T-Birds top Trojans to win fourth straight

T-Birds top Trojans to win fourth straight

CONCORDIA, Kansas — Like the whipping winds of west Kansas, the Cloud County Community College women's basketball team steadily and persistently wore out Colby Community College, eventually blowing away the visiting Trojans with a 90-47 rout Saturday inside Arley Bryant Gymnasium.

The T-Birds (8-2 overall, 5-2 KJCCC) held a comfortable 44-29 lead at the half. But it was over the finally 20 minutes where they really slammed the door shut on Colby (3-8 overall, 1-6 KJCCC), outscoring the Trojans 46-18 thanks in large part to a punishing performance inside.

"I like how we played the second half. We had a sluggish first half," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "Kaley (Broeckelman) was good offensively and Erin (Alexander) played really solid on both ends."

Cloud County outscored Colby 48-26 in the paint and outrebounded the Trojans 47-24, which included 20 offensive rebounds by the T-Birds that they cashed in for 20 second-chance points.

"Colby is improved from last year, but I thought we really wore them down with our defense," Erkenbrack said.

The T-Birds forced 18 turnovers by Colby, while limiting their giveaways to eight, and limited Colby to 35 percent shooting for the game.

Sophomore forward Erin Alexander was everywhere Saturday night for the T-Birds as she tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while adding three assists and a blocked shot.

Joining her in double-figures were fellow sophomores Kaley Broeckelman, Chelcie Kizart and Simone Walker.

Broeckelman poured in a game-high 20 points on 5-for-11 shooting and dished out a season-high six assists. The pride of Beloit, Kansas also led the T-Birds with three steals and a pair of blocks.

Kizart and Walker finished with 18 points and 10 points, respectively, while freshman forward Kennedy Gay had another solid evening off the bench with five points, eight rebounds and a pair of assists in her 17 minutes.

Cloud County, which has now won four straight games, will finish off the fall semester next week with a road trip to Garden City and a home matinee game on Sunday against Butler Community College. Wednesday's road game is scheduled for 6 p.m., while Sunday's contest is scheduled for 2 p.m.