Saturday, January 19, 2019
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No. 7 Eagles spank Illinois Valley

The Kirkwood men's basketball team returned from its holiday vacation Saturday afternoon and dumped Illinois Valley, 110-72, in a non-conference game at Johnson Hall.

The seventh-ranked Eagles raised their record to 12-2 with five players scoring in double figures.

All-American Doug Wilson led Kirkwood with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Luke Appel collected a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Seybian Sims finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Allante Pickens and Brady Sartorius also scored 12 points. Sartorius, who was sidelined before the holidays with a leg injury, also had eight assists, five rebounds and three 3-pointers.


No. 11 KCC women belt Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN - The Kirkwood women's basketball team scored the first 20 points of the ballgame Saturday and whipped Marshalltown Community College, 89-33, in a non-conference game in Marshalltown.

The 11th-ranked Eagles (12-5) led 32-1 after the first quarter and enjoyed a 51-5 bulge at intermission.

Paige Bradford paced Kirkwood with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Leah Robinson finished with 13 points and 10 boards, giving the Eagles two players with double-doubles.

Ashley Tull contributed 11 points and six rebounds. Anasha Hurst and Jheda Kennedy had 10 points apiece. Hurst had four steals.


Mount Mercy women taste victory

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team has staged some nice rallies in Heart of America Conference games this season and had a few near-misses, but the Mustangs kept falling short in league outings.

That ended Saturday.

Mount Mercy scored 28 points in the final quarter and defeated Peru State, 72-65, for their first victory in the Heart of America after eight straight defeats.

"It feels good, more-so for the girls than anything," said Coach Micha Mims. "It's been a grind. They've been working hard and their hard work is finally paying off.

"To see it go in the record books as a victory is what really matters for them."

The Mustangs (5-10, 1-8) prevailed despite playing short-handed. Brianna Thomas, the team's leading scorer, did not participate in the game. And Audrey Mulumba, who led Mount Mercy with 16 points Saturday, did not play in the final 6 minutes, 17 seconds due to a leg ailment.


Mustangs climb to 4th place in Heart

Aaron Jennings extended his palms and told his guys to slow it down midway through the second half Wednesday night, but the Mount Mercy coach was not abandoning his high-powered offense in favor of a  methodical brand of basketball.

Mychael Brawner-Henley had just hit a 3-pointer for the Mustangs and  was making just about everything he launched, so Jennings wanted to  run a little offense and find another good shot for a hot shooter.

Sure enough, the Mustangs found Brawner-Henley in a good spot and he  drilled another 3-pointer to justify his coach's approach.

The moment was a snap-shot in another highly entertaining victory for  Mount Mercy, this time a 104-88 conquest of Missouri Valley in a Heart  of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs led by 30 points, 104-74, with 3:41 remaining, so it  hardly mattered that Missouri Valley scored the last 14 points of the  ballgame in mop-up time.

The victory lifted Mount Mercy (9-5) into a four-tie for fourth place  in the conference at 4-4.


Mount Mercy women denied victory

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team had a chance to collect its  first victory in the Heartland Conference Wednesday night, but the  opportunity slipped away in the final seconds.

Mount Mercy lost to Missouri Valley, 63-59, in a tight game at the  Hennessey Recreation Center.

The setback dropped the Mustangs to 0-8 in the conference and 4-10  overall. Missouri Valley raised its records to 4-4 in the league and  5-8 overall

Chelsey Lampe gave Mount Mercy a 57-56 lead with a 3-pointer with 3:34  remaining, but Missouri Valley owned a 61-59 advantage heading into  the final minute.

Brianna Thomas of Mount Mercy missed a shot with a few seconds left  that would have tied the game at 61-61, but the Mustangs corralled the  offensive rebound for a second chance. Anna LeGrand had a good look  for a 3-pointer for a potential 62-61 lead with two seconds left, but  the shot refused to fall for the Mustangs.


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