Mountain View opens up a big early lead and cruises to the easy win

The Mountain View Cougars played a near flawless game Wednesday night as they rolled to an easy 85-34 win over the Crook County Cowboys.

“We battled, but we didn’t play real smart,” said Crook County Head Coach Darin Kessi following the loss. “Mountain View is a really good team and we were just overwhelmed. We didn’t really execute that well. We let Mountain View just dictate everything tonight.”

The game, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, was moved to Wednesday after the Bend School District canceled school due to freezing rain.

The 24-hour delay didn’t seem to matter to the host Cougars who came out on fire.

The Cougars, who were coming off their first league loss of the season against the Bend Lava Bears, hit 13 of 23 shots from behind the 3-point line, or 61 percent, in the contest. The Cougars were nearly as hot from in front of the 3-point line as they hit 21 of 37 two-point attempts.

By contrast, the Cowboys hit on just 11 of 40 shots in the contest, or 28 percent.

Mountain View rolled to a 22-7 first quarter lead, and extended their lead to 47-19 by the half.

With the outcome already decided, both teams went to their bench in the second half. The Cowboys pulled Connor Cheney, Jack Stubblefield, and Garrett Harper up from the JV squad for the game, and Kessi was pleased with what he saw from the trio.

“We had some JV kids come in and play for us that did well,” he said. “That was good to see.”

The one bright spot for the Cowboys in the contest was the foul line. Crook County hit on 7 of 10 free throws, while Mountain View was just 4 of 10 from the line.

However, the Cougars dominated every other facet of the game. Mountain View outrebounded the Cowboys 36-13, and forced Crook County into 18 turnovers in the contest.

Mountain View was led by Davis Holly and Austin Albin who scored 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Blake Bartels and Kohlter Kee led the Cowboys with seven points apiece.

With the win the fifth-ranked Cougars move to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in Intermountain Hybrid play, while the Cowboys fall to 2-13 overall and 0-7 in conference action.

Things don’t get any easier for the Cowboys tonight when they travel to Bend to take on the seventh-ranked Bend Lava Bears.

“We are definitely better than we played tonight,” Kessi said. “We have an opportunity Friday against Bend. Hopefully, we can play smarter and with more attention.”

Mountain View 85, Crook County 34

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Crook County (34) — Blake Bartels 7, Kohlter Kee 7, Hernandez 5, Kessi 5, Harper 4, Tavernia 3, Jones 2, Cheney, Stubblefield, Harper. Totals 11 7-10 34.

Mountain View (85) — Davis Holly 15, Albin 12, Cheney 9, Haugen 8, Cattell 8, Johnson 7, Kurzynowski 7, Houston 6, Lannin 6, Vance 4, Vansine 2, Wilcox. Totals 34 4-10 85.

Crook County 7 12 5 10 — 34

Mountain View 22 25 15 23 — 85

Three-point goals — Crook County: Bartels, Tavernia, Kee, Kessi, Hernandez; Mountain View: Cheney 3, Holly 3, Haugen 2, Cattell 2, Albin 2, Johnson.

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