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Cowgirls unable to find their targets

Shooting woes continue in 50-36 loss to The Dalles-Wahtonka

by: TIM STUMM/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Rachael Conley, lower left, jumps for a loose ball Friday night while Erin Ontko, No. 21, gets right in the middle of things. The Cowgirls fell to the Eagle Indians 50-36.

Poor shooting and turnovers have plagued the Crook County girls basketball team all season. The Cowgirls thought they may have solved the problem last week in an inspiring 31-25 win over Hood River Valley. It was a victory achieved by timely shots and clutch free throws down the stretch.
   Friday, however, they returned to their ways of old. The Cowgirls committed 22 turnovers and shot a dismal 8-24 from the free throw line en route to a 50-36 home loss to The Dalles-Wahtonka.
   "We're getting the shots we wanted, we just have to make them," said coach Jim Verity after the game. "You are not going to win many of your games when you shoot less than 40 percent."
   Rachael Conley scored six of the Cowgirls first eight points as they jumped out to an early 8-4 lead. The Eagle Indians, however, rallied back going on an 8-0 run to end the first quarter with a 12-8 advantage and stayed on top from there.
   "We started the game the way we wanted to," said Verity. "We were running the floor, hitting our shots. It just kind of fell apart from there."
   The Dalles-Wahtonka blew the game open in the second quarter with an 11-1 run. Erin Ontko hit two key free throws and another field goal to finally thwart the momentum, but the Cowgirls went into the half trailing 28-17.
   They outscored the Eagle Indians 9-8 in the third quarter, but the damage had been done.
   Sara Clark sliced the Cowgirls' league-leading defense for a game high 16 points.
   Ontko led the Cowgirls with 10 points while Conley added eight. Stevie Howard and Grace Deboodt each chipped in seven for Crook County's balanced attack.
   The Cowgirls (1-1 IMC, 1-4 overall) travel to Klamath Falls tonight then go to Marshfield next week for the Marshfield Holiday Tournament.
   Their conference season will resume January 4 with a home contest against Bend.