PRATT, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team started its Thanksgiving break on a high note, snapping a mini two-game losing streak Tuesday with a 102-40 thumping of Pratt Community College.
"I thought this win was very important. It was important for us to play well, get everybody involved, and head into this short Thanksgiving break with a good feeling about ourselves," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "We had good production from a lot of different players. This was a different level than the games we played last week (against nationally ranked teams), but we did a lot of good things."
The T-Birds improved to 5-2 overall on the year and evened their Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) record at 2-2, with the two losses coming to No. 9 Hutchinson and No. 20 Seward County.
Cloud County controlled Tuesday's game from the opening tip, leaping out to a 23-8 lead after the first quarter. Defensively, the T-Birds limited the Beavers (1-7 overall, 0-4 KJCCC) to single-digit point totals in three of the four quarters.
"The first quarter was critical. Kaley Broeckelman hit some nice shots for us and I think Erin Alexander asserted herself offensively, especially that first half," Erkenbrack said. "We were also active defensively. I thought it was important that we have a quick start and we did."
Broeckelman and Alexander each finished with 18 points to lead Cloud County, which had 11 different players score on the night. Joining the duo in double-figures were sophomores Chelcie Kizart (16 points), Jenna Clasen (11 points) and Simone Walker (10 points).
The T-Birds will be back at home after the holiday at 6 p.m. on Saturday when they host Coffeyville Community College.