by Alan Hoskins
The Lady Blue Devils of Kansas City Kansas Community College will take the nation’s No. 11 Division II basketball ranking into opening Jayhawk Conference play Saturday.
A 100-46 winner over Central Methodist JV Wednesday, the Blue Devils will host Labette in the Jayhawk opener at 2 p.m. with the men’s game scheduled for 4 p.m.
At 9-1, the Blue Devils jumped all the way from 18th to 11th in the second Top 20 national poll of the season. The Blue Devils’ only loss came at unbeaten Hutchinson, which is ranked No. 2 in Division I.
The Blue Devils will get additional chances to move up. Jayhawk rival Johnson County (11-0) moved up from No. 4 to the No. 1 ranking while Highland continued in the No. 9 spot.
Five Blue Devils scored in double figures in the win at Central Methodist. Erin Anderson led with a season high 19 points including five three-pointers. Cheyenne North added 16, Cierra Gaines 13, Sierra Roberts 11 and Cassidy Harbert 10.
In addition to Roberts’ 11 points, the Blue Devils also got seven points each from Rashaun Casey and Iland Shurn and six from Arrica Daye off the bench as 11 players scored.
Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.