By James Howey, sports editor, @jhowey.jcc.edu
The Cavaliers are entering to post season blazing hot. The women’s basketball team went on the road at Kansas City Kansas Community College and played an absolutely dominating first half.
“I feel like we wanted it more than them,” Nieka Wheeler said. “I think we came out harder and more focused then we’ve been all season.”
The Cavs made eight three pointer’s in the first half. Three of those came from Brook Vaughn, who gave the Cavs a huge spark in the first half and finished with nine points in the game. The second half was a sloppy performance by both teams. But the Cavs hung on to win 64-52. Wheeler led the Cavs with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the game. Head coach Ben Conrad says his team is really hitting its stride right now
“I feel like we are playing our most consistent basketball that we’ve played all year,” Conrad said. “It’s really exciting to be playing your best late.”
The Cavs did need to have a touch of luck after their big win. Both of the clubs regional records were 11-1 after the game. The tie breaker was a “Friday Night Lights” style coin toss. The club would emerge on the right side of the toss, claimed the number one seed in regionals, and a bye.
“It’s big because we don’t have to play Highland in the first round,” Conrad said. “We would rather see KCK or Highland in Wichita as opposed to seeing them the first round.”
Wheeler is very encouraged by the effort the team is playing with right now and says this team is ready to meet the challenges in the playoffs.
“We have so much chemistry right now from trying to be better all year,” Wheeler said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that we can do great things.”
Conrad feels that after a long season the Cavs look like they may be getting something special going.
“I think our kids are starting to figure this thing out,” Conrad said. “Maybe this team is hitting their peak, who knows.”