Summit outscores Crook County 22-7 in second quarter to break open a close game

On Friday night, the Crook County Cowgirls suffered another tough Intermountain Hybrid Conference LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jena Ovens drives to the basket for a layup in the Cowgirls' 69-43 loss to the Summit Storm on Friday.

The host Cowgirls took an early lead in the contest, but were unable to maintain it as the Summit Storm pulled away for a 69-43 win.

“The IMC is a meat grinder,”?Crook County Head Coach Mark Malott said following the contest. “Playing these 5A teams — we didn’t make the schedule, but we have to live with it. We have to mentally get much tougher. We need to take better care of the ball. If we do that we would be much more competitive.”

The Cowgirls played nearly flawless basketball for the entire first period of the contest, and held a 13-12 lead at the end of the quarter.

“We just got our mindset early,”?forward Kelsee Martin said. “We stayed in the locker room a little longer, starting to focus before we came out and didn’t have a lot of down time.”

After the solid start, things quickly fell apart for the Cowgirls in the second quarter.

The Storm scored the first six points of the second period to take an 18-13 lead. Crook County tried to battle back, with Martin hitting a jumper from the right side to make the score 15-18. After stopping the Storm on their next possession, Jena Ovens appeared to tie the game on a 3-point basket from the top of the key. However, the basket was disallowed when the Cowgirls were called for a foul underneath while jockeying for position for a possible rebound.

The play changed the momentum of the game, and Summit quickly took advantage, scoring 11 consecutive points before the Cowgirls were able to score again. Adding to the Crook County difficulties, starting wing Michaeline Malott picked up her third foul midway through the half. The Storm outscored the Cowgirls 22-7 in the period to take control of the contest.

The Storm led 34-20 at halftime and continued to dominate the contest in the third quarter. Raja Char did much of the damage in the third period, hitting three 3-pointers in the quarter. Char, who finished with a game-high 27 points, hit seven 3-pointers in the game, while the Cowgirls hit just two threes as a team.

The seventh-ranked Storm led 56-33 at the end of the third period, and never looked back as they ran their record to 11-4.

“After the second quarter we had an uphill battle ahead of us,” Martin said. We let down for just a couple of minutes and after that we had to try to struggle our way back through and just work a little bit harder.”

Kimmer Severance finished with 10 points to lead the Cowgirls. Malott finished with eight points, while Baylee Bannon, Kelsie Smith, and Jena Ovens each added seven points. Severance and Smith paced the Cowgirls on the boards with seven rebounds apiece.

Sarah Reeves was also in double figures for the Storm with 18 points. Meanwhile, the Sarah Heinly, Summit’s leading scorer for the season, did not play in the contest.

Crook County (6-9) is at home again tonight when they host the 3-10 Mountain View Cougars. The Cowgirls conclude their five-game home stand on Friday when they take on the eighth-ranked 10-4 Bend Lava Bears. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Summit 69, Crook County 43

at Crook County

Summit (69) — Raja Char 27, Reeves 18, Hasenoehrl 8, Manley 6, Cornett 4, Frey 3, Naegele 3. Totals 25 10-23 69.

Crook County (43) — Kimmer Severance 10, Malott 8, Ovens 7, Bannon 7, Smith 7, Martin 2, Wood 2. Totals 15 11-19 43.

Summit 12 22 22 13 — 69

Crook County 13 7 13 10 — 43

Three-point goals — Summit: Char 7, Manley 2; Crook County: Malott 2.

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