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Panther press too much for Cowgirls

Crook County musters only 10 first half points in 50-26 loss

by: TIM STUMM/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kaylea Pierce attempts to thread the Redmond defense in the fourth quarter of the team's contest.

Needing a win to resurrect their season, the Crook County girls basketball team folded under a relentless Redmond press Thursday night in the Redmond gym, and allowed the Panthers to walk away the victor 50-26.
   A stifled offense overlapped onto the other side of the ball as well and the Cowgirls let up an uncharacteristic 22 first quarter points.
   They mustered only six points themselves and by halftime the Panthers held a considerable 34-10 lead.
   In the third quarter Crook County was able to slow down the Redmond attack and finally began to find their style of play.
   Kaylea Pierce started off the scoring in the second half and with four minutes left to play in the third quarter converted a breakaway layup to trim the Panther's lead to 38-15.
   The Cowgirls outscored Redmond 7-4 in the quarter, and continued to play a more even game in the fourth quarter, but unfortunately for Crook County the damage had already been done.
   "We finally just settled down after their pressing and were able to move the ball to the other side of the court," said Rachael Conley.
   Stevie Howard led the Cowgirls with eight points while Rachael Hurt had five and Conley added two.
   Mallory Whipple finished as the top scorer for the Panthers with 22 points.
   Crook County recorded zero three-pointers and shot two for nine from the free throw line.
   The Cowgirls have the weekend off before hosting Mountain View on Tuesday.
   They drop to 1-5 with the loss while Redmond improves to 4-1.
   "It'll be tough, but we need it," said Conley. "We need a win to pump us back up."