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Phoenix wins as playoff race heats up

PHOENIX — Phoenix took care of business on Friday, and the Pirates will need to do more of the same to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Phoenix defeated winless North Valley at home 48-32, but after Henley's surprising win over Hidden Valley, the Pirates find themselves one game back of Henley in third place.

The Skyline Conference receives two playoff spots this season, leaving Phoenix (12-9, 6-4 Skyline) in must-win situations in its final two conference games against Henley next Friday and Hidden Valley on Feb. 24. Both games are at home.

Phoenix and Henley are 1-1 against each other this season.

"It's going to be difficult but not impossible," Phoenix Brian Miller said. "We'll see what happens."

What was never in doubt was the outcome on Friday. Skyler Reagan had 17 points, all in the first half, and Phoenix used all 12 available players.

The Pirates led by as much as 18 in the second half.

"We did a good job of taking care of the ball and executing," Miller said. "It was a good team effort."

Kyle Treadway added 10 points for Phoenix. Though Phoenix outscored North Valley just 20-13 in the second half, the Pirates held the Knights (0-19, 0-10) scoreless for the first half of the fourth quarter.

Andrew Wert led North Valley with nine points.

NORTH VALLEY (32) — Wert 9, Nelson 6, Anderson 5, Mobley 4, Woodruff 4, Granados 2, Schwietert 2, Church 0, Beasley 0. Totals: 11 8-10 32.

PHOENIX (48) — Reagan 17, Treadway 10, Young 8, Sauceda 6, Ralls 3, Damon 2, Campoy 2, Tally 0, Bohn 0, Crichton 0, Hendricks 0, Lapat 0. Totals: 17 9-16 48.

North Valley 8 11 6 7 — 32

Phoenix 13 15 10 10 — 48

3-point goals — North Valley 1 (Anderson), Phoenix 5 (Young 2, Sauceda 2, Reagan 1).

JV score — Phoenix 63, North Valley 29.

HENLEY 57, HIDDEN VALLEY 52 — At Klamath Falls, hot-shooting Henley handed Hidden Valley its first Skyline Conference loss and ended the third-ranked Mustangs' 17-game winning streak.

Henley was paced by Steven Wedan with 17 points and Austin Lesueur added 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Hornets (9-11, 7-3 Skyline) shot 60 percent from the field.

Henley junior point guard Zach Fahner scored 13 points and had six assists but, more important, committed just three turnovers against the Mustangs' pressure defense.

Jake Longo tossed in 13 points to lead Hidden Valley (17-2, 8-1).

HIDDEN VALLEY (52) — Woodrum 2, Bars 4, Armanino 9, Mahuna 8, Frey 2, Longo 13, Krauss 4, Maynard 10, Suthann 0. Totals: 23 2-2 52.

HENLEY (57) — Fahner 13, Mueller 6, Herr 5, Lesueur 16, Wedan 17, Verling 0. Totals: 21 12-21 57.

Hidden Valley 14 18 8 12 — 52

Henley 14 20 10 13 — 57

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 4 (Longo 3, Armanino 1), Henley 3 (Fahner 1, Mueller 1, Herr 1).

JV score — Henley 62, Hidden Valley 47.

Sunset League

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 82, MYRTLE POINT 43 — At Myrtle Point, Scott Morse and Jarrod Hess combined for 15 first-quarter points as No. 2-ranked Cascade Christian jumped out to a 23-4 lead at the end of the opening period.

Morse connected on 5 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 23 points.

The Challengers (20-3, 13-0 Sunset) received a boost off the bench from Wes Litton. The junior forward was active on the offensive boards and finished with 16 points.

Cascade Christian hosts Class 4A third-ranked Hidden Valley at 7 tonight.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (82) — Morse 23, Siliga 0, Hutley 5, Hess 11, Litton 16, Hoffman 2, Joffer 5, Thomas 8, Rasmussen 0, Pech 4, Cochran 8. Totals: 34 8-14 82.

MYRTLE POINT (43) — Hamilton 18, Brown 4, Wilson 0, Clark 2, Looney 10, Davis 0, Libbett 2, Dill 2, Rangel 2, Burris 3. Totals: 16 8-9 43.

Cascade Christian 23 20 25 14 — 82

Myrtle Point 4 16 10 13 — 43

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 6 (Morse 5, Hess 1), Myrtle Point 3 (Looney 2, Burris 1). Technical foul — Morse.

