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Cowgirls win big in season opener - Central Oregonian

December 5, 2011
Crook County High School

The Cowgirls stormed onto the basketball court Friday night against Sisters and overwhelmed the Outlaws with a 57-38 win.

“It was a good first game,” said head coach, Dave Johnson. “I think there were things that we did well, and I think there were some things we didn’t do as well — and some things we can definitely work on. I am looking forward to seeing how the team progresses. It’s always nice to start with a winning game – always.”

The Cowgirls picked up two new players this season, including middle blocker and junior Makayla Lindburg. She remarked that this is the first time she has played basketball for the high school. She has been a formidable force on the Cowgirl volleyball team, but hasn’t played basketball since middle school.

“It’s a completely different game,” said Lindburg. “I like it. It’s hard adjusting, but its fun.”

The Cowgirls varsity team has six seniors this season, three juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. There is a great deal of experience, and the Cowgirls put on a good show during Friday’s game.

Lindburg led in points for the game, with six baskets and two free throws. Kayla Morgan, a returning senior, was close behind with 10 points, senior Kalie Solomon with eight points, and senior Brooke Buswell with eight points and five free throws. Senior Taylor Walker also had two points and five free throws and junior, Jaci McKenzie had three free throws.

Lindburg also had 11 rebounds and 11 steals, and Morgan had four steals in the game. Buswell had nine assists, and junior Jessie Loper had seven rebounds, while McKenzie had five rebounds.

“There were times when we were impatient with the basketball,” added Johnson. “I think the thing that really made our game, was our press was really good. We logged a lot of turnovers, so that was a positive for us.

“It was a good game. A good win.”

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