Cloud County rolls to an 85-46 road win over Red Devils

Sophomore guard Kaley Broeckelman
Sophomore guard Kaley Broeckelman

IOLA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team picked up its third straight win, and sixth victory in its last seven games, in dominating fashion on Saturday as the T-Birds rolled to an 85-46 rout of Allen Community College.

"We're playing a lot better of late and I really like and appreciate how we've played on the road here recently. The one game we've lost (in the seven-game stretch) we played pretty well on the road against Butler until we had the little meltdown in the second half," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "All of our sophomores are understanding the urgency of where we're at. We're getting down to the end of the season and there's no reason to hold anything back now."

The sophomore guard duo of Chelcie Kizart and Kaley Broeckelman were dynamic again on both ends of the floor for the T-Birds (20-8 overall, 17-8 KJCCC). Broeckelman poured in a game-high 19 points and added six rebounds, six assists and five steals, while Kizart followed with 15 points, five rebounds and six steals.

As a team, the T-Birds finished with 17 steals and a 38-8 advantage in points off turnovers.

After holding a 36-28 lead at the break, Cloud buried Allen in the second half, outscoring the Red Devils 47-20 over the final 20 minutes. The T-Birds' defense limited Allen to six second-half field goals and 29 percent shooting for the game.

"I thought we were active with our hands again, deflected a lot of passes, and kept them (Red Devils) from doing what they wanted to do," Erkenbrack said. "We did a pretty decent job of rebounding the basketball as well (43-33). Those things lend themselves to holding teams down."

Sophomore forward Shannon Owens chipped in 10 points and five boards, and Erin Alexander went for eight points, a team-high seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Freshmen Kelsi Mueller and Kennedy Gay rounded out the T-Birds in double-figures as each finished with 10 points apiece.

Cloud County will look to extend its win streak to four on Monday when it closes out the regular season against Independence Community College on Sophomore Night.

"We have a mature group and I think everyone understands we have pretty high goals and aspirations past Monday night," Erkenbrack said. "We want to end the regular season well and set ourselves up for the best possible situation entering the playoffs."

Monday's matchup with the Lady Pirates will get underway at 6 p.m. inside Arley Bryant Gymnasium.