Varsity scrimmage goes down to the wire with the blue team taking a 25-23 win over the gold team

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - McKenzie Jonas goes up for a kill against the block of Liz Barker during the Cowgirls' Blue & Gold scrimmage on Thursday. The blue team won 25-23.The Crook County Cowgirls showed depth and balance on Thursday at their annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage.

The event, which is the primary fundraiser for the team, included a dinner and auction in addition to the scrimmage.

Dinner ended early as so many people flocked to the event that the team ran out of meat for their taco feed.

However, the remainder of the night went exactly as planned.

Both the JV Blue and Gold squads held scrimmages that were close to the end.

Following the auction, the Crook County varsity took to the floor and put on a show as the Blue team held on to edge the Gold team 25-23 in a seesaw match.

The Blue team led virtually the entire way, but could never shake the Gold squad. Each time the Blue unit would open up a three- or four-point lead, Gold would rally and tie the match.

However, the Gold team was never able to pull ahead. With the two teams tied 23 apiece, the Blue team called time out. The blue squad then scored the next two points to put the set away.

Freshman Mackenzie Jonas and junior Kacie Stafford looked especially strong for the Gold team, while senior Kenna Woodward led the Blue offensive attack.

Senior setter Anna Woodward directed the Blue offense, while sophomore setter Jenny McKinnon ran the Gold offense.

Other Cowgirl players who impacted the scrimmage included hitters Lily Cooper and Syrie Ossenkop for the Gold team and Hitter Liz Barker for the Blue team.

The Cowgirls are back in action tonight when they travel to Madras, 0-2, to take on the White Buffalos in a 6 p.m. match.

The Cowgirls are on the road again on Thursday when they travel to Eugene to take on both Marist Catholic and Hidden Valley.

The Cowgirls, 1-0, open the evening at 4 p.m. against Marist, 0-1, then close out the night with a 5:30 p.m. match against Hidden Valley, 1-0.

You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.