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Panthers break away from Cowboys

Crook County outscored by Redmond 15-6 in the third quarter

by: TIM STUMM/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Thomas McCarthy fights for a loose ball Friday against Redmond.

The Crook County boys basketball team let this one slip away.
   Literally.
   Trailing by one at the half, the Cowboys managed only six points in the third quarter - while letting up fifteen -and fell to Redmond 67-58 Friday night at home.
   Riding high from a near upset of conference frontrunner Mountain View on Tuesday, the Cowboys came out of the gate strong and entertained the near capacity crowd to an exciting back and forth first two quarters.
   Crook County seemed to run out of steam however in the third quarter, and dug themselves into a hole that proved too big to overcome.
   "Since Christmas break, the third quarter has seemed to have been our downfall," said coach Jeff Lowenbach. "We came out a little impatient on the offensive end. Defensively, we were pretty solid, but some of our early shots just didn)t want to fall."
   Kyle Huntley set the tone early with a three-pointer to start the game and went on to score seven of his nine points in the first quarter while leading the Cowboys to a 14-12 first quarter advantage.
   Amidst heavy traffic, Huntley pump faked and went up untouched for the lay-in to put Crook County up 12-8 with less than three minutes remaining. The basket completed a 9-0 run and gave the Cowboys their biggest lead of the night.
   At the 2:06 mark, Huntley struck again, nailing an outside shot that increased Crook County's lead to 14-10.
   The second quarter was just as back and forth with neither team ever holding more than a four-point lead.
   Chad Howard hit two threes down the stretch to keep the Cowboys in the game, but with the final seconds ticking off the clock, A.J. Robinson came up with a big shot from behind the arc to put the Panthers up 31-30 heading into the intermission.
   Redmond used the momentum to score 13 of the second half's first 18 points. The Cowboys struggled to get many good looks at the basket and came out of the third quarter with their biggest deficit of the night at 46-36.
   The fourth quarter was mainly a free throw contest with each team seeing ample time at the line.
   The Cowboys finished the game a respectable 18 for 24. "That's every IMC game, free throws and rebounds," said junior Thomas McCarthy who hit seven of 10 free throws while recording a team high 19 points. "We tried our hardest and that's all we can ask for."
   Redmond improved to 4-1 in the IMC while the Cowboys dropped to 2-3.