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

ROGUE RIVER 62, COQUILLE 51 — At Rogue River, Jackson Mitchell tallied 16 points and six rebounds to lead Rogue River, which used a 26-10 surge in the second quarter to pull away.

Brendan Schoner and Darren Taylor each added 10 points for the Chieftains (16-7, 10-3 Sunset), with Taylor and Jonny Garcia each pulling down seven rebounds.

COQUILLE (51) — Dannels 8, Young 0, Howard 0, Waddington 3, Dixon 0, Smith 0, Harris 4, Altenbach 13, Coady 0, Muntifering 14, Sabala 9. Totals: 20 8-15 51.

ROGUE RIVER (62) — Mitchell 16, Schoner 10, Taylor 10, Johnson 8, Watson 3, Krouse 2, Lee 9, McBee 0, Garcia 4. Totals: 17 24-26.

Coquille 7 10 13 21 — 51

Rogue River 12 26 13 11 — 62

3-point goals — Coquille 3 (Waddington 1, Altenbach 1, Muntifering 1), Rogue River 4 (Watson 1, Mitchell 3).

JV result — Coquille won.

Mountain Valley League

BUTTE FALLS 48, HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 46 — At Butte Falls, Moe Gower's two free throws with 43 seconds left sealed the outcome, putting Butte Falls in a two-way tie for first place in the MVL with North Lake.

The Loggers (17-6, 11-2 MVL) trailed by five in the third quarter before rallying, getting their final points on a free throw by Josh Sutfin, a three-point play by Josh McGonagle and Gower's foul shots. Butte Falls, which played only five players, made 8 of 15 free throws in the fourth.

McGonagle had 13 points, three assists and three steals, and Harley Casillas and Gower each scored 11. Sutfin had nine points and 11 rebounds.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN (46) — Crenshaw 13, Phillips 12, Janecke 2, Rice 5, LoVerde 8, Drake 6. Totals: 18 5-10 46.

BUTTE FALLS (48) — McGonagle 13, Casillas 11, Gower 11, Sutfin 9, Dunham 4. Totals: 16 14-27 48.

Hosanna Christian 7 8 17 14 — 46

Butte Falls 15 4 15 13 — 48

3-point goals — Hosanna Christian 5 (Crenshaw 2, Rice 1, LoVerde 2), Butte Falls 2 (Gower 2). Fouled out — Drake.

JV score — Hosanna Christian 43, Butte Falls 32.

PAISLEY 55, PROSPECT 52 — At Prospect, Shane Kelley had 27 points, but Prospect's rally in the fourth quarter fell short in the MVL contest.

Paul Pelroy had 23 points for Paisley, which led by nine points entering the fourth.

PAISLEY (55) — Blair 3, Gilbert 6, Vickerman 2, G. McKay 2, O'Leary 11, Pelroy 23, L. McKay 8, Lane 0, Battagua 0. Totals: 22 8-21 55.

PROSPECT (52) — Linson 5, Demello 12, Roe 4, Walton 4, Kelley 27, Bailey 0, Ryan 0, Cone 0. Totals: 23 4-7 52.

Paisley 6 18 16 15 — 55

Prospect 10 9 12 21 — 52

3-point goals — Paisley 3 (O'Leary 2, Blair 1), Prospect 2 (Kelley 2). Fouled out — Roe.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 46, GILCHRIST 31 — Rogue Valley Adventist senior post Ryan Coggins produced a big performance at home Thursday with 18 points and seven rebounds.

The Red Tail Hawks' full-court pressure defense held Gilchrist to 12 first-half points.

Taylor Wold and Ty Peterson each had eight boards for RV Adventist (10-9, 7-6 MVL), which gathered 17 offensive rebounds in the game.

GILCHRIST (31) — Stenson 12, Ellington 7, Erwin 4, Chapman 3, Shuley 2, Harris 3, Montgomery 0, Rider 0, Erickson 0. Totals: 13-52 5-11 31.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (46) — Coggins 18, DeLaVega 7, Denton 7, Fjarli 7, Peterson 3, Wold 3, Wood 1, Alvarez 0, Gilley 0, Scott 0. Totals: 18-50 9-21 46.

Gilchrist 4 8 13 6 — 31

Rogue Valley Adventist 12 10 13 11 — 46

3-point goals — Rogue Valley Adventist 1 (DeLaVega 1). Fouled out — Ellington.