MURPHY, Ore. — Coming into Tuesday’s game, the Klamath Union and Hidden Valley offenses were averaging 97 points per game – combined.
Both teams’ averages went up, as KU won 78-68 over the home team Mustangs, controlling the final 12 minutes of the game.
Hidden Valley shot 64-percent in the opening period, building a 22-19 lead. Seniors Kyle Garrison and Alex Tobey were a combined 6-of-9 from the floor.
Still, the Pelicans kept it close. Despite being outshot 57-percent to 44 in the first half, KU only trailed 39-37.
Senior Daniel Bocchi hit all three of his third quarter attempts and Klamath Union (10-9; 5-2 Skyline) finally took a lead 56-53. It was the first KU lead larger than one.
The Pelicans never trailed again. Hidden Valley (5-16; 1-6) finished 52-percent from the floor, but had five third quarter turnovers to lose control of the game.
Bocchi ended the game 8-for-10 for a game-high 23 points. Even with an 0-for-5 first quarter, senior Austin Crawford ended with 19 points.
In all, KU put four players in double figures. Alex Stork added 16 points and Morgan Crebbin had 13 points.
The Pelicans shot 45-percent for the game.
Senior Greg Hurd finished with a team-high 17 points for Hidden Valley. Garrison had 14 points, starter Loren Craig added 12 points and Tobey finished with 10 total.
Klamath Union came in averaging 49.8 points per game, but scored a season-high 78 points Tuesday.
It was KU’s last conference trip across the mountains, finishing the regular season at Mazama Friday before home games next Tuesday and Thursday against Phoenix and North Valley.
Hidden Valley has a similar finish, at Henley next before hosting Mazama and Phoenix next Tuesday and Friday.
Klamath Union (FG made-FG att., pts): Bocchi 8-10, 23 pts; Crawford 5-13, 19; Stork 5-14, 16; Crebbin 6-10, 13; Jack Bell 1-9, 3; Albert Depew 1-2, 2. FGs 26-58 (44.8%), 3PT made 6 (Bocchi 4, Bell, Crawford), FTs 18-26.
Hidden Valley: Hurd 5-9, 17; Garrison 6-11, 14; Craig 6-10, 12; Tobey 5-7, 10; Levi Swillinger 2-3, 6; Bryce Richardson 2-8, 4; BJ Hults 1-3, 2; Alan Rojas 0-1; 0. FGs 27-52 (51.9%), 3PT made 7 (Hurd 3, Swillinger 2, Garrison 2), FTs 5-10.
North Valley 62, Mazama 60
Phoenix 93, Henley 55
Lakeview 83, St. Mary’s 61
Illinois Valley 83, Chiloquin 45
Triad 60, Hosanna Christian 43
Gilchrist 49, Prospect Charter 47
Rogue Valley Adventist 63, Butte Falls 29
Girls: Klamath Union 56, Hidden Valley 20
Klamath Union led the entire way, registering its most lopsided win of the year, beating Hidden Valley 56-20.
Junior Jackie Gardner scored 11 points in the first quarter, missing just one of six shot attempts.
Gardner ended with 13 points as KU led 19-6 at the end of the first.
Fellow junior Hannah Armstrong added eight points in the second quarter on her way to a 12 points, giving the Pelicans a 34-11 lead at halftime.
For the game, Klamath Union was 54-percent from the field to Hidden Valley’s 17-percent.
Senior Taylor Glassow finished with nine points.
Senior Jenna King ended the game with 12 points for Hidden Valley (2-19; 1-6), which lost its eighth straight game.
Klamath Union (13-6; 5-2) maintained pace with Mazama for second place in the conference behind conference leader Henley.
The Pels play at Mazama Friday, looking for a league sweep of the Vikings, which it beat 26-24 at Pel Court on Jan. 13. Hidden Valley goes to Henley.
Klamath Union (FG made-FG att., pts): Gardner 5-8, 13; Armstrong 7-9, 12; Nicole Mee 4-4, 8; Shaydawn Hayden 2-4, 6; Dani Horn 3-6, 6, Aubreanna Stoliker 1-6, 2. FGs 24-47 (51.0%), 3PT made 5 (Armstrong 2, Hayden 2, Gardner), FTs 2-2.
Hidden Valley: King 3-11, 12; Morgan Hansen 2-5, 4; Katelyn Lambert 1-6, 2; Ema Waggoner 1-3, 2; Kaitlyn Taylor 0-3, 0; Monasha Goree 0-4, 0. FGs 7-42 (16.7%), 3PT made 3 (King 3), FTs 3-4.
Henley 61, Phoenix 33
Mazama 54, North Valley 26
Lakeview 58, St. Mary’s 48
Illinois Valley 44, Chiloquin 23
Hosanna Christian 52, Triad 41
Butte Falls 53, Rogue Valley Adventist 23
Gilchrist 55, Prospect Charter 39
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