COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Bouncing back from their first loss of the season, the Cloud County Thunderbirds defeated Neosho Community College 66-52 in the first round of the Reiver Classic on Friday afternoon.
Cloud County fell 58-55 to Northeast (Neb.) Community College in a home game on Tuesday.
The T-Birds got out to a 15-point lead in the first half, and went on to defeat the Panthers by 14 points.
In the other game played on Friday, host Iowa Western Community College knocked off Kennedy-King College, 109-28.
Cloud County led Neosho 35-20 at halftime.
The T-Birds went up by as many as 22 points on the Panthers in the second half.
“We did a number of good things,” Cloud County coach Brett Erkenbrack said, “All in all it was a good win because I think Neosho is a pretty decent team.”
Neosho County would battle back to cut the final margin to 14 points.
“We gave them a couple of baskets and we missed some free throws,” Erkenbrack said.
Raneisha Duncan scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Cloud County. She hit four of six three-point attempts.
Aleesha Coulter was also four of six from three-point range in scoring 13 points for the T-Birds. She had five rebounds.
“I thought Raneisha Duncan had a good game. We got some good production out of Aleesha Coulter,” Erkenbrack said.
Pearlrae Thomas also finished in double figures for Cloud County with 11 points.
Paige Champlin scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds.
Jayna Smith finished with eight points and six rebounds, and Jordyn Alexander scored eight points.
Cloud County was 22 of 53 from the field for 42 percent, including 8 of 18 from three-point range for 44 percent, and 14 of 27 from the free throw line for 52 percent.
Christina Sheppard and Danielle Randle scored 10 points each for Neosho.
The Panthers made just 18 of 61 field goal attempts for 30 percent.