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Madras takes advantage of Crook County turnovers as they roll to easy victory

STEELE HAUGEN/MADRAS PIONEER - Dallas Hutchins goes strong to the basket Tuesday night at Madras. Hutchins finished the night with six points, but the White Buffalos won the game 71-43. The loss dropped the Cowgirls to 1-2 on the year. The Crook County Cowgirls did a lot of things right Tuesday night in Madras.

The Cowgirls outrebounded the host White Buffalos 45 to 32 and scored 40 points in the contest.

However, the Cowgirls also surrendered 40 turnovers and shot just 26% from the floor as the White Buffalos used a stifling full-court press to roll to a 71-40 victory over the Cowgirls.

"It was our defense and our turnovers," Crook County head coach Heidi Lea said. "They just caused way too many turnovers. We just have to learn to take care of the ball and not panic when people put a full-court press on us."

The White Buffalos jumped out to a 21-11 lead at the end of one quarter and led 42-19 at the half.

Madras continued to pull away in the third quarter as they extended their lead to 62-30.

Then they pulled their starters in the fourth quarter but continued to press.

The Cowgirls took advantage, outscoring the White Buffalos 10-9 in the period. But it was too little, too late as the White Buffalos took the easy win.

"They pressed right up to the end, but when he pulled their starters and played their second five, we outscored them," Lea said.

Liz Barker and Grace Brooks each scored 11 points to lead the Cowgirls, while Dallas Hutchins pitched in with six.

"Liz stepped up and started taking the ball to the hoop down low," Lea said.

Madras was led by Jiana Smith-Francis with 24, while DaRia White was also in double digits with 10; Jayden Davis finished with nine and ShaRita Johns pitched in with eight.

Barker led all rebounders with 14, while McCall Woodward and Josie Kasberger each pulled down six. Teagan Freeman and Hutchins each grabbed five.

STEELE HAUGEN/MADRAS PIONEER - Maddie Rash goes to the basket for her lone bucket of the game as the Cowgirls fell 71-40 to the Madras White Buffalos Tuesday night in Madras. The Cowgirls host West Albany Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Smith-Francis led the White Buffalos in rebounds with five.

Although the Cowgirl varsity suffered a big loss, Lea was pleased with the performance of her sub-varsity teams. The junior varsity team held on to edge the White Buffalos 34-29, while the JVII squad lost by just two points to the White Buffalos.

"Both of those games were good games, so it was good," Lea said of the evening.

With the loss, the Cowgirls dropped to 1-2 on the year while the White Buffalos improved to 2-2.

The Cowgirls host South Albany, 2-0, on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

The team then has nearly a week before they play Astoria, 3-0, on Thursday in the opening round of the three-day Marshfield Les Schwab Invitational.

Madras 71, Crook County 40

Tuesday, December 10

At Madras

Crook County 11 8 11 10 — 40

Madras 21 21 20 9 — 71

Crook County (40) — Liz Barker 11, Grace Brooks 11, Hutchins 6, Kasberger 4, Freeman 4, Rash 2, Bales 2, Nguyen, Zandio, Ramoss, Woodward, Jonas, A. Barker. Totals: 15 9-23 40.

Madras (71) — Jiana Smith Francis 24, White 10, Davis 9, Jones 8, Danzuka 7, Ramirez 6, Walker 4, Scott 3, Henry, Rasuschenburg, Frances. Totals: 31 6-9 71.

Three-point goals — Crook County: Freeman. Madras: Scott, White, Davis.

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