Mountain View gets early lead, then holds off Crook County comeback bids

Crook County fell behind early and could never quite recover as the Cowgirls fell 65-53 to the host Mountain View Cougars in Friday night Intermountain Hybrid basketball action.

“We just had too many defensive breakdowns,” Crook County Head Coach Mark Malott said. “They might only be two or three times down the court each time, but that was the difference in the game.”

The Cowgirls committed a rash of early turnovers as the host Cougars jumped out to an early seven point lead. Mountain View led 17-10 at the end of the first period before the Cowgirls began their first of several comeback attempts.

Behind the scoring efforts of Kimmer Severance and Michaeline Malott, Crook County closed to within three points in the second quarter and trailed just 34-29 going into the locker room at the half.

Crook County stayed close for most of the third quarter before giving up a late Mountain View run as the Cougars increased their lead to 49-38 by the end of the period.

The Cowgirls made another strong comeback bid in the fourth quarter, cutting the Cougar lead to just seven points midway through the period.

“We had a nice run in the fourth and had the momentum and then turned the ball over three times in a row,” Malott said.

Mountain View capitalized on the Cowgirl turnovers and regained control of the game as they held on to win by 12.

Severance had a monster night for the Cowgirls finishing with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Malott also had an outstanding effort pitching in with 13 points and five assists, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Cougars.

Although they scored just six and two points respectively, Malott was also pleased with the performance of Riley Sappington and Kelsee Martin.

“We were short-handed tonight and Riley stepped in at point guard and did some good things,” He said. “And Martin ended up playing three positions for us.”

Emma Platner led Mountain View with 23 points, while Ryann Van Der Zwiep added 14 points.

The Cowgirls, who were playing without starters Jena Ovens and Kelsie Smith, fell to 5-6 on the year while the Cougars improved their record to 2-7.

Crook County is back in action tonight when they travel to Bend to take on the Lava Bears in a 7 p.m. contest.

“Hopefully we will have everyone back,” Malott said. “We have a tough go against Bend and we have to get it back together.”

Mountain View 65, Crook County 53

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Crook County (53) — Kimmer Severance 30, Malott 13, Sappington 6, Martin 2, Bannon 2, Thomas, Wood, Byrum. Totals 18 17-22 53.

Mountain View (65) — Emma Platner 23, Van der Zwiep 14, J. Goetz 5, Serbus 4, Maxwell 4, H. Goetz 3, Williams 3, McClain 3, Tsourmas 3, Breckel 2, Warren 1. Totals 26 7-13 65.

Crook County 10 19 9 15 — 53

Mountain View 17 17 15 17 — 65

Three-point goals — Crook County: None; Mountain View: Van der Zwiep 2, Platner, H. Goetz.

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