Panthers defeat Cowgirls, 41-33, in IMC basketball action


Big second half lifts Redmond over Crook County

The Crook County Cowgirls struggled with their shooting touch as they fell 41-33 to the Redmond Panthers in weekend Intermountain Hybrid Conference basketball action.

The Panthers led 12-9 at the end of the first period. However, the host Cowgirls battled back to take a 19-18 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Panthers dominated the boards in the second half as Redmond gradually took control of the game. They opened a 31-28 lead by the end of the third quarter, then outscored the Cowgirls 11-5 in the decisive final period.

Sophia Hamilton hit three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to lead the visiting Panthers. Chantel Dannis added nine points and nine rebounds as Redmond controlled the boards in the contest.

For the second consecutive game, the Cowgirls were led by Kelsie Smith who finished with 11 points. Bailee Bannon and Jena Ovens each added six points for the Cowgirls, while Michaeline Malott added five.

With the victory the Redmond upped their record to 3-18 overall and 2-11 in the IMC, while Crook County fell to 7-16 overall and 2-13 in the IMC with the loss. Both of Redmond’s conference victories have come over the Cowgirls.

The Cowgirls finish out their season tonight when they host the Ridgeview Ravens in a Special District 1 matchup. Ridgeview has already wrapped up the district championship and lone play-in game after winning the first two games of the three-game series.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Redmond 41, Crook County 43

Redmond (41) — Sophia Hamilton 19, Edwards 9, Dannis 9, Lennie 3, Bergum 2. Totals 14 8-19 41.

Crook County (33) — Kelsie Smith 11, Bannon 6, Ovens 6, Malott 5, Severance 3, Wood 2. Totals 13 6-14 33.

Redmond 12 9 13 11 — 41

Crook County 9 10 9 5 — 33

Three-point goals — Redmond: Hamilton 3, Edwards 2, Lennie; Crook County: Malott.