The Pratt Community College basketball teams each dropped a pair of games this week. The women and men were both beaten by Cloud County and Seward County.

The Pratt Community College women’s basketball team traveled to Concordia Wednesday in quest of some redemption for an earlier loss at home to Cloud County. Mission aborted.
The Lady T-Birds drilled the Lady Beavers 68-48 in a game that was determined by the team that was more tenacious and shot the ball better—and that was Cloud.
PCC took a slim lead early on, ahead 11-9 at the first media time-out. But by the 8:00 mark, the Clouds had begun to rain on the Beavers’ parade. They took the lead at that point, and would never trail again.
Cloud was up 27-18 at the half, but Pratt cut into the deficit over the first several minutes of the second stanza with some balanced scoring. Elle Stein, Keosha Parks and Kelsi Strobel each had 2 points in the stretch. When Tatiana Grant hit 2 FT and then a bucket in consecutive possessions, PCC had cut the gap to 34-28 at 15:00.
That would be the high water mark for the Beavers however. Over the next five minutes, Cloud went on a 15-7 run that gave them command of the game again, 49-35 at the media time-out.
Down the home stretch, the Lady Beavers weren’t run out of the gym, but the T-Birds picked up a few extra points here and there on PCC and ended the game up by 20 at 68-48.
One of the biggest problems for PCC was cold shooting. “We had a hard time finding the bucket,” said PCC head coach Stephanie Thompson of her team’s 32% from the floor and 20% from 3-point land. Cloud wasn’t torrid, but they shot 43% and 26%—decent numbers, and good enough to gain an advantage on the scoreboard against Pratt.
Rebounding was even (41-40 for CCCC) and Pratt only had 12 turnovers for the game, an area that has caused the Beavers problems at times this season. Cloud was able to convert several of the TO into easy buckets, but it didn’t really cost Pratt the game.
Coach Thompson felt the game hinged on the intangibles. “We weren’t very tough,” she stated. “Cloud took it to us, especially in the second half. We couldn’t stop or change the momentum, and we just let them get away from us.”
Cloud’s deeper bench played a role, outscoring PCC’s bench 17-7. Still shorthanded, Thompson felt that her players ran out of gas down the stretch. Hope continues for the return to the line-up of injured players like point guard Maddie Pendry and shooting guard Hannah Mehl in the near future, which should help address the bench situation.
A busy stretch of games faces the Lady Beavers as the conference season begins to wind down, beginning with Seward County at an unusual time this weekend. The game will be on Friday at 4 p.m. at the BeaverDome in order to accommodate the wrestling tournament that PCC is hosting on Saturday.

PCC   18  30  48
CCCC 27  41  68

Tatiana Grant 11; Kelsi Strobel 10; Broadwater 7; Smith 9 Parks 5; Stein 6

This is getting ridiculous. How many close games can a team lose before beginning to wonder if they might be snake-bit?
The Pratt Community College men’s basketball team dropped yet another heartbreaker Wednesday, this time on the road at Cloud County, 57-55.
The Beavers’ losing streak reaches five games with the defeat, but four of those games could have gone either way. Aside from a convincing thumping from #1 Hutchinson, PCC has lost the other four games during the losing streak by a TOTAL of 14 points—and two of the games went to overtime.
Similar to the Colby contest last week, the Cloud game saw PCC rally in the second half only to fall agonizingly short.
Hot shooting had boosted the Thunderbirds to a 36-26 halftime lead. Cloud shot 50% from the floor in the first half and 60% from behind the arc. Cloud made three more 3s in the first half than PCC did, pretty much accounting for the score differential.
By contrast, Pratt hit on only 26% and 30% of their efforts before the intermission.
In the second half, the Clouds cooled off a little bit and also began to kick the ball around some, collecting 18 turnovers on the game compared to just 12 for the Beavers. That combined with improved shot selection by the Beavers (43%) allowed Pratt to sneak back into the game following the break. Sean Michaelson had 13 pts. after the break to pace Pratt.
With 49 seconds left, DeShun Roberts made two FT to get PCC within a bucket at 57-55. Cloud missed on their opportunities to score in the final minute.
Pratt had the ball with 8 seconds left.  The play PCC head coach Jesse Shaw drew up during a time-out was thwarted, and Pratt found themselves on the short end of a close score yet again, 57-55 Cloud County.
Regarding the final shot, Coach Shaw had this to say: “Aaron Abram got a little excited when he found himself wide open behind the 3 point line with about 6 seconds left in a 2 pt game. The ball slipped right through his hands, and we’ll never know in this lifetime if he would have drained that buzzer-beating attempt… heartbreak city.”
“The guys played hard again, and battled back from a deficit, but couldn’t get over the hump,” Shaw continued. “Some late turnovers hurt us again, and our transition defense allowed too many deadly wide open T-Bird shots.”
A whirlwind of games faces PCC in the near future, beginning with Seward County at an unusual time this weekend. To accommodate the regional wrestling tournament hosted by PCC on Saturday, the Beavers will face the Saints at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena.

PCC    26 29  55
CCCC 36 21  57

Aaron Abram 10; Flynn 4; Sean Michaelson 16; Thomas 3; Abraham 4; Roberts 6; Stivrins 4; Hellman 8

The Seward County Saints were too much for the Pratt Community College Beavers on Friday at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena.
The Beaver women dropped an 84-67 decision to Seward while the PCC men fell 71-59.
The women are 13-11 (3-7 in the Jayhawk). The men are 12-12 (2-8 conference.)