The Cowboys are in.
   The team will play at West Albany on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. after Crook County defeated The Dalles Wahtonka on Thursday night. While Summit lost as well to Mountain View, the win for the Cowboys was enough to clinch the No. 4-seed in the Intermountain Conference.
   Now, the Cowboys can check off Goal No. 1 on their list, make the playoffs, and look to do something no other Cowboys basketball team has done: win a playoff game.
   The team will play a first round game at West Albany, with the winner advancing to the second round to battle Roosevelt, the No. 1 team in th PIL, on Friday, March 2.
   But, of course, they have to play West Albany first, so here's what we know:
   West Albany went 8-6 in the Mid-Willamette Conference, good enough for third place. They went 11-12 overall, and they are winners of the last four games.
   They also had two teams in common with the Cowboys. West Albany lost to the Hermiston Bulldogs 72-53. On the other side, Crook County went 1-1 with Hermiston, a conference rival, beating them 61-57 on the road, and falling to them 65-62 at home.
   Additionally, Corvallis, West Albany's conference rival, beat West Albany twice with scores of 75-50 and 85-47. On the other side, Crook County lost to Corvallis 71-55.
   While Crook County appears to have an edge in common opponents, as we all know, those mean nothing.
   The game is in West Albany, which again gives the edge to Crook County. West Albany is 5-5 at home, while Crook County is 7-3 on the road.
   Check out Tuesday's edition of the Central Oregonian on a Cowboy preview, and Friday's edition for a full story from West Albany.
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