Women’s College Hoops: Spartans spear Raiders
The Central Community College - Columbus women’s basketball team competed early but gave up 80 points for the second straight game, lost the battle on the glass 60-43 and lost the game, 80-57, to Southwestern Community College on Tuesday night at the Raider Fieldhouse.
The Raiders also turned it over 21 times and fell to 2-7 on the season.
“We just have to get better on the defensive end,” head coach Billy Perkins said after the game. “When you give up 80 points, it’s tough. We just have to do a better job of locking down and doing the little things right and having effort on the defensive end and get some stops.”
CCC trailed just 30-28 at halftime, and took a brief lead to start the third quarter when Alexis Ramaekers hit from long range, but turnovers and fouls quickly turned the game on its head.
Just under halfway through the third, the Raiders had been whistled for enough fouls to give the Spartans the bonus. They took advantage.
SCC sank 14 shots from the stripe in the period and continued to use CCC miscues to build the lead.
The Raiders’ 21 giveaways led to 17 Spartan points on the night. That plus the domination on the glass turned a two-point game at the break into a 56-45 SCC lead after three.
It would have been a single-digit deficit until CCC committed a foul on a shot from half court just before the buzzer. SCC made two of the three ensuing shots and led by 11 with 10 minutes to play.
“They did a good job of spreading us out and having a backside girl,” he said. “Sometimes on a zone it’s hard to matchup that backside rebound . Southwestern did a good job of spreading us out and putting us in tough situations. When it boils down to it, we just have to know our assignments and do our job.”
The Spartans opened the fourth with a 15-2 putting the game on ice. After going 0 for 11 from the arc in the first half, SCC found its touch in the second and hit on 6 of 11.
The Raiders led early on thanks to a quick start on a steal and coast coast-to-coast layup by Day’zchay’Ion Gardner then a jumper by Alexis Ramaekers. They enjoyed a 17-15 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, CCC got off to another hot start when Gardner made a runner and Monica Brooks followed it up with on the next possession.
Shelly Ross then went 1 of 2 from the free throw line, and Maddie Davis went the length of the court for a layup to give CCC a 24-19 lead.
The Spartans then went on a run of their own outscoring the Raiders 11-4 to close the half and take a 30-28 lead.
Ramaekers led the team in points with 15 while Monica Brooks tallied a team high 10 rebounds and five assists.
The next game for the Raiders will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday when theyhost Concordia JV.
“We’re just going one game at a time,” Perkins said. “We’re still young. We just have to go one game at a time and hopefully the tide changes.”
PeterHuguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org