The Lady Vikings fell to McKendree (Ill.), 67-58, after leading at halftime Friday and came back the next day to push 18th-ranked Columbia into overtime before dropping a 78-72 decision in the Central Methodist Classic.
The Lady Bearcats trailed Valley by two points at the break, but then shot 54.5 percent from the field the rest of the way. The Lady Vikings' were actually more efficient offensively during the second half than in the first, 44.8 percent shooting compared to 40.0 percent, but were out-paced at the free-throw line.
McKendree held a 19-4 advantage in attempted charity shots, with a 14-2 margin in scoring after intermission. It was a sloppy game, with the teams combining for 56 turnovers -- but even though the Lady Bearcats coughed the ball up four more times than Valley, they had a 26-20 advantage in converting them to points.
Sophomore Brittany Willis and freshman Caty Ponce led McKendree (1-0) with 16 points apiece.
Junior Sami Jackson had a game-high 20 points and senior Hannah Young contributed 12 points and four steals for the Lady Vikings.
Valley fought back from a 14-point halftime deficit to tie the Lady Cougars at the end of regulation time Saturday.
The Lady Vikings forced 36 turnovers for a 25-17 cushion in scoring off the takeaways and, despite a 55-42 rebounding deficit, out-scored Columbia in the paint, 44-28 -- including 13-6 in second-chance points.
However, the Lady Cougars made up all that ground from outside the arc, hitting 10 of 29 three-point attempts.
Junior Julie Teeple logged 21 points and senior Airelle Eldridge provided 16 points to pace Columbia (2-0), which had whipped the host Lady Eagles during Friday's tilt, 83-35.
Valley (0-3) had four players in double figures, topped by senior Chelsea Quiring with 17 points and junior Cara Clark's 14. Young contributed 12 points, four assists and four steals.
The Lady Vikings will play at home today against William Woods.