Team moves record to 4-7 in Big Sky League play, keeping slim playoff hopes alive

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Andrea Burcham goes up for two against Echo.

The Crook County Christian/Central Christian girls basketball team won a pair of league games over the weekend, defeating both Horizon Christian and Echo.
   "We played strong basketball both games," said Head Coach Derrick Butcher. "We actually started making some of our little 12 to 15 foot shots and that made a difference."
   On Friday the White Tigers traveled to Hood River and found themselves behind Horizon 13-2 at the end of the first quarter. By halftime they had cut the gap to 19-17 and they finished strong taking a 40-38 win. Rachel Hargreaves and Amanda Zubrick led the White Tigers in scoring with 12 and 10 points respectively while Micah Roberts added eight.
   "Roberts played big for us and Zubrick drained a bunch of free throws down the stretch to put us on top," said Butcher.
   Big first quarter key to victory Saturday
   On Saturday the White Tigers jumped on top of visiting Echo 23-6 at the end of one quarter and then held on for a 46-35 victory. Zubrick finished with 20 points on the night while Hargreaves added 12 and Andrea Burcham contributed nine.
   "Burcham stood out today," Butcher said. "She shot the ball well. I'm really proud of the girls. That was our goal to win those two games, to win the games that we have a chance to win and just play our hardest and it worked out for us."
   The White Tigers, (4-7 Big Sky League, 6-11 overall) were scheduled to play at South Wasco County on Monday in a game that has now been postponed three times because of weather, and weather permitting are playing South Wasco at Crook County Middle School at 6 p.m. tonight.
   "We are going to go out there ant try to give them the best game that we can," said Butcher.
   Friday, Jan. 25
   Crook County Christian/Central Christian (40) - Rachel Hargreaves 12, Zubrick 10, Roberts 8, Clements 6, Simpson 4, Burcham, B. Antonsen, P. Antonsen, Lyle, Hanson. Totals 14 12-19 40
   Horizon Christian (38) - Stephanie Taylor 13, Brown 9, Berthold 9, L. Taylor 2, Winkel 2, Jensen 1. Totals 11 16-27 38.
   CCC/CC 2 15 8 15 - 40
   Horizon Christian 13 6 7 12 - 38
   Three-point goals - CCC/CC: none. Horizon: none.
   Saturday, Jan. 26
   Echo (35) - A. Gregerson 16, Cisneros 7, Tarvin 4, Hillard 3, Hoover 2, R. Tarvin 2, Ferge 1. Totals 12 11-22 35.
   CCC/CC (46) - Amanda Zubrick 20, Hargreaves 12, Burcham 9, Clements 3, P. Antonsen 2, Lyle, Wendell, B. Antonsen, Roberts, Simpson, Hanson. Totals 18 8-18 46
   Echo 6 8 9 12 - 35
   CCC/CC 23 12 9 2 - 46
   Three-point goals - Echo: none. CCC/CC: Burcham 1, Zubrick 1.
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