White Tigers drop two games over weekend
- Lon Austin
- Central Oregonian - Sports
Lon layoff hurts White Tigers on Friday in home loss
The Crook County Christian/Central Christian girls basketball team dropped two league matchups over the weekend, lowering their league record to 1-3.
The White Tigers had trouble scoring points on Friday, Jan. 4, after having two weeks off without playing a game, and fell to Horizon Christian, a team that they had beaten easily earlier in the season, 27-36.
"We didn't play so well Friday night," said Head Coach Derrick Butcher. "They just packed it in on us, just stayed in that tight zone and forced us to shoot over the top and if we can't make those 10 or 12 foot shots it's pretty rough on us."
The White Tigers led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter, and were only down four points midway through the fourth quarter, but couldn't convert down the stretch. Rachel Hargreaves led the team in scoring with 13, while Anna Berthold led Horizon also with 13.
"I was disappointed with Friday," said Butcher. "We beat them the last three times that we played them, but we have had only one practice with all the girls there since the cancellation of the Scio tournament in December. We have to practice and play regularly. We just don't have the kind of athletes to just kind of practice a couple of hours for one day and then come out to a game and play well. We were sluggish and Horizon found a way to beat us."
White Tigers play well, but miss shots on Saturday
On Saturday, the White Tigers played better, but still had trouble making outside shots in a game that was marred by a lot of foul calls. Each team had two players foul out and there were 61 free throws attempted on the night.
The White Tigers fell behind 30-18 at halftime, and then played the Arlington Honkers even in the second half, falling 43-55.
"We played better on Saturday," Butcher said. "We just can't make outside shots. If we could make our outside shots we would have probably won both games."
Hargreaves again led Crook County Christian/Central Christian in scoring with 18 points while Amanda Zubrick chipped in 12 before fouling out. Melinda Evans led the Honkers in scoring with 15.
"I was disappointed on Friday, but Saturday even though we lost we came back and we played well enough to win," said Butcher. "We just couldn't make shots."
The White Tigers are scheduled to play a home game against South Wasco County tonight at Crook County Middle School, beginning at 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 4
Crook County Christian/Central Christian (27) - Rachel Hargreaves 13, Burcham 5, Zubrick 4, Simpson 2, P. Antonsen 2, Clements 1, B. Antonsen, Lyle, Hanson, Roberts. Totals 11 5-9 27.
Horizon Christian (36) - Anna Berthold 13, Winkel 8, A. Jensen 4, Brown 4, L. Taylor 3, E. Jenson 2, S. Taylor 2. Totals 12 12-29 36.
CCC/CC 3 8 8 8 - 27
Horizon 2 12 9 13 - 36
Three-point goals - none.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Crook County Christian/Central Christian (43) - Rachel Hargreaves 18, B. Antonsen 1, Burcham 3, Zubrick 12, Lyle 3, Clements 6. Totals 15 12-27 43.
Arlington (55) - Melinda Evans 15, Mundey 8, Davidson 6, N. Wetherell 8, A. Wetherell 6, J. Wetherell 4, Bailey 8. Totals 18 19-34 55.
CCC/CC 8 10 10 15 - 43
Arlington 13 17 14 11 - 55
Three-point goals - CCC/CC: Zubrick 1. Arlington: None.