Redmond runs out to big lead; late Crook County second half rally comes up short

Tuesday night the Redmond Panthers streaked out to a big early lead, then survived a late Crook County rally as they held on for a 54-44 Intermountain Hybrid win.

The Cowgirls came out flat against the host Panthers, and Redmond took advantage rolling to a 14-7 first quarter lead.

“It’s almost like here we are 6-12 and we think that we don’t have to bring it all to play a team like that,” Crook County Head Coach Mark Malott said following the game.

The aggressive Panthers pounded the ball inside to their post players all night. Although Redmond struggled with their shooting touch, the aggressive play led to foul problems for the Cowgirls and second-chance points for the Panthers.

“Our posts were playing behind their posts and they took advantage,” Malott said.

Redmond rolled to a 29-17 halftime lead and increased their lead to 41-21 by the end of the third quarter.

The Cowgirls finally came to life offensively in the fourth quarter, exploding for 23 points, but it was too late to overcome the big early deficit.

Michaeline Malott led the Cowgirls in scoring with 17 points. Kimmer Severance was also in double figures with 13 points. However, she had just five points in the first three quarters when the game was decided.

Chantel Dannis scored 15 points and pounded the glass for 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers. Maddie Edwards added 13 points and four assists, while Sophia Hamilton pitched in with nine points, eight rebounds, and three assists.

As a team the Cowgirls shot under 25 percent from the floor for the contest. The Panthers didn’t shoot much better. However, they were able to convert on 26 of 40 free throw attempts while the Cowgirls hit just 17 of 26 free throws in the contest.

“Make it clear that I’m not complaining about the refereeing,” Malott said. “They were the agressors and we just got whipped.”

The win was the second straight for the Panthers who had lost their first 15 games. Meanwhile the Cowgirls have lost eight of their last nine contest as they fell to 6-12 on the year.

Crook County is on the road again tonight when they take on the Ridgeview Ravens in a must-win contest.

The Ravens won the first meeting between the two teams. In order to have any chance to earn a play-in game and reach post-season play, the Cowgirls need to take the next two games from the Ravens.

“We are in a tough spot and we have to work our way out of it,” Malott said. “The only way I know to do that is to work harder and so far we haven’t done that, but what the girls need to remember is that all we have to do is take the next two games from Ridgeview and we are in the post season.”

Redmond 54, Crook County 44

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Crook County (44) — Michaeline Malott 17, Severance 13, Ovens 5, Smith 5, Wood 3, Bannon 1, Martin, Sappington, Morgan. Totals 13 17-26 44.

Redmond (54) — Chantel Dannis 15, Edwards 13, Hamilton 9, Bergum 8, Lennie 4, Joyce 2, Toledo 2, Reed 1, Hendrix. Totals 14 26-40 54.

Crook County 7 10 4 23 — 44

Redmond 14 15 12 12 — 54

Three-point goals —Crook County: Malott; Redmond: none.

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