Mitch Modin scored 19 points to lead Mountain View to a 52-45 boys basketball road win Tuesday over rival Bend and remain in the hunt in the Intermountain Conference title race.
The Lava Bears actually took a 21-18 lead into halftime. But Mountain View switched to a zone defense and stymied Bend, sparking a 16-6 run that put Mountain View in charge heading into the fourth quarter.
“They did a good job with the zone,” said Lava Bear assistant coach Scott Baker. “We had a tough time scoring.”
Both teams hit 14 field goals, but the difference was the Cougars getting to the free-throw line. Mountain View hit 23 of 31 free throws, including 20 of 26 down the stretch. Bend hit 12 of 20 from the charity stripe.
Grant Lannin added 11 points and six rebounds for the Cougars. Connor Scott scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Bend, and David Larson chipped in 15 points, eight rebounds and six blocks.
Mountain View, which improved to 15-3 overall and 4-2 in the IMC, will host Crook County on Friday. Bend (7-11, 1-5) hosts Ridgeview on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday:
Crook County 49
PRINEVILLE — Summit bolted to a 10-0 start and led throughout en route to the Intermountain Hybrid road victory. “Our kids came out with good energy and really played hard, really intense,” said Storm coach Jon Frazier. Cade Cattell scored a game-high 16 points and Nick Moyer posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Summit, which welcomed back senior wing Austin Peters. After missing the past five games because of injury, Peters scored 12 points — all in the first half — and had four steals for the Storm. Jacob Mahurin hit three 3-point baskets and finished with 13 points for the Cowboys, and Dillon Dees also scored 13 for Crook County (7-12), which plays at Mountain View on Friday. Summit (9-10) plays Friday at Redmond.
North Marion 46
AURORA — A second-half surge pushed helped the White Buffaloes stay in the Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference race. Madras trailed 28-24 at halftime, but an 11-4 run to open the second half gave Madras the lead for good, as the Buffs eventually outscored the Huskies 17-7 in the third quarter. “We just really got stops and we got some easy baskets,” said Madras coach Allen Hair. “That third quarter was really big for us.” Steele Haugen led the White Buffaloes, which hit 22 of its 50 shots as a team, with 16 points and Jered Pichette chipped in 15. Jhaylen Yeahquo grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with 11 points for Madras, which improved to 13-7 overall and 4-2 in the Tri-Valley. The White Buffaloes will host league-leading Molalla on Friday.
Sweet Home 49
SISTERS — A 20-4 edge in the third quarter propelled the Huskies to the Sky-Em League victory. Tristan Lewis and Justin Harrer led the Outlaws with 10 points apiece, and Cole Moore added seven points. Harrer also grabbed seven rebounds. Sisters coach Rand Runco said that turnovers were a problem for the Outlaws in the decisive third period. Sisters (5-13 overall, 2-5 Sky-Em) plays at Junction City next Tuesday.
Cottage Grove 46
La Pine 42
COTTAGE GROVE — La Pine’s Tyler Parsons tied up the game with a 3-pointer with 46 seconds to play, but Cottage Grove’s Tanner Gates hit the decisive go-ahead shot with 18 seconds left to down the Hawks in a Sky-Em League matchup. La Pine actually hit more field goals, 16 to 12, but the Lions managed to make 19 of 22 free throws. Gavin Boen scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds and Sam Wieber dished out four assists for the Hawks (10-11 overall, 4-3 Sky-Em). La Pine will host Elmira on Friday.
Western Mennonite 66
CULVER — Western Mennonite outscored the Bulldogs 18-5 in the first quarter and cruised to the Tri-River Conference victory. Zach Leeper and Ryan Fritz led Culver with six points each. Leeper hit two 3-pointers for the Bulldogs, and Clay Gibson grabbed seven rebounds. Culver (10-13 overall, 5-8 Tri-River) plays at East Linn on Thursday.
Horizon Christian 63
Central Christian 17
HOOD RIVER — The Tigers struggles continued as they dropped their 16th consecutive game of the season. Central Christian (1-16 overall, 0-12 Big Sky League) hosts Ione on Friday and ends its season with a road game at South Wasco County on Saturday.
