Estacada girls drop pair in Prineville
PRINEVILLE — The Estacada Ranger girls basketball team dropped a pair of games at the Crook County Tipoff Classic this past weekend, falling to Baker 68-27 on Friday, then falling 56-36 to Crook County on Saturday.
Still despite lopsided final scores in both games Rangers head coach Taya Hartless was pleased with what she saw from her team.
"I feel great," Hartless said following the tournament. "I feel we have made big adjustments since Wednesday (a 55-13 loss to Stayton) and in just a matter of a couple of days we have really pushed forward."
Senior forward Rylie Canifax agreed.
"I was very impressed with how we executed, how we got out there and we played to our potential, with our hearts and not with our heads," she said. "We played the state champions from last year and we gave them a little scare, so I feel good."
With just three teams in the tournament it became a round-robin event with Estacada playing Baker on Friday, then playing Crook County Saturday morning, while Crook County and Baker played the final game of the tournament Saturday afternoon.
Friday, the Rangers scored just one point in the opening quarter against Baker as the Bulldogs took a 19-1 lead. However, the Rangers seemed to gain confidence as the game went on.
The Rangers trailed 38-11 at the half but played the Bulldogs much closer in the second half getting outscored just 30-16 in the half.
Estacada was led by Amber Liber with 10 points and Rylie Gripple with eight.
Saturday the Rangers once again struggled out of the gate as the Cowgirls rolled out to a 12-2 lead.
Crook County led 18-7 at the end of the first quarter and held a 35-17 lead at the half. With Crook County attempting to rest some players for their second Saturday game the Rangers played evenly with the Cowgirls in the second half. Both teams scored eight points in the third quarter and the Cowgirls outscored the Rangers just 12-11 in the fourth quarter of the game.
"I wish we could jump on them in the first half and finish through," Canifax said. "But we like to push on them in the first half and make them tired and then we can pull through in the second half."
Once again, the Rangers were led by Liber with 10 points, while Gripple and Canifax each finished with six.
"We are trying to build up the program and change the culture here and I think we are making great progress and great steps towards our direction with that," Hartless said. "I'm proud of these kids for working hard and I'm excited moving forward."
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