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Hidden Valley defense frustrates Phoenix

HIDDEN VALLEY — It was payback time for Hidden Valley against Phoenix Tuesday.

If retaining first-place in the Skyline Conference boys race wasn't enough, a 58-32 loss at Phoenix Jan. 18 provided additional motivation for the Mustangs to keep their four-year home winning streak intact.

Hidden Valley blanketed Phoenix with a tight man-to-man defense and used a deliberate offense en route to a 41-14 home victory.

The victory moves the sixth-ranked Mustangs (17-4, 9-2 Skyline) 11/2-games in front of the eighth-ranked Pirates (12-8, 7-3 Skyline) in the conference standings. It also gives Hidden Valley two wins in the three-game conference series against the Pirates

"We had a chip on our shoulder because Phoenix handled us really well," said Hidden Valley coach Robert Jackson. "We wanted to return the favor."

Senior Earl Crawford was the centerpiece of the defensive effort by holding Mike Shepherd to four points after the Pirates' 6-foot-4 post burned the Mustangs for 20 in the earlier meeting. The 6-2 Crawford also scored 10 points.

"I challenged (Crawford) to be physical," said Jackson. "Mike Shepherd is a big, strong kid and plays hard. Earl was motivated and got after it."

Another big defensive effort was turned in by Saxon Gotfried on Phoenix point guard Andrew George, who was held scoreless. George scored 16 points when Phoenix beat the Mustangs at home.

Hidden Valley blanked the Pirates 7-0 in the first quarter. The patient Mustangs ran the final two minutes off the clock before missing the final shot. Then the Mustangs built an 18-4 halftime lead.

Kyle Bleser had a productive night for the Mustangs with a game-high 13 points to accompany six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists.

"By forcing them into our tempo, it wore on them mentally," said Jackson. "Defensively we were locking them down and on offense we were being very patient. They weren't sure when to attack or how to attack because of the way the game was being played."

PHOENIX (14) — Robinson 7, Shepherd 4, Crichton 2, Barrett 1, Emerson 0, George 0, Workman 0, Locken 0, Sauceda 0, Bohn 0. Totals: 4 6-7 14.

HIDDEN VALLEY (41) — Bleser 13, Crawford 10, Gotfried 8, Porter 4, Armanino 2, Scott 2, Maynard 2, Kasler 0, Frey 0, Hayden 0, Hayter 0, Longo 0, Suthan 0. Totals: 16 6-11 41.

Phoenix 0 4 3 7 — 14

Hidden Valley 7 11 13 10 — 41

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 1 (Bleser 1). Technical foul — Phoenix bench.

JV result — Hidden Valley won.

HENLEY 55, ROGUE RIVER 31 — At Klamath Falls, junior guard Jackson Mitchell scored a career-high 20 points for Rogue River (3-20, 1-10 Skyline) in a game played at Oregon Tech after snow caused structural damage to the Henley gym.

Seventh-ranked Henley (14-4, 7-2 Skyline) jumped out to an 18-8 lead after one quarter and built the margin to 16 points entering the final period.

The Hornets capitalized on a 25-6 rebounding advantage

Guard Mike D'Olivo paced Henley with 15 points and Winston Mueller added 11 and six rebounds.

Henley senior guard Danny Staats had a strong all-around game with eight points, three assists, two steals and defensively limited Rogue River's Carson Frantz to three points.

ROGUE RIVER (31) — Schoner 4, Reyes 0, Johnson, Hofstrand 0, White 0, Brown 0, Frantz 3, Lee 4, Watson 0, Mitchell 20. Totals: 9 12-18 31.

HENLEY (55) — Brewster 0, Staats 8, Evans 2, D'Olivo 15, Mastroianni 7, Lesueur 4, Chavarria 2, Mueller 11, Wedan 4, Fahner 0, Verling 0, Myers 2. Totals: 18 16-24 55.

Rogue River 8 7 10 6 — 31

Henley 18 6 17 14 — 55

3-point goals — Rogue River 1 (Mitchell 1), Henley 3 (D'Olivo 2, Mastroianni 1).

JV score — Henley 48, Rogue River 20.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 42, NORTH VALLEY 39 — At North Valley, Roger Hults hit a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left to lift Illinois Valley to the Skyline Conference victory.

