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Cowgirls knock off Cougars


Crook County hits 15 of 18 free throws in pivotal fourth quarter

The Crook County Cowgirls broke a six-game losing streak on Friday as they knocked off the host Mountain View Cougars 51-44 in Intermountain Hybrid Conference basketball action.

“We just got back to where we are healthy again, at least for a minute,”?said Crook County Head Coach Mark Malott following the game. “At the beginning of the year, we were able to rotate our defenses and presses and we got to do that again tonight. When we can do that, we look pretty darned good.”

The visiting Cowgirls controlled the tempo throughout the contest, but were unable to shake the pesky Cougars until late in the game.

Mountain View hit a 3-point basket late in the first quarter to take a 13-12 lead into the second period. The Cowgirls rallied to lead 22-17 late in the first half before the Cougars hit a late 3-pointer to close to within a bucket, 22-20, at the half.

“It felt like we were in control, but we were only ahead by two,” Malott said. “We were getting every shot we wanted, they just weren’t falling.”

Mountain View took the lead early in the third quarter, and made just enough shots to hold onto a slim 34-32 lead going into the final period.

The Cowgirls finally took the lead for good early in the final period. Once they were ahead, Crook County spread the floor, and slowed the tempo of the game. Mountain View began to chase the Cowgirls, and Crook County took advantage. The Cowgirls held a six-point lead midway through the period and the Cougars began to foul.

The Cowgirls hit 15 of 18 free throws in the period as they steadily pulled away. Crook County led 51-39 with less than two minutes remaining. Mountain View scored the final five points of the contest, but it was too little, too late, as the Cowgirls held on for the win.

Although she struggled all night with her shooting touch, Kimmer Severance led all scorers in points with 16. The CCHS post player was just 2-15 from the floor in the contest. However, she hit 12 of 14 free throws in the pivotal fourth period to help the Cowgirls seal the win. Severance added nine rebounds and five steals in the victory.

Michaeline Malott and Kelsie Smith were also in double figures for the Cowgirls, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“When we’ve had three people in double figures I don’t think we’ve lost a game this year,” Malott said. “And we didn’t turn the ball over so that helped. Our starting back court (Malott and Jena Ovens) had just three turnovers, so that was cool.”

Despite not scoring, Bailee Wood was also instrumental in the Cowgirls' victory, pulling down six rebounds in the contest.

Mountain View (5-14 overall, 4-7 IMC) was led by Jessie Goetz with 13 points.

The Cowgirls raised their record to 7-13 overall and 2-9 in the IMC with the victory.

Crook County faced Ridgeview on Monday (past our deadline) in perhaps the biggest game of the year. The Ravens (12-7 overall and 6-4 IMC) won the first meeting between the two teams. With the Cowgirls ranked just 32nd in the latest OSAA?Power Rankings, they need to take the next two games from Ridgeview in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

"Ridgeview is the biggest game of the year,” Malott said. “Everybody’s amped up. Everybody’s ready to go so we have to win that game on Monday.”

Monday’s game with the Ravens was originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, but was postponed due to bad weather.

The Cowgirls are on the road again Tuesday night when they travel to Bend to take on the No. 3-ranked Bend Lava Bears in a 7 p.m. contest.

Crook County 51, Mountain View 44

Crook County (51) — Kimmer Severance 16, Malott 11, Smith 10, Bannon 5, Sappington 5, Ovens 4, Wood, Martin. Totals 13 24-36 51.

Mountain View (44) — Jessie Goetz 13, Bailey 8, H. Goetz 6, Van der Swiep 6, Serbus 4, Tsourmas 3, McClain 2, Warren 2. Totals 14 12-17 44.

Crook County 12 10 10 19 — 51

Mountain Vew 13 7 14 10 — 44

Three-point goals — Crook County: Severance; Mountain Vew: J. Goetz 2, Tsourmas.