Cowgirls have solid defensive effort, but shooting woes prove costly in 38-22 loss

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Dallas Hutchins goes to the basket for two of her four points Friday night against the Sisters Outlaws. The Outlaws won the game 38-22. Crook County plays their first home game tonight as they host the Madras White Buffalos in a 7 p.m. contest.

The Crook County Cowgirls played solid defense all night but struggled to make shots as they fell 38-22 to the Sisters Outlaws in the season opener for both teams.

Playing on the road in Sisters, the Cowgirls got off to a slow start, trailing 5-0 and 12-4 before closing to 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Cowgirls played even with the Outlaws in the second quarter, going into the half trailing 22-14.

"We were really nervous for our first game because we haven't been able to scrimmage anybody else," said Crook County senior forward Heather Ptomey following the game. "But after the first quarter, I feel like we really settled in, and we were able to pull it together."

Crook County closed to within six points late in the third quarter but were unable to get any closer as Sisters pulled away late in the game.

The Outlaws led 27-18 at the end of three periods, and the Cowgirls were still within range at 29-22 midway through the fourth quarter.

However, Sisters slowed the game down, and the Cowgirls began to foul.

Crook County head coach Heidi Lea was pleased with the team's effort despite the loss.

"The game was closer than the final score," she said. "At the end, we tried to do some things to get the ball. We sent them to the line because we had 15 fouls and they only had five in the second half, so they were shooting two towards the end."

Lea added that she was pleased with how well the team ran their offense.

"The girls ran things," she said. "We had good shots. That's the thing. We just didn't hit them."

The Cowgirls were just 8-for-55 from the floor and went 0-for-13 from behind the three-point line in the contest.

"Liz Barker and Mckinzee Mode both had some shots right in the key, and McCall Woodward and Dallas Hutchins missed their threes," Lea said. "They made them all week, they just didn't make any in the game. We did some things well, there are just some things that we need to work on right now."

"What we are doing is working," Ptomey said. "We did have really good shots, just some of them weren't falling, but we shot when we were open, so if we keep shooting, we will make some points."

Sisters didn't shoot much better, going just 11-for-40 from the floor. However, the Outlaws were 3-for-7 from behind the three-point line. In addition, Sisters made 13-of-25 free throws, while the Cowgirls were just 6-for-15 from the line.

The two teams played essentially even in every other statistical category besides shooting. Crook County finished with 37 rebounds to 33 for the Outlaws. The Cowgirls had 15 steals to 13 for Sisters. However, Sisters had two fewer turnovers with 22 compared to 24 for the Cowgirls.

Ptomey led the Cowgirls in scoring with seven, while freshman Josie Kasberger came off the bench to finish with five points. Mode and Hutchins each finished with four.

Payden Petterson and Isabelle Spitler did virtually all of the damage for the Outlaws, finishing with 15 and nine points, respectively.

Ptomey and Hutchins and Kasberger each had seven rebounds for the Cowgirls, while Barker and Mode finished with six rebounds apiece.

Gracen Sundstrom led the Outlaws on the boards with nine, while Sydney Head pulled down seven, and Petterson finished with six rebounds.

Kasberger, Mode and Teagan Freeman each finished with three steals for the Cowgirls.

The Cowgirls play again tonight when they host the Madras White Buffalos (2-1) in a 7 p.m. game. The Cowgirls are back in action on Thursday when they go on the road to take on South Albany (1-1). Crook County then closes out a busy week with a home game against Silverton (2-0) on Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m.

Sisters 38, Crook County 22

Friday, November 30

At Sisters

Crook County 6 8 4 4 — 22

Sisters 14 8 5 11 — 38

Crook County — Heather Ptomey 7, Kasberger 5, Hutchins 4, Mode 4, Barker 2, Woodward, Freeman, Rash, Brooks. Totals: 8 6-15 22.

Sisters — Payden Petterson 15, Spitler 9, Head 6, Sundstrom 4, Stewart 2, Morgan 1, Hougham 1, Greaney, Bianchi. Totals: 11 13-25 38.

Three-point goals — Crook County: None. Sisters: Petterson 3.

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