Hidden Valley’s Jamie Richardson drives during Saturday’s game.

Rogues shoot down Siskiyous

One week ago, Hidden Valley was dealing with the sting of losing a heart-breaking, two-point decision in the girls Class 4A state basketball championship.

But on Saturday, three of those Mustang competitors got the chance to showcase their skills at a less pressure-packed venue.

And showcase their skills they did.

Hidden Valley's Laura Silva, Jamie Richardson and Megan Swanson combined for 38 points as the trio helped the Rogue team to a 69-60 victory over the Siskiyous in the inaugural Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic at South Medford High School.

Silva, a senior, poured in a team-high 14 points and was named the game's most valuable player after leading the much-smaller Rogue squad back from an early deficit.

"That was really fun," said Silva, whose team lost to Sutherlin, 28-26, in the state title contest last Friday. "That's an experience you can't get any other way, playing with all those different players from different schools. And I got to play with a couple of my teammates for the last time."

All proceeds from the event went to Kids Unlimited, a non-profit youth organization in Medford. More than $4,500 was raised through admission, concession sales and T-shirt sales.

Chris Parnell, who coached the Siskiyou team along with Craig Contreras, was happy to be part of the first-ever All-Star Classic.

"I mean, look at this," said Parnell, while peering into the nearly full stands. "This whole thing is great for the community. You get a chance to see players you don't normally get to see, and these players get to play against other kids from schools that they would normally never get to see.

"It's such a great cause, too."

The two eight-person teams had players representing 10 different schools from all classifications in Southern Oregon.

The squads had only one informal practice prior to the game, which led to minor chemistry issues at the outset, particularly for the Rogue team.

Grants Pass senior Natasha Torgerson, a 6-foot-2 post, and Cavers' teammate Gabby Randall, also measuring 6-2, also led to the Rogues' problems.

The two dominated the first eight minutes from inside and out, combining for several blocked shots in the early going.

Torgerson buried two 3-pointers and Randall was tough to contend with on both ends of the court as the Siskiyous built a 10-0 lead in the first two minutes of the contest.

"They were still trying to get to know each other in that first quarter," said Rogue team coach Emily Brookins, a former Crater High standout and current Southern Oregon University women's basketball player. "I told them to push the ball, be aggressive and have fun. They really started clicking after that first quarter."

Alana Harding, a 6-2 Crater senior, was the Rogue teams' only true post player to guard against the Siskiyous' twin towers.

"I just didn't think about that," said Harding. "My team was like, 'OK, we're still going to get the ball into you.' I had a blast playing against those two (Torgerson and Randall)."

Torgerson had eight points in the first quarter and finished with 15 to lead the Siskiyous.

"That was so much fun," said Torgerson. "It was great playing with all those girls.

"We didn't win, but it's just for fun."

Silva's teammates Richardson, a junior, and the senior Swanson each had 12 points.

Karissa Dixon, a North Medford sophomore, added nine points for the Rogue team.

South Medford junior Brittney Newcomb scored 14 points for the Siskiyous, while Ashland's Allison Gida and Prospect's Catherine Anderson — the lone 1A player in the game — each had nine points.

Newcomb scored six of her points in the second quarter to help the Siskiyous to a 33-30 lead at the half.

"We wanted to win, but it was still a lot of fun," said Newcomb. "It was hard at first playing with people you'd never played with before. But we got used to each other."

The Rogues used a 5-1 run to start the third period to gain its first lead (35-34) of the game.

Torgerson sank a 3-pointer to put the Siskiyous back on top and, after a Swanson layin tied the game, Newcomb converted a three-point play to give the Siskiyous a 40-37 advantage.

But Crater High's Carly Deschamps, Richardson and Phoenix's Chelsea Passante each drilled a 3 to spark a 14-2 run to close the quarter and give the Rogues a 51-42 edge.

The Siskiyous got as close as 54-51 in the fourth quarter on a Torgerson runner with 4:21 to play, but Swanson immediately answered with one of the Rogues seven 3-pointers to stem the mini rally.

Swanson had nine of her points in the second half, while the Hidden Valley trio combined for 23 points over the final two quarters.

"I thought we played very well, but those (Hidden Valley) girls were tough," said Parnell. "They can play.

"All these girls here can play. There was a lot of talent on that floor tonight."

SISKIYOUS (60) — Heidi Siebenlist 5, Catherine Anderson 9, Kylee Adderson 0, Brittney Newcomb 14, Allison Gida 9, Gabby Randall 8, Andi Vondra 0, Natasha Torgerson 15. Totals: 21 13-26 60.

ROGUES (69) — Karissa Dixon 9, Kelsey George 2, Jamie Richardson 12, Carly Deschamps 12, Megan Swanson 12, Laura Silva 14, Chelsea Passante 3, Alana Harding 5. Totals: 26 10-18 69.

Siskiyous 20 13 9 18 — 60

Rogues 12 18 21 18 — 69

3-point goals — Siskiyous 5 (Torgerson 3, Newcomb 1, Anderson 1), Rogues 7 (Deschamps 2, Richardson 1, Swanson 2, Dixon 1, Passante 1). Fouled out — Passante, George.

Reach reporter Kevin Goff at 776-4483, or e-mail

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