T-Birds stomp Lady Busters, 92-56, to win fifth straight

T-Birds stomp Lady Busters, 92-56, to win fifth straight

GARDEN CITY, Kansas — In the midst of Finals Week, the Cloud County Community College women's basketball team passed its final road test of the fall semester on Wednesday with a convincing 92-56 victory over Garden City Community College.

The win marked the fifth straight for Cloud County (9-2 overall, 6-2 KJCCC), which was led by sophomore forward Erin Alexander as she tied a career high with 28 points on 13-for-17 shooting. Alexander, who also tied for a team-high eight rebounds Wednesday, last scored 28 points back on Nov. 21, 2015 versus Clarendon.

"She was aggressive and assertive, offensively, which was good for us and she shot the ball tremendously well," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "Everyone shot the ball pretty well (Wednesday)."

Alexander highlighted what was the latest lights out shooting performance for the T-Birds as they shot 58.7 percent from the floor —62.5 percent in the second half — and 52.6 from 3-point distance.

Cloud County was equally as impressive on the defensive end of the floor as it held the Lady Busters (5-6 overall, 3-5 KJCCC) to 32.8 percent shooting from the field.

"I thought we played great in the second half, defensively, and we were really active on the boards," said Erkenbrack, who saw his team win the rebounding battle, 42-23. "We had tremendous production from our returning sophomores. Erin was fantastic. I thought Chelcie Kizart really set the tempo for us, offensively, and then Kaley Broeckelman had some 3-pointers in the third quarter that broke the game open."

Broeckelman finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, 5-of-10 from behind the arc, marking the fourth straight game she has tallied 18 points or more, while Kizart was one assist shy of a double-double with 17 points (7-of-9 shooting) and nine assists.

Fellow sophomore, forward Simone Walker, was the fourth T-Bird in double-figures with 11 points. Freshman guard Kelsi Mueller chipped in nine points and five assists.

Cloud County will conclude the fall semester action at 2 p.m. Sunday when it hosts Butler Community College to end a grueling week, on and off the court.

"I was real proud of them (Wednesday). Garden City is a good team and a tough place to play," Erkenbrack said. "To be able to really lead wire-to-wire, I'm real proud of our effort and our focus. Hopefully we can play well again Sunday. We'll take tomorrow off because a lot of the girls have 8 a.m. finals., and some have two or three finals. It's a tough week, but we got a big win on the road."

Notes: Wednesday's win was the first trip back to Garden City for Cloud County assistant coach John Rutherford and sophomore guard Jenna Clasen as the two each came to Cloud County this year after spending 2015-16 with the Broncbusters.