Woodward’s Game Winning Trey In OT Gets Crook County To 5A Consolation Championship Against Willamette 47-44

Corvallis — Entering Friday’s consolation matchup, the Crook County Cowgirls and Silverton Foxes were hungry to keep playing after being sent to consolation from completely different circumstances: Crook County was simply overrun by a high-octane Putnam offense, while Silverton’s awful shooting cost them against Springfield in a low scoring affair. With both teams eager to advance into Saturday, it was only destined that this game was a classic to remember and a shame that someone had to go home.

Unlike the script on Thursday, Crook County was the one who got off to the fast start, flying out to an 8-0 lead while the Foxes had a hangover from Thursday’s defeat to Springfield by missing their first eight shots of the game. Kyleigh Brown hit a free throw to get Silverton on the board, and Paige Traeger hit the first field goal of the game to make it an 8-3 score with 2:43 left in the first. Emma Bales responded with a bucket to make it 10-3 before Brown hit a layup that made it a 10-5 game. Crook County would close the quarter on a 5-0 run that was capped by a Bales trey, giving the game a 15-5 score after one quarter in Corvallis. The shooting woes continued for Silverton in the second, as the Foxes couldn’t connect on a single field goal attempt in the quarter.

While Silverton struggled, Crook County slowly grew their lead behind the efforts of Josie Kasberger, Bales, and Grace Brooks, who got the Cowgirls a commanding 26-9 lead at the half. Emma Bales had an awesome first half for Crook County, posting 13 points and six rebounds, while Kyleigh Brown led Silverton with five points at the half. Trailing by 15, Silverton kept working at it on offense and finally found some points, firing up the start of a comeback attempt for the second half. Brown and Bales traded buckets to kick off the third quarter, but the treys would start finding their way down for Silverton. Brown and Lilly Horner combined for three treys and a 9-0 run, a surge that cut the deficit from 17 points to 8 points with 2:33 left in the third. A layup from Kirsten Kuenzi with 15 seconds left gave Silverton momentum and a 30-22 score after three quarters.

Feeding off the momentum from the third, Silverton continued their mountain climb back into contention, closing the deficit to 32-28 in the early minutes of the fourth behind five points from Brown. While the shots weren’t falling for Crook County, Katelynn Weaver was hitting her free throws while the Foxes hit another cold streak, bringing the lead back out to 36-28 with 3:20 left. It was Brown again for Silverton to the rescue, putting up seven straight points to close it to a one-point game with 1:26 left. Paige Traeger hit the go-ahead trey for Silverton with 45 seconds left, giving the Foxes their first lead of the 5A tournament 38-36. However, Weaver would hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to tie the game and send it to overtime tied at 38 apiece.

The clutch free throws of Weaver would come into play again in OT for Crook County, who took a 40-38 lead in the first seconds of the period. Brown responded quickly with a free throw and layup for Silverton, giving the Foxes a 41-40 lead with 2:52 left in OT. McKenzie Jonas hit a layup to get Crook County back in the lead 42-41 and another shot with under a minute left to extend it to 44-41 with 58 seconds left. With 38 seconds left, Paige Traeger hit the game-tying trey for Silverton, knotting it up at 44 apiece. However, it would be the Cowgirls with the final points when McCall Woodward hit the game-winner with six seconds left to get Crook County a 47-44 win over Silverton, advancing them to Saturday’s consolation championship against Willamette.

Emma Bales finished with a huge 17 point, 14 rebound double-double to lead Crook County, and Kyleigh Brown led Silverton with a game-high 25 points in the loss. Silverton finishes the season 21-6 overall, Crook County sits at 22-4 entering Saturday.

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