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Cowgirls take two of three games at Marshfield

Crook County falls to Marshfield in tourney opener then bounces back to beat Cleveland and Myrtle Point

   The Crook County High School girls basketball team finished in fourth place at the eight-team Marshfield High School Les Schwab South Coast Invitational Basketball Tournament over the weekend.
   The Cowgirls got off to a slow start on Thursday, Dec. 27, in their first game of the tournament, getting outscored 19-6 in the first quarter of the game by host Marshfield High School, and were never able to recover, falling 60-47.
   "We just came out too slow at the start and dug ourselves a hole that we couldn't get out of," said Head Coach Kurt Sloper. "Then we played three quarters of really good basketball against an excellent team."
   Jessica Lea led the Cowgirls in scoring with 14 points, while Danni Severance added eight.
   On Friday, Dec. 28, the Cowgirls rebounded to defeat Cleveland High School 81-40, dominating the game from the very start.
   "We were able to really do some things well defensively, and it was just one of those things where everything was clicking," said Sloper. "We were able to get out in transition and just wore them down."
   Lea led the Cowgirls in scoring again with 17 points while Jamie Cary had 14, and Samantha Herrera, seeing her first action of the season, added eight points and 11 rebounds.
   On Saturday, Dec. 29, the Cowgirls started slowly again getting outscored 16-5 in the first quarter against Myrtle Point, but were able to fight back and get a 54-50 victory.
   "The kids battled back strong and the defense really picked up as the game went on," Sloper said.
   Ashland won the tournament, while Marshfield finished second.
   Once again the Cowgirls were led in scoring by Lea who scored 15, while Cary chipped in nine, and Herrera added seven.
   Crook County opens league play this weekend as they travel east, playing third-ranked Hermiston on Friday, Jan. 4, and then ninth-ranked Pendleton on Saturday, Jan. 5.
   "We need to understand the importance of coming out to a good start," said Sloper. "With league starting up there will be some added motivation and some added focus. We know that with our league we are going to have to play excellent basketball every minute of the game."
   Thursday, Dec. 27
   Crook County (47)-Lea 14, Severance 8, Cary 5, K. Wilcox 4, Verity 4, Kelso 3, Herrera 3, Crofcheck 2, Duncan 2, Stafford, Fulton, J. Wilcox. Totals 14 4-6 47.
   Marshfield (60)-Roberg 29, Worthen 9, Jansen 8, Laird 5, George 3, Soul 2, Smith, Bonnell, Caffey. Totals 18 11-16 60.
   Crook County 6 12 14 14 - 47
   Marshfield 19 12 14 14 - 60
   Three-point goals: Crook County- Kelso 1, Cary 1, Lee 2.
   Friday, Dec. 28
   Crook County (81)-Duncan 5, Verity 2, Cary 14, Crofcheck 6, K. Wilcox 6, Lea 17, Severance 6, Stafford 2, Fulton 3, J. Wolcox 9, Herrera 8, Dunn 3. Totals 29 13-23 81.
   Cleveland (40)-Raz 4, Neal 2, Goodwitch 18, Groth 9, Wileboski 2, May 2, Jefferson 3. Totals 14 12-25 40.
   Crook County 25 16 32 8 - 81
   Cleveland 14 8 3 15 - 40
   Three-point goals: Crook County- Duncan 1, Cary 4, Lea 3, J. Wilcox 1.
   Saturday, Dec. 29
   Crook County (54)-Lea 15, Cary 9, Herrera 7, Duncan 6, K. Wilcox 5, Severance 4, Fulton 3, Crofcheck 2, Buswell 2, Stafford 1. Totals 19 14-20 54.
   Myrtle Point (50)-Johnson 26, Fisher 9, Ciccarell 7, Sanders 3, Sitcham 2, LaFrench 2, Ross 1. Totals 13 21-29 50.
   Three-point goals - Crook County: Cary 1, Lea 1. Myrtle Point: Fisher 2, Sanders 1.