Cloud County improves to 4-1 on the season with 62-26 win over Doane University JV

Cloud County sophomore forward Cassidy Haufler recorded her third double-double of the season in Monday's 62-26 win.
Cloud County sophomore forward Cassidy Haufler recorded her third double-double of the season in Monday's 62-26 win.

CONCORDIA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team grinded out a 62-26 blowout win over Doane University JV on Monday, tipping of a stretch of four of its next five games inside the friendly confines of Arley Bryant Gymnasium.

Cloud County (4-1) was never threatened by the visiting Tigers, and the end result was certainly the desired one, but the feeling inside the T-Birds' locker room was there was a handful of missed opportunities left on the floor.

"There was some good and bad. It was a mixed bag," said Cloud County head coach Brett Erkenbrack. "Cassidy Haufler was really good with 14 points and 13 rebounds in about 19 minutes of play. She was dominant inside and Scout Frame ended up scoring quite a bit for us. I kind of question how we can play a team like Doane JV, which came down here with seven players and knew they wouldn't be real strong. We should have been able to score more than 62 points (Monday)."

The double-double for Haufler was her third through the first five games this season. Cloud County also received a game-high 20 points from Frame to go with nine rebounds, giving its starting frontcourt a total of 34 points and 22 rebounds.

Cloud County finished with a 44-6 advantage in points in the paint and 30-5 lead in points off turnovers. Defensively, the Cloud County didn't allow a field goal in the first or third quarters while limiting the Tigers to 16 percent shooting.

While the frontcourt flourished against the Tigers, the T-Birds' starting backcourt struggled to get their shots to drop on Monday, combining for one point.

Despite the tough night shooting the basketball, freshmen guards Emmiley Hendrixson and Chiara De Virgilio found other ways to contribute as Hendrixson finished with a game-high 11 assists and De Virgilio picked off a game-high seven steals.

"We weren't hitting any shots, certainly. We were concentrating on getting the ball inside a bit and I think we passed up some comfortable shots and passed up some scoring opportunities," Erkenbrack said. "What's frustrating for me is to see a lot of opportunities on the floor, 2-on-1 and 3-on-2, where it looks like we have a layup opportunity and we end trying to force a pass that ends up in a turnover or missed shot. We have to tighten that up and be a little more aggressive."

Fortunately, the T-Birds got a nice lift from their bench Monday as freshmen guards Lydia Ostenson and Chase Siedlik went for 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

Ostenson also added two steals and two blocks, while Siedlik chipped in four rebounds and a pair of assists in the win.

"Chase looked more comfortable (Monday). I thought she had a good ballgame on both ends. She did some good things defensively and hit some shots against the zone," Erkenbrack. "Lydia is such a good athlete that she runs by people and had a couple three-point play opportunities. She gives us a whole difference dimension out there with her speed and quickness."

Freshman forward Maeson Dewey added three points and four rebounds in 11 minutes, as well.

Cloud County will now look to fine tune some things in practice Tuesday before hosting North Platte Community College at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The T-Birds won 86-48 over the Lady Knights to open the season back on Nov. 4, outscoring North Platte, 52-25, over the final 20 minutes.

"Hopefully (on Wednesday) we play a little better early. We didn't start that first game against them very well, but we played well in the second half," Erkenbrack said. "And hopefully we'll play better Wednesday than we did today. I'm just looking for us to progress. The last two ballgames haven't been great for us but had a good result tonight. I hope we come out sharp on Wednesday."