It was worth it for the William Jewell basketball teams to negotiate the treacherous highways Saturday to get to Marshall, since they both left with Heart of America Conference victories over Missouri Valley College.
The sixth-ranked Lady Cardinals had a little more difficult time of it. After taking a 15-point lead into the second half, Jewell had to fend off a charge by the Lady Vikings to claim a 53-40 decision.
The Lady Cardinals were in front by 13 points early in the first half when Valley went on a 13-2 run on two buckets by junior Holly Siverling and a lay-up and three free throws from senior Theresa Gittens. However, the Lady Vikings only made one field goal the rest of the game, shooting a season-low 36.4 percent, and Jewell closed with a 13-2 spree -- sophomore Hillary Adams sinking four straight charity shots to seal the victory.
Sophomore Erika Ferguson scored 17 points for the Lady Cardinals (7-3, 2-1 HAAC).
Siverling paced Valley (5-3, 3-1) with 10 points and five blocked shots and senior all-American Bonnie Johnson was held to nine points, although grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Vikings were likewise faced with a double-digit deficit (41-27) at halftime of the men's game, but unlike the women were unable to make up ground on Jewell during the second half of a 91-66 loss.
Four players scored in double figures for the Cardinals (6-4, 3-0), led by junior Larry Mandacina's 19 points.
Senior Boman Mullings had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Valley (0-10, 0-2), which was plagued by 30 turnovers.
The Vikings are scheduled to host Hannibal-LaGrange today. The Lady Vikings will be off until Dec. 28, when they play in the Master's Classic at Santa Clarita, Calif.