Crook County Cowgirls drop pair of league contests
The Crook County Cowgirls are struggling with consistency.
At times, the Cowgirls are playing solid basketball, but at other times, they are getting blown out by their opponents.
This week, the Cowgirls dropped a pair of league games, both by lopsided scored.
In a game that was originally scheduled for Friday, the Cowgirls hosted the Gladstone Gladiators on Monday and came away on the short end of a 68-30 score.
"The first half, we just tried to force some things that weren't there, and then it's turnovers and easy baskets for them," Crook County head coach Heidi Lea said. "The second half, we came out and ran a couple of plays right off, like we had talked about, and we didn't force things. We let things develop."
Tuesday in Madras, the Cowgirls struggled to score again, falling to the White Buffalos 56-23.
This time, Lea said that the Cowgirls did exactly what they wanted to in the first quarter, they just couldn't make their shots.
"We started off and did exactly like we wanted," she said. "We were running our offense, and we hit our big people. We were going to the line in the first quarter, and we only had eight turnovers. It was 16-6, but we were 4-12 from the free-throw line. So we did what we wanted to do. If we hit our free throws, we would have been right there."
Monday's game started poorly for the Cowgirls, who fell behind 11-0 before finally getting on the board with less than three minutes remaining in the first period.
The Cowgirls trailed 21-4 at the end of one period and 32-9 at the half.
Crook County played better in the second half but could never make a serious run at the Gladiators.
Gladstone outscored the Cowgirls 23-15 in the third quarter and 12-6 in the final frame as they pulled away for the easy win.
With the victory, the Gladiators improved to 3-2 in league and 7-12 overall.
"Our kids are adjusting to the new offense and the whole system that we are running," said Gladstone first-year head coach Glenn Hopkins, who graduated from Crook County. "They are feeling a little more comfortable, and the goal is to make a late run. We have got to take care of games like tonight and then hopefully we can get one from either Madras or Molalla or maybe both of them because we play them at home the next time we play them."
Odessa Tramel-Green led the way for Crook County with eight points and 11 rebounds. McKinzee Mode and Kennedy Buckner each added five points. Teagan Freeman pulled down seven rebounds, and Emma Ackley grabbed six.
"We played harder the second half," Tramel-Green said. "We always play better in the second half, and we really should be doing it the whole game. We just need to come out with the intensity in the first half that we do in the second half of all of our games."
Grace Campbell led the way for Gladstone with 26 points, while Aaliya Asad and Cameron Cronin were also in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively.
Campbell also had 11 rebounds and five steals in the contest as the Gladiators forced the Cowgirls into 29 turnovers while committing just 10 of their own.
Although the Cowgirls got off to a better start on Tuesday against the White Buffalos, in the end, the result was the same.
Madras led 16-6 at the end of one period and 31-12 at the half.
The White Buffalos continued to extend their lead in the third period, outscoring the Cowgirls 19-6 as they opened up a 50-18 lead.
With Madras playing their bench, the two teams played nearly even in the fourth quarter as the White Buffalos outscored the Cowgirls just 6-5 as they cruised to the easy win.
"In the second quarter, we made some bad choices passing the ball," Lea said. "We passed right to them for a lay in, but we did some things really well."
The one thing that the Cowgirls have excelled at all season is rebounding, and Tuesday was no exception as Crook County outrebounded Madras 47-36 in the contest.
Tramel-Green and Ackley led the way with 12 and 13 rebounds respectively.
Unfortunately, the Cowgirls could only hit on 14 percent of their shots compared to 28 percent from the White Buffalos. In addition, Crook County committed a whopping 30 more turnovers than Madras did.
With the win, the eighth-ranked White Buffalos improved to 5-0 in conference play and 16-2 overall while the Cowgirls fell to 0-5 in league and 4-15 overall.
Crook County is on the road on Tuesday when they tackle the Estacada Rangers (2-3, 5-13). The team returns home on Friday to take on the Corbett Cardinals (1-4, 4-13).
"We have three days to prepare for Estacada," Lea said. "One of the things we did against them the first time was telegraph passes, and we let a girl get a bunch of steals in the first half. We've been improving on that and those are two games that we were right with them even though we didn't have Grace (Gracie Kasberger) in either game, so we are looking forward to next week."
Kasberger is returning from a minor injury and is ready to play on Tuesday.
Gladstone 68 Crook County 30
Monday, January 29
At Crook County
Gladstone 21 11 24 12 — 68
Crook County 4 5 15 6 — 30
Gladstone (67) — Grace Campbell 26, Asad 12, Cronin 11, Pope 5, Holzworth 6, Clinkscales 2, Tatom 2, Hill 2, Dilsaier 2, Hogan, Rowley, Alvarado, S. Pinner, J. Pinner. Totals: 24 12-18 67.
Crook County (30) — Odessa Tramel-Green 8, Buckner 5, Freeman 3, Hutchins 3, Mode 5, Ackley 2, Barker 4, Simmons, Denney, Connolly, Dill, Ptomey. Totals: 12 4-14 30.
Three-point goals — Gladstone: Asad 3, Holzworth 2, Pope, Cronin, Campbell. Crook County: Buckner, Freeman.
Madras 56, Crook County 23
Tuesday, January 30
Crook County 6 6 6 5 — 23
Madras 16 15 19 6 — 56
Crook County (23) — Odessa Tramel-Green 8, Ackley 5, Hutchins 4, Connolly 2, Mode 2, Barker 1,Buckner 1, Dill, Freeman, Denney, Ptomey, Simmons. Totals: 7 9-24 23.
Madras (56) —Lynden Harry 10, Freeman 9, Suppah 9, Zamora 8, Davis 8, Iverson 8, Culps 2, Whipple 2, Smith, Smith-Francis. Totals: 22 9-14 56.
Three-point goals — Crook County: None. Madras: Harry 2, Davis.