Cloud County rally falls short
Butler County weathered a late charge by the Cloud County Thunderbirds to notch a 61-54 Jayhawk Conference Western Division victory Wednesday afernoon in Bryant Gymnasium.
Trailing by seven points with just under two minutes to play, Cloud County fought back to within four points, 58-54.
The T-Birds missed three field goal attempts in the final 59 seconds, and Butler County hit three of four free throws to lock up the win.
A short jumper by Sean Osler gave Butler County a 56-49 lead with 2:14 to play in the game.
Marvin Smith hit two free throws just 18 seconds later, then Cloud County trailed just 56-51.
A pair of free throws by Sean Goodwin gave the Grizzlies a 58-51 advanage.
Marcus Fillyaw knocked down a three-point shot to pull the T-Birds within four points, 58-54.
Cloud County got a defensive stop, and had an opportunity to draw even closer, but Smith was unable to finish on a drive, and Butler County pulled down the rebound.
Osler, whoh led all scorers with 21 points, made two free throws with 40 seconds on the clock to put the Grizzlies up 60-54.
Connor McDaniel couldn’t connect on a three-point attempt, but the T-Birds grabbed an offensive rebound.
McDaniel missed another three-point try, and the Grizzlies came away with the ball.
Osler went one of two from the line to make it 61-54 with just 12 seconds to play.
Following a miss by Cloud County, the Grizzlies were able to run out the clock.
“You are disppointed when shots don’t go in, but that is part of the game. As long as you have the right guy taking the shots that is all you can hope for,” Cloud County coach Chad Eshbaugh said, “I was more disappointed with the turnovers.
Cloud County turned the ball over 23 times in the game.
“We played pretty hard, and rebounded well and defended well. It really came down to turnovers,” Eshbaugh said, “To win, especially against a good team, you have got to play well and you have to value the basketball.”
Cloud County falls to 14-14 overall and 5-9 in the Jayhawk West with the loss.
Butler County improves to 22-6 overall and 10-4 in the conference.
The Grizzlies got out to a 10-5 lead to start the game, but the T-Birds put together a 13-2 run to go up 18-12.
Smith, who scored 17 points to lead Cloud County, scored eight of those points. He was five of eight from the field and 7 of 11 from the free throw line.
Butler County responded with an 11-3 spurt to reclaim the lead at 23-21.
Two free throws by Fillyaw and a basket by Emeka Okoronkwo gave Cloud County the lead back at 25-23 with 3:55 remaining in the first half.
Osler, who was four of six from three-point range, hit two threes as Butler County reeled off 10 straight points to go up 33-25 at halftime.
The two teams traded baskets to start the second half, and Cloud County got a free throw by Smith and a steal and a dunk by Gerrae Williams to get within five points, 35-30.
Taking advantage of three Cloud County turnovers, the Grizzlies extended the lead to 43-32.
“I really felt like we did some things that I was really pleased with, but we didn’t get to enjoy the fruits of our labor because we didn’t take care of the basketball,” Eshbaugh said.
Cloud County would get no closer than seven points until making one final push in the last two minutes.
Fillyaw finished with 10 points, five rebounds and six assists for the T-Birds.
Ed Dyson also scored 10 points.
The T-Birds were 19 of 46 from the field for 41 percent and 13 of 19 from the line for 68 percent.
Sean Goodwin hit seven of eight field goal attempts in scoring 18 points for Butler county.
The Grizzlies were 23 of 50 from the floor for 46 percent and 10 of 17 from the line for 59 pecent.
Cloud County plays at Hutchinson on Saturday night, and finishes up the regular season by hosting Barton County next Wednesday.
SALINA – Kylie Trobee scored three runs and drove in four in the Cloud County Community College softball team's 18-0 win over Brown Mackie here yesterday. The win completed a doubleheader sweep; the T-Birds won game one 13-0. Cloud County got started early in the finale... [More]
ABILENE – The Concordia High School golf team led by Grant Holmes finished third in the Abilene Invitational on Tuesday. The Panthers finished with a team score of 336 and finished behind Wamego (322) and Abilene (327). Holmes shot 81 and finished in sixth place. Marcus... [More]
- Rimrodt wins Abilene tournament
- CJHS track team compete in Beloit
- Swanson, Wallace record first-place finishes
- Panthers split doubleheader with Sacred Heart
- CHS softball gets first win of season
- JV softball gets one win
- Two ConKids wrestlers place first
- Wrestling club has six place in state tournament
Police Dept. Report Damage to property—Darci J. Elliott, Concordia, reported Damage to Property at 7:35 a.m., April 22. Damage occurred sometime in the last 48 hours in the 400 block of West 16th St. Fire Dept./EMS Report At 9:12 p.m., Tuesday, Medic-5 responded to the... [More]
By Sharon Coy Blade Staff Writer When Susan Sutton, Cloud County Community College Dean of Humanities, was a student at CCCC a seed for her love of the theatre was planted. Although she had never taken part in plays in high school and her only drama experience had... [More]
Whereas, Cloud County Community College, The Brown Grand Theatre, the National Orphan Train Complex and many other organizations and causes have benefited immeasurably from the dedication and skill of Susan Sutton; and Whereas, Susan Sutton has for 39 years enlivened the... [More]
Dear Editor, Questions that need answers? 1. Why should we sign up for the Special Civility Pledge? 2. Isn't the “Bill of Rights” still acceptable? 3. Aren't the Ten Commandments still taught? 4. What happened to the... [More]