Grand View sweeps visiting Vikings
DES MOINES -- Even before the latest bout with wintry weather, the Missouri Valley College men's and women's basketball teams found the road slippery Monday, losing both ends of a Heart of America Conference doubleheader at Grand View.
The third quarter proved the downfall of the Lady Vikings during their 74-62 loss. Valley found itself in a 15-6 hole midway through the first quarter, but climbed out it with a 19-6 run behind senior Jaylah Jackson's nine points.
Back-to-back buckets by sophomore Shanelle Tolley gave the Lady Vikings a four-point lead with five minutes remaining in the first half -- which ended with Grand View up by four points when junior Brooke Trautsch sank a three-pointer with 37 seconds left.
A Tolley jumper three minutes into the third period put Valley back in front, but the host Vikings pulled away thanks to bombs from seniors Madison Sickles and Bailee Arnburg. The final seven minutes of the frame saw Grand View go on a 19-5 roll to take a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The closest the Lady Vikings got during the last stanza was six points, following Jackson's outside shot and a short jumper by senior Leba Korovou with 5:51 to go. Grand View scored the next five points to avert the threat.
Senior Jessi Campbell scored 16 points and senior Dariann Garrison-Nickerson had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Grand View (10-15, 8-11 HAAC).
The Lady Vikings (10-13, 9-9) were paced by Tolley with 21 points and 11 boards and Jackson with 20 points.
The men's game was tighter, with 10 lead changes before Grand View emerged with an 86-79 decision.
The visiting Vikings got off to a solid start, breaking a 28-all with seven straight points as sophomore Casey Cody-Jackson made two shots -- one from long range -- and junior Tremont Moore scored inside.
Valley went into the break with a four-point lead and came out of it with a perimeter jumper from senior Gabe Mackenzie. Senior Lincoln Elbe's trey pushed the Vikings' advantage to nine points with 10:18 left in the game, but three free throws by senior Casey Schlatter began a 13-3 Grand View surged capped by a pair of threes from senior Jordan Brunkow.
The lead changed hands twice more, the last time for Valley on a Mackenzie bomb with 6:47 to go. Grand View scored 13 of the next 15 points to build a 10-point lead with a minute remaining.
Schlatter led Grand View (11-11, 7-10), which converted 19 of 22 second-half charity shots, with 26 points and eight rebounds.
The Vikings (8-14, 6-10) got 18 points from Mackenzie, but saw their three-game win streak snapped.
Valley is scheduled to host Mount Mercy on Wednesday.
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