Junior Grace Deboodt scores twelve points in IMC opener
Before Saturday, Crook County junior Grace Deboodt could practically count the number of minutes she had spent on a basketball court in a varsity uniform.
After this weekend's performance, it may be hard to get her off.
Making her first varsity start, Deboodt scored a game-high twelve points to lead the Cowgirls to a 31-25 victory over Hood River Valley.
Crook County improves to 1-0 in the Intermountain Conference, (1-3 overall), while the Eagles fall to 0-1, 1-4.
"This is the first time in a long time we've started off with a win," said coach Jim Verity. "It was great. The girls almost didn't know how to react afterwards."
Down 16-11 at the the half, Crook County outscored the Eagles 11-1 in the third quarter.
Hood River Valley battled back in the fourth quarter, but Deboodt sealed the win with a five for six performance from the foul line in the game's final four minutes.
"It was a great surprise," said Verity of Deboodt's sudden stardom. "She got the opportunity to step in and made the most of it. It's definitely going to be hard for me to pull her now."
Rachel Conley added six points for Crook County, including a lay-in in the third quarter that put the Cowgirls up 17-16, giving them their first lead of the half.
Conley also finished with a team high 14 rebounds and five steals.
"You can always count on Rachel to produce something for you," said Verity. "She doesn't always score the most points, but she's easily one of the leaders out there all the time."
Crook County continued to struggle from the field, but were able to shut down the much taller Eagles with their defense.
The Cowgirls switched to a full court press in the second half and held the Eagles scoreless for a remarkable 14:46.
"It was the best defensive half I've ever seen them play," said Verity. "We held them to only one free throw in the entire third quarter."
Crook County will try to improve its mark to 2-0 when it hosts The Dalles Friday night at 7 p.m.
"It's going to be interesting," said Verity. "It's one of the few times they have been in a position to go into winter break with a two-game lead. They definitely have something to play for Friday."