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Butte Falls claims Skyline A Southern Division title

PAISLEY ' A year removed from bowing out just prior to the Skyline A league playoffs, the Butte Falls boys basketball team assured itself a more prolonged season this time around.

The Loggers (19-5, 13-1 Sky A) used a 21-7 run in the fourth quarter on Saturday to outlast Paisley, 58-42, and clinch the Skyline A Southern Division championship.

Butte Falls plays Elkton in the league tournament at Southern Oregon University on Friday. At least one victory in the district tourney will secure a Class 1A state playoff berth for the Loggers.

Even with the league title at stake, the Loggers came out on their heels to start the game.

Danny Wallace scored 12 points in the first half as Paisley took a 24-21 lead into the break.

I was very upset with our defense in the first half, said Butte Falls coach Lance Bruce, whose team lost to Hosanna in a second-place playoff game last season. We have a lot of seniors on the team and I told them they had to step up the intensity and that defense was going to win this game for us.

They responded just like a veteran team would.

Butte Falls grabbed a 37-35 lead entering the final quarter and Darren Hampton sparked the game-clinching run with a 3-pointer early in the fourth.

Paisley's 6-foot-7 post Brandon Richardson, the Broncos' leading scorer, was limited to 13 points by Butte Falls defenders Tony Beals and Michael Hanson, while Isaac Stephenson took the task of shutting down Wallace.

We really turned up the pressure in the second half, said Bruce. Everyone stepped it up. We were able to get some boards and get out in our transition game.

Kelly Harrington led the scoring attack for Butte Falls with 18 points, while Hampton chipped in with 13.

BUTTE FALLS (58) ' Stephenson 8, Hampton 13, Rowden 8, Harrington 18, Burns 0, Beals 6, Parker 0, Hanson 5. Totals: 21 13-22 58.

PAISLEY (42) ' Tung 0, Boyd 7, A. Richardson 0, B. Richardson 13, O'Leary 2, Wallace 16, Negus 4, Jeffery 0. Totals: 18 3-7 42.

Butte Falls.................................10 11 16 21 ' 58

Paisley........................................11 13 11 7 ' 42

3-point goals ' Butte Falls — (Hampton 2, Harrington 1), Paisley — (B. Richardson 3). Technical foul ' Paisley coach.

JV result ' Paisley won.

TRIAD 57, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 43 '

At Klamath Falls, senior center Brandon Zieg busted loose for 29 points as Triad (18-3, 12-2 Sky A) clinched the Skyline A Southern Division No. 2 playoff spot in the district tournament.

Ian Robinson added a team-high 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

New Hope was paced by Josh Ward with 14 points and Titus Lockard contributed 12 points, six steals and six rebounds. Josh Zietlow pulled down 13 rebounds for the Warriors.

New Hope finished the season 10-4 in the Skyline A South Division and 10-9 overall.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN (43) ' Heater 2, J. Fudge 0, Lockard 12, Hori 0, Ward 14, Bowdoin 0, Wallace 6, Wilkinson 2, Zietlow 7. Totals: 14 12-14 43.

TRIAD (57) ' Ketchem 0, Lyman 0, Jayne 6, Wehr 0, Brandon Zieg 29, Isaacson 3, Skoog 10, M. Kroeker 7, Robinson 2, B. Kroeker 0, Dean 0. Totals: 21 11-21 57.

New Hope...................................8 9 8 18 ' 43

Triad..........................................18 12 13 14 ' 57

3-point goals ' New Hope — (Ward 2, Lockard 1), Triad 2 (Jayne 2). Fouled out ' Zietlow.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 82, BRIGHTON ACADEMY 37 ' At Klamath Falls, Thomas Rios scored a game-high 26 points to lead Hosanna to a convincing Sky A victory.

The Lions led 40-15 at the half en route to their fifth league win in 14 games.

Brighton finished the season with a 3-11 mark in Sky A action.

BRIGHTON ACADEMY (37) ' Gooch 10, P.J. Griess 8, Miller 7, Park 0, Scanlan 3, Wright 5, Bradford 0, T. Griess 4. Totals: 15 5-22 37.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN (82) ' Bland 1, Kessler 11, Longo 8, Smith 6, T. Brown 2, Rice 9, Lawson 13, T. Rios 26, M. Rios 6, Ritter 0, D. Brown 0. Totals: 29 17-23 82.

Brighton Academy....................12 — 10 12 ' 37

Hosanna....................................18 22 15 27 ' 82

3-point goals ' Brighton Academy 2 (Miller 2), Hosanna 7 (Kessler 3, T. Rios 2, Rice 1, Lawson 1). Fouled out ' T. Griess. Technical foul ' Brighton Academy bench.

PROSPECT 81, NORTH LAKE 70 ' At Prospect, James Johannes, Nolan Lenderman and Bryon Andresen combined for 64 points as Prospect closed out the season with a win.

Andresen scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Lenderman, who hit four first-quarter 3-pointers, added 20 points and 12 boards.

Johannes scored 19 and dished out seven assists for the Cougars (8-15, 4-10 Sky A), which nailed 8-of-11 from 3-point range and led 49-31 at half en route to a season-high in points.

NORTH LAKE (70) ' Fivecoat 12, T. Swafford 15, R. Swafford 12, Burlak 2, Peebles 0, Boan 8, O'Leary 0, Willardt 11, Froschaver 0, Tope 10, Smith 0. Totals: 24 18-26 70.

