Cowboys fall to Storm


Summit rolls to convincing 61-27 victory over Crook County

The host Crook County Cowboys kept things close Wedneday night for much of the first half, but in the end they were no match for the more athletic Summit LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - A.J. Cooper goes up for a shot during the Cowboys' loss to the Summit Storm on Tuesday. Cooper scored five points in the contest.

After leading by just three points at the end of the first quarter, the Storm outscored the Cowboys 26-5 in the second quarter as they rolled to a convincing 61-27 victory over Crook County.

“I felt like our effort was more acceptable today,” said Crook County Head Coach Darin Kessi. “I thought for the most part we did a good job of battling throughout the game. Our goal tonight was we needed to battle and we need to fight and we can build on this.”

Crook County took an early 4-3 lead on a 3-pointer by A.J. Cooper. Summit rallied to regain the lead and led 9-6 at the end of the first period.

The Cowboys scored first to start the second period to close to within one. However, that was as close as they would get. The Storm ran off 10 consecutive points to extend their lead to 19-8.

The Cowboys finally scored again with just over two minutes left in the first half to make the score 19-10. Following the basket, the Cowboys went to a zone defense and Summit capitalized hitting a string of 3-point shots as they ran off 13 consecutive points before Crook County was able to score again.

“I felt like we were getting gassed so let’s try something different,” Kessi said. “But Summit capitalized on that and Summit did a good job of keeping the tempo up. They had more depth than us and I?thought that they did a good job of finding what our weakness was.”

With a 32-11 halftime lead, Summit subbed frequently in the second half as 13 Storm players scored in the contest. Summit outscored Crook County 12-10 in the third quarter, then took advantage of the Cowboys' lack of depth to pull away in final period for the easy victory.

Arron Tavernia came off the bench to lead the Cowboys in scoring with 10 points while Nate Jones led the team in rebounding with six.

Max Michalski and Nick Moyer led the Storm in scoring with 15 and 13 points, respectively. As a team the Storm outrebounded the Cowboys 32-21.

Still Kessi was encouraged by the contest.

“I want to see positive progression,” he said. “If they do that and they stay hungry and keep competing, I?really believe that we are going to knock somebody off before the end of the season.”

With the win, the Storm is now 5-4 on the year, while the Cowboys fall to 2-7. The Cowboys are at home again tonight when they take on the 5-2 Mountain View Cougars in a 7 p.m. contest.

Summit 61, Crook County 27

at Crook County

Summit (61) — Max Michalski 15, Moyer 13, Cherry 7, J. Hurley 4, Waterman 4, D. Hurley 3, Cornett 3, Mullen 2, Derman 2, O. Garcia, Shelton 2, Menefee 2, Reeves 1, McCormick 1. Totals 22 12-20 61.

Crook County (27) — Arron Tavernia 10, Cooper 5, Jones 4, Kessi 3, Hernandez 2, Parker 2, Kee 1. Totals 9 6-10 27.

Summit 9 26 12 14 — 61

Crook County 6 5 10 6 — 27

Three-point goals — Summit: Michalski 4, Moyer; Crook County: Tavernia 2, Cooper.