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Coach Bob Boback said 'there's a new sheriff in town' after the Cowgirls defeated IMC rival Ridgeview in the final game.

One game can change the entire course of a season.

The Crook County girls basketball team experienced that last week, as the second-ranked Cowgirls took down No. 8 Ridgeview 48-44 in overtime to win the Sisters Holiday Shootout tournament.

"Huge win. Great game. Good win," said head coach Bob Boback after the game. Though both teams compete in the Intermountain Conference (IMC), the tournament final does not count as a league game. Still, the Cowgirls showed that they will not be backing down to Ridgeview, the reigning IMC champs.

"There's a new sheriff in town," added Boback.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Crook County point guard Katelynn Weaver was the Cowgirls' leading scorer during the Sisters Holiday Shootout. Crook County won the tournament by beating IMC rival Ridgeview in the final game.Junior point guard Katelynn Weaver led all scorers with 22 points for Crook County (10-1, 0-0 IMC), including scoring five of the team's eight point during the overtime period. Senior captains Emma Bales and Grace Brooks each added 11 points for the Cowgirls.

The IMC heavyweights went back and forth throughout the championship bout in Sisters, heading into halftime tied at 19 apiece. Ridgeview (8-4, 0-0 IMC) took a slim lead into the fourth quarter, but Crook County bounced back and forced the game into overtime. From there, the team grinded out a four-point win behind Weaver's hot scoring hand.

"Just great effort and resilience," said Boback of his team's victory over the Ravens. "This team is tough and special. So much fun and an honor to be their coach."

To get to the Holiday Shootout final, Crook County also had to get through Junction City and La Grande in the earlier rounds.

In the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, Dec. 28, the Cowgirls used a strong second half to demolish Junction City (7-3, 0-0 Sky Em), the fourth-ranked team in the 4A classification, in a 55-35 win.

Crook County trailed 24-22 at the half but held the Tigers to just a single point in the third quarter. While the team showed their defensive chops in the third, the Cowgirls exploded on offense in the fourth to close out the game. Weaver led the way with 20 points, and Bales pitched in 10 of her own.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Crook County senior Emma Bales was a force in the post for the Cowgirls during the Sisters Holiday Shootout. Bales was the only Cowgirl to score in double figures in all three games.On Wednesday, in the semifinal round, Crook County took down 4A La Grande (5-4, 0-0 Greater Oregon) in a hard-fought 33-29 win. As they did in the game against Junction City, the Cowgirls trailed at halftime by a score of 13-9. Crook County outscored La Grande by four points in both the third and fourth quarters to move on to the finals against Ridgeview. Emma Bales led all Cowgirl scorers with 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half.

The Cowgirls will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 7, when they face off with La Grande again in a 5 p.m. tipoff at home. Crook County will wrap up non-league play when Baker (7-3, 0-0 Greater Oregon) comes to Prineville on Saturday, Jan. 8. The Bulldogs are currently the No. 8 team in the 4A classification, and they most recently split two games in a tournament they hosted on Dec. 28-29. Tipoff against Baker is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday morning at Crook County High School.

Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021

Crook County 55, Junction City 35

at Sisters High School

Junction City — 13 11 1 10 — 35

Crook County — 11 11 10 23 — 55

Crook County — Katelynn Weaver 20, Bales 10, Kasberger 7, Brooks 6, Jonas 5, Woodward 4, Barker 2. Totals: 18 14-23 55.

Junction City — Molly Nelson 11, Wilson 8, Marshall 7, C. Hartle 4, Long 3, Evans 2. Totals: 9 10-12 35.

3-point field goals: Crook County — Bales, Jonas, Weaver, Woodard. Junction City — Nelson 3, Long, Marshall.

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021

Crook County 33, La Grande 29

at Sisters High School

La Grande — 4 9 7 9 — 29

Crook County — 6 3 11 13 — 33

Crook County — Emma Bales 16, Weaver 6, Brooks 5, Kasberger 4, Woodward 2. Totals: 12 6-18 33.

La Grande — Makenna Shorts 16, Neer 4, Kamp 3, Collman 2, Dunlap 2, Wilcox 2. Totals: 11 5-10 29.

3-point field goals: Crook County — Bales 2, Brooks. La Grande — Kamp, Shorts.

Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021

Crook County 48, Ridgeview 44 (OT)

at Sisters High School

Ridgeview — 11 8 14 5 4 — 44

Crook County — 9 10 12 9 8 — 48

Crook County — Katelynn Weaver 22, Bales 11, Brooks 11, Jonas 2, Kasberger 2. Totals: 15 15-31 48.

Ridgeview — Selena Gallacher 13, Albrecht 12, Davis 5, Harding 4, Homan 4, Gates 2, Pentzer 2, Reams 2. Totals: 17 9-17 44.

3-point field goals: Crook County — Weaver 2, Bales. Ridgeview — Albrecht.


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