For the first time in over a month, the Red Raven men and women had split fortunes. The women fell to Cloud County 74-61, while the men held on to defeat the Thunderbirds in double overtime, 100-96.
The Red Raven women just couldn’t seem to get anything going their way Wednesday. Despite an early onslaught of buckets from sophomore Faith Simpson, she was matched every step of the way by Cloud County sophomore Le’Yanna McGinnis. The Jayhawk Conference’s leading scorer established herself against Coffeyville’s usually stout defense. Coffeyville’s offense sputtered, committing 28 turnovers and shooting just 3-18 from beyond the arc. McGinnis would finish with 35 points, a career-high for the Thunderbird.
Simpson would lead all Coffeyville scorers with 18, and was joined in double-digits by Makenzie Davis, who finished with a season-high 15. The Red Raven women fall to 10-4 on the season and 9-4 in Jayhawk Conference play.
After the conducting of homecoming activities, the men took to the court to take on the last-place Thunderbirds. Cloud County had lost nine straight heading into Wednesday’s game, but they didn’t play like it. Coffeyville found itself down 22-9 after just a few minutes of play; however, a 14-0 Red Raven run would at least bring the game back to even. The two teams would basically punch back and forth for the rest of the game. Near the end of regulation, Coffeyville led 74-71, but Zavian Smith drilled a 3-pointer from the left-wing to send the game into its first overtime at 74. The first overtime would prove be a miniature version of the first 40 minutes, with back and forth action and plenty of free throws, but this time it would be Coffeyville that found itself down by three. However, with 13.3 seconds left, Tylor Perry would become the hero and nailed his own three to tie the game back up at 89. In double overtime, Bostyn Holt would put the Red Ravens up for the final time, and Hayden Brittingham would add two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining to ice the game at 100-96.
Holt led all scorers with 21, and Perry, who was held to no points in the first half, finished with 20. Coffeyville improves to 16-1 on the season and 14-1 in conference play.
Another rematch awaits the Red Ravens, but they’ll return home to Nellis Hall to take on the Allen County Red Devils on Saturday. Coffeyville took contests the first time around. You can listen to all of the action, with pregame starting at 1:45 on US98.1, KUSN.