Crook County girls basketball routs Sisters on way to 4-0 start
The Crook County High School girls basketball team remained undefeated, whipping the Sisters Outlaws 56-36 on the road Wednesday night.
The Cowgirls were scheduled to play at South Albany on Saturday, but that game was canceled due to heavy snowfall on the mountain passes.
Wednesday, the Cowgirls got off to a little bit of a slow start, falling behind 4-0 before finally getting on the board nearly three minutes into the game.
However, the Cowgirls quickly regrouped and took control of the game. A three-pointer by Emma Bales closed Crook County to within a point at 4-3. Another Bales basket gave the Cowgirls a 5-4 lead. Sisters regained the lead on their next possession, but it was the last lead the Outlaws would have.
With Bales scoring nine points in the quarter and fellow post Grace Brooks picking up seven, the Cowgirls pulled out to a 16-12 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Point guard Katelynn Weaver caught fire in the second quarter, scoring 11 of the Cowgirls' 20 points in the period. Meanwhile, the Cowgirl defense stiffened, holding the Outlaws to just four points in the quarter as Crook County rolled to a 36-16 halftime lead.
"I thought it was great," Weaver said of the big halftime lead. "I feel like that is what we need to do every time."
Weaver scored eight more points in the third quarter, as the Cowgirls began to go to their bench. Bales scored just two points after the initial quarter, while Brooks did not score again, but it did not matter as the Cowgirls cruised to the easy win, with all 10 players they suited scoring in the game.
Weaver led all players in scoring with 20 points, while Bales was also in double figures with 11. Haleigh Froelich led the Outlaws in scoring with nine.
The Cowgirls outrebounded the Outlaws 37-21 in the game, with Bales leading the way with seven rebounds. Josie Kasberger, who did not play until late in the third quarter, added seven rebounds, while Weaver had six steals in the contest.
The Cowgirls are now 4-0 on the season, and ranked second to Ridgeview in the current OSAA Class 5A power rankings.
"It feels good," Weaver said of being undefeated. "I honestly expected it. I feel like we all have a stronger connection. We are together better than last year and know each others roles and that really helps. We need to believe that we can keep doing it and have faith in each other. We are not where we could be but are building up trust and believe in each other."
Crook County will play their first home game of the season on Wednesday when they host the 2-1 Summit Storm in a 6:30 p.m. contest. The game is just the start of a busy week for Crook County, which will compete in the three-day Marshfield Holiday Classics beginning Thursday.
Crook County 56, Sisters 36
Wednesday, December 8
Crook County 16 20 10 10 â€“ 56
Sisters 12 4 9 11 â€“ 36
Crook County â€“ Katelynn Weaver 20, Bales 11, Brooks 7, Woodward 2, Jonas 2, Kasberger 2, Papke 3, McKenzie 4, Fildes 2, Fischer 3. Totals: 23 5-12 56.
Sisters â€“ Haleigh Froelich 9, Petterson 7, M. Lutz 6, Reid 3, Kizzar 3, Moffat 3, Mays 2, Sh. Wyland 2, E. Lutz 1, Harwell, Sa. Wyland, N. McAfee, D. McAfee, Patton. Totals: 14 3-7 36.
Three-point goals â€“ Crook County: Weaver 3, Papke, Bales, Brooks, Fischer. Sisters: M. Lutz 2, Petterson, Kizzar, Moffat.
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