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Crater players pick defense, stymie EP

CENTRAL POINT — Crater coach J.T. Thomas turned the defense over to his players, and it immediately paid dividends in a 54-17 Southern Sky Conference girls basketball win over Eagle Point on Friday.

The Comets (7-5, 3-1 SSC) have been working on different defensive strategies in recent weeks, depending on the upcoming opponent, said Thomas. Against Eagle Point, he let the players "design the defensive approach they wanted to take," he said.

Crater's pressure tactics led to a 16-0 shutout in the first quarter.

"The concentration by the kids tonight on defense was really terrific," said Thomas.

It might not be the last time the players call the shots.

"The kids had a little more fun and a little more responsibility for that part of the game," said Thomas.

Bonnie Heard paced a balanced scoring attack with nine points for the Comets. Alana Harding had seven points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Sophomore point guard Leona Steel chipped in five assists and six steals.

The statistic that pleased Thomas the most was 15 assists on only 19 field goals.

"It was another game where the kids weren't being impatient," said Thomas, "but were looking for each other and taking shots with real good looks when they had the opportunities."

Eagle Point was coming off its first conference win in three seasons. The Eagles dropped to 4-12 and 1-4.

EAGLE POINT (17) — Hagy 4, Leaf 4, Hedrick 2, Dale 2, Schipman 2, Mason 2, Baker 1, Desavedo 0, Wyatt 0, Winner 0, Rasor 0, Henderson 0. Totals: 5 7-12 17.

CRATER (54) — Heard 9, Albright 8, Deschamps 7, Harding 7, Sailing 5, Kappel 5, Hills 4, Britton 4, Sullivan 3, Steel 2, Ulrey 0, Smith 0. Totals: 19 12-20 54.

Eagle Point 0 6 5 6 — 17

Crater 16 4 23 11 — 54

3-point goals — Crater 4 (Heard 1, Deschamps 1, Sailing 1, Kappel 1).

MAZAMA 54, KLAMATH UNION 50 — At Klamath Falls, Melissa Jones led a balanced scoring night for Mazama as the Vikings picked up the Southern Sky Conference win.

Jones finished with 14 points for Mazama (8-6, 3-2 SSC). Katey Choukalos had 19 points and four steals and Katie Gilbert added 15 points and four steals for Klamath Union (1-11, 0-4), which played from behind nearly the entire game but battled back from multiple double-digit deficits.

MAZAMA (54) — Grigsby 2, Garrett 10, Jones 14, Grohs 5, Kartler 3, McPhee 10, Heuter 4, Saltenberger 6. Totals 20 11-25 54.

KLAMATH UNION (50) — Choukalos 19, Gilbert 15, Bliss 4, Holloway 6, Kellom 5, Doshier 0, Walker 0, Cesena 0, Luther 0, Roberts 0, Gonzalez 0. Totals: 15 16-20 50.

Mazama 15 14 15 10 —54

Klamath Union 11 11 8 20 —50

3-point goals — Mazama 2 (Grohs 1, Kartler 1), Klamath Union 4 (Choukalos 2, Gilbert 2).

JV result — Klamath Union won.

Skyline Conference

PHOENIX 44, HIDDEN VALLEY 40, OT — At Murphy, Kelsey George scored eight of her 12 points in overtime as Phoenix snapped Hidden Valley's 20-game Skyline Conference win streak.

Phoenix's victory also ended the Mustangs' eight-game run this season and improved the Pirates to 4-2 in Skyline and 9-7 overall.

George was 6-for-8 from the free throw line in the extra frame and she totaled six assists.

Terra Fry netted 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting for the Pirates, while Chelsea Passante also contributed 10 points.

Richardson returned from injury that kept her off the court for three weeks. She notched 12 points, seven rebounds and seven steals.

Megan Swanson tossed in 11 points and six boards for Hidden Valley (12-3, 5-1 Skyline), which fell into a tie with Henley for first place in the Skyline standings.

