Cowgirls play solid first quarter, then struggle in middle of game as they drop to 0-2 in league

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Sarah Connolly brings the ball up the court in the Cowgirls game against Estacada last week. Connolly had 10 points and four assists on Friday as Crook County fell to Corbett, dropping to 0-2 in conference play.The Crook County Cowgirls had possibly their best quarter of the season Friday at Corbett.

However, the Cowgirls let the game slip away in the second period as they fell 60-37 to the Cardinals.

"We started strong and finished strong," Crook County head coach Heidi Lea said. "We just need to put together a whole game."

After trailing by just three points, 17-14, at the end of the first quarter, the Cowgirls went cold in the second period as they were outscored 22-9 by the Cardinals, who took a 39-23 lead into the half.

The third quarter was more of the same as Corbett outscored Crook County 13-5, extending their lead to 52-28.

With the game no longer in doubt, Corbett substituted freely in the fourth quarter, while the Cowgirls regained their confidence, outscoring the Cardinals 9-8 in the period.

However, it was too little too late as Crook County fell to 4-12 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

"We let teams get runs and then play catch up," Lea said. "We are working on that, but hey, we won the last quarter."

Point guard Sarah Connolly had a strong game for the Cowgirls, scoring 10 points and dishing out four assists, while snaring three steals.

Odessa Tramel-Green finished with nine points and eight rebounds, while McKinzee Mode also had a solid game, scoring seven and grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds.

Dallas Hutchins added five points and picked up four steals in the game.

Corbett's Abbigail Fritz led all scorers with 24, while Megan Sergent added nine, and Tia Kendal pitched in with seven.

The Cowgirls outrebounded the Cardinals 40-26 in the contest.

Crook County struggled with Corbett's pressure defense, surrendering 47 turnovers. Corbett didn't take care of the ball much better, as they committed 38 turnovers.

That made the big difference in the game shooting, where the Cardinals hit 36 percent of their shots, including five 3-pointers, while Crook County could only manage 23 percent from the floor with no 3-pointers.

With the victory, Corbett improved to 4-10 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Crook County is back in action tonight when they go on the road to take on the Molalla Indians, 7-9 overall and 1-1 in league.

Corbett 60, Crook County 37

Friday, January 19

At Corbett

Crook County 14 9 5 9 — 37

Corbett 17 22 13 8 — 60

Crook County (37) — Sarah Connolly 10, Tramel-Green 9, Mode 7, Hutchins 5, Ackley 4, Barker 2, Kasberger, Buckner, Ptomey, Simons. Totals: 12 13-28 37.

Corbett (60) — Abbigail Fritz 24, Sergent 9, Kendal 7, Wolfe 5, Swift 5, Smith 4, Servais 4, O. Fritz 2, Horvath, Dillard, Johnson. Totals: 24 7-20 60.

Three-point goals — Crook County: None. Corbett: Sergent 3, Wolfe, A. Fritz.

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