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33 turnovers help doom Mustangs

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team committed 33 turnovers  Wednesday night and lost to eighth-ranked Central Methodist, 103-74,  in a Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation  Center.

Central Methodist committed 25 turnovers, but overcame its own  giveaways by shooting 54.2 percent from the floor and sinking half its  3-pointers (15 of 30).

Sandra Mia scored 20 points for Mount Mercy (4-10, 1-8). Brianna  Thomas finished with 11 points. Abbi Kinnaird and Chailey Cabalis  scored 10 points apiece.

Mercedes Jefflo topped a balanced attack for Central Methodist with 17  points, leading six players into double figures. The winners raised  their records to 14-1 overall and 8-1 in the conference, tied for  first place with Grand View.

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Mount Mercy men trimmed by Peru

PERU, Neb. - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team was trimmed by Peru  State, 79-73, in a Heart of America Conference game in Nebraska  Saturday.

The Mustangs trailed by 11 points early in the second half, but they  rallied and pulled within 74-73 with 38 seconds remaining on a basket  by DJ Johnson.

Deonte McReynolds countered with a 3-pointer for Peru State and Mount  Mercy did not score again.

Dennis McKinney led the Mustangs with four 3-pointers and 20 points.  RoyShawn Webb contributed 15 points and six rebounds. Davion Watson  scored 13 points. Bailey Basala finished with nine rebounds and five  assists.

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Mustangs falter in 4th quarter

PERU, Neb. - The Peru State women's basketball team exploded for a  17-0 burst in the fourth quarter Saturday and topped Mount Mercy,  75-67, in a Heart of America Conference game.

Mount Mercy led, 59-55, with 4:54 left, but Peru State rode its 17-0  spurt to a commanding 72-59 advantage with 1:36 remaining.

Brianna Thomas topped the Mustangs with 23 points. Sandra Mia  contributed 11 points and nine rebounds. Kennedi Fulwylie had 10  points and eight rebounds. Taseandra Parker grabbed nine rebounds.  Abbi Kinnaird had four assists.

Maddy McPhillips scored 16 points for Peru State.

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Kirkwood women fall in tourney finals

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The top-ranked Kirkwood Eagles lost to 10th-ranked Illinois Central, 80-74, in overtime in the championship round of the 38th Annual Cougar Holiday Tournament Monday.

Kirkwood blasted Illinois Central, 74-45, when they met Nov. 16 in the Kirkwood Classic in Cedar Rapids, but the rematch was completely different.

There was a big discrepancy in free throws Monday. Illinois Central was 25 for 40 at the foul line, while Kirkwood was 10 of 17. Illinois Central was called for 16 fouls, while Kirkwood was whistled for 28 personal fouls.

Kirkwood rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game, 64-64, and force overtime, but Illinois Central prevailed in the extra session 16-10.

The Eagles suffered their first loss and fell to 15-1. Illinois Central raised its mark to 10-4 with three straight victories in its own holiday tournament.

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No. 1 Eagles sail into Cougar Holiday finals

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team crushed 20th-ranked McHenry County, 69-38, Sunday in the semifinals of the 38th Annual Cougar Holiday Tournament.

The Eagles (15-0) will face 10th-ranked Illinois Central (9-4) in the championship game Monday at 4 p.m. at Illinois Central.

Kirkwood blasted Illinois Central, 74-45, when they met Nov. 16 in the Kirkwood Classic.

Tatiana Hodges-Johnson led the Eagles Sunday with 16 points. Paige Bradford collected a double-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and one steal.

Amara Lipsey finished with 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist. Ju Gaston provided 10 points, six steals, four rebounds and four assists.

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