COLUMBUS — The Central Community College women's basketball team couldn't climb out of a second-half hole Friday night against the Concordia University junior varsity squad.
Central trailed 23-18 at halftime on its home court before both teams exploded for 60-plus points in the second half.
Concordia, led by a game-high 28 points from Rebecca Higgins, took a 21-point advantage in the second half and survived a late charge from the Raiders to get the 88-81 victory.
"Concordia did a good job shooting the ball, but we just ran out of time," Central head coach Billy Perkins said of the comeback attempt.
"The girls did a good job of playing hard," Perkins added. "This was a tough game because it was back-to-back nights, so at the beginning we were trying to find our legs."
Freshman Lexie Bacon led Central with 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including six of the team's nine 3-pointers.
Schuyler graduate Maddy Wolfe added 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting for Central, which was 30 for 72 from the floor as a team, and Jada Warner had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Concordia, which knocked down 12 3-pointers, including five from Higgins, also got 17 points from Madi Daly and 15 from Megan Vieselmeyer.
Central hosts York College's junior varsity team at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Mount Marty 73
COLUMBUS — Jordyn Popple scored the final five points of the game Nov. 2 to give Central Community College a 78-73 home win over Mount Marty’s junior varsity team in the Raiders’ season opener.
Popple, who finished with 12 points, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:12 left to put Central on top 76-73, then made a layup on a fast break in the final seconds to seal the win.
Popple’s 5-0 run to end the game completed Central’s fourth-quarter comeback. Trailing 63-59 heading into the final 10 minutes of play, the Raiders clamped down defensively, allowing only 10 points in the fourth quarter after the Lancers shot lights-out in the first three quarters.
“We just had to go with the process and eventually their legs got tired,” Central women's head coach Billy Perkins said. “We just had to close out harder and let them put it on the floor. They really pressed hard.”
With just six players in uniform for the game, Central’s offseason work paid off in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve had a hard offseason. We really worked the girls to get in shape,” said Perkins, who won his first game as Central’s head coach. “The girls made up their mind that we were going to win the game.”
Schuyler graduate Maddy Wolfe scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Raiders. Jada Warner added 14 points and six assists.