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Crane boys fall short in OT, girls stay unbeaten in league

Dayville/Monument  (D/M) outscored Crane 11-5 in overtime to pull out a 69-63 High Desert League boys basketball  win on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Crane Union High School.

In a game that featured a number of lead changes, Crane found themselves down 55-50 before going on an 8-0 run to take a three-point lead with less than a minute to play.

The Mustangs missed the front-end of a one-and one that would have bolstered their lead, and the Tigers set up their offense at the other end of the floor. After an errant shot, the Tigers came down with the offensive rebound, passed it out to Dakota Emerson, who banked in a 3-pointer to tie the game with three seconds left on the clock.

The Mustangs had one chance to win the game in regulation, but the shot bounced off the rim, sending the game into the extra period.

Crane outscored D/M 5-3 in the opening minutes of the overtime period, but the Tigers hit a trey to regain the lead with one minute to play, and Crane never scored again.

The Mustangs fell behind 17-13 at the end of the first quarter, and trailed 31-27 at halftime.

Down by five near the end of the third period, the Mustangs’ Joe Valentine and Wyatt Starbuck hit back-to-back 3-pointers, giving Crane a 41-40 lead headed into the final eight minutes.

The Mustangs were led by Starbuck with 19 points, Jack Bentz added 14, and William Clark 13.

All five of D/M’s starters finished in double figures, led by Hayden Schafer with 17 points, and Jordan Bowlus with 16.

Both Crane and D/M are now 8-2 in league, trailing Jordan Valley who sits atop the standings with a 10-1 record.

The Mustangs finish up league play by hosting Adrian on Friday, Feb. 12, and then traveling to Jordan Valley Saturday, Feb. 13.


On Friday, Feb. 5, the Mustangs ran past Burnt River 64-32.


Lady Mustangs

The Crane girls basketball team improved to 10-0 in the High Desert League with a 51-24 win over Dayville/Monument on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Bryanna Dunn scored nine of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter, helping Crane to a 19-8 lead after the first eight minutes of play.

The second quarter saw the Mustangs extend their lead to 32-12 by the halftime break.

Dunn made two baskets and Claire Hammond added a 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the third quarter to help Crane to a 45-19 advantage headed into the final stanza.

With the game in hand, several of Crane’s reserves saw action in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs picked up the win.

Hammond finished with 12 points for Crane, and Cody Perkins and Kayla Mims each added six.


On Friday, Feb. 5, Hammond dropped in 30 points, and Dunn added 12 as Crane defeated Burnt River 76-13 in High Desert League play.

After leading 13-7 at the end of the first period, the Mustangs blew the game open by outscoring the Bulls 31-0 in the second quarter.

Crane then led 59-10 at the end of the third quarter, and outscored Burnt River 17-3 in the final quarter.

The Mustangs’ Morgan Cronin and Perkins each had eight points, and Hannah Maupin and Elizabeth Jenkins finished with six apiece.

The Mustangs will close out their regular season with a pair of league games. They host Adrian on Friday, Feb. 12, and travel to Jordan Valley on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Randy Parks
Editor Randy was born in Iowa, and spent most of his life growing up in the Hawkeye State. After a few years in college, he settled in Idaho for a decade, skiing, golfing, and working at Sun Valley Resort. He married in 1985, completed broadcast school, and moved to Harney County in 1989 to work for KZZR. After 16 years of on-air work, he left the radio station and went to work for the Burns Times-Herald.

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