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Phoenix falls in Skyline girls opener

PHOENIX — Minus a poor shooting performance, there's reason for Phoenix to believe it can compete in the Skyline Conference this season.

The Pirates, after shooting 10 of 44 (23 percent), fell 40-25 to Hidden Valley in its conference opener on Thursday.

But Phoenix (5-6, 0-1 Skyline) did manage a strong effort on the boards against a much taller Hidden Valley team and held the Mustangs below their season average in points.

"It was a good defensive game played by both teams," Phoenix coach Randy Kirkland said. "Our shots just didn't fall. We had some open looks, we just missed them.

"I found with my team, if one is not shooting well, it kind of spreads."

Kelsey George and Chelsea Passante led Phoenix with seven points each. Tarra Fry added nine rebounds for the Pirates as both teams had 30 rebounds.

"If you take away our shooting woes, I give us a B-plus for the night," Kirkland said. "I was very pleased with our defensive effort and our rebounding."

Added Kirkland, "I still think the league is pretty open. Hidden Valley and Henley are favored, but I think we are sitting at their heals."

Hidden Valley's Laura Silva had 13 points, five coming in the third quarter as Hidden Valley stretched its lead from six at halftime to 13 heading into the final quarter. Jamie Richardson added 10 points.

HIDDEN VALLEY (40) — Seal 1, Richardson 10, Swanson 8, Silva 13, Fikso 8, Edwards 0, Bailey 0, Ross 0. Totals: 15 7-13 40.

PHOENIX (25) — Baker 3, George 7, Helm 4, Smith 4, Passante 7, Singleton 0, Tally 0, Fry 0. Totals: 10 2-6 25.

Hidden Valley 11 11 11 7 —40

Phoenix 6 10 4 5 —25

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 3 (Silva 2, Richardson 1), Phoenix 3 (Passante 2, Baker 1). Technical foul — Hidden Valley coach.

JV Result — Hidden Valley 33 Phoenix 28

HENLEY 60, ROGUE RIVER 47 — At Rogue River, Sierra Patzke drilled five 3-pointers for a game-high 18 points as Henley downed Rogue River in the Skyline Conference opener for both teams.

The Chieftains (5-6, 0-1 Skyline) climbed within 46-44 in the fourth quarter then missed a tying basket in the paint off an offensive rebound. The Hornets took advantage of the miss when Patzke nailed two straight from downtown to give Henley the 52-44 lead.

Rogue River senior post Shawna Hamre logged 13 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots and Sabrina Smith added 12 points. Angie Caschera had an off night shooting with just five points, but generated seven rebounds and five steals.

Taylor Wallace had 12 of her 14 points in the first half for the Hornets.

HENLEY (60) — Matheson 8, Patzke 18, C. Wallace 6, Laugh 6, Reed 2, T. Wallace 14, Webb 0, Kennedy 6. Totals: 24 6-14 60.

ROGUE RIVER (47) — Turnham 5, Hamre 13, Smith 12, Phillips 6, Caschera 5, Reyes 3, Updegraff 3, Cauble 0. Totals: 21 4-13 47.

Henley 14 21 11 14 — 60

Rogue River 12 10 17 8 — 47

3-point goals — Henley 6 (Patzke 5, C. Wallace 1), Rogue River 1 (Turnham 1). Technical foul —T. Wallace.

JV score — Henley 34, Rogue River 31.

NORTH VALLEY 37, ILLINOIS VALLEY 21 — At Cave Junction, North Valley sophomore point guard Lauren Crawford tossed in a game-high 11 points.

Winless Illinois Valley trailed 12-9 at halftime, but was outscored 13-0 in the third quarter.

Junior post Miranda Cleman paced the Cougars (0-9, 0-1 Skyline) with eight points and senior post Raesha Yeoman added five points and 11 rebounds.

NORTH VALLEY (37) — Crawford 11, Eglis 7, M. Robles 6, R. Robles 4, Swanson 4, Ellis 2, Giesen 2, Ni. Goens 0, Stasio 0, Na. Goens 0, Brown 0. Totals: 17 1-7 37.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (21) — Miranda Cleman 8, R. Yeoman 5, Huntamer 2, Tausaga 2, Hults 2, K. Yeoman 2, Cotta 0, Allan 0, Farr 0. Totals: 10 0-7 21.

North Valley 6 6 13 12 — 37

Illinois Valley 6 3 0 12 — 21

3-point goals — North Valley 1 (Eglis 1), Illinois Valley 1 (R. Yeoman 1). Fouled out — Ellis.

JV result — North Valley won.

Southern Cascade League

ST. MARY'S 63, LOST RIVER 47 — St. Mary's got off to a quick start in its conference opener at home.

The Crusaders' (11-2, 1-0 SCL) full-court press forced turnovers that led to a 15-5 first-quarter lead.

Junior Nikki Steinsiek paced a St. Mary's balanced attack with 12 points and sophomore Veronica Valdez added 10.

Senior wing Brianna Williams came off the bench to score four points and played a strong all-around game for the Crusaders, while freshman Kylee Adderson (nine points) came up big in the post.

LOST RIVER (47) — McCulley 16, Ireland 5, Barajas 2, Hammers 2, Condon 2, Rieger 14, Spillenger 6, Baley 0, Gresser 0, L. Baley 0. Totals: 17 12-27 47.

ST. MARY'S (63) — Steinsiek 12, W. Adderson 9, V. Valdez 10, Picknell 0, Bates 2, Volk 1, Gross 6, Williams 4, K. Adderson 9, D. Valdez 8, Bladek 0, Street 0, Carini 0. Totals: 26 8-17 63.

Lost River 5 14 16 12 — 47

St. Mary's 15 16 18 14 — 63

3-point goals — Lost River 1 (McCulley 1), St. Mary's 3 (W. Adderson 1, D. Valdez 2). Fouled out — Rieger.

JV result — St. Mary's won.