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Storm rolls over Cowboys 81-47


Summit outscores Crook County 28-9 in decisive second quarter

The Crook County Cowboys hung with the Summit Storm for a quarter, but couldn’t maintain their intensity the entire contest as they fell 81-47 to the Storm.

“We were moving well,” said Crook County Head Coach Darin Kessi. “We were shooting the ball well and then in the second quarter they started moving the ball with more energy and we missed some assignments and we broke down.”

The Cowboys trailed by just five points going into the second quarter of Friday’s contest. However, the host Storm took advantage of Cowboy defensive lapses to outscore Crook County 28-9 in the decisive second period.

The Storm led 46-22 going into the locker room at halftime, and never looked back as they coasted to the easy win.

Still, Kessi saw some positives in his team’s performance.

“We are getting better, that’s for sure,” he said. “One of the things that their coach pointed out is ‘you guys are improving.’ We just have to be willing to keep improving, especially on defense.”

Kessi added that he was pleased with the improvements that he is seeing from the team offensively.

Nick Moyer led a balanced Summit scoring attack with 14 points. Max Michalski’s added 11 points, including three 3-pointers as 13 Storm players scored in the contest.

The Storm were deadly from long range in the game, hitting on nine of their 13 3-point attempts.

Meanwhile Crook County hit just two of 11 3-point attempts in the contest.

Andrew Sofich led the Cowboys in scoring with 17 points despite not playing in the fourth quarter of the game. Nate Jones, Blake Bartels, and Kohlter Kee each scored five points for the Cowboys while Seth Kessi chipped in with five.

Sofich also led Crook County in rebounding with five boards.

“We aren’t going to outscore teams, we just don’t have the offensive weapons,” Kessi said. “So we’ve got to continue to try to improve defensively. There are times when we do pretty good, but we’ve got to be able to sustain it.”

The Cowboys are back on the road again tonight when they take on the fourth-ranked Mountain View Cougars. Things don’t get any easier for the Cowboys on Friday when they travel to Bend again to play the seventh-ranked Bend Lava Bears. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

“This is a really good year for the IMC,” Kessi said. “Us and Redmond are the only two teams that are kind of in a rebuilding period. Everybody else is alive and well and really thriving. It’s one of those things where it’s good for our future, but the only thing we can do right now is keep battling.”

Summit 81, Crook County 47

at Summit

Crook County (47) — Andrew Sofich 17, Bartels 6, Jones 6, Kee 6, Kessi 5, Hernandez 3, Parker 3, Tavernia 1. Totals 14 17-25 47.

Summit (81) -- Nick Moyer 14, Michalski 11, Cornett 9, Waterman 9, Reeves 8, J. Garcia 6, Derman 5, O. Garcia 5, Mullen 4, Shelton 4, Cherry 2, Hurley 2, McCormick 2. Totals 32 8-16 81.

Crook County 13 9 13 12 — 47

Summit 18 28 17 18 — 81

Three-point goals — Crook County: Parker, Hernandez; Summit: Michalski 3, Reeves 2, J. Garcia, Derman, Cornett, Moyer.