Crook County jumps out to a quick start, then uses defense, rebounding and timely shots to top Storm

by: FRED HOUSTON JR/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jamie Cary of Crook County controls the ball against Summit.  Cary was one on only six Cowgirls to score in their defeat of the Storm.

The Crook County High School girls basketball team jumped out to a quick start on Friday at Summit and went on to defeat the Storm 54-47.
   "We came out extremely focused and got off to a really good start," said Head Coach Kurt Sloper.
   The Cowgirls led 18-8 at the end of one period and never trailed, although Summit made a run late in the game and got as close as four points before Danni Severance hit a big three-pointer and helped put the game out of reach. Then down the stretch Crook County did a good job of making free throws, finishing 16-22 from the line.
   "Our girls did a good job of finishing the game off at the free throw line and playing defense and rebounding," said Sloper. "I thought we played better at times than others but as far as effort was concerned it was a complete game."
   Samantha Herrera led a balanced Crook County attack with 13 points while Jessica Lea added 12 and Severance chipped in 11. Summit was led by post players Christy Mosier and Taylor Pierce each with 10 points.
   Herrera added eight rebounds while Lea had six.
   "Rebounding kind of balanced out from there," Sloper said. "No one stood out. That's what really stuck out about the game. Despite that we only had six kids score, it really felt balanced as far as the kids out on the floor, so that's really been an encouraging thing."
   The win puts the Cowgirls alone in second place in league with a 4-1 league mark and an 11-4 overall record and puts Crook County solidly into playoff contention.
   The Cowgirls go on the road to face Bend in a 7 p.m. start on Tuesday and then close out the week with important home games against Pendleton on Friday and league leading Hermiston on Saturday.
   "We know that there is never going to be a night in the IMC where you don't give your best for 32 minutes and expect to come out and win," said Sloper. "This is going to be a really big week for us with Bend and Pendleton and Hermiston over the weekend. The last time we played at home we had a great crowd. It was extremely well attended with lots of support, so we are really hoping that we can have that again and create a good atmosphere for girls basketball."
   Crook County (54) - Samantha Herrera 13, Lea 12, Severance 11, K. Wilcox 7, Cary 6, Duncan 5, Stafford, Crofcheck, Buswell, Kelso, Verity, Fulton, J. Wilcox. Totals 16 16-22 54.
   Summit (47) - Christy Mosier 10, Taylor Pierce 10, Mondry 7, J. Luerson 8, Wilson 7, Haynes 3, Defoe 2, M. Luersen, Yeakel, Barton, Paulson. Totals 16 11-22 47.
   Crook County 18 8 16 12 - 54
   Summit 8 11 12 16 - 47
   Three-point goals - Crook County: Severance 1, K. Wilcox 1, Lea 2, Cary 2. Summit: Haynes 1, J. Luerson 1, Wilson 2.
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