BURNS — Trailing 17-13 after the first quarter, Crook County turned the dial up on defense, leading to a three-point lead at the half, and by limiting Ontario to three points in the fourth, the Cowboys picked up a 50-39 boys basketball win at the four-team Burns Tournament on Friday night.
“I think we came out a little sluggish, especially on the defensive end,” said Crook County coach Jeff Lowenbach, whose team remains undefeated at 3-0. “We kind of figured out what (Ontario) was trying to do and clamped down on them a little bit. When you hold a team to three points in any quarter, let alone the fourth quarter, things are working pretty well for you.”
The Cowboys, who matched last year’s win total with the victory against the Tigers, were led by Dillon Dees’ 11 points and Preston Washechek’s 10 points. Troy Benton and Marcus Greaves scored 10 points apiece, and Jacob Mahurin chipped in with eight.
The last time Crook County notched three wins this quickly was in the 2005-06 season, when the Cowboys took three of their first four contests.
“We’re preaching to the guys that we’re taking it one game at a time,” Lowenbach said. “Play a few games, and try to get on a roll.”
Crook County plays today for the tournament title.
In other Friday action:
Mountain View 52
SISTERS — The Outlaws trailed by as many as 13 points against the Cougars, but they fought back to within two with 30 seconds left in regulation. Mountain View, however, hit its free throws and earned the nonconference victory. Grant Lannin paced the Cougars with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Mitch Modin added 11 points. Eli Harrison led Sisters with 18 points and six boards. Cole Moore finished with 16 points for the Outlaws, and Ryan Pollard picked up 11 points. Mountain View (2-0) visits Central Point to face Crater today in a nonleague contest, while Sisters (0-3) hosts Madras on Tuesday.
Sweet Home 44
REDMOND — The Panthers improved to 2-0 on the season after outscoring the Huskies 28-16 in the second half of their nonconference matchup. Trevor Genz scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Mason Rodby added 10 points and a career-high 21 boards for Redmond. Bryce Daniels scored a game-high 18 points for Sweet Home, but only two after halftime. “We really locked him down in the second half,” Panthers coach Jon Corbett said. Redmond held the Huskies to just 13 field goals, five of which were three-pointers. The Panthers host Cascade of Turner today.
South Medford 52
Austin Peters scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but the Storm fell to the Class 6A Panthers after visiting South Medford outscored Summit 16-8 in the fourth quarter. Nick Moyer added 10 points and Cade Cattell contributed nine points for the Storm. Summit (2-1 overall) held a brief lead midway through the fourth quarter, but a couple of costly turnovers helped the Panthers take the lead for good. The Storm host North Medford today.
MADRAS — Steele Haugen scored 18 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals, as the White Buffaloes picked up their first win of the season in a nonconference matchup against the Braves. Jered Pichette finished with 16 points, and Jhaylen Yeahquo contributed 11 points and nine rebounds. Madras (1-2) travels to Klamath Falls today to take on Henley in a nonleague contest.
REDMOND — Despite Jack Bowman and Justin Alvarez netting 10 and nine points, respectively, the Ravens fell to the Cougars from Turner. Ridgeview trailed by just four points at the half, but the Ravens did not register a field goal in the third quarter and were outscored 15-2 by Cascade. Tanner O’Neal finished with six points, and George Mendazona tallied five. Ridgeview (1-2) hosts Sweet Home today.
Myrtle Point 56
La Pine 48
MYRTLE POINT — Cold shooting plagued the visiting Hawks in a nonleague road setback. Chance Syres scored 13 points, Josh Ramirez added nine points, and Cameron Kraft and Gavin Boen scored eight apiece for La Pine. Kraft also had seven rebounds, and Syres was credited with four assists. The Hawks (2-2) play at Ashland today at 2 p.m.
Central Christian 18
SILVER LAKE — The Tigers trailed 13-8 after the first quarter, but Class 1A Central Christian was outscored 42-10 the rest of the way before falling to the 2A Antlers. Bryson Eells paced the Tigers with six points, and Caleb Roberts and Caleb Reynolds chipped in with three points each. Central Christian (1-1) plays Mitchell today.
Mountain View 53
EUGENE — The Cougars outscored the Foxes in every quarter to win their opening game of the Willamette Tournament. Megan McCadden led Mountain View with 17 points, while Rhiannon Alexander also was in double figures with 12 and Hannah Johnson chipped in nine, six of them coming on two three-point baskets. Cougars coach Steve Riper praised the play of McCadden, saying that his senior post “led the way tonight.” In addition to her game-high points total, McCadden recorded 11 rebounds. Riper also said that Mountain View (2-0), which outscored Silverton 30-22 in the second half, was solid defensively and that a team goal is to hold opponents below 40 points per game. Next up for the Cougars are the tournament host Wolverines, who were Class 5A state finalists last season. That game is slated for 2:30 p.m. today.