REDMOND — A 19-4 fourth-quarter run helped Redmond turn a two-point deficit entering the fourth quarter into a 13-point win over rival Ridgeview in an Intermountain Hybrid contest. “Give a lot of credit to Ridgeview, they didn’t go away,” said Redmond coach Angela Capps. “But we have a lot of senior leadership.” Chantel Dannis scored 12 points, Shelby Bergum chipped in 10, and Kendall Current added eight points and seven rebounds for Redmond. McKenzie Hidalgo led Ridgeview with 15 points, and Chloe Ross had 10 blocks to go with her eight points. Redmond (9-11) will host Summit, and Ridgeview (1-19) entertains Bend on Friday.
Crook County 43
Sarah Heinly scored nine of her team-high 19 points in the third quarter to lead the Storm to the Intermountain Hybrid home win. Raja Char scored six of her nine points in the third period, during which Summit outscored the Cowgirls 20-11 to pull away. Kimmer Severance led Crook County with a game-high 21 points. Summit (14-5 overall) entertains Redmond on Friday, while Crook County hosts Mountain View.
Sweet Home 30
SISTERS — Taylor Nieri scored 21 points, Cassidy Edwards added 18, and Sisters bowled over visiting Sweet Home in a Sky-Em League mismatch. “We knew we were coming out hard, and the girls did a nice job,” said Outlaws coach Julianne Horner, whose team built a 21-3 first-quarter lead and was up 35-10 at halftime. Nieri had 10 rebounds and 10 steals for a triple-double performance, and Edwards added eight rebounds and six steals as Sisters won going away. The Outlaws (5-14 overall, 3-4 Sky-Em) play at Junction City on Friday.
North Marion 44
AURORA — Sophomore guard Mariah Stacona hit seven 3-point baskets on her way to a game-high 23 points, leading the visiting White Buffaloes past Tri-Valley Conference foe North Marion for the second time this season. “She earned them all,” said Madras coach Mike Osborne of Stacona’s 3-pointers. “They played a box-and-one or a triangle-and-two (defense) on her all night, so a lot of those (shots) were from about 23 feet. One was a legit 25 feet.” Stacona also had eight steals and seven assists, and teammate Inez Jones contributed 12 points and six rebounds. Madras trailed 5-0 early but finished the first quarter on an 11-0 run and led the rest of the way. The White Buffaloes (10-10 overall, 4-2 TVC) play at Molalla on Friday.
Cottage Grove 52
La Pine 35
COTTAGE GROVE — Katie Mickel scored a game-high 24 points, including two 3-pointers, to lead the Hawks, but La Pine came up short in the Sky-Em League game. Holli Glenn added nine points for the Hawks (6-14 overall, 2-5 Sky-Em), who host Elmira on Friday night.
Western Mennonite 59
CULVER — Sarah McKinney hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points, but her Bulldogs fell short against Western Mennonite in a Tri-River Conference showdown. Culver coach Scott Fritz said his team “played great” against one of the top-ranked teams in Class 2A, but the Pioneers were able to jump ahead early with a 19-6 first quarter and hold the Bulldogs at bay. Culver (7-16 overall, 5-8 TRC) will finish the regular season Thursday at East Linn Christian Academy in Lebanon.
Horizon Christian 55
Central Christian 40
HOOD RIVER — The Tigers, who are now 1-10 in Big Sky League play and 3-16 overall, host Ione in another league game on Friday. Central Christian ends its season on Saturday at South Waco County.
La Pine 39
LA PINE — The White Buffaloes’ Ian Oppenlander (106 pounds) and Bryce Vincent (113) won by fall in the opening two matches, but the host Hawks turned the tide with a pin by freshman Sean Brantley at 120 pounds and went on to win the Class 4A dual meet. Also winning by fall for La Pine were Chris Love (152), Joseph Swayze (160), Chad Jaynes (220) and Ben Harrison (285). The Hawks host Lakeview on Thursday. Madras is at Ridgeview on Saturday.