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Ridgeview takes advantage of 35 Crook County turnovers as they roll to an easy 65-38 victory over the Cowgirls

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Liz Barker goes to the basket for two of her team high 17 points Friday night against the Ridgeview Ravens. Barker also had nine rebounds in the game, but it wasn't enough as the Ravens took a 65-38 home-court victory over the Cowgirls.The Crook County Cowgirls hung with the league-leading Ridgeview Ravens for much of the first half.

However, a series of turnovers proved to be the Cowgirls undoing as Ridgeview rolled to a 65-38 win over the Cowgirls Friday night in a game, which was played in Redmond.

"We just have to get mentally stronger," Crook County head coach Heidi Lea said following the game. "We let runs happen and then it takes us out of games. You aren't going to play a flawless game, and so you can't give them ones that they didn't earn."

Crook County trailed 6-0 early in the contest. However, the Cowgirls made a run and closed to within two points at 6-8.

With Liz Barker scoring all nine of the Cowgirls points, Crook County trailed 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.

But, when Barker hit a basket to open the second quarter Crook County was within four points at 15-11.

However, that was as close as the Cowgirls would get.

With Jenna Albrecht scoring 20 points in the first half, the Ravens raced out to a 34-21 halftime lead.

Any opportunity that the Cowgirls might have had to get back into the contest were dashed early in the third quarter as the Ravens picked up three consecutive steals, leading to three breakaway layups as Ridgeview streaked out to a 40-21 lead with less than 30 seconds gone in the third period.

"The start of the third quarter we came out and we made three bad passes," Lea said. "They didn't even do anything to us, and turnovers killed us."

By the end of the third quarter the Ravens had extended their lead to 54-30 and the only question was what the final margin would be.

Both teams went heavily to their benches in the fourth quarter as the two teams traded baskets. However, the damage had already been done as the Ravens racked up the 27-point victory.

Albrecht led all scorers with 28 points, while Barker led the Cowgirls with 17.

"Liz played one heck of a game," Lea said. "Her first half of basketball she did awesome. The second half she got tired, which you could tell and then she got into foul trouble with four fouls."

Still, it was perhaps the best game that Barker has played all season.

"All this week in practice we worked on post moves and I used them in the game," Barker said. "I was so happy, I figured it out."

Paige Pentzer was also in double figures for the Ravens with 13 points, while Josie Kasberger was the next high scorer for the Cowgirls with eight.

As has happened for much of the season, the Cowgirls were competitive on the boards, pulling down 30 rebounds to 32 for the Ravens.

Barker finished with a game high nine rebounds, while Kasberger pulled down seven.

Alaina Clark led the Ravens in rebounding with eight.

However, the Cowgirls committed 35 turnovers compared to just 14 for the Ravens. In addition, Ridgeview went to the line 30 times, making 19 free throws, while the Cowgirls went 10-for-13 from the line.

"Our posts battled working hard and they did a great job," Lea said. "Our guards just have to step up. We have got to have our guards where they make good passes into our posts and utilize them. That's how they (the guards) are going to get open. We do too much dribbling outside and not looking in."

With the loss Crook County fell to 0-3 in Intermountain Conference play, while the Ravens improved to 3-0.

Despite the loss Barker is still optimistic about the team's future.

"I was expecting a great turnaround and I wanted to win or at get closer," she said. "But we had great effort. The first half was perfect, we gave everything we had. The second half we went down a little bit, but we did good."

The Cowgirls are on the road again on Tuesday when they take on the Hood River Eagles in a 6:30 p.m. contest.

"Hood River, we are going to beat them," Barker confidently said.

Ridgeview 65, Crook County 38

Friday, January 31

At Ridgeview

Crook County 9 12 9 8 — 38

Ridgeview 15 19 20 11 — 65

Crook County (38) — Liz Barker 17, Kasberger 8, Brooks 5, Hutchins 4, Woodward 2, Papke 2, Joyce, Freeman, Nguyen, Jonas, A. Barker. Totals: 14 10-13 38.

Ridgeview (65) — Jenna Albrecht 28, P. Pentzer 13, Sargent 5, Jensen 4, Clark 4, L. Pentzer 3, Harding 2, Homan 2, Davis 2, Perry 2, Brown, Martin, Gates. Totals: 23 19-30 65.

Three-point goals — None.


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