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Shooting woes hinder Challengers against Panthers

Cascade Christian coach Loren King expressed satisfaction with his team's hustle and execution Thursday at The Pavilion against Gold Beach.

The problem?

The Challengers struggled to put the ball in the hoop.

They shot 5 for 27 (19 percent) in the first half of a 43-26 loss to the Panthers in Sunset League play.

"We were taking good shots — we're talking layins," King said. "It wasn't for a lack of effort. The kids played well. Our press worked, the kids rebounded well. We did everything except get the ball in the basket."

Cascade Christian's shooting troubles extended to the free-throw line as well, where the Challengers were 4-of-16 shooting.

Junior Kierstin Barlow and sophomore Andi Vondra managed eight points and nine rebounds each to lead Cascade Christian (8-14, 3-6 Sunset).

Sophomore wing Kourtney Moore finished with 19 points, including three 3-pointers for Gold Beach (14-6, 7-2 Sunset).

"She was on," King said of Moore. "She was hitting baseline 3-pointers and we didn't get out quick enough on her."

GOLD BEACH (43) — Moore 19, Kat. Zuber 12, Miller 2, Yeiter 2, MacLaurie 5, Kay. Zuber 1, Hockema 2, Koenig 0. Totals: 14 12-15 43.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (26) — Barlow 8, Vondra 8, Ballard 2, Cason 5, Cesaro 3, Blodgett 0, Brown 0, Sha 0, Case 0, Sellers 0, Hallmark 0, Kelly 0, Kinney 0. Totals: 11 4-16 26.

Gold Beach 6 10 10 17 —43

Cascade Christian 7 4 6 9 —26

3-point goals — Gold Beach 3 (Moore 3).

Skyline Conference

HIDDEN VALLEY 65, NORTH VALLEY 32 — At Merlin, Jamie Richardson and Haley Fikso shared team-high honors with 16 points and sixth-ranked Hidden Valley's defense did the rest in a convincing victory over North Valley.

Richardson also logged five rebounds and eight steals, while Fikso had five boards and four steals.

Megan Swanson added 10 points for the Mustangs (15-3, 8-1 Skyline).

Nicole Goens led North Valley with eight points.

HIDDEN VALLEY (65) — Richardson 16, Fikso 16, Swanson 10, Silva 9, Bailey 6, Seal 4, Edwards 2, Doig 2, Ross 0. Totals: 28 2-5 65.

NORTH VALLEY (32) — Ni. Goens 8, Na. Goens 6, Giesen 5, Egli 5, Brown 4, Ford 2, Swanson 2, Reinhart 0, Robles 0. Totals: 14 4-8 32.

Hidden Valley 11 25 12 17 — 65

North Valley 8 8 6 10 — 32

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 5 (Richardson 3, Fikso 1, Silva 1).

JV result — Hidden Valley won.