Coffeyville edges Cloud County, 72-64

Sophomore point guard Chelcie Kizart
Sophomore point guard Chelcie Kizart

The Cloud County women's basketball team fell, 72-64, Wednesday on the road against third place Coffeyville Community College.

Cloud County (14-7 overall, 11-7 KJCCC) was led by sophomore point guard Chelcie Kizart as she tallied a team-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

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

Alexander finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots, while Broeckelman and Walker each added 10 points apiece.

After trailing 23-20 following the first quarter, the T-Birds outscored the Red Ravens (15-6 overall, 14-4 KJCCC) 14-11 in the second quarter to send the teams into the half deadlocked at 34-34.

Cloud County outshot Coffeyville on the night (42 percent to 35 percent), but free throws and offensive rebounds were enough to give the Red Ravens the edge.

Coffeyville was 18-of-23 (78 percent) at the free-throw line, while Cloud was limited to just 13 attempts (10-of-13, 77 percent).

The Red Ravens also owned a 22-14 advantage in second chance points on 18 offensive rebounds.

"We gave up way too many second-chance opportunities and I thought in the second half we had critical turnovers that really turned the game, forced us to play uphill the rest of the night," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "It seemed like we were chasing the game in the second half. Coffeyville was more aggressive than we were, especially rebounding, and it made big shots and free throws."

The two Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference foes combined for 12 ties and three lead changes during Wednesday's game.

Up next for the T-Birds will be their Homecoming game against Neosho County (9-13 overall, 6-12 KJCCC) at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Cloud County will be honoring the 1979-80 women and men's basketball teams that evening as the duo will be inducted into the Cloud County Athletics Hall of Fame.

"I hope that we get better between now and (Saturday) and give a good effort," Erkenbrack said. "Neosho is a team that has improved since we last saw them. We need to come out and have a nice performance. I hope we have a good crowd, and I think we will. It should be a fun night for everyone involved with players and coaches back here from those 1979-80 teams."