CONCORDIA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team notched arguably it's best home win of the season Wednesday, grinding out an 80-68 victory over a Barton Community College team that came into Concordia winners of five of its last six games.
"Barton was really hot and this was already its fourth game since Christmas. They rolled over Butler on Saturday, 83-50, and were coming in here with a lot of confidence and have a lot of weapons," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "I thought it was a great team effort by us, especially on the defensive end."
Cloud County (12-4 overall, 5-2 KJCCC East) won the turnover battle, 19-13, and limited the Cougars (11-4 overall, 4-2 KJCCC West) to a modest 43 percent shooting from the field on the evening.
Redshirt freshman guard Kamryn Collins led the defensive effort, finishing with a two-high two steals to go with her 12 points, all while forcing Barton's Mallory Miller into a 1-for-5 shooting performance in 34 minutes.
"I thought Kamryn, even though her stats weren't great, I thought she was outstanding driving the ball to the basket and finishing plays," Erkenbrack said. "She held Mallory Miller to five shots and three points and that girl is really a good shooter. That's two games in a row that Kamryn has really been dominant, defensively, against a pretty powerful offensive weapon."
Offensively, a slew of T-Birds took their turn holding the baton as five different players finished with eight or more points.
Freshman guard Emmiley Hendrixson poured in a career-high 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
The native of Haven, Kansas scored 15 of her 22 points in the first half, helping Cloud County out to a 41-32 lead at the break.
"Emmiley was dynamite the whole game, but especially in that first half," Erkenbrack said. "Then that third and fourth quarter then Cassidy and Scout got to rolling, got that inside game going."
Barton made its run back at Cloud County to begin the third, starting the period on a 13-2 run to take a 45-43 lead with 5:08 remaining in the quarter.
Haufler scored 10 of her 20 points in the second half — she also grabbed 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season — while Frame tallied eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter to help Cloud County right the ship.
With the T-Birds up seven at the 3:02 mark of the fourth quarter, freshman guard Chase Siedlik delivered the daggers.
Siedlik, who finished with eight points, nailed a corner 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to boost Cloud County's lead to 10 at 73-63. One possession later she converted a contested layup with 2:12 remaining that kept the T-Birds lead at three possessions.
"Huge plays. Every basket that Chase made was big," Erkenbrack said. "She hit the big three at the end of the half when the shot clock was running down. She was excellent. She struggled a little bit here before Christmas and we talked about letting the game come to you. Tonight, I didn't think she forced things and let the game come to her…She had one of her best games of the whole season."
Cloud County will now look to build off Wednesday's win as it heads back on the road this weekend for a 2 p.m. showdown with a new look Pratt Community College team, currently sitting at 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the KJCCC West.
"Pratt is much improved, probably the most improved team in the conference," Erkenbrack said. "It's a good ballclub that has won a lot of games and beaten some pretty good teams. We'll certainly have to play well."