Cowgirls struggle offensively at Seaside Holiday Tournament
The Crook County Cowgirls are struggling offensively.
The Cowgirls scored just under 24 points a game over the weekend as they dropped three games at the Seaside Holiday Tournament.
The Cowgirls opened the tournament Thursday night with a 51-33 loss to Seaside. The team lost again on Friday as they fell 60-22 to Cottage Grove, then finished the tournament with a 28-16 loss to Sisters on Saturday.
The Sisters loss was the most disappointing of the three as the Cowgirls had lost to the Outlaws by just a point earlier in the year.
"It did not go very well," Crook County assistant coach Jessica Mumm said of the Sisters game. "We had trouble waking up. We apparently will not be a team that is able to play in the morning."
The Cowgirls were in their game with Seaside for the first half.
After falling behind 11-7 in the first period, Crook County outscored Seaside 13-12 in the second quarter to trail just 23-20 at the half.
However, Seaside outscored Crook County 17-4 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
"We played with Seaside the entire first half," Mumm said. "It was the third quarter that got us. We played right with them again in the fourth quarter, but they came out more fired up than we did in that third quarter."
Teagan Freeman led the Cowgirls in scoring in the game with 11, including six points on a pair of 3-point goals.
Sarah Connolly added six points for the Cowgirls, while Dallas Hutchins chipped in with five.
Jetta Ideau and Annaka Garhofer led Seaside with 15 and 17 points respectively, while Bryre Babbitt added eight points.
Odessa Tramel-Green led all players in rebounding with 18 as Crook County once again held a rebounding advantage in the game.
The Cowgirls finished with 33 rebounds in the contest, while Seaside had 28.
However, as has happened all year, Crook County struggled to take care of the ball, committing 17 more free throws than Seaside.
"We are slowly putting together more quarters," Mumm said. "When we started the season, we would play a few minutes and then we could be off and then we would have a few more good minutes and then we got to where it would be a whole quarter, and against Seaside, we played three good quarters."
Friday, the Cowgirls struggled again against the taller Cottage Grove Lions.
With four girls on the roster 6-1 or taller, Cottage Grove pounded the glass, outrebounding Crook County 34-24.
Reilly Kelty, a 6-3 post, gave Crook County fits all night as she pulled down six offensive rebounds and scored 13 points in the contest.
Sam May, a 5-8 guard, also scored 13 points for the Lions as they ran away to the easy win.
Cottage Grove led 25-10 at the end of one period and opened up a 40-12 lead by the end of the first half.
Crook County trailed 52 to 22 at the end of three periods and failed to score in the fourth quarter, despite the fact that Cottage Grove had pulled all their starters.
"We were just outsized," Mumm said. "They were huge, and our girls hadn't seen that size before, so a lot of them weren't really sure how to handle it."
After getting 18 rebounds the night before, Tramel-Green could manage just three rebounds on Friday. Liz Barker led Crook County in rebounding with five, while McKinzee Mode led the Cowgirls in scoring with seven.
Grace Kasberger and Hutchins each added five points for Crook County.
Once again, Crook County struggled with turnovers, committing 24 more than Cottage Grove.
The Cowgirls played the entire tournament shorthanded as Emma Ackley and Kennedy Buckner did not attend the tournament.
Junior Varsity players Maddie Rash and Jillian Nguyen suited for the team and were used sparingly.
Saturday was a game that the Cowgirls believed that they could win.
However, with the shortened rotation, the Cowgirls looked tired on Saturday. Crook County got off to a slow start, scoring just two points in the opening quarter as the Outlaws took a 6-2 lead.
Crook County could never get their offense going, as Sisters slowly pulled away for the 12-point win.
Crook County outrebounded Sisters 28-24 in the contest and committed just 11 more turnovers than the Outlaws.
Tramel-Green pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds in the contest, while Barker added four.
Unfortunately, the Cowgirls couldn't find the basket. The team hit just six of 36 shots in the game, 16 percent, and were unable to get to the foul line, shooting just six free throws in the contest.
Meanwhile, Sisters hit 24 percent of their shots and took 14 free-throw attempts.
Just five Cowgirls scored in the game, with Freeman and Tramel-Green leading the team with four points apiece. Barker and Mode each added three, while Sarah Connolly scored the team's remaining two points.
The Cowgirls held Alexa Stewart, who scored 22 points in the Outlaws' earlier 35-36 win over Crook County, scoreless in the contest.
However, that didn't matter as Gracen Sundstrom scored 13 and Olivia Hougham added seven for the Outlaws.
Although they lost all three games, Mumm said the coaching staff was still pleased with the progress that the coaching staff saw.
"As a whole, we played really well together," she said. "They came together as a team, and we saw shining spots where we really ran the offense and did exactly what we wanted to do. We just couldn't find the basket."
With the three losses, the Cowgirls fell to 2-7 on the year.
Crook County does not play again until Thursday, Dec. 28, when they open the three-day Sisters Invitational Tournament with a 1 p.m. game against Culver.
Seaside 51, Crook County 33
Thursday, December 14
Crook County 7 13 4 9 — 33
Seaside 11 12 17 11 — 51
Crook County — Teagan Freeman 11, Kasberger 3, Hutchins 5, Connolly 6, Mode 4, Tramel-Green 2, Barker 2. Totals: 11 8-17 33.
Seaside — Garhofer 17, Ideaue 15, Babbitt 8, Smart 6, Hoekstre 3, Zagata 2, Goin, Kiser, Angulo-Joli, Davis. Totals: 20 6-16 51.
Three-point goals — Crook County: Freeman 2, Hutchins. Seaside: Garhofer 3, Ideue, Babbitt.
Cottage Grove 60, Crook County 22
Friday, December 15
Crook County 10 2 10 0 — 22
Cottage Grove 25 15 12 8 — 60
Crook County — McKinzee Mode 7, Hutchins 5, Kasberger 5, Barker 2, Tramel-Green 2, Denney 1, Freeman, Connolly. Totals: 9 4-10 22.
Cottage Grove — Kelty 13, May 13, Murphy 6, Schatz 2, Bethke 7, Ladd 6, Garder 6, Polk 7, Blomquist, Child, Fain. Totals: 26 4-15 60.
Three-point goals — Crook County: None. Cottage Grove: May 3, Bethke.
Sisters 28, Crook County 16
Saturday, December 16
Crook County 2 6 5 3 — 16
Sisters 6 7 6 9 — 28
Crook County — Teagan Freeman 4, Odessa Tramel-Green 4, Barker 3, Mode 3, Connolly 2. Hutchins. Totals: 6 4-6 16.
Sisters — Sundstrom 13, Hougham 7, Weber 4, Salisbury 4, Huber, Stewart, Bianchi, Greaney, Head. Totals: 11 6-14 28.
Three-point goals — Crook County: None. Sisters: None.