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Cowboys struggle to score as the Sisters Outlaws roll to an easy 58-37 victory

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Thaiden Mullan goes hard to the basket for two of his team-high nine points in the Cowboys' 58-37 loss to the Sisters Outlaws Friday night. The Cowboys are on the road tonight when they face Ridgeview in Redmond, then return home on Thursday to take on the Redmond Panthers. The Crook County Cowboys struggled with their shooting all night as the Sisters Outlaws ran away to a 58-37 victory in non-league basketball action.

The game, played Friday in Prineville, was the season opener for both teams.

"We were never able to get loose," Crook County head coach Darin Kessi said following the game. "Honestly, it seemed like we were pretty tight. We were never able to get our offense going. Sisters gets back pretty well on defense, and we had pretty limited buckets in transition."

The Cowboys' offensive struggles were on display early as the Outlaws ran out to a 5-0 lead.

Crook County finally got on the board as Will Combee made a pair of free throws midway through the first quarter to close to within three at 5-2.

However, that was as close as the team would get all night. Sisters outscored Crook County six to three the remainder of the quarter as they took an 11-5 lead after one.

Chase Bales picked up a quick steal to start the second quarter, and the Cowboys capitalized as Kaleb Savage scored on the play.

Crook County had a chance to get even closer when Savage was fouled in the act of shooting 30 seconds later. However, Savage missed both free throws, and the Outlaws got the rebound.

When Austin Lake hit a three in the ensuing possession, the Outlaws led 14-7.

Sisters extended their lead to 29-14 at the half.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kaleb Savage goes to the basket for his lone bucket of the night as the Cowboys fell 58-37 to the Sisters Outlaws Friday night in Prineville. Crook County is at Ridgeview tonight and hosts Redmond on Thursday.Although the Cowboys played better in the second half, they were unable to close the gap as Sisters cruised to the easy victory.

The Outlaws were able to pick up the win despite playing without starting center Ty Horner. The 6-9 senior, who is one of the top post players in the state, is sitting out the first three games of the year as he serves a team suspension for a minor rule violation.

Despite playing without their post, the Outlaws were still able to outrebound Crook County 23-21 in the contest.

Thaiden Mullan and Jordan Graydon led the Cowboys in rebounding with four boards apiece, while Savage and Shane Kessi each picked up three.

The Outlaws also did a better job of getting to the free-throw line than the Cowboys. After 19 fouls were called in the first quarter, Sisters adjusted better to the officiating than Crook County did, getting to the line 25 times to just 12 for the Cowboys.

"They did a good job of running what they were running, and we had a hard time making those adjustments," Kessi said. "We've been working on it, we just have to work a little harder and a little smarter." We are going to work on that in the morning in practice until we fix it because Ridgeview (Crook County's next opponent) does the exact same thing."

The Outlaws hit on just 11 of the 25 free throws but were able to pick up offensive rebounds after missed shots, leading to easy baskets.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys were able to hit on just five of their 12 free-throw attempts.

Mullan led the Cowboys in scoring with nine, while Devin Bishop came off the bench to finish with seven.

Combee chipped in with six points, while Bales finished with five.

Noah Richards, who finished with 21, led the Outlaws. Jack Berg was also in double figures for Sisters, finishing with 14 points.

"I thought that afterwards the boys responded in the right way," Kessi said. "We have a good staff that is going to work really hard to make them better, and I think they are going to accept that critique and that coaching, and they are going to get better."

The Cowboys are on the road at Ridgeview tonight before returning home on Thursday to take on the Redmond Panthers.

Both Ridgeview and Redmond are currently 1-1 on the year. Game time on Tuesday and Thursday is 7 p.m.

Sisters 58, Crook County 37

Friday, December 2

At Crook County

Sisters 11 18 11 18 — 58

Crook County 5 9 9 14 — 37

Sisters Noah Richards 21, Jack Berg 14, Brad Eagan 7, Isaiah Rush 5, Ryan Waddell 2, Zach Anderson 4, Austin Lane 5. Totals: 21 11-25 58.

Crook County — Thaiden Mullan 9, Bishop 7, Savage 2, Kessi 1, Porfily 1, Graydon 2, Bales 5, Langley 4, Combee 6. Totals: 15 5-12 37.

Three-point goals — Sisters: Richards 3, Eagan, Lake. Crook County: Mullan, Bishop.

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