The Rangers can't overcome a poor shooting night in their loss to the Vikings on Tuesday.

PAMPLIN MEDIA: CONNER WILLIAMS - Estacada's Domingo Tellis positions himself for a rebound.

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Estacada has proven this season that when they shoot the ball well, they are a very competitive team — like when they hit seven 3-pointers in a 68-57 win over Elmira back on Dec. 8. However, it was Estacada's shooting woes that ended up costing them their game against Colton.

Eli Crombie led the Rangers with 14 points, but it wasn't enough as Estacada fell to Colton 58-42 on Tuesday Dec. 19.

Estacada was 1-for-17 from behind in the arc in the first half.

"When you shoot as poorly as we did, there isn't a lot that you can do," Estacada head coach Kelly Norman said. "Our shooting put us in a hole that we just couldn't climb out of."

Despite the lack of offense, Estacada was solid defensively throughout the whole contest. The Rangers only gave up 29 points in the for half and 40 through the first three quarters — Colton had been averaging more than 60 points per game over their last two contests.

But in the final period, the Vikings struck for 18 points and were able to expose the Rangers in transition.

"Overall we played really well on defense. (Colton) was just able to break out press in the fourth quarter," Norman said. "We were playing a little scrambled and we committed some costly turnovers that magnified everything…When we are shooting poorly, we can't let that effect the other parts of our game. It was demoralizing to us."

Look for extended coverage in the Dec. 28 print edition.

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