Cowgirls go 1-2 at Seaside tourney
After losing five games in a row, the Crook County Cowgirls have finally picked up a win, defeating Corbett 41-40 in the Seaside Invitational Basketball Tournament.
That win was sandwiched between losses to Seaside,
"We played in the fourth-place game, which I think was exciting for the younger kids," Crook County head coach Heidi Lea said. "At one point, we had four freshmen and a sophomore out there, so they are getting experience."
The Cowgirls dropped their opening-round game 44-20 to the host Seaside Seagulls, then edged Corbett in the consolation bracket before dropping the fourth-place game 63-27 to Newport.
Thursday night, in what started as a defensive battle, Crook County played close to Seaside in the opening quarter as the Seagulls took a 4-2 lead at the end of the period.
However, Crook County couldn't keep pace in the second quarter as Seaside upped the pressure and outscored the Cowgirls 15-5, taking a 19-7 lead into the half.
Seaside increased their lead to 34-18 at the end of three periods.
Crook County went cold in the final quarter, getting outscored 10-2 as the Seagulls pulled away for the win.
Dallas Hutchins led Crook County in scoring with eight, while Liz Barker added four. Seaside's Emy Kiser was the lone player in double figures with 10 points.
"We played two quarters pretty well and then we just didn't finish the game," Lea said. "You can't just play two quarters."
Friday was a different story as Crook County and the Corbett Cardinals were locked in a game that was close from the start.
The two teams were knotted at 6-6 at the end of the first period, and 17-17 at the half.
Crook County took a 29-28 lead into the final period.
The two teams continued to trade baskets in the fourth quarter with the Cowgirls clinging to a small lead.
Then, late in the game, the Cardinals took advantage of a Cowgirl turnover to tie the game at 40-40.
On their next possession, Crook County once again turned the ball over, but Corbett missed their shot.
Crook County's Josie Kasberger grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
Kasberger calmly made her first free throw with two seconds remaining to give Crook County the lead. She missed the second free throw, but it didn't matter as Corbett was unable to get off a shot and Crook County held on for the win.
"Josie didn't have a good shooting percentage from the line (she was 3-10), but she stepped up and hit the one when it counted," Lea said.
Teagan Freeman led Crook County in scoring in the game with 11, while Dallas Hutchins added nine, Lauren Papke 8, and Barker 6.
Kasberger finished with 18 rebounds, while Barker had 12, and Hutchins and McKinzee Mode each added 11.
Isabelle VanHee led the Cardinals in scoring with 21.
"The girls are pretty stoked," Lea said. "We switched defenses and they jumped into each of them. We still had turnovers, but we cut them down from last night and we also cut them down some more in the second half. It was awesome."
Saturday, in the fourth-place game, the Cowgirls struggled offensively.
The Cowgirls played strong defense in the first quarter, but still trailed 12-5 at the end of the period.
Then, in the second quarter, Crook County couldn't find a way to score as Newport outscored them 16-0 to take an insurmountable 28-5 lead into the half.
"It wasn't like we didn't shoot the ball," Lea said. "Just nothing fell and they had six different kids hit threes."
The third quarter was better as Newport outscored Crook County just 14-10. With the game already decided, Newport poured it on in the final period, outscoring Crook County 21-12 as they raced away to the easy win.
Mode led Crook County in scoring with nine while Hutchins and Barker each finished with five.
Newport was led by Dakota Rundell with 13, while Halie Hargett added 11 and Madison Hargett pitched in with 10.
"As soon as we learn to play a full basketball game, we will be much better," Lea said. "We had moments of good ball. We fed the post much better and we made some good plays."
The Cowgirls (1-6) are back in action on Thursday when they take on Molalla (4-4) in the opening round of the three-day Sisters Holiday Tournament. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
Seaside 44, Crook County 20
Thursday, December 20
Crook County 2 5 11 2 — 20
Seaside 4 15 15 10 — 44
Crook County — Dallas Hutchins 8, Barker 4, Bales 2, Woodward 2, Kasberger 2, Freeman 1, Mode 1, Ptomey, Rash, Brooks.Totals: 7 5-15 20.
Seaside – Emy Kiser 10, Taylor 8, Zagata 6, Blodgett 6, McFadden 5, Douglas 5, Garhofer 2, Turner 2, Van Dusen. Totals: 14 13-16 44.
Three-point goals — Crook County: Hutchins. Seaside: Zagata 2, McFadden.
Crook County 41, Corbett 40
Friday, December 21
Crook County 6 11 12 12 — 41
Corbett 6 11 11 12 — 40
Crook County – Teagan Freeman 11, Hutchins 9, Papke 8, Barker 6, Kasberger 3, Mode 2, Bales 2, Woodward, Rash. Totals: 12 13-22 41.
Corbett — Isabelle VanHee 21, Fritz 6, Johnsen 3, Kendall 3, Pearson 3, Schimel 2, Horvath 2, Smith, Merrill, Holwege. Totals: 15 6-11 40.
Three-point goals — Crook County: Freeman 3, Hutchins. Corbett: WanHee, Pearson, Johnsen.
Newport 63, Crook County 27
Saturday, December 22
Crook County 5 0 10 12 — 27
Newport 12 16 14 21 — 63
Crook County — Mode 9, Hutchins 5, Barker 5, Woodward 4, Freeman 3, Ramoss 1, Brooks, Bales, Papke, Rash, Ptomey. Totals: 9 6-10 27.
Newport — Dakota Rundell 13, H. Hargett 11, M. Hargett 10, Me. Wagner 7, Mi. Wagner 6, McLane 5, G. Hargett 4, Mitchell 4, Cutler 3, Trommlitz. Totals: 24 5-10 63.
Three-point goals — Crook County: Freeman, Hutchins, Mode. Newport: Rundell 3, M. Hargett 2, Mi. Wagner 2, G. Hargett, McLane, Me. Wagner.