The Coffeyville women continued its string of dominance on Monday with a 73-60 win over Cowley County, while the men fell to the Tigers 113-97.
The women's contest saw the two teams trade blows back and forth early, with the Red Ravens and Tigers tied after one quarter. A big run at the start of the second quarter would see Coffeyville pull away a bit, although Cowley found a couple of buckets before the half to cut the lead down to just 8 point going into the locker rooms. Coffeyville would build a lead at the outset of the second half, at one point leading by 12 at 41-29, but Cowley would start to make a big run to tie the game up at 45. That would be the tipping point, though, as Coffeyville would calm down and start playing effective basketball once again, putting the lead into double digits and never looking back. Julia Calafell led the team in scoring off the bench, scoring 18 points and making plenty of free throws near the end of the game to help keep the lead steady. McKenzie Murrel-Patton (16) and Faith Simpson (12) picked up double-digit scoring nights for the Red Ravens. Simpson and Ania Markowska gathered 13 and 16 rebounds, respectively, although Markowska left the game in the second half with an injury. Tynica Gilmore also left the contest in the second half after hurting her shoulder.
The men's contest saw two teams fired up and ready to go at one another, and it showed on the box score. The two teams combined for numerous fouls, and several technical fouls were assessed throughout the game. Coffeyville head coach Jay Herkleman was ejected after getting his second technical midway through the second half. As for the game itself, Coffeyville struggled heavily to keep up with the chaotic style of play that Cowley has practiced all season. Mental mistakes and costly turnovers dug the Red Ravens a deep hole, where the team at one point trailed by as much as 23 points. Coffeyville would start to make a climb back into the game during the second half, getting back to within five, but a string of three-pointers from the Tigers would once again put the game out of reach, this time for good. Tony Hutson looked great even in defeat, picking up a season-high 33 points and shooting a remarkable 15-17 from the free throw line. Larry White (18), Meikkel Murray (16), and Tylor Perry (12) all reached double digits for Coffeyville.
The Coffeyville men (13-6, 5-4) and women (16-3, 6-3) have two more contests this week, including a home matchup against Cloud County on Wednesday and a road matchup against Allen County on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast, as they always are, on US 98.1, KUSN.