COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team stayed undefeated on the young season Friday afternoon, cruising to a 73-57 victory over Jefferson College on the first day of the Hampton Inn Reiver Classic, hosted by Iowa Western Community College.
Cloud County (3-0 overall) was paced on Friday by sophomore forward Scout Frame as the Second-Team All-Region VI player finished with a season-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting and tied for the team high with nine rebounds.
"We got her the basketball in some good positions to score, she ran the floor well and she was active," said Cloud County head coach Brett Erkenbrack of Frame. "We wanted to try and get the ball inside against Jefferson because we thought we had an advantage there."
As a team, Cloud County outrebounded Jefferson College, 29-21, and held a 40-28 advantage in points in the paint.
Their work inside started to wear down the Vikings (1-2 overall) as the game progressed as, after owning a slim 16-13 lead after the first quarter, the T-Birds outscored Jefferson College, 23-11, in the period to extend its lead to 39-24 at the half.
Frame scored seven of her 24 points during that second quarter surge, and freshman Lydia Ostenson added five of her career-high 11 points to help ignite the offense.
Sophomore forward Mikaela Meyers would also provide a spark off the bench as she filled up the stat sheet in her 11 minutes, producing nine points on 3-of-3 shooting, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
"Mikaela and Lydia really gave us a lift coming off the bench," Erkenbrack said. "I thought they settled the game for us and created some more opportunities for us in the open floor."
Cloud County also snatched seven of its 12 offensive rebounds in the second quarter, including four from sophomore forward Cassidy Haufler.
Haufler finished with four points and tied from for the team lead in rebounds with nine.
Freshmen backcourt mates Chiara De Virgilio and Emmiley Hendrixson were each solid orchestrating the T-Birds offense as De Virgilio finished with five points and a team-high seven assists, while Hendrixson went for eight points and five assists.
Sophomore guard Kamryn Collins chipped in seven points to go with a pair of steals in the victory, as well.
Cloud County will close out the Hampton Inn Reiver Classic at 1 p.m. Saturday when it takes on a talented Western Nebraska Community College team that has made back-to-back national tournament appearances out of Region IX.
"The message going into (Saturday) was that Western Nebraska is going to be our most difficult game of the year thus far," Erkenbrack said. "We did some good things (Friday) and got some nice individual performances, but we're going to have to play much better."