The CCC women's basketball team fell to 1-3 on the season with a 68-85 loss on Friday night to the University of St. Mary Spires.
The Spires, who don't have much height, rely on the three-point shot as their main offensive weapon.
In the first half, the Spires shot just 19 percent from behind the 3 point arc, and the Tigers, despite turning the ball over 14 times and giving up 15 offensive rebounds to the Spires, were able to keep the game close.
At halftime, the Spires led the Tigers by four, 41-37.
In the second half the Tigers and Spires traded runs. The Spires got up by double digits several times early in the half only to see the Tiger go on a run of their own and trim the lead back to single digits.
The Tigers got the lead down to three points with about seven minutes to play before USM went on their final run to stretch the lead back to double digits.
The Tigers had to resort to firing up a lot of three pointers, and while they made a few, it wasn't enough.
"Tonight's game was a game of runs," Central coach Chris Honeck said. "They'd pull away, and we'd fight back. In the end, we ran out of time to make another run. I was proud of the effort, as I always am, with these girls."
Quamisha Spence led the Tigers on offense with her first double double of the season. Spence scored 24 points, on 7 of 12 shooting from the floor and 10 of 12 shooting from the free throw line, and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Libby Regier and Ashlyn Garza were also in double figures for the Tigers with 10 points each.
Brooke Rhodes made her season debut for the Tigers, returning a knee injury. She scored 4 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in her return.
The main culprit for the Tigers was again turnovers and poor free throw percentage.
The ladies did a nice job of drawing fouls on the Spires, but made only 25 of 47 of their free throw attempts.
"We're not too far from turning this around," Honeck said. "We need to improve our free throw shooting and our defensive rebounding, and, if we can do that, we're going to find that we're a pretty good team. We're still young, and we're gaining experience each time out. Every game puts us one step closer to where we want to be."
The Tigers will get a chance to get another win under their belt and improve their record to 2-3 today when they go on the road to Moore, Okla., to play Hillsdale Baptist College.
The ladies tipoff at 1 p.m. followed by the men's game.