Central Christian College was game, but just couldn’t hold off the Manhattan Christian College attack, as the Tigers fell Tuesday night 59-52 at Ed Pyle Sports Complex.
Central Christian College was game, but just couldn’t hold off the Manhattan Christian College attack, as the Tigers fell Tuesday night 59-52 at Ed Pyle Sports Complex. Neither team really had a commanding lead through the first half, as the Crusaders went into the locker room at the half up 27-19. In the second half, the Tigers and MCC continued to battle it out, with Central outscoring the Crusaders in the second frame by a 33-32 margin, but fouls and turnovers proved to be the Tigers’ undoing. Central let MCC get to the foul stripe 26 times in the second half alone. The Crusaders’ Lindsey Anderson was the most frequent shooter, as she went to the line 14 times, shooting 57 percent. “This is a game we should have won,” Central head coach Robert Lancaster said afterward. “Defensively we let them off the hook too many times by committing silly fouls. When one player shoots more free-throws than your entire team, you’re fouling too much.” The half-court offense also was called out as suspect by Lancaster post-game, stating it was sloppy and poorly executed. “We must fix these two issues if we are to take the necessary steps to becoming a better team,” Lancaster said. Forward Brooke Rhodes earned a double-double for the Tigers, scoring 16 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Krystina Powell had 13 points, and Harley Pate added 10 for Central. Central Christian next sees action Thursday night, as it hosts Bethel College. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Central Christian — Rhodes, 6 4-4 16; Pate 4 1-2 10; Void 2 2-4 6; Hawthorne 2 0-0 5; Benton 1 0-0 2; Powell 6 0-0 13. Manhattan Christian — Fagley 1 2-7 5; Wenger 3 0-0 6; Witte 3 5-6 11; Anderson 4 8-14 16; Shaklee 3 2-3 9; Dole 3 0-0 7; Pauli 0 1-1 1; Hawthorne 1 1-2 4.