HS Final: Mazama sweeps KU on Blue Crew night

"Blue Crew" Mazama fans rush the court following the Vikings boys basketball win versus Klamath Union

 

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Fans buying a new Mazama “Blue Crew” t-shirt received free admission and a corn dog on Friday night at Valhalla Court.  Maybe organizers should have included a complimentary broom.

The Mazama Vikings girls and boys basketball team swept the Klamath Union Pelicans in the second match-ups of Skyline Conference play, avenging KU’s sweep earlier this season at Pelican Court.

Boys: Mazama 63, Klamath Union 56

In a physical and emotional cross-town rivalry, Mazama missed only three shots in the first quarter, building momentum in a 63-56 defeat of Klamath Union.

Seniors Zach Hall, Kevin Wynne and Trevor Garrard paved the way for the home Vikings in the first half, scoring all 33 of Mazama’s points to build a 33-16 halftime edge.

Wynne finished with a game-high 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting including four three-pointers. Garrard battled foul trouble in the second half, adding 12 points for the game. Hall had 9 points.

Mazama (10-10; 3-5 Skyline) slowed the game down with a 45-33 lead in the fourth quarter, forcing the Pelicans to foul. The Vikings tactic was effective though, whittling the clock down nearly two minutes.

KU rallied, getting a 6-of-7 shooting performance from senior Austin Crawford in the final period, including five three-pointers, making the final margin single digits. Mazama aided the comeback effort, missing six consecutive front-ends on free throws, its only misses of the evening from the stripe.

The Pelicans allowed too many easy baskets in the final two minutes, however, as Mazama’s senior Myles Murrey threw a couple baseball-style passes the length of the floor to open teammates.

Crawford ended with 28 points to lead KU scorers.  Fellow senior Alex Stork poured in 19 points.

Mazama hosts 5A Eagle Point on Saturday in a non-league game before a road game at Hidden Valley and a home visit from Henley next Tuesday and Thursday.  Klamath Union (10-10; 5-3) finishes the season at home against Phoenix and North Valley on the same nights after playing at 5A Ashland Saturday.  KU’s remaining Skyline opponents have a combined 35-5 record entering Friday night’s play.

Box Score

Klamath Union: Crawford 28, Stork 19, Daniel Bocchi 5, Jack Bell 2, Morgan Crebbin 2. FGs 19-49, 3PT made 6 (Crawford 6), FTs 8-15.

Mazama: Wynne 28, Garrard 12, Hall 9, Murrey 5, Dakota Riddle 4, Nolan Rose 4, Team 2. FGs 19-42, 3PT made 5 (Wynne 4, Murrey), FTs 19-25.

Other Basin boys scores

Henley 66, Hidden Valley 55
Henley picked up its first conference victory, beating Hidden Valley at home. Blake Crain finished with 22 points; Colby Mueller added 15 points.

North Valley 70, Phoenix 52
Chiloquin at Lost River – REPORT SCORE
Lakeview 71, Bonanza 51
Triad 61, North Lake 44
Butte Falls 83, Prospect Charter 56
Hosanna Christian 48, Gilchrist 36

Girls: Mazama 56, Klamath Union 29

No. 3 Mazama didn’t suffer the same offensive problems that plagued it in the first meeting with Klamath Union, exceeding its season scoring average in a 56-29 victory.

After a stalemate first quarter, KU found the scoreboard with a free throw, keeping Mazama without a basket on its first eight attempts.  But the Vikings scored on three of its next five tries, leading 7-2 at the end of the first.

Klamath Union (13-7; 5-3) only managed 11 first half shots, giving the ball away nine times, as Mazama built a 20-11 halftime lead.

Junior point guard Hannah Reynolds started the contest 0-for-7 from the floor, but found her stroke in the second half, going 4-for-5 the rest of the way for eight points. Juniors Shaylee Totten and Karena Foust each finished with a game-high 12 points, combining for 11 in the second half.

Sophomore Caileigh Smith had an outstanding second half, scoring six of her eight bench points in the fourth quarter.

Playing without senior Callie Porter for the second straight game, junior Jackie Gardner was the only KU player in double figures with her 12 points.  Taylor Glassow came through with two three-pointers in the mid-quarters, finishing with six points.

Porter says she expects to return from a knee injury by next Tuesday’s league game with Phoneix.

The win by Mazama (17-4, 5-3) recouped a Jan. 13 26-24 loss at Klamath Union in which the Vikings scored its lowest point total this season.

Klamath Union looks to rebound Saturday against 5A Ashland before finishing the league season home to Phoenix and North Valley.  The Vikings are home for 5A Eagle Point Saturday before traveling to Hidden Valley and hosting Henley to round out the regular season.  Both KU and Mazama’s final home league games are next Tuesday and Thursday.

Box Score

Klamath Union: Gardner 12, Glassow 6, Nicole Mee 4, Shaydawn Hayden 4, Hannah Armstrong 2, Aubreanna Stoliker 1. FGs 10-28, 3PT made 2 (Glassow 2), FTs 9-16.

Mazama: Totten 12, Foust 12, Reynolds 8, Smith 8, Megan Morris 8, Savannah Mallams 3, LeAnn Valenta 3, Becca Oosterman 2. FGs 22-45, 3PT made 3 (Totten 3), FTs 9-18.

Other Basin girls scores

Henley 52, Hidden Valley 27
Henley remained undefeated in conference play, beating Hidden Valley in Klamath Falls

Phoenix 38, North Valley 32
Lost River 43, Chiloquin 13
Lakeview 66, Bonanza 51
Triad 37, North Lake 18
Butte Falls 58, Prospect Charter 39
Hosanna Christian 43, Gilchrist 35 
Tulelake at Butte Valley - REPORT SCORE

"Blue Crew" Mazama fans rush the court following the Vikings boys basketball win versus Klamath Union