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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Central Christian women win big over Barclay 84-50

  • It was another step forward for the Central Christian College women’s basketball team Tuesday night, as they stayed focused against Barclay College in an 84-50 rout at the Ed Pyle Sports Complex.
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  • It was another step forward for the Central Christian College women’s basketball team Tuesday night, as they stayed focused against Barclay College in an 84-50 rout at the Ed Pyle Sports Complex.
    It was exactly what Tiger head coach Chris Honeck wanted from his young team.
    “We keep talking about taking another step forward each time out,” Honeck said. “The step we wanted to take tonight was staying focused and winning the games we should win.”
    The Lady Tigers and Bears went back and forth through the opening seven minutes of play, with the teams exchanging three pointers at various points, before an 11-0 CCC run put them out in front for good.
    Central Christian went into the locker room at the half leading 39-21, with junior Quamisha Spence once again providing the offensive spark for the Tigers, as she had 13 points and eight rebounds in the opening period. Spence finished with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting and 12 rebounds to notch her second double-double in as many outings.
    Against Newman University in Monday’s 85-73 loss, Spence tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds.
    “She’s starting to play to her potential,” Honeck said. “I think she still has another speed she can go to. It’s nice to see what she can do and the leadership she’s bringing to the team.”
    The Tigers kept the pressure up in the second half as they out-scored Barclay (0-1) 45-29 in the period, though it wasn’t quite as much as Honeck was hoping for.
    “We knew it was a game we should win,” he said, “but with that, I thought we would have a little bit more intensity.”
    Freshman Ashlyn Garza added 11 points for the Tigers, mainly off of a trio of three pointers early in the second quarter. Kadetra O’Brine came off the bench to give CCC eight points and 12 rebounds.
    As a team, the Tigers shot 41.2 percent from the floor, while the Bears only managed 30.6 percent off of 19-of-62 shooting. From the Foul line, CCC went 7-of-12, while Barclay was 6-for-7 in what was a relatively low-fouling affair.
    Central (3-3) won the rebounding battle with Barclay 55-37, including a 20-6 advantage on offensive boards.
    “That was a big thing for us,” Honeck said. “We’re not a big team and to out-rebound them by 18 was a huge deal.”
    Central Christian College now has a week off until their next game, which will be the annual Battle of McPherson against McPherson College.
    That game will be Tuesday at the McPherson College Sport Center, with tipoff at 6 p.m.
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