GOODLAND, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team started the new year in fine fashion, rolling to a 76-55 road win over Northwest Kansas Technical College in its first game of 2019.
Sophomore forward Scout Frame had a monster performance, recording her fifth double-double of the season with a game-high 31 points to go with 14 rebounds.
"You hope when there is a long layoff with Christmas break and you go on the road in conference that you'll have some sophomore leadership and Scout really provided that for us (Saturday)," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "I thought she did a good job not only scoring and rebounding, but at times you played some really good defense. She's practiced well and is working hard so I'm happy for her."
Frame shot an even 50 percent (11-of-22) from the field, with the bulk of her damage coming in the second half to help the T-Birds (11-4 overall, 4-2 KJCCC) put the game away.
Cloud County and Northwest Kansas Technical College (0-14 overall, 0-6 KJCCC) both struggled to gain traction offensively in the first half as each team shot below 30 percent from the field and went into the locker rooms with the T-Birds holding a 28-20 advantage.
"We rushed some shots inside and outside. They gave us a lot of 3-point looks that I thought we probably didn't need to shoot," Erkenbrack said. "Part of it was certainly the layoff, but the other part of it was Northwest Tech has some good players. Their record is certainly not indicative of their record right now and they caused us some trouble in the first half."
Erkenbrack pointed to the Mavericks' newest addition, point guard N'Dea Flye, who became eligible at semester for Northwest Kansas Tech after transferring from the University of New Mexico where she started 32 games as a freshman.
Limiting her looks and dribble penetration in the second half was key to the T-Birds outscoring the Mavericks, 31-15, in the third quarter to balloon their lead to 59-35.
Cloud County freshman guard Chiara De Virgilio, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds, drew that defensive assignment.
"I thought Chiara's defense in the third quarter set the tone for us and then we were able to get some steals, get some stops," Erkenbrack said. "I thought Cassidy and Scout did a great job rebounding the ball in the third quarter and Kamryn Collins played really good defense, as well. That allowed us to get out in transition and break the game open."
Collins finished with six points and five rebounds, while redshirt freshman Cassidy Haufler picked up where she left off in the fall semester with her ninth double-double, posting 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.
Freshman guard Emmiley Hendrixson added seven points for the T-Birds in the win, as well.
Cloud County will now turn its attention toward its first home game of the new year set for 6 p.m. Wednesday against Barton Community College.