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With track, softball on, the Crook County High School basketball team loses pair

The Crook County High School girls basketball team had to juggle their lineup this week as they had players missing at both the Intermountain Conference softball tournament, and the Class 5A state track meet.

Playing shorthanded, the Cowgirls dropped a pair of close games to Mountain View, falling 42-39 to the Cougars on Tuesday at home before falling 61-48 to Mountain View on Saturday at home.

"I think we are the best 0-2 team in the state," first year Crook County head coach Bob Bobak said. "We competed in both games. We played short handed, but we battled and fought to the end."

Tuesday Crook County held a narrow 9-6 lead at the end of one period and led 21-15 at the half.

The Cougars had a huge third quarter, outscoring the Cowgirls 16-8, as they took a narrow 31-29 lead heading into the final period.

However, Crook County battled back, and regained the lead. The Cowgirls still led until midway through the fourth quarter before Mountain View made a late surge to take the win.

Emma Bales scored 16 points to lead the Cowgirl attack, while also pulling down 12 rebounds. Grace Brooks was also in double figures with 12 points and 19 rebounds. Lauren Papke played solid defense, and also scored six points for the Cowgirls.

Saturday at home Crook County got off to a slow start, trailing 24-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Cowgirls outscored the Cougars the rest of the game, but were unable to overcome the slow start. Crook County outscored Mountain View 18-8 in the second quarter to close the score to 32-28 at the half. Then, Mountain View outscored the Cowgirls 9-8 in the third period to extend their lead to 41-36 heading into the fourth quarter.

From there the game stayed close until late in the game when the Cougars once again pulled away.

Bales had another monster effort, scoring 21 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Kaitlyn Weaver, who missed the first game of the year because of softball stepped in to score 10 points, while Liz Barker, also a member of the softball team scored six points and pulled down six rebounds before fouling out. Teagan Freeman added five points for the Cowgirls, while McKenzie Jonas pitched in with four, while Abby Barker came off the bench to pull down six rebounds.

Boback was disappointed with the losses, but he was also pleased with the effort he saw, especially with some players only having one practice before playing in games. Of special note is that the team went 16-20 from the foul line in the two games.

The Cowgirls will be at full strength for the first time Tuesday when they host the Pendleton Buckaroos in a 7 p.m. contest. Crook County then plays at Redmond on Thursday before returning home on Friday to take on Hood River Valley.

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