The Crook County High School girls basketball team used tough team defense and timely shooting by Jessica Lea to defeat Mountain View High School 55-49 on Tuesday.
>Cowgirls get off to a slow start, but quickly recover for important league win
Mountain View opened the game on an 8-0 run, but after making adjustments the Cowgirls went on a 13-2 run of their own and let 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.
"We were happy with the end result," said Head Coach Kurt Sloper. "We had some trouble with the defense early on but we recovered quickly. We were able to create a few turnovers and got on a nice run."
The Cowgirls led most of the rest of the game but Mountain View came back and tied the game with six minutes remaining.
"Alicia Love did a great job shooting the ball for them," said Sloper. "She knocked down four threes on the night and she was really a big part of them coming back. Then down the stretch Lea hit some big shots for us. The whole team stepped up with defense and of course rebounding by committee, and I think we just kind of wore them down."
In a game that was not always pretty, the Cowgirls depth proved to be the difference.
"It was like a couple of boxers in the 10th round taking swings at each other," Sloper said. "It didn't look that pretty, but there was good basketball being played."
Lea led the Cowgirls in scoring with 29, while Samantha Herrera added 10. Melissa VanTessell and Alicia Love each scored 16 for the Cougars.
"They were doing a good job of coming out on our shooters after we made a couple of buckets from outside," Sloper said. "Lea found some lanes to penetrate and get some looks. It wasn't like we were running anything special for her. On another night it could be someone else."
The win ran the Cowgirls record to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in league where they are currently tied for second place.
"It wasn't one of our prettiest games, but our girls stuck with it and let their work ethic win them a game," said Sloper. "We were proud of our kids' effort."
The Cowgirls travel to Bend tonight to face Summit in a 6 p.m. start on a rare night that will see both the boys and girls play at the same site.
Crook County (55) - Jessica Lea 29, Herrera 10, Cary 5, Fulton 4, Crofcheck 2, Kelso 2, Severance 1, Buswell, K. Wilcox, J. Wilcox, Verity. Totals 19 11-22 55.
Mountain View (49) - Melissa VanTassell 16, Alicia Love 16, Hofman 8, Haybew 7, Willey 3, Anderson. Totals 15 13-21 49.
Crook County 13 11 17 14 - 55
Mountain View 10 12 12 15 - 49
Three-point goals - Crook County: Lea 5, Cary 1. Mountain View: A. Love 4.