The Estacada girls even their Tri-Valley record at 3-3 with a home win over the Cowgirls

ESTACADA NEWS: DAVID BALL - Estacadas Chloe Porter makes a baseline pass across the lane to Karlye Nakashimada during the Rangers 44-40 home win over Crook County.

Tri-Valley Conference

Team Score
Estacada (6-13)
Crook County (4-16)

The Estacada girls basketball team kept itself in contention for a play-in qualifier spot with a hard-fought 44-40 home win over Crook County on Tuesday night.

After six lead changes, the Rangers broke loose by scoring on five straight possessions to start the fourth quarter. Susan Kiser highlighted the run when she paused at the free-throw line then zipped past her defender for a layup. On the next two trips, Kiser fired pin-point passes to M.J. Jennings for layups and a 39-30 lead.

"Between quarters coach (Beth Rossos) explained the plays and told us to calm down," Kiser said. "We knew where everyone was on the court and were able to find the cutters."

The Cowgirls made it a one-possession game heading into the final minute, but a 3-pointer to tie it went off the side of the rim with 0:14 left. Estacada grabbed the rebound, and Kiser hit a free throw at the other end to seal the victory.

Estacada (6-13) evened its record in the Tri-Valley and sits one game behind Gladstone in the chase for a play-in qualifier game. The Rangers play at first-place Madras on Friday, then travel to Corbett on Monday.

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