PRATT, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's basketball team suffered a minor hiccup Saturday afternoon, scoring a season-low 44 points in a 60-44 road loss to a much-improved Pratt Community College team.
"First off, I give Pratt a lot of credit. They played harder and better than us. They just beat us," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "We had a lot of self-inflicted wounds on the offensive end and we missed numerous layups, especially in the second half. I thought we played lethargically on offense all day and weren't very aggressive. It's a real disappointing performance for us coming off what was a good win Wednesday at home against Barton."
Despite the offensive struggles, Cloud County (12-5 overall, 5-3 KJCCC) was able to claim a 23-20 lead at the half, outshooting the Beavers (12-3 overall, 5-2 KJCCC) 41 percent to 26 percent through the game's first twenty minutes.
But the T-Birds' offense hit a wall in the third quarter, scoring six points and committing costly turnovers that allowed Pratt to surge ahead for a 42-29 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Cloud County committed 20 turnovers on the evening and were limited to 21 percent shooting (6-of-26) in the second half while the Beavers posted a 54 percent clip (13-of-24).
"We had a bunch of really unforced turnovers in that third quarter," Erkenbrack said. "When the wheels kind of fell off for us offensively, then we didn't do a good job of maintaining our composure on the defensive end."
One of the bright spots Saturday for Cloud County was the work of sophomore forward Mikaela Meyers, who recorded two points, two steals, one block and grabbed a team-high six rebounds in her 24 minutes off the bench.
"I thought Mikaela came off the bench and gave us a lift on both ends of the floor," Erkenbrack said. "She played with some energy and enthusiasm."
Cloud County will look to shake off Saturday's loss as the T-Birds face a quick turnaround with an 11 a.m. game on Monday out in El Dorado against Butler Community College.
"It's kind of an unusual situation to play an 11 a.m. game Monday morning after a Saturday road game, but that's the way it is," Erkenbrack said. "There's nothing we can do about it other than go out and play well. Butler is a good team and is always difficult to beat at home. We'll have to concentrate on what we do and put 40 minutes together. We've got to play 40 minutes of good basketball regardless of who we're playing and where we're playing."