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Appel powers No. 11 Eagles with 38

IOWA FALLS - Luke Appel poured in 38 points and snared 13 rebounds  Wednesday night as the 11th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped Ellsworth,  84-71, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

The victory lifted Kirkwood into a two-way tie for the ICCAC lead with  DMACC at 10-2 with two games left in the conference race.

Appel made 14 of 22 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers.  He also collected four assists and two blocks.

Jamal Stephenson contributed 11 points for the Eagles (21-5). Seybian  Sims and Devonte Thedford netted 10 points apiece.



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No. 2 KCC women punish Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS - Natalie Tomaszewski led a balanced attack with 17 points  Wednesday night as the second-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team  dumped Ellsworth, 95-38, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

The victory lifted Kirkwood to 12-1 in the conference heading into  Saturday's showdown at top-ranked NIACC (13-0) between the No. 1 and  No. 2 teams in the country. Only one of them will reach the national  tournament from the same regional.

Paige Bradford scored 16 points for the Eagles (25-2). Kemara Watson  contributed 15 points, Kortney Drake 13 and Ju Gaston 12.

Ellsworth has lost all 25 of its games this season and is 0-13 in the  conference.



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KCC women crush team by 90 points

The second-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team defeated a hapless  opponent by 90 points Saturday at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles crushed Little Priest Tribal College, 119-29, in a colossal  mismatch in an ICCAC affair.

Kirkwood outscored Little Priest 33-9 in the first quarter, 26-6 in  the second quarter, 31-3 in the third quarter and 29-11 in the fourth  quarter.

Paige Bradford led seven Eagles into double figures with 18 points and  11 rebounds. Ju Gaston contributed 16 points, seven steals, four  assists and three rebounds. Kemara Watson finished with 16 points and  seven rebounds.

Natalie Tomaszewski had 13 points and nine rebounds for Kirkwood.  Kortney Drake also scored 13 points. Delani Harris netted 11 points  and Marissa Metz had 10.



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Eagles climb into 3-way tie for top

The Kirkwood Eagles raced to a 22-point lead at halftime Saturday and  dunked Little Priest Tribal College, 86-65, in an ICCAC men's  basketball game at Johnson Hall.

The victory lifted Kirkwood into a three-way tie for the conference  lead with DMACC and Iowa Lakes, all with 9-2 records in the league.

DJ Purnell powered the Eagles (20-5) with 22 points on perfect 9-for-9  shooting from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. Devonte Thedford,  Griffen Clark, Jamal Stephenson and Owen Coburn scored 10 points apiece.

Reynald Laurent tossed in eight 3-pointers and poured in 28 points for  Little Priest (5-17, 0-10).



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Eagles bump off No. 5 DMACC for clutch win

The Kirkwood Eagles collected a huge victory at Johnson Hall Wednesday night and now the hot race for the conference title is up for grabs.

The 15th-ranked Eagles bumped off No. 5 DMACC, 77-68, to throw the ICCAC race into a three-team scramble with two weeks left in the season.

Kirkwood knocked DMACC out of first place, letting 10th-ranked Iowa Lakes climb into the lead with a 9-2 record. Kirkwood and DMACC are just a half-game behind Iowa Lakes at 8-2 in the 14-game campaign.

If the Eagles had lost Wednesday night, they would have fallen two games behind DMACC with just four games remaining. In other words, a loss would have been curtains.

"This team responded to the challenge of controlling their own destiny," said KCC Coach Tim Sandquist. "I was really proud of them. It was big to come out and win tonight."



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