PHOENIX (44) — Singleton 6, Ke. George 12, Helm 6, Fry 10, Passante 10, Baker 0, Ka. George 0, Smith 0. Totals: 15 10-14 44.

HIDDEN VALLEY (40) — Edwards 2, Swanson 11, Ross 5, Silva 8, Fikso 2, Richardson 12, Guevara 0, Figoni 0, Doig 0. Totals: 17 5-16 40.

Phoenix 7 13 11 4 9 — 44

Hidden Valley 15 4 13 3 5 — 40

3-point goals — Phoenix 4 (Passante 2, Helm 2), Hidden Valley 4 (Silva 2, Richardson 1, Ross 1). Fouled out — Silva, Richardson.

JV score — Hidden Valley 40, Phoenix 38.

HENLEY 54, ROGUE RIVER 39 — At Klamath Falls, Taylor Wallace scored 18 points to lead Henley to a Skyline win over Rogue River.

Kelsey Reed added 10 points for the Hornets, while Stephanie Matheson and Sierra Patzke each had nine.

Angie Caschera led the Chieftains (7-9, 2-4 Skyline) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Shawna Hamre added 10 points.

ROGUE RIVER (39) — Cauble 0, Turnham 1, Hamre 10, Smith 7, Caschera 13, Phillips 3, Reyes 5, Updegraff 0. Totals: 15 8-17 39.

HENLEY (54) — Matheson 9, Patzke 9, Waugh 5, Carleton 3, Reed 10, T. Wallace 18, C. Wallace 0, Webb 0, Kennedy 0. Totals: 21 10-17 54.

Rogue River 8 14 12 5 —39

Henley 15 19 8 12 —54

3-point goals — Henley 2 (Patzke, Carleton), Rogue River 1 (Reyes). Fouled out — Reyes.

JV result — Henley won.

Mountain Valley League

PROSPECT 45, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 26 — At Prospect, Jen King was 11 of 13 from the field and tallied 25 points to lead Prospect to the Mountain Valley League victory.

Alexis Zeller added 10 points, five assists and four steals for the Cougars (9-6, 2-3 MVL), while Becky Musard added eight rebounds, five assists and three steals and Shianne Tanner pulled down nine boards.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (26) — J. Wold 2, Mailand 3, Cool 2, Parmenter 15, Cole 4, Allen 0, C. Wold 0, Wood 0, Sustaire 0, Denton 0, Dahlman 0, Lee 0, Leffingwell 0. Totals: 11 3-6 26.

PROSPECT (45) — Zeller 10, King 25, Musard 2, Baker 2, Tanner 2, Peters 4. Totals: 21 3-8 45.

Rogue Valley Adventist 2 12 7 5 — 26

Prospect 13 10 10 12 — 45

3-point goals — Rogue Valley Adventist 1 (Parmenter 1).

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 64, BUTTE FALLS 31 — At Klamath Falls, Kate Anderson scored 12 of her 17 points in the third quarter as Hosanna Christian rolled to a win.

Butte Falls' Karlee Stephenson had held Anderson in check, but a thigh contusion suffered in the second quarter forced Stephenson from the game.

Lacey Matchett added 16 points for Hosanna (11-6, 2-3 MVL), while Kaylen Justman chipped in 12 points.

Felicia Ferguson led the Loggers with 14 points.

BUTTE FALLS (31) — Stephenson 3, A. Ferguson 4, Kirkpatrick 0, Eller 0, Myers 0, F. Ferguson 14, Grote 1, Sutfin 9. Totals: 14 2-19 31.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN (64) — Crawford 2, K. Anderson 17, Shaw 2, Barnes 0, Keppinger 7, L. Matchett 16, Ronnander 4, Griggs 2, A. Anderson 2, Justman 12. Totals: 27 7-8 64.

Butte Falls 7 12 9 3 — 31

Hosanna Christian 15 13 22 14 — 64

3-point goals — Butte Falls 1 (Stephenson 1), Hosanna Christian 3 (Matchett 2, K. Anderson 1).