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Butte Falls boys rally past rival Prospect

BUTTE FALLS — The Butte Falls boys basketball team hit 12 of 14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to outscore rival Prospect 22-16 and pull ahead for a 56-51 victory in the Mountain Valley League regular-season finale for both teams.

The win clinches the fourth and final seed into the MVL playoffs for the Loggers (10-14, 7-7 MVL). Butte Falls will take on top-seeded North Lake at 8:15 p.m. on Friday at Eagle Point High School in a first-round district playoff.

Prospect ends its season at 3-11 in the MVL.

Sophomore 6-foot-2 post Josh McGonagle posted a double-double for Butte Falls with a season-high 25 points to go with 14 rebounds. The Loggers out-boarded Prospect 40-22 for the game.

"He was big," said Butte Falls' coach Kim Horn of McGonagle. "That's a great ball player right there."

Butte Falls also got a big game out of Joey Knighton, the team's lone senior starter.

Knighton scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and helped hold Prospect's prolific shooter Dakota Gordon to 18 points. Josh Sutfin added four steals and six rebounds for Butte Falls.

But the Cougars still held a 35-34 lead entering the fourth quarter.

That's when McGonagle took over with 12 points and an 8-for-8 effort from the foul line.

PROSPECT (51) — Gordon 18, Walton 10, Kelley 9, Mahoney 6, Roe 4, Bennett 4. Totals: 22 4-7 51.

BUTTE FALLS (56) — McGonagle 25, Hamilton 11, Knighton 7, Casillas 6, Sutfin 5, Gower 2, Kinyon 0. Totals: 16 23-28 56.

Prospect 14 15 6 16 —51

Butte Falls 9 15 10 22 —56

3-point goals — Prospect 3 (Gordon 2, Kelley 1), Butte Falls 1 (Hamilton 1). Fouled out — Kelley.

Girls MVL

PROSPECT 47, BUTTE FALLS 36 — At Butte Falls, Katherine Anderson poured in a game-high 28 points as Prospect eliminated Butte Falls from playoff contention.

The Loggers (15-12) end the season at 6-8 in the Mountain Valley League.

Prospect (14-10, 7-7 MVL) secured fourth place in league with the win. The Cougars will take on league-leading Triad on Friday at 4:45 p.m. in a first-round district playoff at Eagle Point High School.

Felicia Ferguson scored 17 points and Annie Ferguson dished out six assists for Butte Falls, which played without Karlee Stephenson and Cathleen Myers because of illness. Sophomore Cheyenna Kirkpatrick scored four points despite playing with a 103-degree temperature.

PROSPECT (47) — Anderson 28, Zeller 2, King 13, Baker 0, Peters 0, Tanner 4. Totals: 19 5-8 47.

BUTTE FALLS (36) — A. Ferguson 13, Kirkpatrick 4, C. Garote 0, Eller 0, B. Garote 0, F. Ferguson 17, Sutfin 2. Totals: 16 3-8 36.

Prospect 9 9 19 10 —47

Butte Falls 7 11 8 10 —36

3-point goals — Prospect 4 (Anderson 4), Butte Falls 1 (A. Ferguson 1).

Girls Southwest Conference

SOUTH EUGENE 52, SHELDON 44 — At Eugene, South Eugene used a 16-9 burst in the fourth quarter to pull ahead for good.

With the win, the Axemen (8-4 SWC) moved into a tie with Sheldon for second place in conference.

Elyse Barnes scored 15 points to lead South Eugene.

SHELDON (44) — Ta. Brown 14, Steigleman 12, Th. Brown 11, Ward 5, King, Hauser 2, Girod, Gray, Pangilinan, Doe, Anderson.

SOUTH EUGENE (52) — Barnes 15, Kerins 12, Whitfield 11, Williams 6, Roberts 4, Teninty 4.

Sheldon 17 4 14 9 —44

South Eugene 11 14 11 16 —52