The Central Christian College women were sitting pretty after the first half of Tuesday’s MCAC game with York College.
The Tigers shot a phenomenal 57 percent from the floor in the opening period to take a 21 point lead into the locker room, shocking the Panthers 42-21.
Unfortunately, the buckets dried up in the second half, as York switched to a full-court press in the defense, rattling Central and allowing the Panthers to chip away at the lead.
Turnover played a big part in the comeback, as Central’s errors allowed York to rattle off a 27-2 run that gave them the lead, which the Panthers wouldn’t relinquish, winning 74-65.
“It was a tough outcome for us tonight,” Central coach Robert Lancaster said. “The girls played well in the first half, but squandered opportunities to put the game away.”
A trio of Tigers hit double digits Tuesday night, led by Krystina Powell’s 22 points and 11 rebounds, her first double double of the year. Brooke Rhodes also picked up a double double, her eighth, with 17 points and 10 boards. Raven Void rounded out the double digit scoring with 10 points.
While pleased with the first half effort, Lancaster says his team still has a learning curve.
“Mentally, we have to get tougher and learn to handle pressure,” he said.
Central falls to 3-13 on the season, 0-3 in MCAC play.
The Tigers are on the road this weekend, facing Waldorff College Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. and then College of St. Mary Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Central — Rhodes 7-11 1-3 17; Void 4-6 0-1 10; Hawthorne 1-7 0-0 3; Powell 8-13 6-9 11; Pate 1-3 0-0 2; Cyr 1-3 1-2 3; Alderson 4-5 0-0 8.
York — Swope 5-10 5-6 16; Ortega 4-9 1-3 9; Lincoln 5-19 2-2 15; Becker 0-4 6-8 6; Maher 9-17 0-1 20; Runyan 4-4 0-0 8.