PROSPECT (81) ' Strickland 0, Meredith 0, Miller 2, Pace 4, Crawford 0, Schultz 1, Andresen 25, Hammer 4, Lenderman 20, Hunsley 4, Johannes 19, Lewis 2. Totals: 33 5-11 81.

North Lake................................19 12 11 28 ' 70

Prospect....................................28 21 15 17 ' 81

3-point goals ' North Lake 4 (Fivecoat 2, R. Swafford 1, Willardt 1), Prospect 8 (Lenderman 5, Johannes 3). Fouled out ' Lenderman, Hunsley.

JV score ' North Lake 59, Prospect 45.

Girls

BUTTE FALLS 60, PAISLEY 38 ' At Paisley, Krystle Rowley scored a game-high 14 points as Butte Falls clinched a share of the Skyline A League title with Hosanna Christian.

The sixth-ranked Loggers (19-5, 13-1 Sky A) and Lions square off at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Oregon Tech, with the winner clinching the top spot in the Southern Division.

Amanda Hamilton scored 10 of her 13 points in the first quarter to help Butte Falls to a nine-point lead.

Rowley sealed the win with four 3-pointers in four-straight possessions at the beginning of the second half.

Cassy Bartel grabbed 11 rebounds, while Hamilton had four steals and Brianna Smeltz dished out seven assists.

BUTTE FALLS (60) ' VanLandingham 0, Biando 2, Rodgers 0, Hamilton 13, Bartel 11, Matthews 4, Harms 0, Smeltz 5, McKibbin 11, Burns 0, Rowley 14. Totals: 23 8-13 60.

PAISLEY (38) ' St. Louis 5, L. Carlon 6, S. Carlon 2, A. Carlon 7, Withers 1, S. Montgomery 9, B. Montgomery 0, Williams 4, Elder 4. Totals: 15 8-16 38.

Butte Falls...................................18 9 19 11 ' 60

Paisley...........................................9 — 12 14 ' 38

3-point goals ' Butte Falls 6 (Hamilton 1, McKibbin 1, Rowley 4).

JV result ' Paisley won.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 64, BRIGHTON ACADEMY 13 ' At Klamath Falls, Hosanna Christian limited Brighton Academy to six points in the first half and just five total field goals en route to a Skyline A victory.

With the win, Hosanna ends the regular season tied for the league title with Butte Falls.

Hosanna's Holly Childers led all scorers with 20 points.

BRIGHTON ACADEMY (13) ' I. Keller 10, Mendoza 2, Raycraft 1, S. Keller 0, Gaxiola 0, Olsen 0. Totals: 5 3-8 13.

HOSANNA (64) ' Childers 20, Kt. Dovel 13, Hinderer 9, Matchett 5, Morehouse 4, Smith 4, Mason 4, Kl. Dovel 3. Totals: 30 1-3 64.

Brighton Academy......................4 2 4 — ' 13

Hosanna....................................13 17 21 13 ' 64

3-point goals ' Hosanna — (Kt. Dovel 1, Matchett 1, Kl. Dovel 1).

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 45, TRIAD 41 ' At Klamath Falls, Suzanna Carlino scored 15 points and Caitlin Smith paid dividends elsewhere as New Hope (9-15, 6-8 Sky A) ended the season with a victory.

Smith, a senior post, finished with just three points but helped out with 10 rebounds, five assists, six steals and two blocks.

Triad's 6-foot-1 post Ashley DuBrey scored a game-high 28 points in the losing effort.

The Timberwolves finish the league season at 6-8.

NEW HOPE (45) ' Carlino 15, Hashek 8, Eater 8, Morehouse 6, Sullivan 3, Smith 3, Parks 2, Omley 0, Grush 0. Totals: 18 6-10 45.

TRIAD (41) ' DuBrey 28, Bruner 9, Starr 2, Moore 2, Dean 0, Staunton 0, Roland 0. Totals: 16 9-20 41.

New Hope....................................11 6 11 17 ' 45

Triad............................................10 11 6 14 ' 41

3-point goals ' New Hope — (Carlino 3). Fouled out ' Sullivan.

NORTH LAKE 61, PROSPECT 55 '

At Prospect, North Lake's inside-outside combination of senior guard Staci Collins and senior post Stephanie Schmidt combined for 46 points.

Prospect was tied with North Lake at 50-all entering the final period, but the Cougars' lack of depth ' only six players were in uniform ' hurt them down the stretch.

Collins led all scorers with 28 points and Schmidt chipped in 18.

For Prospect (10-11, 3-11 Sky A), Lacey Tallman tallied 22 points to go with seven rebounds, six steals and four assists.

NORTH LAKE (61) ' Collins 28, Zofziger 4, Morehouse 9, Nesbitt 2, Schmidt 18, Borlak 0, Burke 0. Totals: 22 13-19 61

PROSPECT (55) ' Govenor 10, Tallman 22, Musard 9, Scriven 2, Eldridge 3, Lewis 9. Totals: 21 11-20 55.

North Lake................................23 12 15 11 ' 61

Prospect....................................21 15 14 5 ' 55

3-point goals ' North Lake 4 (Collins 3, Schmidt 1), Prospect 2 (Tallman 2). Fouled out ' Borlak, Govenor.