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The Cowboys are out to an 0-3 start after dropping games to three consecutive opponents from the 6A classification.

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Crook County senior forward Trent West runs into a tough Gresham defense during the Cowboys' 91-57 loss to the Gophers on Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Prineville.The Crook County Cowboys are playing a brutal pre-league schedule.

All of the Cowboys' first three opponents are Class 6A and the three schools have a combined 9-3 record so far this year.

Wednesday night in Prineville, Crook County ran into a buzzsaw as they were clobbered 91-57 by the Gresham Gophers. The game was close for most of the first quarter, with the Cowboys going toe to toe to the more experienced and quicker Gophers.

Crook County jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a basket by Eddie Freauff, and led 4-2 on Freauff's second basket of the game. Crook County trailed by just a bucket 11-9 when Freauff picked up his second foul and went to the bench.

"Our intensity was up and we were hustling back on defense," Freauff said of the Cowboys solid start. "Then when the game went on, we got tired and I think some of us just stopped going as hard as we could and then we just lost it from there."

The Gophers led 18-13 at the end of the first period, and pulled out to a 28-16 lead before the Cowboys went on a brief run of their own. When Logan Mathews hit a three, Crook County trailed by just six points at 29-23 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half.

However, that was as close as the Cowboys would get. Gresham outscored Crook County 13-2 the remainder of the half as they stretched their lead to 42-25 at the break.

The Gophers continued to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring the Cowboys 32-12 in the period as they stretched the lead to 74-37. The two teams traded buckets the fourth quarter, as Gresham cruised to the easy win.

"They are really good," Freauff said. "They are a well-coached team. We knew they were going to be good coming into the game. We just had to match them and we didn't do it."

Gresham guard Esyah Pippa-White led all scorers with 35 points, while Scotty Riddle, 16, Amari Johnson, 16, and R.J. Alexander, 10, were also in double figures.

The Cowboys were led by Trent West and Mathews with 16 points apiece, while Ozzie Reed and Freauff each scored nine points and Cameron Carr pitched in with eight.

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 0-3 on the year. The team was scheduled to play South Albany last Saturday, but heavy snowfall on the passes canceled the game. Crook County is back in action tonight when they host Parkrose in a 7 p.m. game. The Cowboys then travel to Coos Bay where they will compete in the three-day Marshfield Holiday Classics, which begins on Thursday.

Gresham 91, Crook County 57

at Crook County

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Gresham 18 24 32 17 – 91

Crook County 13 12 12 20 – 57

Gresham – Esyah Pippa-White 35, Riddle 16, Johnson 16, Alexander 10, Anderson 4, L. Teeny 3, Ferguson 2, Cummins 2, G. Teeny 2, Artharee, Gutierre, Montoya. Totals: 33 14-24 91

Crook County – Logan Mathews 16, Trent West 16, Freauff 9, Reed 9, Carr 8, Teasdale, Teskey, Levesque, Martinez. Totals: 17 18-28 58.

Three-point goals – Gresham: Pippa-White 4, Johnson 2, L. Teeny, Riddle. Crook County: Mathews 4, West 2, Carr.


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