Crook County Cowgirls roll past Sweet Home 51-18
"It feels great," Crook County forward Gracie Kasberger said following Crook County's 51-18 win over the Sweet Home Huskies Friday night in girls basketball action. "I would like to say that we have won more games than last year, but it feels even better to have a winning streak."
The homestanding Cowgirls jumped on top early on a basket by Kasberger and never looked back as they led from wire to wire to earn their fourth win of the season. One more than the team was able to win a year ago.
Crook County led 8-2 at the end of one period. The Cowgirls exploded for 19 points in the second quarter as they extended their lead to 27-8 at the half.
In the second half, Crook County went to their bench, as 12 players saw significant playing time. Despite the substitutions, the team continued to roll, outscoring the Huskies 13-3 in the third quarter as they extended their lead to 40-11. From there, the team cruised, cracking the 50-point barrier for the first time all year.
"They are learning to take the ball to the hoop," CCHS head coach Heidi Lea said. "Over the Christmas break, we really concentrated on some fundamental things and worked on post moves and our guards. Our guards are attacking a little more, and we are looking in to get our posts involved a little more, so I'm excited. They are starting to look at the basket, which is a good thing."
Kennedy Buckner came off the bench to lead the Cowgirls in scoring with 12 points, while Kasberger was also in double figures with 11. Liz Parker pitched in with seven points, while Teagan Freeman scored five.
Altogether, nine Cowgirls scored in the contest.
Kayla Miller led the Huskies with eight points, while Shahalie Erickson had four. No other Huskies scored more than two points in the contest.
Buckner not only had a good scoring game for the Cowgirls, she also led the team in rebounding with 10 and picked up four steals in the contest.
Odessa Tramel-Green added nine rebounds, while Dallas Hutchins pulled down seven, Kasberger snared six, and Barker grabbed five.
The Cowgirls finished with 51 rebounds in the contest, compared to just 15 for the Huskies.
Not only was Crook County dominant on the boards, the Cowgirls also forced 30 turnovers in the contest, as Connolly had four steals and Barker added three.
Connolly led Crook County in assists with five, while Buckner finished with four.
"Four wins is pretty exciting," Lea said. "It's a stepping stone. I was really proud of them."
Lea added that she was pleased with how aggressive the team played.
"Kasberger was getting up and down the floor," she said. "And Connolly is making good passes up the floor to her. And Buckner is coming back."
The freshman missed several games with a concussion.
With the win, Crook County improved their record to 4-9 and have won two games in a row, for the first time in at least three years. Meanwhile, the Huskies fell to 1-12 on the season.
Crook County is back in action on Wednesday as they go on the road to take on The Dalles.
"The Dalles will be tough," Lea said. "But I'm just excited for the girls. Four wins is nice, and hopefully we can get The Dalles and then open league with a win against Estacada (Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Prineville.)"
Crook County 51, Sweet Home 18
At Crook County
Sweet Home 2 6 3 7 - 18
Crook County 8 19 13 11 - 51
Sweet Home – Kayla Miller 8, Erickson 4, Mauer 1, Busek 2, Coleman 2, Aiona 1, Read, Underwood, Waldrop. Totals: 6 6-15 18.
Crook County – Kennedy Buckner 12, Kasberger 11, Barker 7, Freeman 6, Hutchins 5, Connolly 4, Tramel-Green 2, Ptomey 2, Mode 2, Denney, Simmons. Totals: 18 14-26 51.
Three-point goals – Sweet Home: none. Crook County: Hutchins.