Lady Tigers explode; men edged

By Steve Sell
January 24, 2016

The Central Christian College women have turned into a scoring machine.

The Lady Tigers seemingly have done a 180, as Saturday they exploded for a 112-71 victory over Dallas Christian at Alexander Arena. They scored at least 25 points in every quarter, including 30 in the second to lead 55-32 at the half.

“It's safe to say that we're on a bit of a roll offensively of late,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. "Tonight was another example of that. I have been very pleased with how well we're sharing the ball and we had another 29 assists tonight. At times, I think we lost a little bit of focus and we weren't very disciplined on defense for some stretches of the game, but when we're scoring as well as we have been, it's tough to be too critical of that.”

Honeck continued his revolving door of players as the Lady Tigers kept the pressure on with their endless depth. Libby Brooks poured in 21 points on seven 3-pointers to lead the way, one more than Caitlyn Campa. Abbie Banks (16), Molly Young (12) and Heather Crittenden (10) all hit for double figures and Krystina Stackhouse just missed with nine. Crittenden also had 11 rebounds for a double-double.

It’s the fifth-straight game CCC has scored at least 90 points as the team is now 8-12 after a wretched start to the season. It’s the second time it has gone over 100 points in the last five games.

The proficiency will be put to the test here Tuesday when another high-powered team, Hillsdale Baptist, comes to Alexander Arena for a 5:30 p.m. game.

Central (112) — Woods 5, Crittenden 10, Brooks 21, Costello 8, Banks 16, Young 12, Grimaldo 5, Campa 20, Stackhouse 9, Austin 6.

Dallas Christian (71) — Taylor 18, Foley 10, Throne 12, Vaughn 16, Taylor 5, Tanner 2, Eweni 2, Kuykendall 6.

• JOHNSON AND WALES MEN 73, CENTRAL 70 — Call it the “lost weekend in New Mexico.”

The Tigers left McPherson with a gaudy 13-3 record, but it was somewhat tarnished by back-to-back losses, including Saturday’s to Johnson and Wales.

Central never got going in the first half to trail 40-30 and while it did outplay the Wildcats in the second half, the deficit was too much to make up.

Alonzo Stafford led CCC with 12 points, while Kendric Warren, Michael Gholston and Ernest Burton all scored 11 as the normally high-scoring Tigers have hit an offensive lull.

Central will try to get well on Tuesday when Barclay comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. matchup. CCC was an 86-81 in the earlier meeting this year.

Central (70) — Stafford 12, Warren 11, Nwosuh 6, Gholston 11, Clayborn 9, Jackson 6, Burton 11, Adams 2, Robbins 2.

Johnson and Wales (73) — Stone 18, Bates 13, Cheek 12, Lee 7, Sharpley 2, Romero 2, Herman 10, Peterson 9.