T-Birds have 2018-19 season end in second round of Region VI Tournament in loss to top-seeded Seward County

Cloud County sophomore Mikaela Meyers (No. 14) sets a ballscreen for freshman Emmiley Hendrixson (No. 3) during Saturday's second round Region VI Tournament game against Seward County
Cloud County sophomore Mikaela Meyers (No. 14) sets a ballscreen for freshman Emmiley Hendrixson (No. 3) during Saturday's second round Region VI Tournament game against Seward County

PARK CITY, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team had its 2018-19 season come to an end Saturday in the second round of the Region VI Tournament, falling 74-59 inside Hartman Arena to No. 1 seed Seward County Community College.

Cloud County (18-13 overall) hung with the top-seeded Lady Saints through the game's first quarter, trailing 19-14, but were done in by an 18-6 run by Seward County to begin the second quarter en route to building a 42-21 lead at the half.

"We had to come out and physically challenge Seward County right away. For the most part, I thought we did that in the first quarter. But we had too many missed opportunities," said Cloud County head coach Brett Erkenbrack. "I don't think we competed hard enough to beat a really good team (Saturday)."

Seward County shot a sizzling 63 percent (17-of-27), compared to the 29 percent (9-of-31) for the T-Birds, in the first half. With the bulk of the Lady Saints' damage being done in transition.

"For the most part, we just didn't get back. We were jogging back on defense and Seward County was pushing the ball and getting layups," Erkenbrack said. "We'd miss a shot, jog back, and they'd get a layup and that can make the game get away from you in a hurry. Seward County's guards are very athletic and their big people are strong. They certainly deserved to win. I just thought we could have put up more of a fight."

The T-Birds were able to finish out the game strong, outscoring the Lady Saints, 30-8, over the final 10 minutes.

Sophomore forward Scout Frame led all scorers with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds to go with one block and one steal.

She joins Stanecia Graham (2005-07) as the only two Cloud County women's players to finish their careers with more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Frame will graduate fourth in scoring (1,010) and fifth in rebounding (514).

"To score over 1,000 points and grab over 500 rebounds, you have to be really doing something and you have to do it consistently for two years," Erkenbrack said. "That's right at about 16 points and 8.5 rebounds a night. Those are really good numbers. There were coaches here to talk to her (Saturday) so hopefully she'll land at a good spot and have a good career at the next level."

Frame was joined in double-figures Saturday by freshman guard Lydia Ostenson with 10 points, two blocks, two rebounds and two assists in her 15 minutes off the bench.

Fellow freshman guards Emmiley Hendrixson followed with nine points and three assists, and Chase Siedlik had five points and two assists.

They are a trio that will be looked at to help carry the torch next season alongside Maeson Dewey, Faith Martin, Chiara De Virgilio and Cathryn Whitehead, all of whom recorded playing time in Saturday's game.

Being able to get the experience of playoff basketball as a freshman is an asset Erkenbrack said he hopes helps the 2019-2020 T-Birds return to Hartman Arena again next season.

"I think it's always critical that we get down here (Hartman Arena) at least and play in the actual Region VI Tournament atmosphere," Erkenbrack said. "It's a good experience for our freshmen to be here and know what to expect next year when hopefully we're back and can stay all three days."

As of Saturday, the T-Birds are unsure of the future statuses of redshirt freshmen Kamryn Collins, who helped get Cloud County into the second round with an 18-point and 10-rebound performance in the opener against Dodge City, and the team's leading rebounder this season, Cassidy Haufler.

Both players spent time at different institutions as true freshman, but were able to make significant impacts this season on and off the court as leaders alongside Frame and sophomore forward, Mikaela Meyers.

"Having just two sophomores returning in Scout and Mikaela, we needed some maturity and some experience, so what Cassidy and Kamryn did for us this season was wonderful," Erkenbrack said. "Mikaela was a steady performer and producer for two years. She is also really one of the greatest ambassadors for Cloud County women's basketball. She's a 4.0 student and wonderful young lady. She'll do very well in life with whatever she chooses."