Central Christian College’s women and Mid-America Christian University played on even terms in the second half here Monday.
But the first half was another story.
Mid-America raced to a 41-22 halftime lead before the Tigers settled down to be highly competitive in the second half.
“I'm very proud of the girls for the effort they gave tonight against a very good MACU team,” CCC head coach Chris Honeck said. "We executed well on offense, taking good care of the ball and getting our share of open shots. We didn't shoot particularly well, but our ability to get to the rim gave us a lot of free throw attempts in the second half and opened up some outside shots for us. Defensively, we struggled to keep them off the boards – their size was a huge factor in that – but again, we did a much better job in the second half, which allowed us to cut into the lead and actually win the fourth quarter.”
MACU led 19-10 after the first quarter and outscored Central in the second period.
The loss spoiled a terrific game by CCC’s Abbie Banks, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds from her guard spot. Piper Kalthoff scored 15 and Kelsey Grimaldo added 11.
The loss snapped a four-game CCC winning streak as it is now 5-6 on the year. The Tigers host Manhattan Christian on Thursday. Game time is 5:30 p.m. at Alexander Arena.
CCC (60) — Floyd 2, Kalthoff 15, Grimaldo 11, Banks 23, Rhoton 3, Hearne 6.
Mid-America (79) — Lamb 4, Rodriguez 10, Flores 8, Thompson 6, Powell 18, Alley 5, Denton 7, Hines 4, Fairley 9, Brown 8.