Girls Basketball Season Ends Abruptly
The Cook County Vikings season came to an abrupt end on Wednesday night with a 66-57 loss to the Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers. The Rangers jumped out to a quick 19-1 lead over the Vikings behind 15 Charlotte Overbye points. After a couple of timeouts, the Vikings regrouped and got back to doing what they do best, playing tough defense, rebounding, and attacking the basket. Going hard to the basket led to a nice run that got the Vikes back in the game. After a couple of free throws from sophomores Taylor Ryden and Theresa Morrin, junior Ashley Deschampe scored 12 of the next 14 points, including two 3’s. The Rangers got another 3 and two free throws from Overbye and the Vikes got a late put back bucket from junior Molly Zafft to send both teams into halftime with the score MIB 28-CC 24.
The second half saw both teams battling back and forth, with the Ranger lead staying between 3-7 points for the first 10 minutes of the half. The Vikings ran into a big bump in the road at the 7 minute mark when they turned the ball over 3 straight possessions and the Rangers scored on their 3 possessions to build the lead to 10. Overbye went on two separate runs in the 2nd half where she scored 8 and 10 straight Ranger points as she willed her team to victory. The Vikings played their hardest and despite being in constant foul trouble, put up a battle until the end. Overbye led the Rangers with 39 points, including six 3’s and 7-10 from the free throw line, while no other MIB player was in double figures. The Vikings were led by Deschampe’s 31 points, including five 3’s and 8-8 from the free throw line. Ryden scored 8 points for the Vikings, doing all her damage from the free throw line, going 8-12 from the stripe, including 5-6 down the stretch. Senior Brea Boomer was held in check by the Rangers and chipped in 8 points, almost 10 below her season average. Senior Ailee Larson, junior Bekah Laky, and Morrin all struggled to get their offense going, too, but all played good defense and rebounded well. Both teams combined for 52 free throw attempts as the game really lacked flow.
The Viking season ends with a 20-4 record, with all four losses coming to teams that are playing in Section Championship games. The Vikings only lose two seniors off a roster that returns 10 solid underclassmen for next season. Those seniors, though, Ailee Larson and Brea Boomer, are special players that will be sorely missed, on the court and especially off the court where they are great leaders. Both girls had awesome careers and set great examples of what success real dedication can lead to.
I would like to take the time to thank everyone involved in making this season a special one. Our coaching staff, John Jacobsen, Kim Linnell, and Kelly Roberts put in a lot of time in developing our younger players and helping out with the Varsity. They often times go unnoticed but they do so much to make the season run smoothly and cannot be thanked enough. I’d like to thank the parents who put so much time into traveling to games and practices and support the team. It’s often times not easy (or cheap) to travel to games when you live in Cook County but we’ve had amazing support all season from our parents and fans and it really means a lot to the team to see a lot of familiar faces at games. Another thank you should go out to WTIP, Dick Dorr, and Norman Moe for broadcasting our games, running interviews with the girls, and promoting the team to the entire county and state. Most thanks (and congratulations) should go to the girls, who put in a ton of time, work, and dedication to making this a great season. They are a phenomenal team, entertaining to watch, and great kids to represent Cook County. It’s been a real pleasure working with this great group of girls.
Thanks. Coach T.J. Super
Mountain Iron-Buhl � Allie Knutti 2, Charlotte Overbye 40, Kathy Ostman 7, Laura Ostman 2, Bailey Knuti 3, Dakotah Winans 8, Sarah Overbye 4. Totals 21 18-27 66.
3-point goals � C. Overbye 6.
Cook County � Ailee Larson 2, Ashley Deschampe 31, Taylor Ryden 8, Bekah Laky 3, Theresa Morin 3, Molly Zafft 2, Brea Boomer 8. Totals 17 18-26 57.
3-popint goals � Deschampe 5