Corvallis — This was a game that Putnam will not soon forget, it is the one that got them to the 5A semifinals. On a beautiful day outside, it was hot and steamy inside Gill Coliseum, and the Kingsmen had fire coming from their fingers all night long. Behind the trio Maddie Olma, Emma Mcdonald, and Rylee Lemen, Putnam was lights out all night long and slingshot the Kingsmen into the 5A semifinals on Friday night.
The cylinders started clicking right away for Putnam, as they opened up a quick 14-3 lead behind the work of Maddie Olma, Kayla Kasubuchi, Rylee Lemen, and Riley Greenleaf. The Cowgirls got a trio of free throws on an early shooting foul from McCall Woodward, but it was no dice through the first part of the opening quarter otherwise. Woodward came through with a trey and Emma Bales followed up with a lay-up, getting Crook County into a 14-8 game with 3:51 left in the first. Later on, Crook County refused to let Putnam run away in the opening quarter, reeling back in the Kingsmen with help from Josie Kasberger and Katelynn Weaver, but a 5-0 punch to end the quarter had Putnam ahead 24-15 after one quarter.
With a nine-point lead after the first, things really gelled together for Putnam as they went on an 8-0 run behind the trio Lemen, Olma, and Mcdonald, taking a comfortable 32-15 lead with 4:34 left in the half. Kasberger and Weaver worked to keep the Cowgirls in the hunt, keeping the game at 34-21 in the final minutes of the half, but back-to-back treys to close the half from Riley Greenleaf really put the game into a hole for Crook County. Putnam led 40-21 at the half, getting 10, 9, and 8 points from Greenleaf, Mcdonald, and Kasubuchi, Crook County’s scoring leader was Kasberger and her eight points at halftime.
In the second half, Putnam just hit the gas pedal and put Crook County out of reach. Olma started warming up in the third, picking up a pair of treys while her teammates Greenleaf, Mcdonald, and Lemen provided the rest of the support en route to a 55-31 advantage after three. The Kingsmen would put an explanation point on the blowout, outscoring Crook County 34-21 in the second half as they advanced to the 5A semifinals with a 74-42 win over Crook County. Olma, McDonald, Greenleaf, and Lemen combined for 64 of Putnam’s 74 points in the win. Crook County was led by Kasberger’s 13 points and Emma Bales 10 point, 11 rebound double-double.