Crook County stampedes White Buffaloes

Fast start allows Cowgirls to coast to easy victory

by: FRED HOUSTON JR./CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Danni Severance drives to the basket for two of her four points on Friday against Madras.

Early in the season the Cowgirl basketball team was sometimes plagued with slow starts. It looks like that problem may be a thing of the past as the Cowgirls got off to a fast start for the second straight game and defeated the Madras White Buffaloes 80-43 on Friday.
   "The girls played extremely well in the first half," said Head Coach Kurt Sloper. "We came out shooting the ball pretty well, and we knocked down nine three-pointers in the first half. We've really been making it a point to focus on good starts and to come out with lots of intensity and I thought that our kids came out extremely focused."
   The Cowgirls jumped on top 23-9 at the end of the first quarter and continued to extend their lead throughout the game. Led by Jessica Lea with 23-points and Samantha Herrera with 19, nine different Cowgirls scored. All together, 15 Cowgirls got playing time.
   Crook County forced 23 turnovers on the night while committing only seven of their own, and outrebounded the White Buffaloes 37-22. Herrera led the Cowgirls in rebounding with 13 while Kady Stafford had eight and Lea added seven.
   "We have been making it a point to really focus on what's going to give us extra opportunities and that comes down to rebounding and forcing turnovers, and of course limiting our own," Sloper said. "And we've been doing a good job of that lately."
    "I really was thankful, and I know that the girls were extremely appreciative as well, of the community support," said Sloper. "There were a lot of people there and it was nice to have the place get loud at times and to see the support for our athletes. The girls are playing well right now, and I thought it was a good game for us."
   With the win the Cowgirls run their record to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play in third place in the league standings.
   The Cowgirls play a home game against Mountain View at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, then travel to Summit High School on Friday for a 6 p.m. start in a night that sees the girls and boys teams playing together at the same site.
   Friday, Jan. 11
   Crook County (80) - Jessica Lea 23, Herrera 19, Cary 11, Duncan 9, Stafford 5, Severance 4, K. Wilcox 4, Hehn 3, Fulton 2, Brummet, Crofcheck, Verity, J. Wilcox, Dunn, Kelso. Totals 29 13-18 80.
   Madras (43) - Marissa Ahern 6, JoEla Smith 6, Cheyenne Wahnetah 6, Sarah Leutwiler 6, Graybeal 5, Plazola 4, Yallup 3, Jones 3, Hagen 2, Suppah 2, Made, Olney. Totals 19 4-9 43.
   Crook County 23 19 16 22 - 80
   Madras 9 8 11 15 - 43
   Three-point goals - Crook County: Lea 5, Cary 3, Duncan 1. Madras: Yallup 1.