Sweet Home 30
REDMOND — Kendall Current scored all of her game-high 15 points in the first three quarters, leading Redmond to the home nonconference victory. Current also had five steals. Other statistical leaders for the Panthers (2-1) included Shelby Bergum (eight rebounds, four points), Brittny Benson (six rebounds, four points) and Baileigh Baker (four steals, five points). Redmond hosts Cascade today at noon.
North Medford 46
MEDFORD — Saddled with foul problems from early on, the visiting Lava Bears still managed to stay close until North Medford pulled away in the second half of the nonconference game. “Our big issue was offense,” said Bend coach Todd Ervin. “We had some key people sitting on the bench (in foul trouble).” Delaney Crook and Jessica McClay scored 10 points apiece for the Lava Bears, who were outscored 18-6 from the foul line. Bend (1-2) plays next Friday at Pendleton.
EUGENE — Taylor Nieri scored a game-high 26 points — including 16 from the free-throw line — to lead the Outlaws to victory in a nonconference road game against the Lancers. In what Sisters coach Julianne Horner described as a “nutty game,” her team made 26 free throws in 32 attempts. Cassidy Edwards added 13 points for the Outlaws (4-0), who are scheduled to play at Madras on Tuesday.
Crook County 47
BURNS — Despite 10 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals by Kimmer Severance, the Cowgirls fell to the Tigers at the Burns Tournament on a last-second shot by Ontario’s Jessica Lang. Jessie Maley-Loper finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, Emily Benton tallied eight points and seven boards, and Maddie Lindburg dished out six assists. Crook County (0-3) continues action today, the final day of the four-team tournament.
REDMOND — The Ravens saw 10 players score, led by seven points each by Kendal Durre and McKenzie Hidalgo, but a 16-point halftime lead proved insurmountable in Ridge- view’s nonconference contest against the Cougars from Turner. Ravens coach Randi Davis commended her team’s full-court press in the fourth quarter even with the win out of reach, but Davis said Cascade played tough defense and made it difficult for Ridgeview to get into its offense throughout the game. Chloe Ross and Shae Wilcox finished with six points apiece. Ridgeview (0-3) entertains Sweet Home today.
Central Christian 11
SILVER LAKE — Desi Duke and Kelsey Stealey scored four points apiece to pace the Tigers, but Class 1A Central Christian was outscored 17-2 in the second half by the 2A Antlers en route to a loss at the four-team North Lake Tournament. Central Christian (0-2) takes on Mitchell today on the final day of the tournament.
La Pine JV 16
GILCHRIST — The host Grizzlies were in command from the start in their opening game of the Gilchrist Tournament. Ashley James scored 23 points and had four steals to lead Gilchrist. Sydney Longbotham scored 12 points and had nine rebounds, and Courtney James added 11 points for the Grizzlies (2-2), who play for the tournament championship today at 3 p.m.
Cougs third at Glencoe tourney
HILLSBORO — Four wrestlers turned in runner-up performances for Mountain View as the Cougars placed third at the eight-team Glencoe Tournament. The host Crimson Tide won their own tournament with 161 points, and were followed by runner-up Aloha (124 points) and Mountain View (103). Cougar wrestlers Kaleb Winebarger (132 pounds) Tracy Pitcher (138), Kevin Wright (152) and Trevor Roberts (220) all took second at the one-day tourney. Zach Howe (106), Kyler Ayers (145) and Nathan Martin (160) added third-place efforts for Mountain View. The Cougars are off until next Friday’s Adrian Irwin Memorial Tournament at Ridgeview High in Redmond.
Madras boys, Sisters girls earn wins
MADRAS — The White Buffaloes took every individual event — with three swimmers earning two victories apiece — en route to a 119-42 boys win against Sisters in a dual meet at Madras Aquatic Center on Thursday night. Sisters returned the favor on the girls side, as wins in the 200-meter medley relay and 200 freestyle relay helped the Outlaws come out on top 88-74. Dustin Henderson, Brady Tucker and Ian Goodwin each took two events, while Elizabeth Armitage, Sophie Gemelas and Aurora Gerhardt did the same on the girls side. The Outlaws saw Mary Stewart win the 100 freestyle and Katie Stewart take the 100 breaststroke. Madras hosts a trio of schools from Klamath Falls on Thursday in Henley, Mazama and Klamath Falls.