Raider women prepare for busy week
The Central Community College - Columbus women’s basketball team has already started the second half of the season going 1-1 in the first two games back.
Returning from the long break, head coach Billy Perkins wanted to make sure his team had the conditioning to play for all 40 minutes.
“The first thing we focused on was trying to get our legs back,” Perkins said in comments sent to the Telegram on Wednesday. “Our main objective was to get back to where we were at the end of semester with conditioning and legs back to shoot.”
On Jan. 7 the Raiders lost 82-69 to Hastings JV despite having four players score in double digits (Sarah Monahan, Dayzchaylon Gardner, Isabel Diaz and Monica Brooks).
CCC rebounded just four days later on Friday to defeat North Platte Community College on the road.
Once against the Raiders had four players score more than ten points. Diaz led the Raiders with 18 followed by Gardner with 17 and Brooks and Alexis Ramaekers with 15 each.
CCC won the battle on the boards 47-34.
“First game we were rusty, which was expected but we should have competed a little better,” Perkins said. “It was good game to get us back in the swing of things.
“Second game was a lot better. We came out really well but we seemed to hit a wall and turn the ball over many times. In the fourth quarter, we seemed to catch our second breath and played better toward the end. It was nice to have our first Region IX win under out belt.”
CCC’s record is now 4-10.
″(The) biggest surprise (from the first half of the season) is that it has taken long to really adjust to different styles of play from our team,” Perkins said.
“We are so young and have athletes from all over the nation. It has taken some time. I do see us playing better and getting used to playing with different lineups on the floor.”
The Raiders now start to prepare for their next two games this week.
At 8 p.m. tonight, the Raiders take on Doane JV then two days later at 5 p.m. play Marshalltown Community College.
“I would like to see us come out with confidence to win,” Perkins said. “Before the break and after our ball movement has been better and our defensive effort has been better. We just need to continue to work on communicating and buying into defense.”
Both games are home games and will be played at Raider Fieldhouse. The men’s team also has home games Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
In order to achieve the success that they want to, Perkins is looking for one specific area of improvement from his team. Perkins said that the Raiders need to start communicating better on both ends of the floor.
The two games this week start a four-game home stretch for the Raiders.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com