Crook County rebounds from poor outing versus Madras to defeat Sisters

The Crook County Cowgirls were as cold as ice on Friday as they were blasted 63-26 by the Madras White Buffalos in girls basketball LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kimmer Severance goes up for two of her game-high 24 points in the Cowgirls' victory over Sisters on Saturday night. Severance also had 12 rebounds and five steals in the contest as the Cowgirls raised their record to 2-1.

“We had every look we wanted to get on offense,” said Crook County Head Coach Mark Malott. “We had point blank looks and couldn’t make a basket. Our field goal percentage was similar to the temperature outside at Madras High School on Friday night.”

The Cowgirls rebounded from Friday’s sub-par performance to knock off Sisters 56-52 Saturday night.

“I was proud of how we left yesterday behind,” Malott said. “The fourth quarter was the best ball we have played all year.”

“We just had to have a short memory and learn from Friday and move on,” added Kelsee Martin. “It took us a while to regain our composure today but we just had to start using our heads and play from our hearts.”

In Friday’s game at Madras, the Cowgirls fell behind 9-1 in the first quarter and trailed 22-9 at the half.

In spite of the deficit, Malott was pleased with how well his defense performed.

“Our defense was outstanding,” he said. “We held Mariah Stacona, who I believe is the best guard in the state, to just five points in the first half, and 17 in the game.”

The Cowgirls were outscored 12-8 in the third period. Trailing 34-17, Malott emptied his bench in the fourth quarter, and the White Buffalos capitalized, outscoring the Cowgirls 29-9 in the period.

Venessa Esquivel and Stacona led three White Buffalos in double figures with 17 points apiece.

Kimmer Severance led the Cowgirls with 15 points while Kelsie Smith finished with six.

The Cowgirls started slowly again on Saturday against the Outlaws. Crook County made just two field goals in the first period. However, the team converted five foul shots. That, coupled with a stingy defense, gave the Cowgirls a 9-5 lead at the end of the period.

Both teams still struggled to find their shooting touch in the second period as the Cowgirls clung to a 16-14 lead going into the locker room at halftime.

Both teams heated up in the third quarter as Sisters outscored Crook County 22-21 in the period to close to within a point.

Sisters briefly took the lead early in the fourth quarter, but Crook County battled back and quickly regained the lead. The Cowgirls were impressive down the stretch as they were able to run time off the clock and get easy scoring opportunities when they needed them.

“It took us a while tonight, but we just made adjustments and we got it,” said Michaeline Malott. “I think that from us losing yesterday, we knew that we had to get better and we weren’t going to let the game go.”

The Cowgirls converted on 52 percent of their field goals attempts in the second half. Kimmer Severance led the team in scoring with 24 points and added 12 rebounds and five steals in the contest.

“We played good as a team,” Severance said. “We had a good fourth quarter and we played smart.”

Kelsie Smith added 11 points, all in the second half, and 10 rebounds. Malott scored 12 points, also all in the second half, and added five assists as the Cowgirls scored 40 points after halftime.

Savannah Spear led Sisters in scoring with 12 points. The Outlaws made 23 field goals in the contest, but were just 2-16 from the foul line. Meanwhile, the Cowgirls made just 19 field goals, but were 14-30 from the charity stripe.

The Cowgirls are off until Friday and Saturday when they compete in a tournament at Gladstone High School.

Madras 63, Crook County 26

at Madras

Crook County (26) — Kimmer Severance 15, Smith 6, Thomas 4, Ovens 1, Martin, Malott, Bannon. Totals 9 8-19 26.

Madras (63) — Venessa Esquivel 17, Mariah Stacona 17, Cirelle 10, Wolfe 7, Whipple 2, Leonard 2, Scott, Suppah. Totals 26 2-8 63.

Crook County 1 8 8 9 — 26

Madras 9 13 12 29 — 63

Three-point goals — Madras: Esquivel 5, Stacona 2.

Crook County 56, Sisters 52

at Crook County

Sisters (52) — Savannah Spear 12, Henson 8, Mann 6, Vogt 6, Moore 5, Bachmeier 4, Meeter 3, Petterson 3, Arruda 3, Horner 2. Totals 23 2-16 52.

Crook County (56) — Kimmer Severance 24, Malott 12, Smith 11, Ovens 5, Wood 2, Martin, Bannon, Thomas. Totals 19 14-30 56.

Sisters 5 9 22 16 — 52

Crook County 9 7 21 19 — 56

Three-point goals — Sisters Vogt 2, Meeter, Arruda; Crook County: none.

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