Mountain View leads wire-to-wire in 60-39 victory over CCHS

by: LON AUSTIN/ CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jessie Maley-Loper goes to the basket for a layup in the fourth quarter of Crook County’s ball game with Mountain View on Thursday. Maley-Loper finished with six points as Crook County lost to Mountain View 60-39.

Thursday night the Mountain View Cougars came roaring out of the gate and the Crook County Cowgirls couldn’t keep up.
   In the opening Intermountain Hybrid game for both teams, Mountain View led 21-5 at the end of the first quarter and coasted to an easy 60-39 win.
   “We got off to a really rough start,” said Crook County head coach Dave Johnson. “I think that we showed some of our varsity inexperience tonight. We didn’t shoot well and we had a lot of turnovers.”
   The Cougars extended their lead to 32-13 at the half, and led 45-20 at the end of the third period.
   The Cowgirls finally got their offense untracked in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 of their 39 points in the period. However, the big quarter was hardly enough to make a dent in the Cougar lead.
   “Obviously the second half we learned a few things,” Johnson said. “And our effort was better.”
   The one bright spot for the Crook County offense was Kimmer Severance, who led all scorers with 20 points. Jessie Maley-Loper added six points for Crook County, while Jena Ovens finished with five.
   The Cougars were led by Megan McCadden who finished with 12 points. Also scoring in double figures for Mountain View were Maddy Booster and Rhiannon Alexander with 11 points apiece.
   The Cowgirls did a solid job of rebounding the basketball all night. Crook County finished with 33 rebounds to 32 for Mountain View. Unfortunately Crook County committed 22 turnovers compared to just 13 for Mountain View.
   Severance pulled down nine rebounds for Crook County while Ovens had six and Loper finished with five. Mountain View’s Alexander led all rebounders with 11.
   With the victory, the Cougars moved their record to 4-2 while the Cowgirls fell to 3-5.
   The Cowgirls do not play again until Friday, Jan. 4, when they are on the road against the La Pine Hawks in a 7 p.m. contest.
   “We are a young team and we are having some growing pains right now,” Johnson said. “But I still believe that we can be a good team by the end of the year.”
   December 20
   at Mountain View
   Crook County (39) — Kimmer Severance 20, Maley-Loper 6, Ovens 5, Malott 4, Bannon 2, Apperson 2, Estes, Smith, Wood. Totals 14 9-14 39.
   Mountain View (60) — Megan McCadden 12, Booster 11, Alexander 11, Cant 4, Johnson 4, Waldrup 5, Reeves 7, Platner 3, McCarthy 1, Bailey. Totals 22 11-22 60.
   Crook County 5 8 7 19 — 39
   Mountain View 21 12 12 15 — 60
   Three-point goals — Crook County: Severance, Malott; Mountain View: Booster 2, Cant, Johnson, Platner.
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