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 (1-1) hosts York College's junior varsity team at 7 p.m. Thursday.