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Pendleton does just enough to take 5-3 win over Crook County in the final IMC match before districts

Katelynn Gibson plays a shot during a recent match. Gibson and her partner Alena McCabe lost a close match to Sylvie Heriza and Clare Durant of Pendleton on Saturday as the Buckaroos defeated the Cowgirls 5-3 in the final dual meet of the year for both teams. The homestanding Crook County Cowgirls tennis squad came close, but in the end were unable to defeat the Pendleton Buckaroos as Pendleton survived to take a 5-3 win Saturday afternoon in the final regular season Intermountain Conference match of the season.

Olivia Cooper, who has lost several close league matches, suffered another difficult defeat, falling 6-4, 1-6, 10-7 to Pendleton's Bethany Flanagan in No. 1 singles action.

Pendleton kept things rolling as Katie Brandt blanked Kaylee Carr 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

The Cowgirls rebounded to take the final two singles matches with Ashley Reynolds blanking Kyra Jackson 6-0, 6-0, and Hannah Love surviving a tight match 6-6, 6-4, 10-7.

That left the dual tied heading into doubles action, which was dominated by the Buckaroos.

First, Becca Walker and Larissa Chambers rolled past Crook County's Marlen Ceja and Tansy Clark 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles. Clare Durant and Sylvie Heriza then defeated Katelynn Gibson and Alena McCabe 6-1, 6-6 (7-2) in No. 2 doubles action.

Crook County still had a chance to win the match when Maria Knight and Jillian Gish came from behind to edge Divia Corbett and Sarah House 23-6, 6-4, 10-7 to take the No. 3 doubles match.

However, the Buckaroos sealed the victory with Kelsey Lovercheck and Reilly Lovercheck defeating Meredith Cooper and Gracie Slawter 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4 doubles.

The Cowgirls have finished the regular season and have the remainder of the week to get ready for the Intermountain Conference championships, which will take place Friday and Saturday at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.

The top four singles players and top four doubles teams from the Intermountain Conference Tournament will qualify for the state championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 at the Portland Tennis Center.

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