's fate was sealed before it met Phoenix in Skyline Conference girls basketball Friday, there was incentive on both sides.

North Valley had wrapped up the league's No. — berth to state but needed a win over the Pirates to bag the title outright.

It got that with a 44-42 decision.

Phoenix, meanwhile, could have wound up anywhere from the No. 4 team and hosting a league playoff to losing a coin flip and not making the postseason.

The latter scenario was avoided when Mazama was upset by Rogue River, leaving Lakeview and Phoenix tied for fourth place.

Lakeview, which has the tiebreaker edge, is host to the Pirates (8-14, 6-8 Skyline) Tuesday. The winner of that game goes to Hidden Valley on Thursday with a berth to the state subtournament on the line.

"I couldn't be happier with the effort the kids gave tonight," said Phoenix coach Kyle Walker, whose team would have hosted Lakeview Tuesday if it had won. "We've struggled at times this year, but we came out against the league champion and played them head-to-head the whole night. We came out with all kinds of emotion and played one of our best games all year against a very good North Valley team."

Aside from a mini run at the start of the second half that gave North Valley a short-lived cushion, the contest was close.

Phoenix's Jamie Cavener nailed a 3-pointer to choke off the Knights' bid to break away in the third and make it a three-point game.

"We answered them," said Walker, "then it was close down to the end."

Galina Vial drained two foul shots to give North Valley a late four-point lead, then Phoenix's Tiffany Ross scored in the last couple of seconds for the final margin.

Ross had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Kelly Meredith had nine rebounds.

"We came in maybe knowing we already had the No. — seed," said North Valley coach Byron Robertson, whose team won the title with a 13-1 mark and is 19-3 overall. "I can't say we didn't play hard, but we weren't very efficient, and Phoenix played very good and took it to us inside."

North Valley doesn't play again until March 5 in the state tournament at Corvallis.

Vial paced the Knights with 13 points.

NORTH VALLEY (44) - Vial 13, Enoch 8, Makepeace 6, Renius 5, Roberts 4, Coston 4, Ford-Harris 4, Beck 0. Totals: 19 5-9 44.

PHOENIX (42) - Ross 20, Cavener 7, Meredith 7, Dunlap 4, Reed 2, Cox 2, Duffell 0. Totals: 15 11-12 42.

North Valley...........................................9 11 15 9 - 44

Phoenix..................................................9 12 7 14 - 42

3-point goals - North Valley — (Vial), Phoenix — (Cavener). Fouled out - Cavener.

JV score - Phoenix 40, North Valley 28.

ROGUE RIVER 47, MAZAMA 46 - At Rogue River, senior post Erin Gilkison tallied a game-high 20 points to spark Rogue River to its second straight victory to end the season.

Gilkison iced the game for the Chieftains (4-20, 3-11 Skyline) by making — of 2 free throws, then getting the rebound on the miss and making another 1-of-2 from the line to give Rogue River a 47-43 lead with nine seconds left in the game.

Krystal Lawrence connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Mazama.

Megan Britton led the Vikings with 11 points.

MAZAMA (46) - Britton 11, Chastain 10, Lawrence 9, Tofell 8, Miller 6, Glidewell 2, Hart 0, Lochrie 0, Young 0, Petersen 0. Totals: 18 6-11 46.

ROGUE RIVER (47) - Gilkison 20, Artoff 8, Birdseye 7, Jones 6, Troutt 6, Myers 0, Huston 0. Totals: 17 13-28 47.

Mazama.................................................14 11 8 13 - 46

Rogue River.........................................8 16 13 10 - 47

3-point goals - Mazama 4 (Chastain 2, Britton 1, Lawrence 1). Fouled out - Britton, Glidewell, Myers.

JV result - Rogue River won.

HIDDEN VALLEY 62, LAKEVIEW 38 - At Murphy, sophomore post Shea Ford scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for Hidden Valley (18-6, 10-4 Skyline).

The Mustangs finished third in the Skyline and will host a conference playoff game at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Lakeview led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Hidden Valley had a big second quarter to take a 29-24 halftime advantage.

The Mustangs' full-court, man-to-man pressure limited the Honkers to three field goals in the second half as Hidden Valley outscored Lakeview, 33-14.

Hidden Valley senior wing Jennifer Bain chipped in 19 points.

Lakeview's Fran Hartman scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the first half.

LAKEVIEW (38) - Hartman 12, Flynn 10, Kiely 6, Bradbury 7, M. Albertson 3, Richards 0, L. Albertson 0, C. Albertson 0. Totals: 15 7-21 38.

HIDDEN VALLEY (62) - Ford 22, Bain 19, Anderson 10, Dean 7, Nieto 2, A. Tate 2, Tennant 0, Masiak 0, L. Tate 0, Gill 0, Holley 0. Totals: 25 8-13 62.

Lakeview................................................12 12 7 7 - 38

Hidden Valley......................................8 21 14 19 - 62

3-point goals - Lakeview — (Flynn 1), Hidden Valley 4 (Ford 1, Bain 3). Fouled out - M. Albertson.

JV score - Hidden Valley 38, Lakeview 35.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 25, HENLEY 22, SUSPENDED - At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley, in last place in the Skyline, led second-place Henley at halftime when a power outage caused the game to be suspended.

Illinois Valley coach Steve Morton doesn't think the game will be completed because of the travel distance from Klamath Falls for Henley.

"We were playing the best game we've played the whole year," said Morton. "The long and short of it all is we probably won't make it up because it wouldn't effect either team in the standings, although I would like to."