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Vikings oust Pirates from playoffs

PHOENIX ' Drew Reed was a one-man wrecking crew for the Mazama Vikings on Thursday night. The 6-foot-2 junior post scored a game-high 25 points as the Vikings defeated Phoenix 56-51 in a Skyline Conference playoff game.

Mazama will now meet Klamath Falls rival Henley on Saturday, with the winner of that game traveling to Central for a first-round, Class 3A state playoff contest.

Senior wing Justin Krafft scored 20 points to lead Phoenix. Sophomore point guard Dustin Smith logged his best effort of the season for the Pirates with 12 points, five assists and only one turnover.

Smith drilled three 3-point baskets in the fourth quarter ' and four in all ' to keep Phoenix close. But no one else was able to muster any offense.

They were in a zone and Dustin was the only one able to hit an outside shot in the fourth quarter, Phoenix coach Kevin Dixon said. We've struggled to score these last few games.

— Phoenix dropped its last four to finish the season 13-12, but returns seven of its 10 varsity players for 2005-2006.

Nothing went right these last two weeks but I'm not discouraged, Dixon said. Next season, we'll come back strong.

MAZAMA (56) '

Hernandez 7, Baker 15, Rios 5, Reed 26, Duriglo 0, Dill 2, Saltenberger 0, Toller 1, Hummel 0, Poetsch 0. Totals: 22 9-15 56,

PHOENIX (51) ' Bursk 5, Krafft 20, McKinnis 3, Smith 12, Decuir 5, Shepherd 0, Ritchie 2, Joseph 4, Sinner 0. Totals: 18 7-14 51.

Mazama.....................................12 13 17 14 ' 56

Phoenix.......................................17 9 15 10 ' 51

3-point goals ' Mazama — (Baker 1, Rios 1, Reed 1), Phoenix 8 (Bursk 1, Krafft 2, McKinnis 1, Smith 4).

Girls

HENLEY 45, NORTH VALLEY 41 ' At Merlin, Jenna Matchett scored 15 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to propel Henley to a Skyline Conference playoff win.

The fifth-seeded Hornets play No. 3-seed Hidden Valley on Saturday. The winner advances to the Class 3A state playoffs.

North Valley sophomore Nikki Noyes, a 5-foot-3 wing, scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds, three assists, six steals and two blocks. Emily Morehouse added 11 rebounds and four blocks, while Megan McDonald scored 10 points and had 14 rebounds and Shea Miller had four blocks.

The Knights, who were without starting post Dennel Wildey because of an illness, finish the season at 8-16.

HENLEY (45) ' Matchett 20, Patske 11, Hornbeck 6, Gastaldi 5, Christianson 3, Thompson 0, D'Olivo 0, Hargrave 0, Morgan 0. Totals: 20 5-13 45.

NORTH VALLEY (41) ' Miller 8, Morehouse 6, MacDonald 10, Noyes 17, Porter 0, Stromme 0, Hogue 0, McCormick 0. Totals: 17 7-15 41.

Henley...........................................14 7 6 18 ' 45

North Valley..................................8 13 13 7 ' 41