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Several Crook County players missed either all or part of tournament due to illness

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - McCall Woodward drives past a player from South Albany during the Cowgirls' home game last week. Woodward scored 10 points on Saturday as the Cowgirls fell to North Valley in the consolation rounds of the Marshfield Les Schwab South Coast Basketball Tournament. The Crook County High School girls basketball team is struggling with illness right now.

Starting guard Dallas Hutchins did not even make the trip to the Marshfield Les Schwab South Coast Tournament, while post, Liz Barker, played just three minutes the entire tournament and forward Teagan Freeman was unable to play for much of Saturday's consolation game.

Still, the Cowgirls played competitive basketball at times despite missing key personnel.

"The girls played well," said Crook County head coach Heidi Lea. "We had some really young girls on the court, and we played most of the tournament without some of our starters."

With neither Hutchins nor Barker playing in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday, the Cowgirls were blitzed by highly regarded Astoria.

The Fishermen, who are currently ranked fifth in Class 4A, jumped all over Crook County, taking a 60-13 win.

Astoria went on to blast Marshfield 60-22 on Friday, before losing their first game of the year Saturday as they lost 51-50 to Philomath in the tournament championship.

The Cowgirls played a much more competitive game on Friday against the Sisters Outlaws.

With Barker starting, the two teams played evenly in the first quarter. However, Barker was only able to play three minutes in the quarter before illness got the better of her.

The Outlaws led 10-8 at the end of the period and extended their lead to 23-14 at the half.

However, the Cowgirls came storming back in the second half.

"I think that if we would have had the post presence with Liz, we would have won that game, and I don't think that it would have been close," Lea said. "Our kids were a little nervous the first half, but then kind of eased in. We won the second half, so I think that once they get in and go, 'I'm OK, I know what I'm doing,' then they settled down and did really well."

Crook County still trailed 32-24 at the end of the third period, but closed to within three in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Outlaws 15-10 in the period before finally falling 39-42.

The Cowgirls actually outscored the Outlaws from the floor. However, Sisters went 20-33 from the free throw line, while Crook County went just 3-11 from the line.

Teagan Freeman led Crook County in scoring with 18 points, while Martina Zandio, who was one of several girls that were not even slated to play in the tournament, finished with six points. Lauren Papke and Josie Kasberger pitched in with five points apiece.

Sisters had a balanced scoring attack with Payden Petterson scoring 10, Gracen Sundstrom nine and Hallie Schwartz and Josie Aylor eight points apiece.

Despite not having Barker for most of the game, the Cowgirls outrebounded the Outlaws 42-29.

Abby Barker finished with 10 rebounds, while Kasberger pulled down seven.

After the close loss on Friday, the Cowgirls played North Valley on Saturday.

This time Liz Barker did not play at all, and Freeman only played a couple of minutes in each half before bowing out of the contest.

Playing shorthanded, the Cowgirls lost 50-37 to the Knights.

Once again, the Cowgirls were tentative in the first half as North Valley opened up a 15-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 30-17 halftime lead.

However, the Cowgirls played even with the Knights in the second half, despite missing three starters.

Grace Brooks and McCall Woodward were both in double-figures for the Cowgirls, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively, while North Valley was led by Karlee Touey with 13 and Abby Kirkland with 12.

"I was really proud of them," Lea said. "To have 12 girls and six of them are kids that I said, 'You guys can come, but I don't want to hear about playing time if you don't get that many minutes,' and then all six contributed -- they did a great job for us."

With the three losses, Crook County dropped to 1-6 on the year.

The Cowgirls are back in action on Friday, Dec. 27, when they play Banks, 3-3, in the opening round of the Sisters Holiday Shootout Tournament. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The tournament continues Saturday and Sunday with games throughout the day all weekend.

Other teams in the tournament include Molalla, Henley, Baker, Junction City, La Grande and Sisters.

Astoria 60, Crook County 13

Thursday, December 19

At Marshfield Les Schwab South Coast Basketball Tournament

No other information available at press time.

Sisters 42, Crook County 39

Friday, December 20

At Marshfield Les Schwab South Coast Basketball Tournament

Crook County 8 5 11 15 — 39

Sisters 10 13 9 10 — 42

Crook County (39) — Teagan Freeman 18, Zandio 6, Kasberger 5, Papke 5, L. Barker 2, Brooks 2, Joyce 1, Woodward, Nguyen, Jonas, Rash, A. Barker. Totals: 15 3-11 39.

Sisters (42) — Payden Petterson 10, Sundstrom 9, Aylor 8, Schwartz 8, Morgan 3, Mayes 2, Patton 2. Totals: 11 20-33 42.

Three-point goals — Crook County: Freman 5, Papke. Sisters: none.

North Valley 50, Crook County 37

Saturday, December 21

At Marshfield Les Schwab South Coast Basketball Tournament

Crook County 7 10 12 8 — 37

North Valley 15 15 8 12 — 50

Crook County (37) — Grace Brooks 11, Woodward 10, Joyce 4, Kasberger 4, Zanio 4, Nguyen 2, Jonas 2, Freeman, Papke, Rash, A. Barker. Totals: 13 9-18 37.

North Valley (50) — Karlee Touey 13, Kirkland 12, Kersten 9, Moore 9, Mohr 7, Huff, Stewart, Ferrero, Garza, Smith. Totals: 17 14-24 50.

Three-point goals — Crook County: Woodward 2. North Valley: Touey, Kersten.

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