2019-2020 Lady Blue Devil News
22-2 run propels Lady Blue Devils past HesstonJanuary 27, 2020The worst thing Hesston may have done Saturday was forge a 22-22 tie with Kansas City Kansas Community College. The Lady Blue Devils scored 22 of the next 24 points on the way to an 82-55 win. The win evened KCKCC’s Jayhawk Conference record at 1-1 and overall record at 19-2 heading into a string of three straight games on the road – at Park University JV Tuesday at 5 p.m., at Fort Scott Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and at No. 6 ranked Highland Saturday at 1 p.m. Caroline Hoppock and Aliyah Myers combined to break open Saturday’s win over Hesston, scoring all 14 KCKCC points in building a 36-24 halftime lead. Myers and Hoppock each had a 3-pointer and two layups after Hesston had pulled even 22-22 with 5:34 left in the half. The Blue Devils, who had given up an early 22-12 lead, then scored the first eight points of the second half to complete a 22-2 run for a 44-24 lead and Hesston never came close the rest of the way. Hoppock led all scorers with 19 points including a trio of treys while Myers and Brodi Byrd added 13 points apiece and Jada Mayberry 11. Tiaira Earnest chipped in with eight points and Kamryn Estell and Destiny Zamudio seven each. At 5-6, Byrd led KCKCC rebounding with nine along with four assists and two steals. Earnest also had four assists while Myers had five rebounds and Hoppock, Estell and Mayberry four each although team-wise, the Blue Devils were out-rebounded 43-38. That, however, was more than nullified by 33 Hesston turnovers that resulted in 27 KCKCC points. “I think this team mentally and physically tired and the lack of experience is showing right now,” said KCKCC Coach Joe McKinstry. “We’ve been going at this since August, a lot longer process than any of them are used to. This is the second straight game we’ve had an awful practice the day before and the second straight day we had a reflection of our practice in the game. We got out-rebounded, had 18 turnovers and shot the ball poorly, especially from 3-point (26.9 percent). We just must do better if we’re going to compete in this conference.” Once through this week’s three games on the road, the Blue Devils will have four of the next five contests at home starting a week from Wednesday (Feb. 5) against No. 4 ranked Johnson County. Nearly 100 KCKCC student-athletes will be recognized between games that evening as part of the annual Academic Achievement Night activities.
KCKCC Women improve to 5-1November 13, 2019Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young women’s basketball team turned in a “Jekyll and Dr. Hyde” performance in a 95-78 win over Park University’s Developmental team Tuesday. On one hand, the Blue Devils forced 21 turnovers, many of which came off a dozen steals that were turned into easy breakaway layups and accounted for at least a third of the KCKCC offense. But the Blue Devils were also outscored 49-48 in a second half that saw the Lady Pirates knock down 18 of 35 shots for 51.4 percent shooting, easily the most points given up in any half this season. “Disappointing,” said KCKCC Coach Joe McKinstry. “This was not a performance that is reflective of what this program is about. Our effort of defensive and offensive execution is going to get us beat on most nights. It’s simply inexcusable.” The Blue Devils had 18 turnovers and although the easy transition baskets enabled them to shoot 50.7 percent (38-of-75) from the field, they were just 9-of-34 for a chilly 26.5 percent from 3-point and 10-of-22 (.455) from the foul line. “We were sloppy and undetailed and those are things we specifically watched on film from our loss this past weekend and that we wanted to correct,” said McKinstry. On the plus side, the Blue Devils got a career high 24 points from their lone veteran, 5-6 guard Brodi Byrd, who was 10-of-15 from the field including 4-of-7 treys. She also led in steals with five, shared the rebounding lead with six and handed out five assists. Byrd provided the shot of the game, a mid-court 45-footer at the buzzer that helped KCKCC expand a 16-14 lead to 23-14 after one quarter. The Blue Devils were in front 47-29 at the half. Freshman Alieyya Jones had her best night with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Kamryn Estell had five assists and four rebounds to go along with 12 points. Nine of 10 Blue Devils had