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Cowgirls stay close for much of first quarter before the Molalla Indians explode for a 63-27 victory

CONNER WILLIAMS/MOLALLA PIONEER - Emma Ackley drives toward the basket Tuesday night during the Cowgirls' 63-27 loss to the Molalla Indians. Ackley scored five points in the game. The Crook County Cowgirls stayed close for much of the first quarter before the Molalla Indians pulled away for a 63-27 Tri-Valley Conference victory Tuesday night in Molalla.

The Cowgirls trailed by just four late in the first quarter before the Indians went on a tear, outscoring Crook County 20-5 the remainder of the first half.

Molalla led 15-9 at the end of one period and 31-14 at the break.

The Indians continued to pull away in the second half, outscoring the Cowgirls 14-5 in the third quarter and 18-8 in the fourth as they cruised to the easy win.

The Indians were led by 22 points from 5-6 guard Zoe Wood. However, even without her offensive explosion, Molalla would have still easily won the game.

Seven other Indians scored in the contest, including nine points from wing Mattie Myers, eight from guard Jackie Parker, seven from wing Kaityn Curry, and seven from guard Sierra Cox.

The Indians hit 23 field goals, including 10 3-pointers. Meanwhile, the Cowgirls struggled to find their shooting touch, hitting just 10 field goals in the game and one 3-pointer.

Teagan Freeman returned from an injury to lead Crook County with seven points. Emma Ackley added five and McKinzee Mode four.

As has happened all season, the one big strength for Crook County was on the boards where they outrebounded Molalla 32-19.

CONNER WILLIAMS/MOLALLA PIONEER - McKinzee Mode works against a Molalla defender during the game Tuesday night in Molalla. Mode finished with four points. Odessa Tramel-Green was a monster on the glass, grabbing 12 rebounds, while Ackley pulled down 10.

Crook County also did a better job of taking care of the ball, committing just 27 turnovers. However, Molalla had just nine turnovers as their guards did an effective job against Crook County's pressure defense.

With the victory, Molalla improved to 2-1 in conference play and 8-9 overall while Crook County fell to 0-3 in league play and 4-13 overall.

Crook County is back in action tonight as they host Gladstone, 1-2, 5-12, in a 7 p.m. game.

Things don't get easier for the Cowgirls down the road. Tuesday they travel to Madras to take on the White Buffalos, who are currently 3-0 in league play and 14-2 overall.

Madras is ranked 10th in the latest OSAA power rankings, while the Cowgirls are 39th.

Molalla 63, Crook County 27

Tuesday, January 23

At Molalla

Crook County 9 5 5 8 — 27

Molalla 15 16 14 18 — 63

Crook County (27)— Teagan Freeman 7, Ackley 5, Mode 4, Buckner 3, Tramel-Green 3, Barker 3, Connolly 2. Totals: 11 6-12 27.

Molalla (63) — Zoe Wood 22, Myers 9, Parker 8, Cox 7, Curry 7, Lisac 6, Holas 3, Nacoste 1, Schultz, Fincher. Totals: 23 7-12 66.

Three-point goals — Crook County: Freeman. Molalla: Wood 4, Parker 2, Lisac, Cox, Holas, Myers.

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