By Debbie Raney

Brenda Otley puts pressure on the Prairie City ballhandler. (Photo by DEBBIE RANEY)

Burns Times-Herald

The Crane Mustang varsity girls ended their Christmas break and began their basketball league season last weekend on the road against the Prairie City Panthers and Dayville/Monument Tigers. Crane defeated both teams, upping their overall record to 9-1.

The Mustangs beat Prairie City 59-29. Crane started out slow, leading by only three at the end of the first quarter, but picked up intensity during the second quarter.

Brenda Otley knocked down back-to-back shots on the Mustangs’ first two possessions of the second quarter, setting a quick pace for Crane. Jessie Loper-Maley and Hannah Buermann kept the momentum going for the Mustangs with steals at the top of the Panthers’ offense. Emilee O’Toole and Paige Landon both scored on second-chance shots, and the Mustangs pulled to a 32-13 lead at halftime.

Crane hit 13 points in the third period, but Prairie City’s Katie Cary continued to score inside the key as well. Going into the final quarter, the Mustangs were up 45-24.

Cassidy Corrigan hit two inside shots during the fourth, and Buermann knocked down a three from the baseline to increase the Mustangs’ lead.

Buermann ended the game as Crane’s leading scorer with 18 points. Maley-Loper had 12, Otley put in eight and O’Toole hit for seven. Corrigan made six, Landon scored four and Hannah Steeves made two.

1     2      3     4     Final
Cra    12    20    13    14    59
PC     9      4     11     5     29

Crane defeated the Dayville/Monument Tigers, 33-25, on Saturday, but the game wouldn’t have been as close had the Mustangs hit a larger percentage of their free throws. Crane went to the line 16 times, hitting only seven.

Crane led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter on Corrigan, Maley-Loper and Buermann shots. By the half, Otley, O’Toole, Maley-Loper and Corrigan had spread the Mustangs’ lead to 19-12.

The Tigers ran even with the Mustangs during the third quarter, with each team upping their score by seven points.

Crane put seven more on the board during the fourth quarter, with Steeves hitting two and Buermann making three of her team-leading nine points for the game.

Otley ended the game with seven points and Maley-Loper and Corrigan put in five each. O’Toole scored four, Steeves made two and Landon had one point.

1     2      3     4     Final
Cra    8     11    7      7        33
D/M    6     6     7     6         25

Crane’s varsity will play in Burnt River this Friday, and the J.V. team will host  Jordan Valley on Saturday.

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