Ridgeview Overcomes Slow Start To Blast Cowgirls 67-34
Playing in front of a packed house on senior night the Crook County Cowgirls got off to a great start.
However, Crook County could not maintain the momentum as they fell 67-34 to the Ridgeview Ravens.
"I love my girls and I love the support that we have in this community and everyone that comes out," senior Jillian Nguyen said about the game. "I'm just really thankful."
With all three Cowgirl seniors starting Crook County got off to a 6-0 lead.
Junior Dallas Hutchins was the driving force behind the early Crook County lead, nailing a pair of three-pointers.
However, the Ravens came storming back, scoring the next nine points of the game to take a 9-6 lead.
Ridgeview would never trail again as they slowly ran away from the Cowgirls.
The Ravens led 16-8 at the end of one quarter, and 39-14 at the half.
The Cowgirls played better in the second half, but it was still all Ravens as Ridgeview extended their lead to 51-23 at the end of three quarters. With both teams going heavily to their benches the Ravens still outscored the cowgirls 16-11 in the final stanza as they rolled to the easy win.
"I think we've learned to support each other both on the bench and during practices and games and that's really shown on the court," said senior Jiselle Gish. "It was pretty rough to end like that, but it started good and we all worked our hardest – the seniors and the rest of the team. Although it's disappointing to lose, it's satisfying to see the team work together."
The Cowgirls third senior, foreign exchange student Martina Zandio was also emotional about the game.
"It was amazing," Zandio said about playing basketball in the U.S. "I am going to miss it so much. I was kind of nervous honestly, but I had so much fun and I just did my best. I'm so proud of my teammates. We are a big family and we just cheer each other."
Ridgeview was led by Paige Pentzer with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jenna Albrecht and Alaina Clark were also in double figures for the Ravens with 18 and 10 points respectively.
The Cowgirls were led by Dallas Hutchins with 12, while McCall Woodward added nine, Liz Barker six and Zandio five.
Barker led the Cowgirls in rebounds with seven while Hutchins, Josie Kasberger, Lauren Papke all pulled down five rebounds and Gish grabbed four.
Crook County outrebounded Ridgeview 37-34. However, the Cowgirls committed 37 turnovers to just 11 for the Ravens.
With the win the Ravens improved to 9-0 in Intermountain Conference play, while the Cowgirls fell to 3-6.
The Cowgirls close out their season on Tuesday when they go on the road to take on the Redmond Panthers (2-7) in a 6:15 p.m. game."
Ridgeview 67, Crook County 34
Friday, February 21
At Crook County
Ridgeview 16 23 12 16 — 67
Crook County 8 6 9 11 — 34
Ridgeview (67) —Paige Pentzer 23, Albrecht 18, Clark 10, Martin 4, Jensen 2, Brown 2, Homan 2, Gates 2, L. Pentzer 2, Sargent, Davis, Perry. Totals: 30 4-4 67.
Crook County (34) — Dallas Hutchins 12, Woodward 9, Barker 6, Zandio 5, Kasberger 2, Freeman, Nguyen, Gish, Joyce, Papke, Jonas, Brooks. Totals: 12 7-18 34.
Three-point goals — Ridgeview:P. Pentzer 3. Crook County: Hutchins 2, Woodward.
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