The Rangers struggle from the field in their loss to Crook County on Wednesday night.

ESTACADA NEWS: MATT RAWLINGS - Estacada's Eli Crombie (left) traps Crook County's Jordan Graydon on the baseline.

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Crook County

ESTACADA — Even though Estacada played pretty well defensively for most of the game, they had no answer for Crook County's Chase Bales in the Tri-Valley Conference opener.

The senior guard poured in 25 points and hit five shots from behind the arc in Crook County's 44-37 victory over Estacada on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Calvin Dryden was the only Estacada player in double-figures with 15 points on 4-of-9 (.444) from downtown.

"It's tough to win on the road in the Tri-Valley, so we feel pretty fortunate to come in here and get the victory," Crook County head coach Darin Kessi said. "Estacada is really well coached…Once we picked up our defensive intensity, I feel like that really catapulted us to victory."

While both teams struggled offensively early on, Estacada was able to find a little bit of rhythm in the first quarter. A pair of 3-pointers by Dryden and a layup from Nick Keller helped the Rangers go on a 10-0 run, giving them a 10-5 lead after the first eight minutes.

"We did a good job moving the ball around at times and I was able to get open on the kick out when guys were driving to the bucket," Dryden said.

Crook County got a triple from Thaiden Mullan to tie the game at 10 early on in the second quarter, but the Rangers would respond with an 8-0 run after a put-back hoop by Gabriel Martinez and four straight points from Keller. The Cowboys would endure a five-minute offensive drought in the period.

"I thought we overall played well defensively," Estacada head coach Kelly Norman said. "We rebounded and did a good job with our movement and activity…When we hold teams to under 50 points, we should come out on top."

Look for extended coverage in the Jan 25 print edition.

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