The 2021 season began with a bang for the Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens, as both the men and the women picked up blowout victories in non-conference play.
The CCC women, picked to finish third in the preseason conference poll, came out agressive and strong against the Southwest Christian JV squad for the 111-56 victory. A 20-3 run right at the beginning of the game pretty much put the game out of reach. With the lead so large, including a 29-point deficit at the half, Coffeyville could afford to experiment with its full lineup. All 14 rostered players scored points during Wednesday's game, with Amiya Josey leading the way with 21 points. Head coach Tony Turner said getting players on the floor helps the team get better.
After the break, it was the men's time to shine, taking on a cross-border foe in Missouri State University - West Plains. Although the Red Ravens returned four players from the 2020 roster, only two started the contest against the Grizzlies. Throughout the game, Coffeyville employed a five-man in, five-man out strategy that seemed to keep players rested and strong, and built a lead off of that. The Red Ravens also showed amazing athleticism that went deep into the roster. Much like the women before them, the men would never trail in the game and eventually walked off with an 86-46 victory. Debuting guard Markeith Browning led the way with 12 points, with Bostyn Holt and Hayden Brittingham each adding 11 as well. After the game, head coach Jay Herkelman said he knows the offense can do better, but did struggle against a rarely-seen defense.
Both CCC teams are now 1-0 on the season. The men will break off for a brief moment, taking on Labette Community College in a men's only contest on Saturday before both teams hit the road next Wedneday, traveling to Hutchinson.