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Warriors claim North Lake crown

CC Christian earns school's first trophy

by: TIM STUMM/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Luke Estes and the Warriors are off to a 4-1 start.

With a minute left to play, Sam Delay hit two crucial free throws to put Crook County Christian up by four and seal a victory over Paisley in the championship match of the North Lake Tournament.
   Paisley responded with a three pointer to draw within one, but the Warriors held on for the 43-42 win.
   "It's the first time the school has ever won a trophy," said coach Kurt Clements. "We're making progress."
   The Warriors wrap up their non-conference schedule an impressive 4-1.
   Crook County Christian advanced to the championship match with a 65-63 win over host North Lake on Friday.
   Down by 12 in the first quarter, the Warriors rallied back. They switched to a zone in the fourth quarter and were able to complete the comeback.
   "It just shut down there offense and from their our confidence grew," said Clements of the defensive switch.
   Corey Pennington and Mike Estes led the Warriors and both were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.
   "They had outstanding games," said Clements.
   Pennington recorded a game high 16 points in Saturday's contest. Estes's contributions, while just as important, were less easy to tabulate.
   "His impact was more than just points," said Clements. "He played great defense and passed the ball really well."
   Crook County Christian's success will be tested Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. away match against Gilchrist. A former 2A school, this is their first season in 1A.
   "If we can hold our own against them, it will tell us a lot," said Clements.