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Knights hand Phoenix boys first Skyline setback

Skyline Roundup

MERLIN ' After two disappointing losses, the North Valley boys basketball team needed a boost.

A convincing, 58-40 boys basketball win over league-leading Phoenix did the trick.

We needed something like this to get us back in the hunt, North Valley coach Rob Boye said. If you are going to make a move, you've got to beat teams ahead of you in the standings.

The Knights played just ahead of Phoenix for 24 minutes, taking a 38-32 lead into the fourth quarter. But after a sluggish third quarter, in which the two teams combined for 10 points, North Valley won the fourth period, 20-8.

I challenged the team to play better defense in the second half than in the first, Boye said. And they came away with a 12-point half.

Senior post Andy Shannon led the Knights with 18 points, nine rebounds and six steals. Senior point guard Anthony Spain scored 16 points and had five assists.

— Quentin Tisch added 11 points and Josh Makepeace three blocks to go with nine points.

We just defended our home court ' which is what you are supposed to do, Boye said. We know that we still have to go there (to Phoenix). They are a tough, physical team. I have a lot of respect for them.

Phoenix (10-7, 4-1 Skyline) was led by 12 points apiece from Justin Krafft and Ben Decuir.

PHOENIX (40) ' Krafft 12, Decuir 12, Smith 8, McKinnis 4, Bursk 4, Sanders 0, Sheperd 0, Ritchie 0, Joseph 0, Sinner 0. Totals: 15 6-13 40.

NORTH VALLEY (58) ' Shannon 18, Spain 16, Tisch 11, Makepeace 9, Richardson 4, Fortune 0, Calkins 0, Vandehey 0, Polzinelli 0. Totals: 21 11-14 58.

Phoenix.........................................10 18 4 8 ' 40

North Valley................................14 18 6 20 ' 58

3-point goals ' Phoenix 4 (Krafft 2, Smith 2), North Valley 5 (Spain 2, Makepeace 2, Tisch 1).

JV score ' Phoenix 53, North Valley 47.

HIDDEN VALLEY 72, MAZAMA 51 '

At Murphy, Hidden Valley (15-1, 4-0 Skyline) rebounded from a 10-point, first-quarter deficit behind Jordan Hayter's 18 points.

Nick Hayter added 15 points and six rebounds for the Mustangs.

Darren Valenta tossed in 17 points to lead Mazama (1-3 Skyline), and Thomas Rios scored 13.

Hidden Valley also got 11 points each from both Jimmy Sager and Wil Dillon.

MAZAMA (51) '

Valenta 17, Rios 13, Dill 3, Thornton 3, Toller 3, Hummel 4, Baker 4, Poetsch 2, Reed 2, Durighello 0. Totals: 19 9-17 51.

HIDDEN VALLEY (72) ' J. Hayter 18, N. Hayter 15, Sager 11, Dillon 11, Crowe 9, Kasler 4, Gotfried 2, Richardson 2, Jiron 0, Kirchner 0. Totals: 30 8-12 72.

Mazama.........................................20 7 9 15 ' 51

Hidden Valley............................10 23 20 19 ' 72

3-point goals ' Mazama 4 (Rios 2, Toller 1, Thornton 1), Hidden Valley 4 (J. Hayter 2, N. Hayter 1, Dillon 1).

JV result ' Hidden Valley won.

HENLEY 76, ILLINOIS VALLEY 53 ' At Klamath Falls, senior post Skylar Morgan scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Henley to its first Skyline win.

Joel Matchett added 17 points, five assists and seven steals for the Hornets (7-7, 1-3 Skyline), who outrebounded Illinois Valley, 41-30.

Illinois Valley's Kalen Snook led all players with a career-high 30 points.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (53) ' Paul 2, Gerhardt 4, Snook 30, Mucha 2, LeClair 2, Hocker 2, Dierkes 7, Crowl 4. Totals: 22 7-13 53.

HENLEY (76) ' Stock 8, Webb 3, Card 7, Matchett 17, Fritz 5, Morgan 26, Lesueur 2, Nonella 6, Rajnus 2, Bair 0. Totals: 28 15-22 76.

Illinois Valley..............................9 11 18 15 ' 53

Henley........................................27 16 12 21 ' 76

3-point goals ' Illinois Valley 2 (Dierkes 1, Gerhard 1), Henley 5 (Matchett 3, Stock 1, Card 1). Fouled out ' Nonella. Technical fouls ' Snook.

JV score ' Henley 64, Illinois Valley 53.

Girls

NORTH VALLEY 42, PHOENIX 32 '

At Phoenix, sophomore post Megan McDonald went for a game-high 16 points and helped North Valley (5-11, 3-2 Skyline) hand Phoenix its first Skyline loss.

The Pirates (6-9, 4-1 Skyline) shot only 17 percent from the field.

Phoenix trailed by four points at halftime, then got outscored 14-5 in the third quarter as the Knights built a 36-23 lead.

Phoenix senior guard Ashley McCarty had 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Jaclyn Unruh registered a double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds.

NORTH VALLEY (42) ' McDonald 16, Morehouse 8, McCormick 8, Miller 4, Noyes 2, C. Porter 2, K. Porter 2, Hogg 0. Totals: 21-54 1-3 42.

PHOENIX (32) ' McCarty 12, Unruh 10, George 6, Woodman 4, Novak 0, Ellis 0, Hanscom 0, Tidwell 0. Totals: 14-81 2-9 32.

North Valley...............................10 12 14 6 ' 42

Phoenix.......................................11 7 5 9 ' 32

3-point goals ' Phoenix 2-21 (Unruh 1, McCarty 1).

JV score ' Phoenix 43, North Valley 35.

HIDDEN VALLEY 50, MAZAMA 33 '

At Klamath Falls, freshman Laura Silva tallied a game-high 15 points for Hidden Valley (6-10, 3-1 Skyline).

The Mustangs led by just two points at halftime, then outscored Mazama 29-14 after the break.

Hidden Valley won the battle on the boards, 35-26.

For Mazama (9-7, 1-3 Skyline), Korina Peterson and Bailie Barker combined for 24 points.

HIDDEN VALLEY (50) ' Southern 9, Wicks 0, Richardson 4, Matson 4, Silva 15, Millsaps 0, Abel 0, Jones 4, Tennant 5, Lindgren 2, Swanson 7. Totals: 17-46 10-16 50.

MAZAMA (33) ' Poetsch 0, Peterson 13, Davina 2, Barker 11, Cox 0, Johnson 0, Ramsay 0, Sheets 0, Stratton 0, Inman 3, Glidewell 4. Totals: 13-45 5-11 33.

Hidden Valley.............................14 7 15 14 ' 50

Mazama......................................11 8 8 6 ' 33

3-point goals ' Hidden Valley 6-17 (Southern 1, Richardson 1, Silva 3, Swanson 1), Mazama 2-11 (Peterson 1, Barker 1).