North Valley led by three points with two minutes left in the game before Illinois Valley pulled even with two free throws. Hults then proceeded to hit the game-winner.

Will Crowl led Illinois Valley with 16 points and Steven Paul chipped in with 11 for the Cougars.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (42) — Crowl 16, Paul 11, Snook 8, Hults 5, Augustadt 2, Bergman 0, Escalante 0. Totals: 12 16-20 42.

NORTH VALLEY (39) — Clark 12, Rose 8, Wert 8, Procknow 4, Woodruff 3, Kellogg 2, Larson 2, Brummett 0, Hiler 0. Totals: 14 11-16 39.

Illinois Valley 17 5 6 14 — 42

North Valley 11 8 9 11 — 39

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 2 (Paul 1, Hults 1). Technicals Fouls — Augustadt, Andrew.

Girls

HIDDEN VALLEY 49, PHOENIX 33 — At Phoenix, lack of rebounding and poor shooting by Phoenix allowed fifth-ranked Hidden Valley to walk away with the Skyline Conference win.

The Pirates (12-8, 7-3 Skyline) shot 8-for-30 from the floor — missing 16 shots in the paint —while the Mustangs outhustled Phoenix for a 35-17 advantage on the boards.

Megan Swanson poured in a game-high 17 points and Haley Fikso added 15 for Hidden Valley (18-3, 9-1 Skyline).

The Pirates' Chelsea Passante turned in a solid all-around performance with 11 points, six rebounds and four steals.

HIDDEN VALLEY (49) — Seal 2, Edwards 2, Richardson 3, Bailey 4, Swanson 17, Silva 4, Fikso 15, Guevara 0, Figoni 0, Ross 0, Wood 0, Doig 0. Totals: 19 5-15 49.

PHOENIX (33) — Singleton 5, Ke. George 3, Helm 5, Smith 6, Main 3, Passante 11, Baker 0, Tally 0, Ka. George 0, Fry 0. Totals: 8 14-21 33.

Hidden Valley 13 9 17 10 — 49

Phoenix 6 4 9 14 — 33

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 4 (Swanson 2, Silva 1, Fikso 1), Phoenix 3 (Passante 2, Smith 1).

JV result — Phoenix won.

HENLEY 51, ROGUE RIVER 32 — At Rogue River, Taylor Wallace scored 13 points to help Henley survive a strong start by Rogue River and get a Skyline win.

Sierra Patzke added nine as the Hornets held the Chieftains to five field goals after the first quarter.

Rogue River led by as much as eight in the first quarter before Henley took over in the second.

Angie Caschera led the Chieftains (9-12, 4-7 Skyline) in scoring with 10 points. Sabrina Smith added nine points and had five rebounds.

HENLEY (51) — Matheson 5, Patzke 9, C. Wallace 4, Waugh 11, Reed 3, T. Wallace 13, Webb 2, Kennedy 4, Carleton 0. Totals: 21 8-20 51.

ROGUE RIVER (32) — Cauble 0, Turnham 3, Hamre 6, Smith 9, Phillips 2, Caschera 10, Reyes 2, Uptegraff 0. Totals: 11 10-18 32.

Henley 9 14 15 13 —51

Rogue River 14 6 6 6 —32

3-point goals — Henley 1 (Patzke 1).

JV result — Henley won.

NORTH VALLEY 48, ILLINIOS VALLEY 30 — At Illinios Valley, Chelsea Giesen scored 11 points and Natalie Goens and Nicole Goens each added 11 points to lead North Valley.

Miranda Cleman led Illinios Valley with 10 points.

NORTH VALLEY (48) — Giesen 11, Na. Goens 10, Ni. Goens 10, Egli 6, Swanson 5, Ellis 4, Robles 2, Reinhart 0, Ford 0, Brown 0. Totals: 11 5-12 48.

ILLINIOS VALLEY (30)— Cleman 10, R. Yeoman 8, Hults 7, Tausaga 3, Cotta 2, Huntamer 0, Allan 0, K. Yeoman 0. Totals 17 13-24 30.

North Valley 6 3 9 12 —30

Illinios Valley 8 14 17 9 —48

3-point goals — North Valley 1 (Sawson 1), Illinios Valley 3 (Hultz 2, Tausaga 1). Fouled Out — Cleman. Technical fouls — Giesen.

JV result — North Valley won.