MIDLAND, Texas — Cloud County's best effort may not have been good enough against fourth-ranked Chipola (Fla.) College.
Chipola used an 18-4 run in the first half to build a 42-22 lead, and coasted to a 76-44 victory over Cloud County in the semifinals of the Women's National Invitational Tournament on Friday.
“The way Chipola played against us, and especially the way they shot the ball from three-point range, it was going to take a major effort on our part to make it a game. I am not sure we could have beaten them,” Cloud County coach Brett Erkenbrack said.
In the other semifinal game on Friday, number one ranked Trinity Valley (Texas) College knocked off host Midland College 69-59.
Angelina (Texas) College beat Odessa (Texas) College 74-61 in the consolation bracket and Central Arizona Colege downed Salt Lake Community College, 74-61.
Cloud County scored the first five points of the game against Chipola.
The Thunderbirds trailed just 24-18 when the Indians drained four consecutive three-point baskets.
Chipola surged to the 42-22 halftime lead.
“I am not sure we competed as hard as we could have, especially in the last 10 minutes of the first half,” Erkenbrack said.
Chipola continued to build on the lead in the second half.
“The second half, we played harder and we played better, we just couldn't make any shots,” Erkenbrack said.
Courtney Fisher had 10 points and nine rebounds for Cloud County. The sophomore hit four of nine field goal attempts and two of six free throws.
Jordyn Alexander scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the T-Birds. She was three of five from the field and four of four from the free throw line.
Cloud County shot just 26 percent (15 of 57) from the field and 52 percent (11 of 21) from the line.
The T-Birds were just 3 of 25 from three-point range for 12 percent.
Sueterrica Key led the way for Chipola with 20 points.
Tiffany Lewis scored 16 points for the Indians. Brianna Wright finished with 15 points and Evelyn Akhator added 10 points.
Chipola was 28 of 61 from the floor for 46 percent and 9 of 14 from the line for 64 percent.
The Indians made 11 of 26 three-point attempts for 42 percent.
“I think Chipola is a team that has a legitimate shot at winning a national championship,” Erkenbrack said.