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Cowboys slashed by Cougars

Crook County falls 84-28 to Mountain View

by: LON AUSTIN/ CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Chance Sutfin goes up for two of his four points against the Mountain View Cougars on Thursday. The Cowboys lost the game 84-28.

The Mountain View Cougars are the No. 2 ranked team in Class 5A boys basketball for a reason.
   Thursday night the Cowboys found out the hard way just how good the Cougars really are.
   The Cougars jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening seconds of the game en route to an 84-28 blasting of the Cowboys.
   Crook County started the contest without starting point guard Troy Benton and starting post Dillon Dees. To make matter worse, head coach Jeff Lowenbach was serving on jury duty during the day and missed the first half of the contest.
   By the time Lowenbach arrived, the Cowboys trailed 50-15.
   “It was kind of the perfect storm against Crook County,” Lowenbach said. “We’ve got guys hurt and guys sick and I missed the first half. Everything was kind of stacked against us tonight. It was over by the time I got here.”
   Adding to the Cowboys’ woes, Marcus Greaves left the contest with an injury and several other Cowboys did not play in the fourth quarter.
   Mountain View dominated every facet of the contest. The Cougars outrebounded the Cowboys 36-15, had eight turnovers to the Cowboys 16, and shot the ball much better than Crook County.
   Nine Cougars scored at least five points in the contest. Freshman guard Davis Holly led all scorers with 15 while Toby Webb, Matt Logan, and Erik Siefken each had 10 points and Garrett Roth and Kaimi Kurzynowski finished with nine points apiece.
   Preston Washechek led the Cowboys with seven while A.J. Cooper wound up with six. Playing in the first varsity game of his career, freshman Seth Kessi, finished with five points, all in the fourth quarter.
   The undefeated Cougars led 65-19 at the end of three periods, and could have easily scored more.
   The Cowboys, who are now 5-4, have lost their last three games. Crook County has not scored more than 35 points in any of those contests.
   However, Lowenbach is confident that the team will be better when they resume play Jan. 4th against La Pine.
   “We have a little time now to get healthy and get better,” he said. “You will see a different Crook County team when we come back on the fourth.”
   December 20
   at Mountain View
   Crook County (28) — Preston Washechek 7, Cooper 6, Kessi 5, Sutfin 4, Greaves 2, Egbert 2, Lee 1, Mahurin 1, Rutz, Dean, Tavernia, Bartels. Totals 9 13-23 28.
   Mountain View (84) — Davis Holly 15, Webb 10, Logan 10, Siefken 10, Roth 9, Kurzynowski 9, Modin 8, Heffner 6, Haugen 5, Lannin, Corrigan, Hjelm, Wilcox. Totals 30 13-15 84,
   Crook County 6 9 4 9 — 28
   Mountain View 21 29 15 19 — 84
   Three-point goals — Crook County: Washechek; Mountain View: Holly 5, Heffner 2, Logan 3, Roth.