Feb 12, 2020 2:10 AM

T-Bird women's basketball unable to fend off Tigers

Posted Feb 12, 2020 2:10 AM

CONCORDIA -- For the second time in three days, the Cloud County Community College women's basketball team would put together a strong first half that would be spoiled by a second-half rally as visiting Cowley Community College would take a 67-61 road win over the T-Birds inside of Arley Bryant Gymnasium on Monday.

Cloud County falls to 9-18 overall and 4-13 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference with the defeat while Cowley picked up their 18th win of the year to move to 18-9 overall and 8-9 in the KJCCC.

Following three ties in the opening five minutes of the game, the T-Birds would turn a 5-4 deficit into a 7-4 lead on a Kelsie Kelly triple that would help spark a 7-0 run to take an 11-5 lead. Cowley would manage to close the six point gap down to a single-point over the next three minutes of action with a Seanna Boltz made three making the score 13-12 in favor of Cloud County, but Alyssa Castilleja would have an answer at the buzzer with a runner from the left side of the lane to give CCCC a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Cloud County would score six of the first eight points to begin the second quarter, pushing their lead back to six at 20-14, but Cowley would have another quick response with a layup and made three just 21 seconds apart to get back within a point at 20-19. The Tigers would then tie the game on their next offensive possession at 22-22, but freshman Jacy Dalinghaus would have the response for Cloud County with a made three to put the T-Birds back on top. Over the course of the final four minutes of the first half, Cloud County would score seven of the final 10 points to take their largest lead of the first half at 32-25 heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, Cloud County would score a quick bucket to push their lead to nine before seeing Cowley make a run to get back within three at 36-33 with 7:05 remaining in the period. Four T-Bird free throws would put the lead back out to seven at 40-33 midway through the quarter, but Cloud County would be held to just four points over the final five minutes of the third as Cowley would outscore Cloud County 14-4 to go up 47-44 with 10 minutes left in the game.

Things would stay close throughout the fourth as the T-Birds would threaten to reclaim the lead on numerous occasions in the opening minutes of the fourth, but Cowley would have a response each and every time. Cloud County would eventually manage to get things tied up at 49-49, but Cowley would score the next five points to get some breathing room with just under five minutes left in the game. The battle for Cloud County would continue as the Tigers would seemingly have an answer after each T-Bird bucket, but a persistent CCCC offense would manage to get things tied back up at 59-59 with just 1:37 left on the clock.

Cloud County would then take one final lead on a LaKya Leslie jumper with 1:18 remaining, but Cowley would tie things back up on their next possession and force an empty possession by the T-Birds to get the ball back with 42 seconds left. A made triple by the Tigers would put the pressure back on Cloud County as the T-Birds would need to score to try and extend the game. A turnover on the ensuing inbounds would give the ball back to Cowley which allowed the Tigers to put the game away by hitting three of their final four free throws to pull out the win.

Cloud County would hold a commanding 50-35 advantage in rebounds and 34-16 advantage in points in the paint, but would be hurt by 20 Cowley points off of 16 T-Bird turnovers as the Tigers would also hold a 33-9 advantage in points from three. CCCC would shoot 34.8 percent (23-of-66) from the field and go just 12-for-20 (60.0 percent) from the charity stripe while Cowley would put up similar numbers (19-of-55, 34.5 percent from the field and 18-of-27, 66.7 percent) from the free throw line.

A season-high 16 points from Ostenson would lead the T-Birds as Cloud County would see three players finish in double-figures. Haven Hamilton would add 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double while Dalinghaus scored 11 points in just 17 minutes of action.

What's next?

Two of Cloud County's final three games of the season will come away from home as the T-Birds will have a Wednesday night road contest at Allen Community College their next time out. The Red Devils are 7-18 overall and 2-14 in KJCCC play following a 74-55 road loss at Coffeyville on Wednesday night.


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Feb 12, 2020 2:10 AM
Three former KWU players sign with Salina Liberty

Three former Kansas Wesleyan football standouts won’t have to travel far when they begin their professional careers. Defensive end Shad Bradford, quarterback Johnny Feauto and defensive back Rashaan Broomfield have signed contracts with the Salina Liberty of Champions Indoor Football.

