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Wilson powers No. 5 Eagles in opener

WEST BURLINGTON - Doug Wilson played like an All-American Friday and powered the fifth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles to an 86-71 victory over Illinois Central in the first round of The Broadway Classic.

Wilson, a second team All-American last season, collected 28 points, 13 rebounds, three blocked shots and three assists as the Eagles won  their season opener.

Allante Pickens and Connor Kasperbauer tossed in 14 points apiece for Kirkwood. Luke Appel contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Devonte Thedford and Brady Sartorius added eight points for the Eagles.


No. 2 KCC women smothered, 45-30

SEDALIA, Mo. - The Kirkwood women's basketball team suffered through one of the worst offensive performances in school history Friday.

The Eagles were smothered by Butler Community College, 45-30, in the opening round of the State Fair Classic.

Kirkwood is ranked No. 2 in NJCAA Division II, while Butler is ranked No. 16 in NJCAA Division I.

The Eagles made only 8 of 54 shots from the field for 14.8 percent. They were 3 of 25 on 3-pointers for 12 percent.


Hampton sparks Mustangs in opener

CANTON, Mo. - Aurianna Hampton came off the bench Friday to spark the Mount Mercy women's basketball team.

Hampton scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Mustangs defeated Saint Ambrose, 69-58, in their season opener at the Culver-Stockton tournament in Missouri.

Hampton did all her damage in 20 minutes off the bench.

Brianna Thomas collected 11 points and six rebounds for the Mustangs. Audrey Mulumba contributed eight points and six rebounds. Chelsey Lampe also scored eight points.


Mount Mercy women looking to move up

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team had a rough season last year with only seven victories in 31 games, but Coach Micah Mims played lots of people and gave them valuable experience for the future.

She hopes the future is now.

Eleven players are back from last year's club and they've been joined by some promising newcomers for the 2018-19 campaign.

Mims, starting her third year as head coach, hopes all that depth and experience will translate into a successful season.

"That's the game plan," she said. "Last year we had a lot of newbies, so we had a lot of newcomers that hindered us a little bit, but it's a stepping-stone for this year to bring us up to where we want to be.

"We have a little more experience this year within our system, the way I kind of want things in our offense," she said. "It's nice knowing we have a lot of players who have seen action and I can trust to put on the floor."

Mount Mercy opens the season this weekend at the Culver-Stockton tournament in Canton, Mo., facing Saint Ambrose on Friday and Hannibal-LaGrange on Saturday.


Brawner-Henley leads Mustangs in romp

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team opened the 2018-19 campaign in style Thursday night.

Mychael Brawner-Henley poured in 30 points and the Mustangs broke their school record with 22 3-pointers in a 107-84 victory over La Crosse at the Beggs Sr. Gymnasium.

Brawner-Henley shot 7-for-8 on 3-pointers and finished 11-for-12 overall from the field in a near-flawless performance.

Dennis McKinney made four 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Mustangs. He also dished out eight assists.

Antwain Strong hit three triples and finished with 18 points and five assists. Emilio Villagrana made three 3-pointers, while Mohammed Albagami and Bailey Basala hit two apiece. Joseph Kehinde made one triple.

The former school record for most 3-pointers in a single game was 18 in 2000.


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