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King nets 31 as Eagles knock on Wood

Chris King did not change any diapers for the young Kirkwood Eagles Wednesday night, but he did everything else with an impressive performance at Johnson Hall.

King poured in 31 points as the 14th-ranked Eagles topped John Wood Community College, 79-64.

King, a 6-foot point guard from Des Moines, popped in four 3-pointers, made strong drives to the basket and rescued the Eagles after a  21-point lead had shrunk to five points in the second half.

He scored 10 points during an 11-2 run as Kirkwood raised its advantage to 60-46 and took it home from there.

There are 12 new players at Kirkwood this season and it's been King's job to help Coach Bryan Petersen mold a cohesive unit.

"These guys are coming to work every day, so it's not really that hard to lead them," King remarked.

The Eagles opened a pair of 21-point leads in the first half at 35-14 and 41-20, but John Wood pulled within 49-44 early in the second half  and forced Kirkwood to call a pair of timeouts.

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Kirkwood women sail by John Wood

The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team used a balanced  scoring attack to dunk John Wood, 75-36, in a junior college game at Johnson Hall Wednesday night.

Tinee'sha Coleman, a transfer from the University of Cincinnati, led the Eagles with 10 points off the bench.

Coach Kim Muhl used 14 players in the game and all of them dented the scoring column, although none of the starters reached double figures.

Tay Wilson, Megan Axcell and Leah Robinson scored nine points apiece. Olivia Usher added eight points.

Wilson also had seven assists, three rebounds and two steals for Kirkwood.

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Mayhew commits to Iowa softball

Kirkwood slugger DoniRae Mayhew has committed to the University of  Iowa softball team and plans to sign a national letter-of-intent with the Hawkeyes on Wednesday.

Mayhew hit .440 with 18 home runs and 83 RBIs for Kirkwood last season  as a freshman. She also compiled a 5-0 record and 2.19 ERA in 12 appearances, mostly as a relief pitcher.

Mayhew was Kirkwood's regular first baseman in 2017 and also is a good  third baseman. The Hawkeyes want her to be a corner infielder and possibly pitch a little.

Mayhew visited Iowa on Nov. 4 and committed Tuesday night.

"I think it's a great step, because I'll have everything I want in a school," she said. "I just felt like I needed to be there."

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No. 1 KCC women fall to No. 18 Illinois Central

The top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team lost to 18th-ranked Illinois Central, 59-58, in the final round of the Kirkwood Classic at Johnson Hall Saturday.

The Eagles led 35-24 at halftime, but Illinois Central outscored the home team 35-23 in the second half for the one-point victory.

Arika Wooldridge led Kirkwood with 12 points and Mackenzie Jenkins scored 11. None of Kirkwood's starters reached double figures.

Sia Williams led Illinois Central with 16 points.

Kirkwood fell to 2-2 for the season.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL (59): Walker 2 3-4 7, Faulkner 5 2-4 12, Williams 6 1-1 16, Coates 5 0-0 10, Larsen 0 1-2 1, Magro 0 0-0 0, Maynard 1 0-1 2, Pinnock-Branford 0 0-0 0, Henderson 2 0-0 6, Banks 0 0-0 0, Evans 2 1-4 5. Totals 23 8-16 59.

KIRKWOOD (58): Wilson 3 1-2 7, Puok 1 0-0 3, Axcell 2 0-0 5, Ajak 1  0-0 2, Usher 2 2-2 6, Jenkins 4 3-4 11, Hurst 2 0-0 4, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Robinson 1 2-4 4,  Mensen 0 2-2 2, Wooldridge 4 3-3 12. Totals 21 13-19 58.

Halftime - Kirkwood 35, Illinois Central 24. 3-point goals - Illinois  Central 5 (Williams 3, Henderson 2), Kirkwood 3 (Puok 1, Axcell 1, Wooldridge 1

 

No. 14 KCC men lose to No. 9 Lincoln

LINCOLN, Ill. - The 14th-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball team fell behind by 17 points at halftime Saturday and lost to No. 9 Lincoln College, 86-77, for its first setback of the year.

The Eagles pulled within seven points in the second half, but could not get any closer.

Tajen Ross tossed in 25 points for Kirkwood. Doug Wilson scored 20  points, Chris King had 12 and LJ Stansbury added 11.

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