Crook County holds Redmond to 10 second half points as the Cowgirls pull away late

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Crook County Cowgirls did just enough to win Friday as they pulled away late to defeat the Redmond Panthers 45-32 to take their first Intermountain Hybrid Conference win of the LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Michaeline Malott drives to the basket during the first half of the Cowgirls win over the Redmond Panthers on Friday. Malott led the Cowgirls in scoring with 13 points in the contest. Malott also had four assists as Crook County improved their record to 6-7 for the season and 1-3 in the Intermountain Hybrid Conference

“A win is a win,” said Crook County Head Coach Mark Malott. “We didn’t play very well in the first half, but we did enough to win.”

Both teams were cold early in the contest. Midway through the first quarter the Panthers led 4-0. However, the Cowgirls began to find their shooting touch late in the quarter, but still trailed 12-10 going into the second period.

The Cowgirls picked up several early fouls, and by the end of the first period, the Panthers were already in the double bonus at the foul line. Crook County post players Kimmer Severance, Kelsie Smith, and Bailee Wood battled foul problems all night. With the trio spending time on the bench in foul trouble, the Cowgirls struggled to score, but the Panthers were even colder as Crook County took a slim 23-22 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Cowgirls clamped down defensively in the second half, holding the Panthers to just 10 second-half points. Crook County held a slim 31-29 lead at the end of the third quarter. However, the Cowgirls didn’t allow the Panthers a point for the first six minutes of the fourth quarter as Crook County took control of the contest. With their defense limiting the Panthers to difficult shots, the Cowgirls capitalized, scoring the first 12 points of the period.

“We went in and made small adjustments that we needed to do to calm ourselves down,” said Crook County wing Kelsee Smith. “In the second half we were just able to find our openings and work together as a team more. We kept our composure and just kept chugging.”

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kimmer Severance struggled with foul trouble all night, but came up big, scoring 12 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as the Cowgirls knocked off the Redmond Panthers 45-32 in Intermountain Hybrid Conference basketball action. The win moved the Cowgirls record to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play.The Panthers began fouling midway through the fourth quarter in an attempt to change the tempo of the game, but the Cowgirls were able to make enough free throws to hold on for the win. By the end of the contest, three Panthers and two Cowgirls had fouled out of the physical contest.

“You just have to keep your head up and have your team’s support,” said Crook County guard Baylee Bannon. “It felt really good to get a win.”

Michaeline Malott led the Cowgirls in scoring with 13 points. Kimmer Severance added 12 points despite spending much of the game on the bench in foul trouble. Severance finshed the contest with 14 rebounds, while Malott added four assists.

Jena Ovens was also instrumental in the Cowgirls win, picking up six steals in the contest.

The Panthers were led by Sophia Hamilton, who led all scorers with 18 points. Hamilton did much of her damage from long range, hitting four 3-pointers.

“Redmond is having a tough year,” said Malott. “My hat’s off to coach Capps (Head Coach Angela Capps). She has those girls playing hard.”

With the win the Cowgirls ran their record to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in the IMC, while Redmond fell to 0-11 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

The Cowgirls are back in action tonight when they host the Ridgeview Ravens in an important Special District I matchup. The Ravens are currently 7-5 and are ranked 18th in the latest OSAA?power rankings. Meanwhile, Crook County has fallen to 29th in the power rankings, making tonight’s game especially important as it is unlikely that they will qualify for a play-in contest unless they win the special district championship. Game time for tonight’s game is set for 7 p.m.

Crook County 45, Redmond 32

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Redmond (32) — Sophia Hamilton 18, Edwards 2, Lennie 1, Joyce 5, Bergum 4, Reed 2. Totals 8 12-25 32.

Crook County (45) — Michaeline Malott 13, Martin 4, Severance 12, Wood 3, Bannon 2, Ovens 5, Smith 7. Totals 15 15-29 45.

Redmond 12 10 7 3 — 32

Crook County 10 13 8 14 — 45

Three-point goals — Redmond: Hamilton 4; Crook County: none.

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