Central Community College-Columbus women's basketball split a pair of games over the weekend in the North Iowa Area Community College Thanksgiving Basketball Challenge in Mason City, Iowa.
The Raiders defeated Iowa Lakes Community College on Saturday, 63-56, but lost to No. 3 North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) on Sunday, 80-60.
"I thought we did a good job of being ready to play after the break," head coach Billy Perkins said. "We seemed rested. We came out and played focused and played well as a team."
CENTRAL 63, IOWA LAKES CC 56: The game was a close-fought battle for the first half, with Iowa Lakes CC taking at 25-24 lead into the break.
The Raiders traded baskets back-and-forth and were able to take a 42-41 lead during the third quarter.
Central took over in the fourth quarter, outscoring Iowa Lakes CC 21-15 for the seven-point edge.
"We played pretty consistently for most of the game," Perkins said. "In the second half, we played good solid basketball and took the lead and never gave it up."
Jasmine Williams and Monica Brooks both finished with a double-double.
Williams scored 13 and grabbed 12 rebounds while Brooks added 13 of her own and snatched 10 boards.
"It's nice when they get double-doubles," Perkins said. "Especially two players on the team. That means they're both crashing the boards hard and making shots."
Isabel Diaz led the Raiders in points with 14.
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Central also shot 44 percent from behind the arc with six different players hitting 3-pointers.
"Everyone stepped up," Perkins said. "We hit some big shots in the third quarter. Allanah (Beller) had a big 3, Sarah (Monahan) had a big 3, Isabel hit a big 3. There was consistency out of Monica and Jasmine, but some of the other girls stepped up as well."
Central shot 43 percent from the field and held Iowa Lakes to just 27 percent.
NO. 3 NIACC 80, CENTRAL 60: Central held NIACC to its lowest point total of the season in the rematch from just a week ago but was unable to pull the upset.
NIACC won the last meeting in blowout fashion, 93-39.
"We made some adjustments after the first time we played them," Perkins said. "I thought the girls did a good job of sticking to the game plan for most of the game, handling their press and slowing the game down. We made it into a half-court game and slowed them down when they're averaging about 95 points a game. They get frustrated when they don't score right away. I thought we did a good job on the game plan and kind of just ran out of gas towards the end."
Diaz and Brooks both scored a team-high 16 points and Brooks grabbed eight rebounds. Williams dished out six assists to lead the Raiders.
"The effort is usually good," Perkins said about what he's learned about his team. "I think we've done a good job of fighting some adversity. Just kind of staying the course when things kind of turn for the worse in a game to recover and stay with it and continue to play hard."
Central moves to 5-6 overall on the season and will play at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at home against McCook Community College.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org