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T-Bird women drop low-scoring game to Barton

Barton would shut down Cloud County’s leading scorer Te Araroa Sopaga, holding her to eight points on Saturday. Photo by Jessica LeDuc courtesy cloudtbirds.com”/>
Barton would shut down Cloud County’s leading scorer Te Araroa Sopaga, holding her to eight points on Saturday. Photo by Jessica LeDuc courtesy of cloudtbirds.com

CONCORDIA – Coming off their-best conference scoring game of the year, the Cloud County Community College women’s basketball team would follow up a road win at Pratt with a 52-41 home loss to Barton Community College inside Arley Bryant High School in Concordia on Saturday.

The loss marks just the second time this season that the T-Birds fail to break the 50-point mark while falling to 11-13 overall and 7-11 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. Barton, who has now won five straight in the series, picks up a second-straight win to improve to 12-11 overall and 10-8 in the KJCCC.

Just one bucket would be scored in the opening two minutes of the contest as BCC would bank in a three to open the scoring before allowing a Kennedy Becker layup in what would amount to Cloud County’s only field goal in the first 6:44 of the contest . The scoring drought by the T-Birds would score nine straight points to go up 12-2 in addition to scoring three more points down the stretch to offset a pair of field goals by CCCC and hold a 15-6 lead after one quarter of action .

Things would not look much better for the T-Birds in the second frame as another early bucket in the quarter would be followed by a scoring drought of nearly four minutes that would allow the Cougars to maintain their double-digit lead.

Holding a 12-11 advantage in points off turnovers and 5-2 advantage in second-chance points, the T-Birds could not overcome a 15-of-62 (24.2 percent) outing that included a 2-of-22 (9.1 percent ) shooting performance from beyond the arc as Barton would shoot 37.5 percent (18-for-48) from the field and two-of-13 (15.4 percent) from three. The Cougars also held a 40-34 advantage on the glass while outscoring CCCC in each of the first three quarters of the game. Following their second field goal with 5:23 left before halftime, Cloud County would muster just two more points in the second five minutes of the quarter as Izabella Fabrizio would score her only two points of the game and see Barton lead by a score of 27 -12 in what is the lowest scoring half by CCCC this year.

Knocking down field goals would not get any easier out of halftime as Cloud County would score just two points in the first 4:25 of the second half on a pair of Te Araroa Sopoaga free throws before seeing Barton score five straight to take their largest lead of the game at 32-14. A Rori Cox layup and free throw on a Cougar foul would finally get the T-Birds going offensively as CCCC would score 12 points in the final half of the quarter to cut into the once 18-point BCC and trail 39-27 heading to the fourth.

Trading the first four field goals of the fourth quarter, Cloud County would be unable to cut into the Barton lead as the Cougars would have an answer every time the T-Birds would threaten to get within single digits. Trailing 51-38 with 1:48 left in the contest, Cox would knock down a pair of free throws as part of three-straight points for CCCC to get back within 10 at 51-41, but time would not allow for a comeback to be made as Barton would add a free throw in the final minute and hang on for an 11-point victory.

Finishing as Cloud County’s only player in double figures was Cox with 12 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists while having a role in seven of CCCC’s 15 field goals. Sopoaga added eight points and eight rebounds to go along with three steals as no other player for the T-Birds would score more than six. Jenny Nkem Womsi would lead all scorers in the game as the Barton freshman would score 17 and grab 10 rebounds.

What’s next?
Another home game before hitting the road for two straight will take place on Wednesday when Cloud County plays host to last year’s KJCCC regular-season champs Butler Community College at 6 pm The Grizzlies have lost three of their last four games including a 69-55 defeat at Dodge City and will host Cowley Monday night before making the trip Arley Bryant High School. On the season, Butler holds a 14-7 overall record and 9-7 mark in the KJCCC.


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