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Knights get tough road win over Hornets

KLAMATH FALLS ' The North Valley boys basketball team has taken care of business on their home court, now it's picking up key wins on the road.

The Knights got a big lift Tuesday night with a 68-65 road win over Henley.

North Valley (12-7, 5-2 Skyline) relied on the play of seniors Anthony Spain and Andy Shannon. Spain drilled a key 3-point basket and sank 4 of 6 free throws in the fourth quarter and Shannon had 22 points and eight rebounds.

Spain, who finished with 26 points, made a key defensive stop in the closing seconds when he knocked the ball away from Henley's Joel Matchett as Matchett was about to launch a 3-point shot.

He was lights-out in the fourth quarter, North Valley coach Rob Boye said of Spain. He did a little bit of everything.

The Knights jumped out to an 18-point lead in the first half, but the Hornets (9-8, 3-4 Skyline) responded with a 20-11 run in the third quarter. Senior post Skylar Morgan sparked the rally with 12 third-quarter points. Morgan finished with 26.

— The Hornets pulled within one twice in the fourth quarter, but each time missed key free throws. Henley shot 45 percent from the charity stripe, while North Valley made 13 of 21 attempts.

Henley outrebounded North Valley 30-24, but hurt its cause with 10 first-half turnovers.

NORTH VALLEY (68) ' Spain 26, Makepeace 10, Polsinelli 1, Vandehey 6, Tisch 3, Shannon 22, Richardson 0, Fortune 0, Calkins 0. Totals: 25 13-21 68.

HENLEY (65) ' Card 6, Matchett 16, Fritz 7, Morgan 26, Nonella 10, Stock 0, Webb 0, LeSueur 0. Totals: 24 13-27 65.

North Valley..............................19 18 11 20 ' 68

Henley........................................11 11 20 23 ' 65

3-point goals ' North Valley 5 (Spain 3, Vandehey 1, Tisch 1), Henley 4 (Matchett 2, Card 1, Fritz 1). Fouled out ' Tisch, Stock.

JV score ' Henley 55, North Valley 42

PHOENIX 53, ILLINOIS VALLEY 35 ' At Phoenix, Phoenix's Ben Decuir led three Pirates (11-8, 5-2 Skyline) in double figures with 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Skyline Conference rout.

Nathan Bursk had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists and Justin Krafft added 12 points for the Pirates.

Turnovers proved costly for Illinois Valley, which allowed 24 points off 16 giveaways on a night when both teams shot under 40 percent.

PHOENIX (53)

' Bursk 11, Krafft 12, Decuir 13, McKinnis 2, Smith 2, Sanders 2, Shepard 0, Ritchie 8, Joseph 1, Barett 2, Sinner 0, Dungannon 0. Totals 22 9-15 53.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (35) ' Paul 10, Gerhardt 4, Lath 4, Snook 9, Mucha 2, Baker 4, Crowl 2, McMahan 0, Leclair 0, Hock 0, Dierkes 0. Totals 10 9-15 35.

Phoenix .....................................16 11 12 14 ' 53

Illinois Valley.................................11 2 7 15' 35

3-point goals ' Illinois Valley 2 (Paul 2).

JV result ' Phoenix won.

MAZAMA 68, ROGUE RIVER 60 ' At Mazama, Rogue River kept it close until the closing moments when some key Mazama free throws put the game out of reach.

The battle of the boards belonged to the Vikings as they as outrebounded Rogue River, 41-28.

The Vikings' Mike Saltenburger scored a game-high 24 points and Drew Reed posted 20.

Rogue River's Joey Parrillo lead the Chiefs with 20 points.

ROGUE RIVER (60) ' France 7, Parrillo 20, Rich 9, Castro 8, Bartholomew 6, Rosenberg 5, Reagles 3, Waroff 2, Wright 0, Sanger 0. Totals: 26 5-10 60.

MAZAMA (68) ' Rios 11, Reed 20, Saltenburger 24, Baker 5, Dill 3, Poetsch 3, Hammel 2, Durighello 0, Thornton 0. Totals: 24 15-24 68.

Mazama.................................... 11 20 16 21 ' 68

Rogue River...............................14 15 16 15 ' 60

3-point goals ' Mazama 5 (Rios 3, Reed 2), Rogue River — (Reagles 1, France 1, Rich 1).

JV result ' Mazama won.

Sky A League

BUTTE FALLS 63, PROSPECT 51 '

At Butte Falls, junior point guard Chris Stephenson had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals for Butte Falls.

The Loggers (10-11, 6-3 Sky A) used a full-court press to get off to a fast start and led 34-23 at halftime.

Butte Falls senior wing Trae Stephenson added 17 points, while Michael McLauchlan hauled in a team-high nine rebounds to help the Loggers to a 42-40 advantage on the boards.

Sean Harju led three Prospect players in double figures with 11 points. Jake Shultz and Nathan Crawford tossed in 10 each for the Cougars (7-10, 2-6 Sky A).

PROSPECT (51) ' Strickland 7, Shultz 10, Crawford 10, Miller 7, Sean Harju 11, Madsen 6. Totals: 20 7-11 51.

BUTTE FALLS (63) ' C. Stephenson 19, Smith 0, T. Stephenson 17, Knighton 3, Kinyon 0, Ross 12, Ste. White 0, Moody 4, McLauchlan 4, Str. White 4. Totals: 22 11-19 63.

Prospect......................................14 9 13 15 ' 51

Butte Falls.................................18 16 11 18 ' 63

3-point goals ' Prospect 4 (Strickland 1, Shultz 3), Butte Falls 6 (C. Stephenson 2, T. Stephenson 1, Knighton 1, Ross 1). Fouled out ' Harju, Moody.