Lady Vikings grind out HAAC win

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Missouri Valley College women's basketball team used a 14-6 surge during the middle of the fourth quarter Monday to pull out a 65-61 Heart of America Conference home win over Avila.

Senior Julia Vasquez knocked down a pair of three-pointers and finished a fast break during that stretch to put the Lady Vikings up for good with 3:31 left in the game. A bomb from senior Andressa Augusto provided a four-point cushion.

The Lady Eagles reduced the margin to two points, but Valley sank seven of eight free throws down the stretch to retain the lead.

Freshman Kolby McIntosh topped all scorers with 25 points for Avila (1-14, 0-8 HAAC).

Sophomore Deidra McCoy had a strong all-around game for the Lady Vikings (6-6, 4-4), leading them in points (15), rebounds (7), assists (5) and steals (3).

In the men's game, Valley twice came back from double-digit deficits, but was unable to pull ahead during an 80-76 loss to the Eagles.

The Vikings trailed by 15 points in the first half and 13 with under eight minutes to go in the game, yet was able to get the game tied both times.

Senior Sedrick Johnson scored eight points during Avila's 10-2 run for a 75-65 gap with 55 seconds left. Valley was unable to make it a one-possession contest again.

Johnson led the Eagles (11-4, 5-3) with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

The Vikings (8-8, 3-5) got 15 points each from junior Brody Gronewold and sophomores Kyle Hickey and Byron Cooke. With 13 points, senior Raviel Burton topped the 1,000 career point mark.

Valley will stay at home Thursday to host Culver-Stockton.

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