Cowgirls explode for 23 in the second quarter of big win against Corbett Cardinals

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County's Kennedy Buckner, left, and Odessa Tramel-Green fight for a rebound with Corbett's Haley Swift. Swift was called for a foul on the play.

Playing in front of the home crowd on Friday night, the Crook County Cowgirls took care of business, rolling to a 69-42 victory over the Corbett Cardinals.

The two teams were locked in a tight battle, tied 12-12 early in the second quarter, when Corbett point guard Savanah Wolfe picked up her fourth foul. From then on, it was all Crook County as the Cowgirls went on a 17-7 run to close out the half.

"We have been down on ourselves because we haven't been winning, said Crook County post Odessa Tramel-Green, who led the Cowgirls with 20 points and 16 rebounds. "I think we all played really well offensively. We were taking a lot more shots than we usually, do and we were making a lot of them."

Crook County went into the locker room at the half with a 29-19 lead. They continued to extend the lead in the third period, leading 47-29 after three quarters, en route to the blow-out win.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals were frustrated the entire game. Wolfe wasn't the only Corbett player to get into foul trouble. Posts Abigail Fritz and Haley Swift also were in foul trouble, eventually fouling out. Wolfe sat on the bench for much of the game before playing the entire fourth quarter with four fouls. Olivia Fritz and Sydney Smith also ended the game with four fouls.

"All four players who were in foul trouble in the first half are top starters," Corbett head coach Rosalie Contri said following the game. "Our starters were all in foul trouble right from the get go, so we couldn't get a rhythm established tonight."

Crook County's Emma Ackley also fouled out of the game, but the Cowgirls were able to go deeper to their bench and mostly stay out of foul trouble in what was a foul-plagued contest.

Crook County hit 27 of 39 free throws, while Corbett went just 4-17 from the line.

"The girls played really well Tuesday night (a 44-40 loss to Estacada)," Lea said. "Our big girls got to the foul line, but we were nine for 21, so had we made our free throws, we would have won on Tuesday. So we worked a lot on free throws between Tuesday and today."

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Olivia Fritz goes up for two of her six points in Corbett's 69-42 loss the Crook County Cowgirls.In addition to 20 points and 16 rebounds from Tramel-Green, Ackley also had a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Teagan Freeman was also in double figures for the Cowgirls with 10 points, while Gracie Kasberger finished with nine and Sarah Connolly with eight.

Liz Barker scored just one point for the Cowgirls, but pulled down 11 rebounds.

Despite missing nearly half the game, Wolfe was still in double figures for the Cardinals with 10, while Tia Kendal had a team-high 12 and Fritz finished with eight.

"I was trying to focus on the team more than myself," Kendal said. "I actually wanted to make sure I had a rhythm for the team, so when I did shoot it would be more accurate than not. It was kind of hard with Wolf and Fritz in foul trouble. We just tried to find different ways to push through and attack and get the ball in the basket."

Fritz also pulled down seven boards for the Cardinals, while Kendal had six steals and Olivia Fritz added seven steals and six points.

With the win, the Cowgirls improved to 1-6 in league and 5-16 overall, while the Cardinals fell to 1-6 and 4-15 overall.

Crook County will host Molalla on Tuesday and Corbett will be at home against Estacada.

"It's never happened before," Ackley said of getting a league win. "So it sure feels good. Staying calm and free throws, that was the difference. We made a lot of free throws, and we played really good defense.

Crook County 69, Corbett 42

At Crook County

Corbett 9 10 10 13 - 42

Crook County 6 23 18 22 - 69

Corbett (42) – Tia Kendal 12, Wolfe 10, A. Fritz 8, O Fritz 6, Swift 5, Dillard 1, Hovarth, Servais, Smith, Johnson. Totals: 17 4-17 42.

Crook County (69) – Odessa Tramel-Green 20, Ackley 12, Freeman 10, Kasberger 9, Connolly 8, Mode 6, Hutchins 3, Barker 1, Buckner, Ptomey, Simmons. Totals: 19 29-37 69.

Three-point goals – Corbett: Wolfe 2, Kendal 2. Crook County: Freeman 2.

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