CONCORDIA, Kan. – Using a 12-0 run after giving up an opening basket, the Cloud County Community College women's basketball team would roll their way to an 85-44 home victory in the 2019-2020 season opener against the Doane University JV team inside of Arley Bryant Gymnasium on Sunday, November 3rd.
Cloud County opens the season 1-0 as the T-Birds play their first two games of the season at home before hitting the road next weekend.
Trailing for all of 11 seconds in the contest, Cloud County would see the visiting Tigers open the game with an open three before responding with a triple of their own from freshman Jacy Dalinghaus to get CCCC on the board. The trey would open a 12-0 run from the T-Birds as Cloud County would go on to take their first double-digit lead of the game at 16-5 with 2:19 left in the first quarter while doubling up Doane 20-10 in the first quarter.
The game would be broken wide open in the second period as Dalinghaus would score the first seven points of the quarter to give CCCC a 27-10 lead as Doane would be limited to just one field goal in the quarter while also scoring four free throws which allowed the T-Birds to take a 45-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Cloud County would continue to grow their lead in the third quarter as Lydia Ostenson would score six of the first 10 points for CCCC in the second half with the T-Birds once again using a big run to open the quarter and expand their lead even more. The T-Birds would finish the third quarter by outscoring the Tigers 22-13 to hold a 67-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Six straight points to open the final stanza would give CCCC their largest lead of the game at 73-30 as Doane would go nearly four minutes into the quarter before scoring. The 43-point lead would allow the T-Birds to use their bench players down the stretch as the Tigers would manage to score 14 of the final 26 points with Cloud County earning the easy 41 point victory.
CCCC would finish the game by going 37-for-83 from the field (44.6 percent) while connecting on five of their 18 shots from beyond the arc (27.8 percent). Free throw shooting will be something to get cleaned up however, as the T-Birds connected on just 50 percent (6-12) of their attempts from the charity stripe while leaving points free points on the table.
Dalinghaus would have quite the day in her collegiate debut, finishing the game with a game-high 23 points in 28 minutes of work while hauling in nine rebounds and adding eight steals as the freshman would nearly record a triple-double. Ostenson would also manage to get into double-figures, scoring 13 points and dishing out four assists while Alyssa Castilleja had six points and nine assists in 23 minutes of action. In total, 10 different 10-birds would find the scoring column.
Cloud County will remain at home, playing host to Northeast Community College in non-conference action on Tuesday, November 5th at 6 p.m. The Hawks hosted Northeastern Junior College on Saturday afternoon, grabbing a 75-64 win in their respective season opener as Tuesday will pit two 1-0 teams against each other.