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Cowgirls fall to Cardinals

Corbett opens early lead and cruises to easy win at Crook County

The Crook County Cowgirls were slow coming out of the gate on Friday and the bad start proved costly as the Corbett Cardinals ran away with a 47-27 victory over the Cowgirls.

"Turnovers plagued us," Crook County head coach Heidi Lea said. "It was frustrating. We didn't come out with the same energy that we did on Wednesday night (a victory over Estacada) and we made too many mistakes. You just can't win ball games like that."

With Rhiley Fritz leading the way, the visiting Cardinals opened up a 14-6 first-quarter lead.

Fritz, who played just three quarters in the game, led all scorers with 14 points, including hitting four three-pointers.

"She can make things happen and we just didn't adjust," Lea said of the play of Fritz.

When the Cowgirls were able to stop Fritz, her sister Abby picked up the slack, scoring 13 points of her own.

With the one-two punch, the Cardinals raced out to a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, and led 31-9 at the half.

"We shot ourselves in the foot," Lea said. "Too many turnovers. We were traveling and making bad passes and telegraphing where we wanted the ball to go."

Corbett continued to control the game in the third quarter as they outscored the Cowgirls 15-6 in the period to take a 44-15 lead into the fourth period.

With the big lead, the Cardinals went to their bench in the fourth quarter, and the Cowgirls took advantage, outscoring Corbett 12-3 in the period. However, the damage had already been done as the Cardinals coasted to the easy win.

Freshman Rylee Troutman led the Cowgirls in scoring with nine and rebounding with eight, while sophomore Heather Ptomey had a career-high with eight points.

Lea noted that one of the bright spots for the Cowgirls was that some of their bench players had solid games, especially Ptomey.

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 9-7 overall and 4-3 in Tri-Valley Conference play, while the Cowgirls fell to 2-17 overall and 1-6 in league.

Crook County is on the road tonight against league-leading Molalla (11-6, 6-1). Crook County returns home on Friday to take on Gladstone (9-9, 4-3).

Corbett 47, Crook County 27

At Crook County

Corbett (47) — Rhiley Fritz 14, A. Fritz 13, Herge 5, Heuker 5, Wolfe 5, Swift 2, O. Fritz 2, San Juan 1. Totals 13 15-26 47

Crook County (27) — Rylee Troutman 9, H. Ptomey 8, Smith 3, Kump 2, Thompson 2, Templeton 1, G. Ptomey 1, Ksberger 1. Totals 7 11-19 27.

Corbett 14 15 15 3 — 47

Crook County 6 3 6 12 — 27

3 point goals — Corbett: A. Fritz 4, Heuker, Wolfe; Crook County: H. Ptomey 2.