The Liberty plays in the spring and summer with home game at Tony’s Pizza Events Center. They were CIF runners-up a year ago, finishing with a 9-5 record.

Bradford, Feauto and Broomfield will be among 35 athletes in the Liberty’s preseason camp that opens March 2. The roster will be trimmed to 25 before the season opener against Amarillo on March 21 at TPEC.

“This is not a publicity stunt,” Liberty General Manager Francis Flax said. “The intent is to win football games and generate fan interest. With that in mind, they have to prove themselves and make the team.

“They’ve been great for Kansas Wesleyan, the city of Salina and the entire state. What they accomplished is tremendous. They’re great football players.”

KWU Coach Myers Hendrickson is glad the group will remain close by.

“I’m really excited for those three to continue to play the great game of football and also do it in Salina,” he said. “They’re outstanding individuals, outstanding football players – I know we’ve got other players as well that are very excited about their future and opportunity to keep playing.

“But to have three right here in Salina that we can continue to watch – the Coyote football family, the campus community, the Salina community – is tremendous. Selfishly, myself, I’ll get to go be a fan and watch these guys play, which I’m really looking forward to.”

Feauto was named All-America by the Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association/NAIA following the 2019 season. He threw for 7,362 yards and 90 touchdowns, and rushed for 900 yards and nine TDs during his two seasons as the Coyotes compiled 25-2 record.

Feauto’s ability to make plays with his arm and feet will serve him well in the professional ranks, according to third-year Liberty Coach Heron O’Neal, who has a 19-9 record in two seasons.

“His mobility, how he can improvise, the numbers he put up, how he breaks down the defense, how dynamic he is … he’s the best player at that level,” O’Neal said. “When Coach (George) Martinez brought him in you could just see the confidence he exudes. It became a no-brainer of why he was able to lead those guys. He has the ‘it’ factor.”

O’Neal compares Feauto to former Texas A&M All-American Johnny Manziel.

“Same type of stature, a shorter kid who can throw from many different platforms,” he said. “He’ll stand in there and take the hit, but he’ll also get out of the pocket and is dynamic enough he can make things happen with his feet as well.”

Bradford was the top vote getter in the NAIA for the Cliff Harris Award two years in a row. The award recognizes the top defensive players at the small college level.

Bradford also a two-time AP and AFCA/NAIA All-American after leading the NAIA with 43 combined sacks in 2018 and ’19. He also had a combined 63 tackles for loss totaling 347 yards.

“You look at his film and he has supreme quickness on the edge and a burst that’s second to none,” O’Neal said. “He can counter his size (5-10, 223 pounds) with how strong he is and can leverage a bigger 6-4 kid. They have to come down to his level and when they come down to his level they’re not strong enough to deal with everything that he brings to the table.”

O’Neal said Bradford does more than sack quarterbacks.

“He had 20 tackles for losses each year and lets you know he also does it in the run game,” he said.

O’Neal said Bradford will play end and some linebacker.

“We’ll start him off at end and let him get some linebacker reps, too. I think he has the capability of doing both,” he said.

Broomfield was an honorable mention All-Kansas Conference choice this fall. He had 69 tackles and five interceptions during his two seasons with the Coyotes. He returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown against Friends in 2018.

“He can play corner(back) and safety,” O’Neal said. “A lot of guys can only one or the other. In indoor football you’ve got to have that versatility to have a chance to be successful, especially in the defense that I run.

“You have to have that skill set of quick in space as well as that long range speed that he has and the ball skills he has. He’s a playmaker back there.”

O’Neal credits Martinez for securing Bradford, Feauto and Broomfield’s services.

“You never dream of having something like that in your own back yard,” said Martinez, who watched the trio play for two seasons. “I was impressed with their work ethic, their coachability and their eagerness to learn each and every day.”

The Liberty lost to Duke City 35-29 in the CIF championship game last season.