Sophomore trio powers T-Birds past Kansas Wesleyan JV

Sophomore trio powers T-Birds past Kansas Wesleyan JV

CONCORDIA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 75-50 win over a solid Kansas Wesleyan University JV team, which had entered Arley Bryant Gymnasium on Monday sporting a spotless 3-0 record.

"They (Coyotes) are one of the best JV teams we've played in a long time. They've beaten Lamar Community College and Colby Community College," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "That's a pretty good group they sent up here."

Kansas Wesleyan JV did not have a true forward on its roster, but compensated with quickness. The Coyotes alternated between a 2-3 and 3-2 zone defense sets, giviing Cloud County fits to begin the evening as the T-Birds managed just an 18-13 lead after the first quarter of play.

"We shot some quick shots against that zone and I didn't think our post play was what it needed to be, offensively, early on," Erkenbrack said. "But we settled down a little bit. Kaley (Broeckelman) and Jenna (Clasen) each shot the ball well, and I thought Erin (Alexander) played pretty good."

Sophomore guards Kaley Broeckelman and Jenna Clasen combined to make seven of Cloud County's nine made 3-pointers on Monday, including four in the second quarter, to punish the Coyotes' zone defense and balloon the T-Birds' lead to 39-23 at the half.

Broeckelman led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. While she was lighting up the perimeter, fellow sophomores Erin Alexander and Simone Walker were dominating the glass as each finished with double-doubles. Alexander tallied 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, with Walker adding 13 points and 11 boards.

Alexander's production was an encouraging sign for the T-Birds after she missed the season opener due to back soreness.

"She didn't skip a beat," said Erkernbrack, referring to his First-Team All-Conference forward. "I don't know if Erin is 100 percent, but she's close. She provides us with a lot of comfort on both ends of the floor. Having her back there defensively makes a huge difference for us and she has a calming effect on us, offensively. It's good to have her back."

Up next for the T-Birds will be their final non-conference game before the start of Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) play, which opens up Saturday on the road against Dodge City Community College.

Cloud County will host York JV at 6 p.m. on Wednesday inside Arley Bryant Gymnasium.

"It's hard to realize how early we are in the season when we have conference play starting this week," Erkenbrack said. "We've got to be more efficient offensively (Wednesday). I think we've taken, not necessarily bad shots, but quick shots. We've done some uncharacteristically silly things offensively. Defensively, I'd like to see us rebound a little stronger and guard the dribble a little harder. But we're getting there."