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Mustangs cool off Pirates

PHOENIX — Opposites in style, the high-octane Phoenix girls basketball team had to overcome the stingy defense of Hidden Valley to have a shot at the Skyline Conference title.

But the third-ranked Mustangs controlled the speed of the game, holding the Pirates to just five points in the fourth quarter in a 37-28 victory at Phoenix Friday.

With four conference games left, the Mustangs (16-4, 8-0 Skyline) are one win away from the league title because of tiebreakers over both Phoenix and Henley.

The Pirates (15-5, 5-3 Skyline), who are tied with Henley for second place, weren't allowed to hoist their usual 50 shots. Instead, they were limited to about 30, taking away what Phoenix does best: score.

"For us, we're kinda the exact opposite. We've got better athletes but we can't shoot," said Mustangs coach Matt Kennedy. "So, we slowed the tempo and spread them out, and in the end, we limited their shots. You give them too many shots, they're gonna make them.

"I said to the girls, 'If we hold them under 30, we'll win.' And we did."

Phoenix's Chelsea Passante was held to nine points, thanks mostly to the defense of Katie Figoni. In two games against the Mustangs, Passante has scored 11 points, a key in both Mustang victories.

However, Passante managed an all-around good game, hitting both Phoenix 3s and playing solid defense on the perimeter, but no one else was able to fill the scoring void.

"Our whole thing is getting up shots," said Phoenix coach Randy Kirkland. "They controlled the tempo again. They're a good veteran team that knows how to handle the ball and control the clock."

Lacy Wood had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Mustangs, with Haley Fikso tossing in 13 points.

HIDDEN VALLEY (37) — Fikso 13, Wood 10, Richardson 8, Bailey 3, Figoni 3, Guevara 0, Swanson 0. Totals: 13 11-24 37.

PHOENIX (28) — Passante 9, George 7, Bradfield 4, Smith 4, Helm 2, Tally 2. Totals: 10 6-9 28.

Hidden Valley 6 7 12 12 — 37

Phoenix 9 4 10 5 — 28

3-point goals — Phoenix 2 (Passante 2). Fouled out — Smith. Technical fouls — Smith, Phoenix coach.

JV result — Hidden Valley won.

NORTH VALLEY 59, ILLINOIS VALLEY 30 — At Cave Junction, Nicole Goens and Taylor Vandehey each had 11 points to propel North Valley, which led 17-0 after one quarter.

Laurissa Tausaga had nine points to lead Illinois Valley.

NORTH VALLEY (59) — Nic. Goens 11, Vandehey 11, Nat. Goens 8, Nicholson 8, M. Crawford 7, Frey 6, Rhinehart 6, L. Crawford 2. Totals: 25 7-18 59.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (30) — Tausaga 9, Hults 6, Cleman 4, Huntamer 4, Kaberline 2, Bullock 2, Johnson 3. Totals: 13 1-7 30.

North Valley 17 14 14 14 — 59

Illinois Valley 0 12 12 6 — 30

3-point goals—North Valley 2 (Nat. Goens, Nic. Goens), Illinois Valley 3 (Hults 2, Tausaga 1). Fouled out — Cleman.

Sunset League

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 50, GOLD BEACH 37 — Sophomore forward Aleena Cesaro came off the bench to score all 14 of her points in the second half as Cascade Christian rallied.

The Challengers (14-7, 8-3 Sunset) avenged an earlier loss to Gold Beach and broke a tie with the Bruins to move into second place.

The Challengers trailed 20-18 at the break.

Cascade picked up the tempo with a pressing defense in the third quarter and outscored Gold Beach 16-4 in the period.

Lindsey Blodgett contributed seven points and six assists for the Challengers.

GOLD BEACH (37) — Kay. Zuber 5, Maclaurie 8, Kat. Zuber 5, Hockema 6, Moore 11, Koenig 2, McDonald 0. Totals: 15 4-8 37.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (50) — Brown 7, Hallmark 2, Martin 4, Barlow 4, Vondra 6, Kinney 2, Cesaro 14, Blodgett 7, Martinez 2. Totals: 16 12-12 50.

