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Wilson, King spark No. 13 Eagles by Lakers

ESTHERVILLE - Doug Wilson and Chris King, who were teammates at Des Moines Hoover High School, provided a strong 1-2 punch for the Kirkwood Eagles Saturday afternoon.

Wilson collected a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds as the 13th-ranked Eagles trimmed Iowa Lakes, 72-67, in an ICCAC conference game in Estherville.

King scored 18 points for Kirkwood, including a flurry of seven straight markers late in the game to help claim the victory.

The Eagles raised their records to 13-4 overall and 3-0 in the conference with their fifth straight triumph.


Ajak leads No. 2 KCC women to win

ESTHERVILLE - Sophomore Awal Ajak scored 14 points, including four 3-point baskets, to lead No. 2 Kirkwood to a 70-46 win over Iowa Lakes here Saturday.

Christmas Puok added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Eagles (17-3 overall, 3-0 in conference play). Olivia Usher finished with 10 points for Kirkwood.

Lemia Ntor-Ue led Iowa Lakes (6-11, 1-2) with a game-high 16 points.

Kirkwood returns to action Wednesday with a conference game at Southeastern.


No. 2 KCC women trim No. 7 NIACC

Arika Wooldridge joined a championship team when she transferred from Winona State to Kirkwood this season.

She played like a champion at crunch time Wednesday night.

Wooldridge made several key plays in the final minutes to help the second-ranked Eagles trim No. 7 NIACC, 68-59, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

The game was tied, 56-56, with five minutes left, but Kirkwood outscored the visitors 12-3 down the stretch for the nine-point victory.

Wooldridge, a 6-foot-2 center from Center Point, re-entered the contest with 3:35 remaining and played a pivotal role from there.

She hit an eight-footer in the lane to beat the shot clock and give Kirkwood a 62-56 lead, then she scored in the low post to make it 64-59 with about a minute remaining.

She also grabbed three key defensive rebounds during that spurt and helped the Eagles raise their records to 16-3 overall and 2-0 in the league.


No. 13 Eagles knock off NIACC

Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen pulled Chris King and Ethan Meeker into a private meeting prior to the holiday break last month to talk about where the Eagles were headed.

It had been a choppy season at that point and Petersen wanted his two experienced sophomores to help point the Eagles in the right direction.

It's worked.

King and Meeker played important roles Wednesday night as the 13th-ranked Eagles continued their surge with a 76-63 victory over NIACC in a conference game at Johnson Hall.

King popped in six 3-pointers and scored 23 points. Meeker, who missed the first month of the season with a broken hand, contributed eight points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Most of all, they're providing more of the leadership that may have been lacking earlier in the campaign.

"I just wanted more ownership from those guys in particular, because they've been in our program and they've played a good amount of minutes over their careers," said Petersen. "I just wanted more ownership, because at the end of the day this is their last go-round at Kirkwood.


'Jake's Game' is big success for Jacobson

Ben Jacobson, smiling broadly, embraced his family and warmly acknowledged all the fans who flocked to Johnson Hall Wednesday night to support him in his fight against brain cancer.

"Unbelievable," was his one-word response when asked what the night meant to him. "Unbelievable."

Jacobson, 34, was diagnosed with Level 2 brain cancer in October. The 2 1/2-inch tumor in the frontal lobe of his brain is inoperable, due to its location, but he has vowed to wage a fierce battle against the disease.

Jacobson has been back on the job as an assistant men's basketball coach at Kirkwood Community College since mid-November and he's extremely appreciative of all the support he's received from the Kirkwood athletic department, the Kirkwood community, friends and fans.

A GoFundMe campaign has raised $10,155 for the Jacobson family to help with expenses, already surpassing the initial goal of $10,000.

The NIACC basketball teams, who were Kirkwood's opponents in the doubleheader Wednesday, raised $1,970 for Jacobson at a basketball clinic and presented Jacobson with a check during a pre-game ceremony.


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