Lady Vikings fall on the HAAC road

Friday, February 12, 2021
Senior Hannah Stephens came off the bench to contribute 11 points and five rebounds during the next-to-last game of her Valley career.
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PERU, Neb. — The Missouri Valley College women’s basketball team held a one-point lead at halftime Wednesday, but a 25-11 third-quarter spurt propelled Peru State to a 79-58 Heart of America Conference home win.

The lead changed hands 10 times during the first half, the Lady Vikings never leading by more than two points. Junior Kayla Nelson converted senior Shanelle Tolley’s feed into the paint with 1:04 left in the first half to send Valley into the break on top.

The Lady Vikings began the third quarter with buckets from junior Irene Madrid and Tolley for a five-point cushion, and led by four points two minutes into the period before Peru State went on an 18-2 run — beginning an ending with three-pointers by freshman Libby Baumert during the final five minutes of the frame.

The Lady Bobcats scored the first seven points of the final stanza to extend the margin to 20 points, ultimately building a 28-point lead.

Senior Dayna Dewitt led Peru State (5-15, 3-12 HAAC) with a double-double, 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Valley (9-13, 6-12) got 14 points from Tolley, who the previous game against Culver-Stockton scored 22 points to become the first Lady Viking to break the 1,000-point career scoring mark since 2008. The 2019 All-America swingman has 1,014 points to her credit entering Saturday’s season finale at Clarke.

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