Vikings swept on HAAC road

Friday, February 12, 2016

DES MOINES -- The Missouri Valley College men's and women's basketball teams suffered their third road sweep in the Heart of America Conference campaign Wednesday at Grand View.

Neither contest was close at the end, with the Vikings never leading in the men's nightcap. Grand View made four lay-ups in the opening three minutes, two by senior Nick Lyon, to pull out to an 8-3 lead.

The closest Valley got after that was to within three points when sophomore Darryl Lemear drove to the hole midway through the first half. Grand View answered with three-pointers from junior Kerry Green and freshman Jordan Brunkow, extending the margin to 12 points.

Trailing by eight points at the break, the Vikings opened the second half with inside buckets from junior Carl Washington and senior Raviel Burton. However, Lyon hit twice from the paint.

Lemear's bomb cut Valley's deficit to six points with a little more than 10 minutes, but the hometown Vikings responded with a 10-1 run and held a comfortable double-digit cushion the rest of the way.

Green finished with 20 points, making 11 of 12 free throws, and sophomore Nate Washington added 15 points for Grand View (12-12, 6-11 HAAC).

The visiting Vikings (12-13, 7-10) were topped by sophomore Kyle Hickey, the fourth time in the last six games he has been the team scoring leader.

The women's game had a somewhat different trajectory, as Valley led after the first quarter but were out-scored 40-21 over the next two frames to drop a 66-54 decision.

Junior Ashley Ward converted a conventional three-point play and junior Linsey Denney hit an outside jumper as the Lady Vikings closed the first period with a 20-13 advantage.

It took less than three minutes for Grand View to catch up as sophomore Annie Penquite connected twice from beyond the arc. A 16-2 spree had the home club up by six points with four minutes remaining in the half.

Ward began the third quarter by hitting a short jumper before GVU reeled off seven straight points. It took a 12-point margin into the final frame and didn't let Valley get closer than nine points.

Junior Maddie Westergard, a 6-foot-3 center, had 18 points and blocked five shots for Grand View (11-12, 8-9) -- with senior Taylor Nashert contributing 14 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

Sophomore Deidra McCoy's 14 points was high for the Lady Vikings (9-12, 7-10), who lost their fourth game in a row for the first time this season.

Valley will back at home to take on Peru State.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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