T-Birds dominate in home opener, cruise to 92-54 win over Kansas Wesleyan JV

Cloud County sophomore Kamryn Collins scored a game-high 19 points in Tuesday's 92-54 win.
Cloud County sophomore Kamryn Collins scored a game-high 19 points in Tuesday's 92-54 win.

CONCORDIA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team put on a show on Tuesday in its 2018-19 debut inside the friendly confines of Arley Bryant Gymnasium as the T-Birds steamrolled Kansas Wesleyan University JV by a final of 92-54.

Cloud County (2-0) had five players finish in double-figures, led by sophomore guard Kamryn Collins with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, seven assists and four steals. The T-Birds also punished the visiting Coyotes (0-3) on the defensive end with 20 steals and eight blocked shots.

"I saw a lot of good things. I thought we passed the ball real well, we ran well in the open floor, and at times I thought we were devastating in transition," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "We got production from a lot of people. We made a few little mistakes here and there that cost us. But for the most part it was another good effort by our team with some tremendous individual performances."

Joining Collins in the "tremendous" category was freshman guard Emmiley Hendrixson and sophomore forward Cassidy Haufler.

Hendrixson put her fingerprints all over the stat sheet Tuesday as she finished with 13 points, team highs in assists (8) and steals (6), and the 5-foot, 3-inch point guard also recorded a pair of blocks.

As for Haufler, the sophomore transfer tallied her second straight double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds

"Emmiley was outstanding; little freshman coming in there and filling the stat sheet like she did," Erkenbrack said. "And Cassidy Haufler was outstanding. I think we're doing a pretty good job of getting her the basketball in some good places, especially early, then she draws a lot of attention."

Sophomore forwards Scout Frame and Destiny Pittman rounded out the T-Birds in double-figures with 11 points each, respectively, while freshman forward Faith Martin added nine points and five rebounds.

After holding a comfortable lead of 46-30 at the break, the T-Birds officially blew the game open in the third quarter as they outscored Kansas Wesleyan JV, 26-9, while shooting at a 53 percent (10-of-19) clip.

Cloud County finished with a commanding 39-11 advantage in points off turnovers, and a 24-2 lead in fast break points.

"This team is doing a better job than (past teams) earlier in the season of keeping our heads up and passing the ball to the open person down the floor," Erkenbrack said. "I think offensively we're probably a little farther ahead than teams we've had in recent memory."

The T-Birds will look to build off Tuesday's victory when they take on a pair of NJCAA Division I programs this Friday and Saturday at the Hampton Inn Reiver Classic, hosted by Iowa Western Community College.

Cloud County plays at 1 p.m. each day against Jefferson College and Western Nebraska Community College, respectively.

"Jefferson College is a talented ballclub. We saw them a little bit in Lawrence at the showcase, so we'll certainly have to play well. They have a little bit of everything kind of like us. They have some size, quickness, athletes and shooters," Erkenbrack said. "Then with Western Nebraska on Saturday, it is a very good team. They are a top-25 caliber ballclub and I believe they went to the national tournament last year and have a lot of good players. It'll be a real good test of where we are at this point of the season."