CONCORDIA, Kansas — For a reigning First-Team All-KJCCC player, Cloud County Community College women's basketball sophomore Erin Alexander can sometimes fly under the radar. The forward out of Washington, Kansas does so many things well, and on such a consistent basis, that her filling up a boxscore has because as routine as the AC/DC hit "Thunderstruck" booming inside Arley Bryant Gymnasium.
Chalk up Saturday's match against Pratt Community College as just another day at the office for Alexander as she led the Thunderbirds to a dominating 88-52 home victory over Pratt.
"I thought it was a big key early in the ball game that we get Erin the ball," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "A lot of times Erin will have 16-18 points and it iss kind of quiet. She does so many little things for us, like creating steals for other people because she is deflecting passes. I've said it over and over, she gives us a lot of confidence on the defensive end just by us knowing we have her back there."
Alexander put on a clinic Saturday, especially in the first half as she nearly tallied what would end up being her seventh double-double of the season during the first 20 minutes. She scored 19 of her game-high 22 points, grabbed eight of her 12 rebounds, and added a pair of steals and a blocked shot during the first half for good measure.
She's finish with two blocks and dish out three assists, as well, while playing turnover free basketball in just 28 minutes as the T-Birds had the game well in hand.
Cloud County (14-6 overall, 11-6 KJCCC) grabbed control of the game early, leading 26-9 through the first quarter of play, and took a comfortable 43-24 lead into the break.
Kelsi Mueller (nine points) and Amaris Jones (eight points) were again solid in the starting lineup, and sophomore guard Kaley Broeckelman got going again as she was the third T-Bird in double-figures with 13 points. She added seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in her 26 minutes, as well.
Cloud County shot 42 percent for the game, while limiting Pratt to a 27 percent mark from the floor.
The T-Birds also dominated points in the paint (46-20), points off turnovers (24-8) and second chance points (25-9).
"It wasn't always pretty, but for the most part we were effective," Erkenbrack said. "We got everybody involved and walk out of here with a positive feeling. We had lost two games in a row to very good teams (No.4 Hutchinson and No. 7 Seward County). Naturally, doesn't matter who you you're your confidence might be a little bit shaken, so we needed a win and to get everyone involved."
Cloud County will look to build of the win as it turns its attention toward a road matchup with Coffeyville Community College (14-6 overall, 13-4 KJCCC) on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.