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Riverhawks outscore Crook County 32-15 in the second half as they pull away for a 52-32 victory

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Dallas Hutchins drives to the basket during the Cowgirls' meeting earlier this year with The Dalles Riverhawks. Hutchins scored 20 points on Thursday as the Cowgirls lost 52-32 to the Riverhawks in a road contest. Thursday night, The Dalles Riverhawks pulled away in the second half to take a 52-32 home victory over the Crook County Cowgirls.

"Actually, we came out hard," Crook County head coach Heidi Lea said. "We fought, and they played really well. It was close at halftime, so we came out in the first half and played really well."

The Riverhawks led by just three points at halftime before outscoring the Cowgirls 15-5 in the decisive third quarter.

"We just came out and let them get this little run on us, and we didn't respond," Lea said. "It went from three points to 13. Then we kind of got back into it, and we played them close to even after that run. We just had that spurt of throwing the ball away and them capitalizing."

The Dalles took advantage of solid free throw shooting to pull away in the fourth quarter. They outscored Crook County 17-10 in the period.

"I don't know what their percentage was, but they shot well from the line, so when we fouled them and they got one-and-ones, it was two points," Lea said.

Crook County's Dallas Hutchins led all scorers with 20 points. However, she was the lone Crook County player to score more than three points.

"Dallas had a great game," Lea said. "I think she had a double-double with rebounds and scoring. She drove to the hoop, and she just played a great game."

In addition to her 20 points, Hutchins also had 10 rebounds to lead all players in that category, the Cowgirls outrebounded the Riverhawks 40-24.

Although she scored just two points in the game, Liz Barker also had a solid rebounding game, pulling down nine boards for the Cowgirls.

However, Crook County had 30 turnovers, compared to just 12 for the Riverhawks.

In addition, the Cowgirls were just 8-16 from the foul line, while the Riverhawks went 15-20.

The Dalles was led by Jenna Miller, who finished with 18 points, while Rainey Codding and Lauryn Belanger were also in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

With the loss, Crook County dropped to 4-14 overall and 2-5 in conference play, while the Riverhawks improved to 12-9 overall and 6-1 in league.

Crook County, which was just one game out of the third and final playoff spot in the Intermountain Conference going into this week's games, now finds itself three games out of third place, needing a miracle to make the playoffs.

The Cowgirls host Hood River Valley (1-18, 0-7) tonight, then host the league-leading Ridgeview Ravens (15-6, 7-0) on Friday for senior night.

Tonight's game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., while Friday's game is set to follow the boys' game, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Crook County then closes out the regular season on Tuesday at the Redmond Panthers (2-16, 1-6) in a 6:15 p.m. contest.

The Dalles 52, Crook County 32

Thursday, February 13

At The Dalles

Crook County 7 10 5 10 — 32

The Dalles 10 10 15 17 — 52

Crook County (32) —Dallas Hutchins 20, Woodward 3, Freeman 3, L. Barker 2, Brooks 2, Jonas 2, Kasberger, Joyce, Papke, Nguyen, Gish, A. Barker, Bales Totals: 11 8-16 32.

The Dalles (52) — Jenna Miller 18, Codding 12, Belanger 10, Guzman 5, Decker 5, Holyman 2, Schatz, Iagualo. Totals: 16 15-20 52.

Three-point goals — Crook County: Woodward, Freeman. The Dalles: Miller 4, Decker.

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