Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

By GERRY STEELE

gsteele@bakercityherald.com

A solid Crook County squad put Baker away early Friday in a Class 4A girls basketball play-in game at Prineville.

Crook County bolted from the gate on the way to a 74-35 victory, ending Baker's season.

"They were a lot better team than what we'd seen on film," said Baker coach Tim Smith.

"They came out and ran a different defense than what we'd seen, and we didn't adjust quickly enough.

"They put a lot of on-ball pressure on us and we didn't handle it well in the first half," Smith said.

"We just got outplayed in the first half. The girls were a little bit intimidated."

Crook County led 41-15 at halftime.

Michelle Freese led Baker with eight points. Marley Robb added seven.

BAKER (35)

Robb 3 1-2 7, A. Smith 1 0-1 2, Brown 1 0-1 2, Freese 2 4-7 8, Trees 0 2-2 2, Birkmaier, Bachman 1 0-0 2, Kercheski, E. Smith, Overton 1 2-2 4, Chaves 1 1-2 3, Duman 1 2-2 4. Totals 11 12-19 35.

CROOK COUNTY (74) andshy;

Barton 1 0-0 2, Apperson 0 2-2 2, Buswell 5 5-6 15, Loper 4 2-5 12, Lindburg 2 0-0 5, Morgan 3 2-4 10, Walker 2 2-2 6, Solomon 2 0-0 4, Ovens 2 3-3 7, McKenzie 0 1-2 1, Saenz 0 2-2 2, Johnston 3 2-2 8. Totals 24 21-28 74.

Baker andshy; 9

6

8

12 - 35

Crook Countyandshy; 26

15

11

22 - 74

Three-point baskets - Loper 2, Lindburg, Morgan 2. Fouled out -none. Total fouls -Baker 19, Crook County 15. Technicals -none.

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