Gold Beach 7 13 4 13 — 37

Cascade Christian 5 13 16 16 — 50

3-point goals — Gold Beach 1 (Kat. Zuber 1), Cascade Christian 2 (Brown 1, Blodgett 1). Fouled out — Kinney.

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

GLIDE 57, ROGUE RIVER 54, OT — At Rogue River, Kelley Maxey scored 23 points and Sabrina Smith a career-high 21 in the Rogue River setback.

Glide's Jessica Strader scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half and overtime for Glide, which trailed by as 14 in the first half.

Maxey had all three Rogue River 3-pointers while Jessa Fricke tracked down eight rebounds and had four steals for the Chieftains (8-13, 4-7 Sunset).

GLIDE (57) — Fugate 3, Strader 18, Standish 3, Schaffer 5, Gilberth 4, Skinner 4, Shiermeister 20. Totals: 23 9-19 57.

ROGUE RIVER (54) — Turnham 7, B. Coulter 3, Smith 21, Maxey 23, Fricke 0, A. Coulter 0, Cullota 0, Ehrhardt 0, Lara 0. Totals: 18 15-25 54.

Gilde 6 12 18 11 10 — 57

Rogue River 12 13 12 10 7 — 54

3-point goals — Glide 2 (Fugate 1, Standish 1), Rogue River (Maxey 3).

JV score — Rogue River 28, Glide 24.

Southern Cascade League

ST. MARY'S 64, LAKEVIEW 38 — At Lakeview, Veronica Valdez scored 16 points and junior post Katie Bates added 13 points and seven rebounds as sixth-ranked St. Mary's remained undefeated in the SCL.

The Crusaders (14-2, 8-0 SCL) also received four assists and four steals from Kelsey Gross and sophomore guard Abby Steinsiek dished out seven assists.

ST. MARY'S (64) — D. Valdez 8, Thorndike 4, Steinsiek 2, Krieser 5, Street 3, Bates 13, Gross 6, V. Valdez 16, Alvarez 2, Adderson 5, Seus 0. Totals: 27-61 8-13 64.

LAKEVIEW (38) — Grant 2, Shuffield 15, Stofleth 5, Seaton 13, Wilson 3, Baldovino 0, Bryant 0, Platt 0, Taylor 0, Cahill 0, Murphy 0. Totals: 10-15 18-23 38.

St. Mary's 14 18 17 15 — 64

Lakeview 8 10 9 11 — 38

3-point goals — St. Mary's 2 (D. Valdez 2). Fouled out — Gross. Technical foul — Cahill.

JV result — St. Mary's won.

Mountain Valley League

NORTH LAKE 64, PROSPECT 23 — At Prospect, Prospect' was overwhelmed by Colleen Hunt, who scored 24 points in North Lake's MVL win.

Alexis Zeller led the Cougars with eight points.

NORTH LAKE (64) — Hunt 24, A. Dark 12, Grassman 2, Hand 10, Effingham 2, Ward 2, Yarbrough 6, Johnson 2, Strong 4, Little 0. Totals: 26 9-14 64.

PROSPECT (23) — Zeller 8, Zelnar 2, Cryts 0, Anderson 3, King 6, Peters 0, Reynolds 3, Mahoney 1. Totals: 9 5-11 23.

North Lake 10 16 19 19 — 64

Prospect 6 4 7 6 — 23

3-point goals — North Lake 3 (Hunt 3).

JV score — North Lake 34, Prospect 16.

PAISLEY 48, BUTTE FALLS 39 — At Butte Falls, Allie Givens scored 11 points and added five rebounds and Beth Sutfin had 10 points to pace Butte Falls in the MVL loss.

Mariah Moore added nine rebounds and Chey Kirkpatrick had six steals for the Loggers (4-17, 1-10 MVL).

PAISLEY (48) — Merchant 7, Kurata 10, McKay 14, Frerking 0, Choho 13, Weems 4. Totals: 20 8-14 48.

BUTTE FALLS (39) — Moore 4, Ferguson 8, Kirkpatrick 4, O'Keefe 0, Dearmore 0, Sutfin 10, Garote 0, Givens 11, Driskell 2, McGonagle 0. Totals: 19 1-6 39.

Paisley 13 10 14 11 — 48

Butte Falls 18 6 5 10 — 39