PRINEVILLE — Crook County’s passing game was not as sharp as its opponent’s, but the Cowgirls’ quickness and athleticism made up for it on Tuesday.
Despite falling behind 1-0 five minutes in, Crook County evened things up at 1-1 with a sixth-minute goal by Cierra Tyger. In the 70th minute, Maddie Lindberg knocked home the go-ahead and eventual game-winning score to lift the Cowgirls to a 2-1 nonconference girls soccer win over La Pine.
“This year, they seem to be able to last the whole game,” Crook County (1-2) coach Rich Abrams said of his players. “Just go hard the whole game and not give up. That makes a big difference at the end.”
Natalie Gruen logged the lone goal for the Hawks (0-3-1) off an assist from Chloee Sazama, as La Pine displayed what Hawks coach Scott Winslow called the team’s “best passing game so far.”
But after the intermission, Crook County’s quickness and athleticism took over, forcing the Hawks to play on their heels and stray away from the first-half play that proved successful, according to Winslow.
“I’d like to see a better outcome, but heck...” said Winslow, whose team opens Sky-Em League action at home against Sweet Home on Tuesday. “If I were sitting at home, it would have been fun to see on TV.”
In other Tuesday action:
Summit 11, Redmond 0: REDMOND — Marina Johannesen and Megan Buzzas each posted two goals to lead nine Storm goal-scorers in the Intermountain Conference victory. Johannesen also picked up an assist, and Raja Char contributed with a goal and two assists for Summit (1-0 IMC, 4-0-1 overall). Hadlie Plummer, Shannon Patterson and Shaelynn Davis each finished with a goal and an assist to put away the Panthers (0-1, 0-3-1).
Summit 7, Redmond 0: REDMOND — Alex Bowlin recorded a hat trick and four other players finished with goals, as the Storm opened up Intermountain Conference play with a victory. Conor Galvin, Carl Akacich, Tristan Simoneau and C.J. Fritz each logged a goal for the Storm (1-0 IMC, 2-1-2 overall). The Panthers dropped to 0-1 in conference play and 0-5 overall.
Crook County 3, Mountain View 0: PRINEVILLE — The Cowgirls used a balanced offense to blow past the visiting Cougars 25-17, 25-8, 25-19 in both team’s Intermountain Hybrid opener. Hannah Troutman and Karlee Hollis led Crook County (1-0 league) with 11 kills apiece and Kathryn Kaonis added 10 kills of her own. Freshman Jennifer Roth went 17 of 19 with six aces from the service line and Kayla Hamilton and Abby Smith contributed 15 and 13 assists, respectively.
Ridgeview 3, Bend 1: REDMOND — The Ravens dropped the first game of their Intermountain Hybrid opener before rallying back to knock off the Lava Bears 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-17. “We minimized errors after that first set, which was the game plan in the first place,” Ridgeview coach Debi Dewey said. “We got tougher on our serves, played smarter and kept the ball in play more.” Kaci Sage paced the Ravens (1-0 IMC Hybrid) from the service line, going 23 of 24 with two aces. Katrina Johnson added 13 kills and three blocks and Chloe Ross ended the night with four kills and two blocks while playing a key role in Ridgeview’s comeback. Rhian Sage also had a strong match, going 17 of 18 from the service line with one ace while dishing out 34 assists and recording 15 digs.
Sisters 3, Junction City 0: SISTERS — Nila Lukens registered 12 kills and five blocks, Isabelle Tara had 10 kills, and the Outlaws opened up Sky-Em League play with a 25-17, 25-9, 25-16 victory. Sisters coach Miki McFadden noted the play of Allie and Savannah Spear, who teamed up to play a nearly perfect serve-receive game, which led the Outlaws (1-0 Sky-Em) to the win. Allie Spear added seven kills, Alex Hartford had 20 assists and four aces, and Katelyn Meeter recorded 12 assists to dispatch the Tigers (0-1).
Sweet Home 3, La Pine 0: LA PINE — Inconsistent play plagued the Hawks, according to La Pine coach Alice Zysett, as they dropped their Sky-Em League opener 25-9, 26-24, 25-18. Micaela Whittington finished with five kills and three aces for La Pine (0-1 Sky-Em), and Maddie Fisher recorded five kills in the loss to the Huskies (1-0). “For us, we need to get stronger at the net,” Zysett said. “We need to learn to put the ball away instead of just keeping the ball alive.”
Culver takes two: HEPPNER — Behind a total of 39 kills from Shealene Little and another 29 by Gabrielle Alley, the Bulldogs powered by Heppner (26-24, 25-13, 25-17) and Dufur (13-25, 25-21, 25-16, 28-26) in a nonconference three-team meeting. Little added 15 digs and nine aces, Alley had 30 digs and three aces, and Hannah Lewis was credited with 69 assists. Jazmin Ruiz and Emma Hoke combined for 20 digs for Culver, which returns to Tri-River Conference action on Thursday at home against East Linn Christian.
Trinity Lutheran 3, Gilchrist 0: Katie Murphy had 19 kills, Allison Jorge had 19 assists and seven aces, and Jaycie Haynes recorded what Trinity coach Greg Clift called a “big ace” in the third set to lift the Saints (1-1 MVL) to a 25-13, 25-12, 25-16 Mountain Valley League win at Trinity Lutheran. Sydney Longbotham stood out for the Grizzlies (0-3 MVL) with one kill, one ace, one assist, one block and one dig.
Tigers drop two in Maupin: MAUPIN — In a three-team matchup, including a Big Sky League contest against South Wasco County, Central Christian fell to the Redsides (25-12, 25-9, 25-11) and Irrigon (25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 25-13). Samantha Biever stood out for the Tigers (0-1 BSL) with a total of six kills, Kaylin McAfee had five, and Kelsey Stealey finished with four kills.