Crook County stays closer than first meeting, but still suffer a big loss to Buckaroos

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Dallas Hutchins, shown in a game earlier this year, led the Cowgirls in scoring on Thursday in Pendleton with 14 points. Crook County lost the game 64-33.If improvement is measured in baby steps, then the Crook County Cowgirls are slowly improving.

Playing on the road, the Cowgirls were blasted 64-33 by the Pendleton Buckaroos.

However, compared to the first meeting between the two teams in Prineville, Crook County's performance was at least a moral victory as the Buckaroos defeated the Cowgirls 76-30 in the two teams' previous meeting.

"They jumped out in the first half, but the second half, we actually did pretty well," Crook County head coach Heidi Lea said. "I thought we did better. We scored more points against them this time and held them to fewer. They didn't get into the 70s. We only got beat by 31, which is better than 46, so that's a win."

Using a full-court press, Pendleton jumped out to a 17-2 lead at the end of the first period. The Buckaroos increased their lead to 36-10 at the half.

"They pressed most of the first quarter," Lea said. "We could break it, and then we threw it away. It wasn't like they had steals. It was just bad passes. We shot ourselves in the foot with some turnovers."

Lea added that the Cowgirls had 21 turnovers in the first half.

However, the team took better care of the ball in the second half, committing just seven turnovers the rest of the game.

The two teams played to a 6-6 tie in the third quarter before both teams shifted into high gear in the fourth.

Pendleton outscored the Cowgirls 22-17 in the quarter as they pulled away for the easy win.

The Cowgirls played the game without starter Heather Ptomey and sub Zoe Guthrie. With the game originally scheduled for Friday, Ptomey had an appointment on Thursday that she was unable to reschedule, while Guthrie didn't make the trip because of a minor injury.

Crook County's Dallas Hutchins led all scorers with 14 points, her second consecutive game in double figures.

"Dallas was 6-14 from the field, and she hit a three, so she did well," Lea said.

Liz Barker added six, while McCall Woodward pitched in with five.

Pendleton was led by Muriel Hoisington with 12, while Carissa Cooley was also in double figures with 10.

With the victory, Pendleton improved to 4-1 in conference play and 8-11 overall, while the Crook County fell to 1-5 in league and 2-16 overall.

The Cowgirls are scheduled to host The Dalles, 2-2, 9-7, tonight. The team goes on the road on Friday to take on Hood River Valley, 0-5, 2-17, whom the Cowgirls defeated in a close home game earlier in the season.

Pendleton 64, Crook County 33

Thursday, February 7

At Pendleton

Crook County 2 8 6 17 — 33

Pendleton 17 19 6 22 — 64

Crook County – Dallas Hutchins 14, Barker 6, Woodward 5, Freeman 3, Mode 3, Kasberger 2, Rash, Ramoss, Brooks, Papke. Totals: 12 6-14 33.

Pendleton – Muriel Hoisington 12, Cooley 10, Nirschl 7, Lee 6, Bradt 4, Jenness 4, Neveau 4, Scott 4, Taber 4, Guerrero 3, Spriet 3, Blake 2, Wilson 1, Garcia. Totals: 23 11-20 64.

Three-point goals – Crook County: Hutchins, Freeman, Woodward. Pendleton: Hoisington 3, Nirschl 2, Guerrero, Taber.

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