Klamath Falls, Ore. — The Henley Hornets were in road jerseys, but playing on its home floor and maintained the “HENLEY” box on the scoreboard in Thursday’s Basin’s Best Girls Basketball Championship game, defeating the Mazama Vikings 52-39 to claim the title.
Henley started hot and finished strong, getting 10 first half points from senior Elle Morgan and nine by freshman Brittany Kochenderfer. Morgan was named tournament MVP at the end of the night, finishing the game with 18 points.
Extending a 14-12 first quarter lead to 33-23 by halftime, Henley was able to give itself cushioning when Mazama charged back in the third quarter. Vikings junior Hannah Reynolds scored five of her team-high 18 points in the third, helping Mazama close the deficit to 41-35.
Still, Mazama (10-2) missed its final three shots of the third quarter and only made one field goal in the fourth quarter, missing chances to win the game. Henley’s defense limited Mazama to just two possessions from the midway point of the fourth quarter to 1:16 remaining in the game, as Henley (8-3) sealed the win.
Senior Jordin Scholer and Kochenderfer played siginificant minutes in the fourth quarter with four fouls. Scholer finished with 10 points.
Thursday’s non-league meeting is the first of three between the two teams, with the first rematch scheduled for January 20 at Henley High School.
Box Score: Henley 52, Mazama 39
Henley: Morgan 18, Kochenderfer 11, Scholer 10, Marijke deHoop 6, Racyne Parker 4, Allie Fahner 3. FGs made 19, 3PT made 2 (Morgan 2), FTs 8-15
Mazama: Reynolds 18, Megan Morris 10, LeAnn Valenta 8, Sydney Farris 2, Caileigh Smith 1. FGs made 13, 3PT made 0, FTs 13-23.
Score by QTR: Henley 14-19-9-11: 52; Mazama 12-11-35-4: 39