Monumental win for Lady Tigers

By Steve Sell
January 18, 2015

FOREST CITY, Iowa — It was an afternoon of achievement for the Central Christian College women’s basketball team.

With a 71-66 win on Saturday over Waldorf College, the Lady Tigers recorded their first MCAC win in nearly three years. It also was their first win in 71 games over an NAIA opponent.

After a season of struggles, Quamisha Spence flashed her all All-MCAC form of last year as she exploded for 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

“I'm very proud of our team,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “They played very hard for 40 minutes and pulled out the win in a very tough place to play. Q (Spence) had a monster game, and Ciara Costello and Kaylee Shaw made some huge plays down the stretch to help us to our first conference win since February of 2011. We held our own on the boards, took care of the ball very well and we're very efficient offensively. We can still get much better, but I'm very pleased with how much we've improved over the last few weeks.”

The victory evened CCC’s MCAC record at 1-1 and the Lady Tigers are now 7-11 overall.

Central completes a three-game MCAC road trip on Tuesday at York.

CCC (71) — Smit 7, Shaw 10, Costello 3, Spence 27, Young 8, Regier 3, Garza 8, Campa 3, O’Brine 2.

Waldorf (66) — Quina 7, Gott 10, Thompson 16, Robinson 8, Vega 7, Denholm 3, Schmit 15.

• WALDORF MEN 83, CENTRAL 63 — The glow of a 9-2 start to the season is starting to wane as the Tigers lost for the fourth time in five games and they are 0-2 in the MCAC — albeit  against the top two teams in the preseason poll.

Cold shooting was the culprit as Central made just 22 of 59, though it was 11 of 27 from 3-point as it spent much of the night casting away.

Michael Gholston was a bright spot for the Tigers with 20 points, including 6 of 10 from beyond the arc. Alonzo Stafford returned from an injury to score 11.

The Tigers were hit by the 1-2 punch of Trey Scott (29 points) and Jordan Nelson (24). Rebounding was a key as Waldorf dominated the glass, 42-29.

Central stays on the road Tuesday to play at York.

CCC (63) — Nwosuh 8, Gholston 20, Rojas 4, Adams 3, Riak 2, Jackson 7, Clayborn 8, Stafford 11.

Waldorf (83) — Morgan 6, Brewer 7, Nelson 24, Scott 29, Slay 8, Graham 7, Verdin 2.