Buffalos overpower Cowgirls
The Crook County Cowgirls were their own worst enemy on Tuesday as they fell to the Madras White Buffalos.
The visiting White Buffalos used a swarming, full-court defense to force the Cowgirls into 56 turnovers as they rolled to a 77-34 win.
"We just had too many unforced errors," Crook County head coach Heidi Lea said of the turnovers. "We telegraphed our passes too much and they came at us hard. The turnovers, we just can't have. Last week we were in the low 20s and we said that was pretty good, but we still have to work on it and then to double that and be in the 50s tonight — that just killed us."
Madras led 26-9 at the end of one period, 37-16 at the half, and 58-23 at the end of three.
Still, Lea did see some positives that came out of the game.
Crook County outrebounded Madras with 52 boards to 33 for the White Buffalos.
In addition, the Cowgirls had their biggest scoring output of the season. Lea was also pleased that the team continued to play hard to the final buzzer.
"I was pleased that they didn't give up," she said. "The kids played with a lot of heart. They made a goal. They were saying 'come on, we can get to 30, we can get to 30' and to hear them say that and then end up with 34, that was determination."
Jayden Davis led a balanced Madras offense with 14 points, while Niya Bagley and Jiana Smith-Francis each had 13. Vanessa Culps was also in double figures with 12.
Liz Barker led the Cowgirls with 12 points, while Dallas Hutchins was also in double figures with 10.
Barker was called for a technical foul early in the second period for throwing an elbow after pulling down a defensive rebound and spent much of the period sitting on the bench. However, she played inspired ball the rest of the game, with season highs in both scoring and rebounding.
"It was very frustrating," Barker said of the technical foul. "I just needed to cool down, take my time, pass the ball and don't get flustered."
Barker finished with 16 rebounds in the contest, while Hutchins and Josie Kasberger were also in double figures in rebounding, pulling down 11 rebounds each.
Davis led the White Buffalos on the boards with eight.
Barker was also one of the most vocal players in the huddle during timeouts, urging the team to find a way to get to at least 30 points in the contest.
"I wanted to beat them, or at least get as close as possible," she said. "I told the team to just get to 30 and we would do really good, and we got to 34, so I was happy and so proud of my team."
Hutchins was also pleased with how well the team rebounded and ran their offense.
"I think we did a better job of rebounding," she said. "I think we could have done even better and put up more offensive rebounds, but I guess that's just something that we have to work on. We did a good job with steals, and we were better on the fast break than we were against Sisters (the Cowgirls' previous game)."
Led by Hutchins with four, the Cowgirls did have 14 steals in the contest, while forcing the White Buffalos into 21 turnovers.
However, in the end, the White Buffalos proved too quick and too aggressive for the Cowgirls to handle.
"We did a good job on our half-court defense, but when we ran with them, that became a problem," Lea said. "They did a good job, and when they got out and ran, that made it tough."
Madras hit on 27 of 89 shots, for 30 percent shooting, while the Cowgirls hit 26 percent of their shots, going 12 of 45 from the floor.
After going 0-10 from behind the three-point line in their earlier loss to Sisters, Crook County shot better from long range on Tuesday, hitting two of four three-point attempts.
Crook County is now 0-2 on the year, while Madras improved to 3-1.
The Cowgirls played at South Albany (1-1) on Thursday, then return home Saturday to take on Silverton (2-1) in a 3 p.m. game.
Despite the loss, the Cowgirls were still upbeat following the game.
"Let's just beat South Albany and Silverton now," Barker said.
Madras 77, Crook County 34
Tuesday, December 4
At Crook County
Madras 26 11 21 19 — 77
Crook County 9 7 7 11 — 34
Madras — Jayden Davis 14, Bagley 13, Smith-Francis 13, Culps 12, Suppah 7, Scout 5, White 4, Olivera 4, Stacona 3, Zamora-Heath 2, Walker. Totals: 27 18-31 77.
Crook County — Liz Barker 12, Hutchins 10, Freeman 3, McCellan 3, Kasberger 2, Mode 2, Brooks 2, Woodward, Ossenkop, Ptomey, Rash. Totals:12 8-21 34.
Three-point goals — Madras: Culps, Stacona, Bagley, Suppah, Scout. Crook County: Freeman, McCellan.