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Slow second quarter costs cagers game at Crook County


January 10, 2018

COLTON SMITH takes a shot over Crook County's Devin Bishop.

The Huskies lost their final non-league game of the season 58-48 Friday at Crook County, which put together a 20-point second quarter to take control of the game.

The Huskies were missing leading scorer Andrew Freitag and Nick Marler, said Coach Drew Emmert, and the team ran about seven deep in the game and ran out of gas late in the game.

"We were down guys, but it was still a winnable game," Emmert said. "It was really close after the first quarter."

The Huskies trailed 9-8 after one, but Crook County put together a massive run in the second quarter and got ahead 29-14 at halftime.

The Huskies made runs in the third and fourth to close that gap.

"We would make runs, and they would match it," Emmert said. The Huskies trailed 44-30 after three quarters and outscored Crook County 18-15 in the final quarter after Keegan Holly hit back-to-back threes to get within six points.

"We didn't finish very well at the hoop," Emmert said. "We just weren't focused very early."

Holly led the Huskies with 12 points. Casey Tow added another 10. Holly led the Huskies with five on the way to a team total of 21 rebounds, while Hayden Nichol and Hunter Coulter pulled down four rebounds each. Chase Bales had nine of Crook County's 29, and Jordan Graydon led scoring with 12 points.

The Huskies are 5-8 moving into league play this week hosting Sutherlin at 5:45 p.m. Friday. They will travel to Sisters Tuesday.

"They're the highest-ranked team in the league," Emmert said.

Sutherlin is 8-5 overall and ninth in Oregon School Activities Association rankings. Sutherlin has lost in three of its last five outings.

"I think we have a pretty good chance to get them," Emmert said. "Our league has been up and down. All the teams have been. It's pretty up in the air right now."

Sutherlin runs a match-up zone, Emmert said. "That zones different from any zone we've seen."

The Huskies are spending the week preparing to face it, he said.

Sisters is 7-6 and 28th in OSAA rankings.

KEEGAN HOLLY scrambles through Crook County defenders for a shot at the hoop.

Sisters had some people hurt, Emmert said. "If they get everybody back, they've probably favored to win our league."

The Outlaws are led by 6-foot 9-inch center Ty Horner.

"We'll have to double him when he gets down low," Emmert said. Sisters isn't very deep, and he hopes to wear the Outlaws out with a full-court press.

Sweet Home 8 6 16 18 - 48

Crook County 9 20 15 14 - 58

Sweet Home scoring – Keegan Holly 12, Casey Tow 10, Colton Smith 8, Jake Swanson 8, Nate Virtue 3, Hayden Nichol 5, Hunter Coulter 2, Zach Zanona. Totals: 13 14-21 48

Crook County scoring – Jordan Graydon 12, Bales 10, Mullan 10, Kessi 9, Savage 4, Bishop 6, Langley 2, Combee 5. Totals: 19 17-24 58.

Three-point goals – Sweet Home: Holly 3, Tow 2, Nichol, Smith, Swanson. Crook County: Kessi 2, Graydon.


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