JOPLIN, Mo — The Central Christian College women's basketball team made it two wins in a row with a 79-27 victory over the Ozark Christian College Ambassadors on the road Tuesday night.
The night started out slow for both teams. Neither team was able to hit a shot for the first three minutes of the game. At the end of the first quarter the game was all knotted up at six apiece.
In the second quarter, the Tigers finally began to find their form on both ends of the floor. They erupted for 20 points in the quarter and held the Ambassadors to just 12, to take a 26-18 into the halftime intermission.
After the break, the Tigers' torrid shooting and stingy defense carried over from the period before. They scored 28 points in the third quarter and allowed only four from the Ambassadors. Heading into the final 10 minutes, the Tigers led by a very comfortable margin, 54-22. The final quarter was more of the same. The Ambassadors ran out of gas, and the shots kept falling from the Tigers. They finished the game, outscoring the Ambassadors 25-5, securing their eighth win of the year, 79-27.
Alexa Gonzales continues to get more and more comfortable with each game she plays. She led all scorers with 21 points, knocking down 7 of 11 shots from beyond the three point arc. Joining her in double figures were Kelsey Grimaldo with 16, Ridglea Hearne with 14, and Abbie Banks with 12.
Rebekah Glessner and Haylee Floyd were huge on the glass for the Tigers with 14 and 13 boards respectively.
"To say we started off slow tonight would be the understatement of the century" stated CCC head coach Chris Honeck, "but for as poorly as we played in the first half, we played really well in the second half. I was very pleased with our defensive intensity in the second half, and thought we rebounded the ball as well as we have all season. We started out with a little run to open the half, and that helped everybody relax. From there, it was just a matter to continuing to execute."
Back above .500 at 8-7, the Tigers will be back on the hardwood this weekend in a two game home stand against Northern New Mexico College and Johnson & Wales University in the Association of Independent Institution Classic.