The Coffeyville Red Ravens made a big statement on Wednesday, with both the men and women taking home dominating victories over Colby Community College.
With Coffeyville ahead at the half by just three points before the half at 33-30, it seemed as if the women's contest would come down to the wire. However, the Red Ravens had other plans. Stout defense and a string of three-pointers blew the game wide open, as McKenzie Murrel-Patton, Kailyn Lay and Brooklyn Wade all hit big shots during a massive run to take a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Trojans (11-3, 2-3) were held to just 2 points total. Coffeyville would go on a 19-2 run to end the contest at 74-44. The Red Raven women improve to 14-3 on the season and 4-3 in the Jayhawk Conference. Faith Simpson led the way once again with 18 points, but Murrel-Patton added 17 of her own in one of her best performances on the year. Coffeyville shot 52 percent from beyond the arc and held Colby to just 28 percent shooting from the field.
The men's game followed a similar pattern, although the Red Ravens were able to extend their lead to double digits before halftime. The Trojans (11-3, 3-2) would storm out of the gate in the second half and would get within 1 point, but much like the women before them, Coffeyville used a big stretch of great defense and excellent shot selection to get on a 16-2 run and get back to a double-digit lead. From there, it was smooth sailing as the Colby men would never threaten the lead again en route to a 73-54 Coffeyville victory. Tony Hutson was the star of the show, hitting five three-pointers and finishing with 24 points on the night on 8-13 shooting. He was joined in double digits by Tylor Perry (15) and Larry White (13). The men improve to 12-5 on the season and are also 4-3 in Jayhawk Conference play.
Coffeyville will be busy over the weekend and early next week, traveling to Dodge City on Saturday and then Cowley County on Monday. As always, both of those contests will be broadcast on US 98.1, KUSN.