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Fast start helps Phoenix edge Chiefs

PHOENIX — Kelsey George has become the driving force for the Phoenix girls basketball team.

The sophomore point guard went for a game-high 17 points Tuesday night as Phoenix held off scrappy Rogue River, 47-41, in Skyline Conference action at the Pirates' gym.

George was responsible for the Pirates (12-7, 7-2 Skyline) getting off to fast start by scoring 10 of Phoenix's 14 first-quarter points. George had four assists and three steals in the contest.

"(George) is the catalyst of the team," said Phoenix coach Randy Kirkland. "It all starts with her. She found the gap in their zone and either scored or found the open person."

Phoenix produced a balanced attack, with Chelsea Passante adding 11 points, Danielle Smith going for 10 and Rebecca Singleton accounting for seven.

"We controlled the tempo with our press and moved the ball well against their zone," said Kirkland, whose team made four of its six 3-pointers in the first half.

The Pirates built a comfortable 29-15 halftime margin and led by as many as 17 points in the second half, but were forced to fend off the Chieftains in the fourth quarter.

"We played a great first half," said Kirkland. "We took a lackluster approach in the second half and that allowed them to gain some momentum."

Rogue River (8-11, 3-6 Skyline) cut the Pirates margin to 43-40 with about three minutes to go.

"We turned it over and never got any closer," Rogue River coach Dave Ehrhardt said.

Senior Shawna Hamre sparked the Chiefs with 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. The 6-foot post was 5 of 9 from the field.

"We played behind her defensively and they made some good passes to her," said Kirkland. "She was able to put a move on and make some nice shots.'

Sabrina Smith added eight points and eight rebounds for Rogue River. Senior wing Angie Caschera scored eight points.

Caschera moved to within 14 points of tying Rogue River's all-time career scoring record of 1,012, set by Julie Koral in 1985.

ROGUE RIVER (41) — Hamre 11, Smith 8, Caschera 6, Phillips 10, Updegraff 4, Lara 2, Cauble 0, Reyes 0, Fricke 0. Totals: 17 7-13 41.

PHOENIX (47) — Singleton 7, Ke. George 17, Helm 2, Smith 10, Passante 11, Baker 0, Ka. George 0, Main 0, Fry 0. Totals: 15 11-17 47.

Rogue River 6 9 15 11 — 41

Phoenix 14 15 12 6 — 47

3-point goals — Phoenix 6 (Passante 3, Smith 2, Singleton 1).

JV result — Phoenix won.

Skyline Boys Basketball

PHOENIX 57, ROGUE RIVER 48 — At Rogue River, Mike Shepherd scored 18 points and had 16 rebounds as Phoenix temporarily moved into first place.

The Pirates lead Hidden Valley and Henley by 1/2-game because the Mustangs' and Hornets' games were postponed. Phoenix travels to Henley for a key Skyline showdown Friday.

Codey Barrett added 13 rebounds to go with his eight points and Neal Emerson had 10 points for the Pirates (14-5, 7-2 Skyline).

Carson Frantz led Rogue River (1-8 Skyline) with 21 points — nine coming on three 3-point makes.

PHOENIX (57) — Shepherd 18, Emerson 10, Barrett 8, Workman 8, George 7, Robinson 4, Locken 2. Totals: 21 13-19 57.

ROGUE RIVER (48) — Frantz 21, Jackson 13, Kelly 7, Hofstrand 5, Watson 2, Mortinson 0, Johnson 0, Schoner 0. Totals: 14 16-21 48.

Phoenix 17 14 13 13 —57

Rogue River 16 7 9 16 —48

3-point goals — Phoenix 2 (George 1, Emerson 1), Rogue River 4 (Frantz 3, Hofstrand 1). Technical foul — Rogue River coach.

JV result — Phoenix won.


SOUTH MEDFORD 3, ASHLAND 1 — John Adamson stopped 25 shots and Dane Irving added a goal and an assist to help South Medford extend its Southern League-leading record to 8-1 with a win at The RRRink.

Irving scored an unassisted goal to get the Panthers on the scoreboard first, but Ashland answered with an unassisted goal by Casey Skolnik to tie the contest at 1-all entering the second period.

South tallied twice in the second off goals by Wyatt Small, on an assist by Zack MacDonald, and Kyle Smith, on an assist by Irving.

Ashland goalie Kyle Smelcer notched 24 saves in a match rescheduled from three weeks ago.

Ashland 1 0 0 — 1

South Medford 1 2 0 — 3