at least five points with Adoreya Williams adding 9, Tiaira Earnest 8 and Jada Mayberry 7. KCKCC won the rebounding battle 47-35 with four Blue Devils sharing the lead with six – Byrd, Earnest, Alliyah Myers and Mercer Roberts. Diamond Williams led in assists with six. “It feels good to be 5-1 at this point but we know we have to get better if we want to put ourselves in position to compete at the end of the season,” said McKinstry. The Blue Devils are home for the last time in November this weekend when they host Southwestern Iowa (3-3) Friday at 6 p.m. and North Central Missouri (4-2) Saturday at 4 p.m. in the annual Keith Lindsey Classic. The KCKCC men will play Cowley College Friday at 8 p.m. and North Central Missouri Saturday at 6 p.m. The tournament schedule: FRIDAY – Fort Scott women vs. North Central Missouri, 2 p.m.; Labette men vs. North Central Missouri, 4 p.m.; KCKCC women vs. Southwestern (Iowa), 6 p.m.; KCKCC men vs. Cowley, 8 p.m. SATURDAY – Fort Scott women vs. Southwestern, noon; Labette men vs. Cowley, 2 p.m.; KCKCC women vs. North Central Missouri, 4 p.m.; KCKCC men vs. North Central Missouri, 6 p.m.
Defense power KCKCC Women to third straight winNovember 07, 2019Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young women’s basketball team did something Tuesday that last year’s national champions did not do – defeat Washburn University’s JV at Washburn. Fueled by a big second quarter, the Lady Blue Devils posted a 71-48 win in Topeka. It was the third straight win for the unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Blue Devils. Last season, the Lady Ichabods handed KCKCC a 76-74 setback, one of only four KCKCC losses in 2018-19. The Blue Devils stay on the road this weekend for what could be their toughest test of the non-conference season. KCKCC takes on Southwestern of Creston, Iowa, at 5 p.m. Friday in the first round of the Kirkwood Classic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and then clashes with No. 2 ranked Kirkwood Saturday at 3 p.m. in a collision of the last two national champions – Kirkwood winning in 2018 and KCKCC in 2019. Defensive rebounding and thievery were instrumental in the win over Washburn. KCKCC gave up just four offensive rebounds while grabbing 15 of its own in winning the battle of the boards 47-41. The Blue Devils also forced 30 turnovers, half of which came off steals led by Aliyah Myers with four and Brodi Byrd with three. The Ichabods were also limited to 30.7 percent shoooing from the field. Kamryn Estell, a 6-1 freshman from Belton, led the Blue Devils with a near double-double, 21 points and a game high nine rebounds. Estell was the only Blue Devil in double figures in scoring but five teammates scored eight or more in a deep and well-balanced offensive attack. Alieyya Jones and Tiaira Earnest each added nine points and Byrd, Aliyah Myers and Mercer Roberts eight apiece. All are freshmen with the exception of Byrd. Jones also hauled down eight rebounds and Byrd and Destiny Zamudia five each. “Very happy with our performance tonight, especially on the defensive end,” said KCKCC Coach Joe McKinstry. “We had a very short practice today in which we discussed some points of emphasis that we wanted to focus on defensively and the girls did a great job taking that information and executing our plan. We had 15 steals and nearly all of them were forced by effort, energy and defensive purpose.” KCKCC led just 13-10 after one quarter before Estell and Myers combined for 16 points in a 26-12 second quarter that ballooned the Blue Devil lead to 39-22 at halftime. Estell had nine points on 4-of-5 shooting while Myers added seven, taking three shots and making all three including a 3-pointer. The Blue Devils, who never trailed, led by as many as 26 points in the third quarter although shooting only 30.8 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from 3-point. “We are still trying to find our way on offense but Kamryn Estell is establishing herself as a great presence around the basket,” said McKinstry. “She forced 11 fouls called on Washburn defenders, all because of her physicality and hard work. Destiny Zamudia, Tiaira Earnest and Aliyah Myers all had great games as well. Part of what can make this team very dangerous is that they are all capable of impacting the game in a lot of areas, and I felt like those three, in particular, had great energy and we really fed on that.”