NORFOLK, Neb. — Unbeaten Northeast Community College went wire to wire in defeating the Cloud County Thunderbirds 81-67 Tuesday night.
Northeast (4-0) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the game and never trailed.
The Hawks led the T-Birds 41-26 at halftime.
“When you go on the road there are certain things that have to happen for you to be successful. One of those certainly being you have to play hard with a heightened level of energy and intensity and we certainly didn’t do that. And you need to get off to a good start, and we didn’t do that,” Cloud County coach Brett Erkenbrack said.
Northeast led by as many as 18 points in the second half.
Cloud County (3-2) cut the deficit to 10 points and had the ball with an opportunity to get it under double figures, but a turnover resulted in a three-point play for the Hawks that made it a 13-point spread.
The T-Birds were unable to make a run over the final eight minutes.
“Their perimeter play really dominated us. We got hardly any production from our perimeter players. Offensively, we were terribly inefficient,” Erkenbrack said, “Our decision making wasn’t very good.”
Courtney Fisher scored 16 points in the first half for Cloud County, and finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds. She hit 10 of 16 field goal attempts and 4 of 12 free throws.
Jordyn Alexander scored 20 of 22 points in the second half for the T-Birds. She finished 8 of 14 from the floor and six of six from the line.
No other T-Bird scored more than six points.
Cloud County shot 37 percent (26 of 70) from the field and 60 percent (15 of 25) from the line.
Megan Trinder paced Northeast with 21 points.
Yasmin Miller finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks.
Ena Viso scored 16 points and Lexi Murphy added 13.
Northeast was 26 of 59 from the floor for 44 percent and 21 of 30 from the line for 70 percent.
Cloud County will play in the Holiday Inn/Hampton Inn Classic hosted by Iowa Western Community College on Friday and Saturday.
The T-Birds take on Butler County Community College on Friday and Mineral Area Community College on Saturday.