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Cowgirls overpower Outlaws - Central Oregonian
January 2, 2012Crook County High School
The Crook County Cowgirls looked great for a quarter and that was enough as they held on to defeat Outlaws 47-37.
The victory left the Cowgirls with a 2-1 record at the Sisters Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament.
After Sisters scored the opening basket of the game, Crook County turned up the defensive pressure and shut the Outlaws out for the remainder of the quarter.
“We did play really good in the first quarter,” said Crook County head coach Dave Johnson.
The Cowgirls forced 11 Outlaw turnovers in the first quarter alone, as Crook?County rolled out to a 14-2 lead.
The Cowgirls onslaught continued early in the second period as Crook County ran out to a 24-6 lead.
With the big lead, the Cowgirls dropped the full-court-press, and began to substitute freely.
With the pressure off, the Outlaws regrouped and began to claw back into the game.
“At the end of the second quarter they had some really good defensive pressure and they made us make some mistakes,” said Johnson.
Sisters outscored Crook County 8-2 in the last two minutes of the quarter to trail just 26-14 at the half.
The Outlaws continued to be the aggressors throughout the second half. However, 10 points was as close as they could get as Crook County did enough to win.
“We knew that sisters was going to make a run,” Johnson said. “They work hard, they play hard, and they are well coached. So they made a run at us and we were able to withstand their run — which was a good thing.”
The Cowgirls could have put the game completely out of reach. However, they were only able to convert on 64 percent of their free throws during the game (21 of 33).
One of the keys to the game was turnovers. The Outlaws finished with 40 turnovers, while Crook County, which had just one turnover in the game’s first 12 minutes finished with 17.
Makayla Lindburg was a dominant force for the Cowgirls during the game. Lindburg scored a career high 20 points, as well as pulling down eight rebounds, and blocking a pair of shots.
Brooke Buswell also had a solid game, knocking down 13 points, including going 7-for-8 from the foul line. Buswell also had four steals in the game.
For their play, both Lindburg and Buswell were selected to the all-tournament first team.
Also playing solid games for Crook County were Jessie Loper and Taylor Walker, who finished with five and four steals respectively. Kaylee Solomon and Marci Johnston each had five rebounds. In addition, Johnston also had a pair of blocked shots.
The Outlaws were led by Taylor Nieri and Carissa Kernutt who each scored 12 points.
With the victory the Cowgirls raised their record to 6-3 onthe season, while the Outlaws fell to 2-7.
Crook County is back in action tonight when they take on the Bend Lava Bears in Bend. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.