The Raiders survived a scare from the Lady Knights in the first round of the Region IX Tournament on Wednesday night at Raider Fieldhouse. After building a 16-point lead in the first half, CCC posted an 88-77 victory for the right to move on.
The teams were deadlocked at 22 apiece following the first quarter when the Raiders took off on a 21-5 run to open the second quarter for a 43-27 advantage. CCC went on to lead 49-35 at the half.
The Lady Knights returned the favor to open the third quarter by rattling off at 22-9 to cut the CCC lead down to one, 60-59. The Raiders held a 64-59 lead after three quarters.
The final period remained close until the final four minutes of regulation when the Raiders went on an 11-5 run to build an 86-72 lead en route to the win.
Maddy Wolfe led five CCC players in double figures with 24 points. Quenshae Love scored 22 points, while Alexis Ramaekers tallied a dozen points. Paxton Thronecame off the bench to score 11 points, while Payton Blanke finished the night with 10 points.
With the win, the Raiders go to 9-20 on the season, while the Lady Knights finish the year at 4-23.
Up next, CCC will take on Southeast Community College in the Region IX Tournament championship game on Monday in Beatrice. The 11-18 Lady Storm swept the Raiders during the regular season with an 83-75 win in Columbus on Feb. 2, followed by a 92-60 victory in Beatrice on Feb. 25. Tip-off for Monday night’s title game is set for 7 p.m