IOLA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team returned to its winning ways on Wednesday, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 93-74 road victory over Allen County Community College.
No one exemplified the turnaround better than freshman forward Scout Frame, who entered the game leading the T-Birds in scoring at 14.9 points per game. After being limited to 9.0 points per game on 24 percent shooting over the last three games, the Kinsley native exploded for a career-high 40 points on 15-of-20 shooting and a 10-for-14 mark at the free-throw line.
Frame added 12 rebounds to notch her sixth double-double of the season for good measure. She is now just the third player in Cloud County's history to score 40 points or more and is tied for the fourth best single-game mark in school history with Tawana Jackson (twice in 1993-94) and Miklannet Tennal (2001-02). The school record is 49 points set by Jackson in 1993-94 against Northern Oklahoma.
"We did a lot better job of getting the ball to Scout in positions she could do some good with it. The way Allen County was defending us, it opened up some things for her and it was a great effort on her part," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "She scored in a variety of ways. She had a nice jump shot, she was more aggressive going to the basket, and she did a pretty decent job at the free-throw line."
Cloud County (11-4 overall, 8-4 KJCCC) were able to jump out to a 46-32 lead at the half behind 53 percent shooting — the T-Birds finished the night at 52 percent — and never let Allen County inch any closer than 12 the rest of the way.
Four players finished in double-figures for the T-Birds. Joining Frame was sophomores Kennedy Gay and Kelsi Mueller with 13 points apiece, while freshman guard Carrie Davis also added 13 points and a team-high six assists in her second career start.
Cloud won the rebounding battled for the 12th time this season, 52-31, over the Red Devils (4-12 overall, 2-12 KJCCC) and limited its turnovers to 14; the third lowest total in a game for the T-Birds this season.
"We got back to more who and what we are," Erkenbrack said. "We've been a team where, when we go after the ball hard off the boards and don't turn the ball over, it's been a pretty good combination for us and a good recipe for success. During that three-game stretch, we faltered in both of those areas. We were a little more in character (Wednesday) and we'll build from here. We needed a confidence boost and we got that tonight."
The T-Birds will look to build off Wednesday's performance when they return home to host Independence Community College (11-4 overall, 9-3 KJCCC) at 6 p.m. on Saturday.