Everything that went wrong for Central Christian College’s women’s basketball team in its opener last week went right on Thursday in its second game.
The Tigers, who scored only 33 points in their opener against Bethel, nearly received that many from Piper Kalthoff in a 73-70 win over KCAC member York College at Alexander Arena.
Kalthoff, a transfer, poured in 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double as Central is back to .500 at 1-1.
Central overcame a 41-36 halftime deficit.
Abbie Banks and Alyssa Rhoton also were in double figures with 14 points apiece. Banks played all 40 minutes and came up with 6 steals and 5 assists.
“I’m very proud of my team,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. "They played hard, but also played very smart. We were outsized in a major way, both in height and in numbers, but we played to our strengths and played exceptionally well as a team. Although we're not very tall, we're very versatile and that showed tonight."
Most of all, Honeck was pleased with his team’s heart as the season opener could have set it back for a number of games from a mental standpoint.
"What's most impressive is that after a tough loss last Friday, this group never even started to doubt themselves or each other and just got back to work on Monday,” Honck said. “Huge improvement from game 1 to game 2. Very proud of them.”
Central hosts another KCAC team, Sterling, at 2 p.m. Saturday.
CCC (73) — Kalthoff 30, Banks 14, Rhoton 14, Grimaldo 8, Hearne 4, Floyd 2, Glessner 1.
York (70) — Eller 6, Smith 8, Esquivel 8, Manjarres 15, Sharkey 3, Pittman 2, Veal 2, Vargas 4, Fike 6, Mosely 12, Kleber 4.