Reivers too much for Cloud County
Doing most of their damage in the paint and from the free throw line, the Iowa Western Community College Reivers handed the Cloud County Thunderbirds an 88-75 defeat Sunday afternoon in Bryant Gymnasium.
Iowa Western, led by Abigail Asoro, scored 48 of those points in the lane and knocked down 27 of 37 free throws.
Asoro, a 6-0 post player, gouged Cloud County for 39 points and 19 rebounds. She connected on 14 of 24 field goal attempts and 11 of 16 free throws.
“She is a good athlete and runs fast, and we knew we would have to guard her and we didn’t. One person has 39 points and 19 rebounds, that is going to hurt us,” Cloud County coach Brett Erkenbrack said.
Cloud County, now 7-5, was coming off a 99-70 victory over Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa on Saturday, but couldn’t keep pace with 10-1 Iowa Western.
The T-Birds led just twice in the game at 6-4 and at 12-11.
Trailing by a point, the Reivers went on a 16-6 run to go up 27-18. Asoro scored eight of those points.
Cloud County battled back to within five points, 29-24, and had a chance to draw closer but missed three free throws.
The T-Birds were just 3 of 14 from the line in the first half for 21 percent.
Back to back three-point baskets by Jasmine Trimboli and Blair Harding and a free throw by Trimboli put Iowa Western up 36-24.
Cloud County got a follow by Kimi Lindshield and a free throw by Linda Pagrode to close the gap to 36-27.
Iowa Western scored the next four points, and led 40-27 at halftime.
“We have a lot of problems on defense we have to try to get fixed,” Erkenbrack said.
Trailing 44-29 early in the second half, the T-Birds got three-point baskets by Raneisha Duncan and Tai Nittler during a 12-2 spurt to close the gap to 46-41 when Alexander scored inside with 15:35 to play in the game.
Alexander was 10 of 18 from the field, including three of five from three-point range, in scoring 23 points. She also had eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
Iowa Western would push the lead back to 13 points, 62-49.
Alexander scored on a follow to make it 62-51 with 10: 41 remaining.
Rattling off nine straight points, the Reivers opened up a 71-51 cushion with just over eight minutes to play.
Cloud County didn’t go away quietly.
Jayna Smith scored six straight points and Duncan buried a three to close the gap to 71-60.
Asoro scored inside for Iowa Western, but a basket by Alexander and a free throw by Kiara McCall made it 73-63.
After McKenna Rossmeir made one of two free throws for the Reivers, Courtney Fisher completed a three-point play and the T-Birds trailed just 74-66 with 4:16 remaining.
Connecting on six of eight free throws, Iowa Western outscored Cloud County 8-0 in 1:32 to go up 82-66 and put the game away.
“I thought Iowa Western played well, but people tend to play well against us offensively because we don’t put up any resistance. We give up a lot of easy baskets, and we did again today,” Erkenbrack said.
Smith finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for Cloud County.
Fisher scored 11 points for the T-Birds.
Trimboli had 15 points for Iowa Western, and Harding scored 10.
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