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Panthers shut out Cowgirls

Slow first half proves costly for Crook County in 5-0 loss
When you are struggling to be competitive you can’t afford slow starts.
   Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to the Crook County Cowgirls on Thursday as they fell behind the Redmond Panthers early en route to a 5-0 loss.
   “We played a really bad first half,” said Crook County head coach Rich Abrams. “We talked about it at halftime and we played much better in the second half.
   The Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half, then scored their final goal just 45 seconds into the second half.
   Sommer Kirk scored three goals for the Panthers while Ciara Lennie and Damaris Estrada each added a goal.
   “They got a breakaway goal right out of the box to start the second half,” Abrams said. “After that it was all us. We really could have scored several goals. It was quite a climb, but we had our chances we just couldn’t score.”
   For most of the second half the Cowgirls controlled the ball. The squad had several shots just miss the goal. In addition, Maddie Lindburg scored for the Cowgirls midway through the half. However, a Crook County infraction away from the ball caused the goal to be disallowed.
   Because of injuries, the Cowgirls have been playing with a patchwork lineup. On Thursday, Abrams brought up some players from the JV squad and he was pleased with how well the team responded.
   “They played very well,” he said. “The team was able to make some combination plays and our passing and ball control both improved.”
   The win was the first win of the year for Redmond (1-6), who forfeited two previous wins due to an ineligible player. Meanwhile the Cowgirls fell to 1-4.
   Still, Abrams was pleased with how his team played in the second half.
   “They just responded really well in the second half,” he said. “That was kind of exciting even though we didn’t win.”
   The Cowgirls are back in action today when they travel to Redmond to play the Ridgeview Ravens (2-4) in an important Special District I matchup.
   The game is scheduled to be played at approximately 4:30 following the boys match which is set to begin at 3 p.m.