CCCB sophomore Kayla Koester scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds on Saturday during the Saints' 73-57 loss to Ozark Christian College.
Womens Basketball

Saints unable to recover from slow start against Ozark Christian

Moberly, Mo.

The Central Christian women's basketball team got off to a slow start, made a comeback, then had their fourth quarter rally fall short in a 73-57 loss to Ozark Christian College on Saturday in Midwest Christian College Conference play at the Ferneau Center.

Central Christian (3-6, 1-2 MCCC) trailed for most of the game, but kept it close until Ozark Christian (4-3, 1-1) pulled away late. The Saints narrowed the gap to 58-54 with 7:09 remaining before the Ambassadors closed out on a 15-3 run.

CCCB shot just 26 percent from the field and 13 percent from 3-point range in the first half as they found themselves facing a 39-29 halftime deficit. A 20-15 surge in the third quarter made it a five-point game heading into the final frame.

Lauren Mills led the Saints with 17 points and Taegan Bartolacci added 14. Alexis Whisenand grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, while Mills, Bartolacci, Kimberlee Fowler, and Kayla Koester all pulled down six each.

The Saints had trouble containing OCC's Kamryn Gentry, who had game highs of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Courtnie West scored15 points and Maddison Schaper had 13 for the Ambassadors.

The CCCB women are now off until Jan. 4 when they are scheduled to host Oak Hills Christian College at 7 p.m.