Cowgirls stay close in the first half of loss to league champion Madras White Buffalos

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - McKinzee Mode goes to the basket for two in a game earlier this year. Mode, a junior, scored five points in the Cowgirls' loss Tuesday night to the Madras White Buffalos. The game was the final game of the year for the Cowgirls, who did not qualify for post-season play. Crook County finished the year with a  5-19 record and a 1-9 league mark. "We played OK the first half," said Crook County head coach Heidi Lea after a 59-24 loss to the Madras White Buffalos Tuesday night in Prineville. "The second half, we just couldn't score, and Madras couldn't miss."

The league champion White Buffalos led 12-7 at the end of one period and 24-15 at the half.

Following intermission, it was all White Buffalos. Madras blitzed the Cowgirls 21-4 in the third period, then outscored Crook County 14-5 in the final period, despite going heavily to their bench.

Madras was led by Lynden Harry with 17 points and Jayden Davis with 15. Vanessa Culps and Jackie Zamora added nine points apiece for Madras.

Crook County was led by Emma Ackley with eight points. McKinzee Mode chipped in with five, while Dallas Hutchins and Liz Barker each scored four.

As has happened all season, the Cowgirls outrebounded their opponent, pulling down 37 rebounds to 31 for Madras.

Ackley led all rebounders with 12, while Barker had six. Jiana Smith-Francis pulled down seven boards for the White Buffalos, while Harry grabbed six.

However, turnovers once again plagued Crook County. The White Buffalos forced the Cowgirls into 33 while committing just 11 themselves.

Madras took advantage of the turnover advantage, especially in the third quarter, to score easy baskets as they rolled up the score.

With the victory, the White Buffalos wrapped up an undefeated league season, finishing with a 10-0 record in the Tri-Valley Conference and a stellar 21-2 overall mark.

As league champions, the White Buffalos earn a bye into the first round of the state playoffs, earning a home game against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Meanwhile, the Cowgirls fell to 1-9 in conference play, ending their season with a 5-19 overall record.

Madras 59, Crook County 24

Tuesday, February 20

At Crook County

Madras 12 12 21 14 — 59

Crook County 7 8 4 5 — 24

Madras (59) — Lynden Harry 17, Davis 15, Culps 9, Zamora 9, Smith-Francis 4, Suppah 2, Smith 2, Iverson 1, Freeman, Whipple. Totals: 24 4-5 59.

Crook County (24) — Emma Ackley 8, Mode 5, Barker 4, Hutchins 4, Kasberger 3, Buckner, Freeman, Connolly, Tramel-Green, Simmons. Totals: 8 6-16 24.

Three-point goals — Madras: Culps 3, Harry 3, Davis. Crook County: Hutchins, Mode.

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