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Dufur, Lost River, Modoc, outlast Culver Lady Dawgs basketball team, making runs CHS can't stop.

STEELE HAUGEN - Kiana Webb was selected to the all-tournament team at Culver's games Dec. 13-14.
The Culver Lady Dawgs fell short this week, going 0-3. They lost to Dufur Dec. 10, Lost River Dec. 13 and Modoc High School out of Alturas,, California, Dec.14.

Culver has been staying tough and even outplaying teams at times, but a few lapses allow opponents to make a run that is too much for the Lady Dawgs to recover from.

"We have been having some really good first halfs, we just aren't able to close these games out," head coach T.J. Foltz said. "We had a few lapses here and there."

In the Dufur game, Culver was outscored 20-4 in the third quarter, which allowed Dufur to come away with a 55-32 victory over the Lady Dawgs.

"That is the difference in the game," said Foltz. "Just not being able to come out mentally prepared, which has been happening all season is the reason we are struggling right now."

Culver played a tough Lost River (3-1) team Dec. 13, but they were ahead the majority of the first half. Lost River took a 20-18 lead at the half, but another lapse in a quarter allowed Lost River to come away with a 37-26 win.

"It's been constantly that one quarter where we just seem to have a lapse," said Foltz. "It might not even be a full quarter, maybe just four minutes of a quarter here and three minutes of a quarter there. This little runs that teams make on us, we just aren't able to respond. Kiana Webb played well again, Tegan Macy I think had nine rebounds that night. She got hit in the face in the first half and her eye was almost shut at one point, and she was still out there giving it her all, which I really appreciate because I think a lot of my kids are playing hurt right now. That toughness physically is there; it's the mental part we need to figure out."

Culver put up 39 points in their game against Modoc, but the Alturas, California, school was able to come away with a 51-39 victory.

"It has been our M.O. all year, just that one quarter," Foltz said. "They had one girl who was 5-foot-10, left-handed ,and she ran that whole team. I think she ended up going to the free throw line 15 to 19 times, and I think she missed two all night. She was a big difference in the ball game. We played without Sierra Bautista, who will be gone for three weeks, so I have to find someone to fill that spot because she does a lot of little things, like steals, rebounds and defense. It is going to be tough, so we need that Who-is-going-to-step-up? mentality. Who will fill that void?"

Culver dropped to 1-5 on the season and the Lady Dawgs host the Kennedy Trojans at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. They also travel to Pendleton for a tournament to face East Linn Academy and Illinois Valley Dec. 20-21.

"Kennedy is going to be a good test for us as far as the league goes," said Foltz. "I am not a fan of playing a league game halfway through December. Typically, they aren't played until late December, if not January, so that is new to me. I think these three games this week will be another good test for us. These are all 2A teams we could see in the postseason if we make the playoffs this year. It will be some interesting competition this week."

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