Cloud outscores Dodge City, 70-10, in the paint en route to 113-53 victory

Sophomore Amaris Jones
Sophomore Amaris Jones

CONCORDIA, Kansas — On Monday, the Cloud County Community College women's basketball team was lethal from the perimeter in its 76-62 victory over Independence, shooting 12-of-27 (44 percent) from 3-point distance against Indy's 2-3 zone.

Just 48 hours later, back on their home floor against Dodge City Community College, the T-Birds again faced a 2-3 zone. This time it was the "bigs" who dominated as Cloud County had a staggering 70-10 points in the paint advantage in its 113-53 rout of the Conquistadors. 

According to available records, the 113 points were the most scored in a game by Cloud County (13-4 overall, 10-4 KJCCC) since the school record 129 points the T-Birds put up against Hastings College JV in 2008-09.

"I thought our post players did a great job of establishing their post early and then our guards did a good job of getting them the ball," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "Not only did we finish well in the post, but had some nice interior passing. We were outstanding offensively all night."

Sophomore forward Erin Alexander led the way with a team-high 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting. Fellow forwards Simone Walker (13 points), Kennedy Gay (12 points) and Shannon Owens (11 points) were all in double-figures, as well, while sophomore forward Amaris Jones added eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds following her insertion into the starting lineup.

Cloud County's guards also got in on the action as sophomore Kaley Broeckelman tallied 18 points and point guard Chelcie Kizart added 10 points and six assists. The T-Birds shot 58 percent for the game and all 11 players who saw the court on Wednesday recorded a point.

After jumping out to a 21-13 lead through the first quarter, the T-Birds buried the Conquistadors in the second and third quarters, outscoring Dodge City 71-19 during those 20 minutes.

Defensively, Cloud County held Dodge City to 33 percent shooting for the game. The duo of Kelsi Mueller and Alexis Gifford split time guarding Alexus Johnson, the Conquistadors' leading scorer who entered Wednesday leading the conference in scoring at 19.2 points per game, to just 10 on 4-of-14 shooting.

"Kelsi Mueller had great effort again and Alexis just came off the bench and worked her tail off guarding Alexus Johnson," Erkenbrack said.

Up next for Cloud County will be a rematch with No. 5 ranked Hutchinson Community College at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Blue Dragons are tied atop the KJCCC standings at 17-1 overall and 13-1 in conference. They defeated Cloud County 66-50 back on Nov. 16, but Erkenbrack said he believes both teams will be improved since their first meeting and ready to go Saturday.

"I think we're a different team and Hutch probably is too since that first game," Erkenbrack said. "Hutch is certainly one of the better teams in the country and we're going to have to go down there and play well. But if we play well, I feel good about our chances of going down there and beating them."