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Popp's clutch '3' lifts Mustangs

LAMONI - Sofia Popp hit a clutch 3-pointer with two seconds remaining Tuesday night to snap a 79-79 tie and give the Mount Mercy women's basketball team an 82-79 victory over Graceland in a Heart of America Conference game in Lamoni.

Mount Mercy led by 16 points with 9:45 remaining, but Graceland rallied and took a 77-76 lead with 1:13 left with a 24-7 run. The Mustangs responded, however, and claimed their first victory in the league this season when Popp delivered to avoid overtime.

Abbi Kinnaird tossed in seven 3-pointers and led Mount Mercy with 24 points. Popp finished with 21 points and Chailey Cabalis added 14 for the Mustangs (2-4, 1-2). Popp made 11 of 12 free throws and had six steals, five rebounds and four assists. Paris Sheck had five assists.

Kailey Boden scored 20 points for Graceland (2-7, 0-4).

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Graceland pounds Mustangs by 30

LAMONI - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team fell behind by 34 points Tuesday night and lost to Graceland, 107-77, in a Heart of America Conference game in Lamoni.

The setback dropped the Mustangs to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the league. Graceland squared its marks at 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

Tyler Kelley and Streeter McIlravy came off the bench to lead Mount Mercy with 15 points apiece. Dennis McKinney collected 13 points and nine rebounds. Keishun Thomas scored 10 points.

Virgil Walker tossed in 23 points to lead five Graceland players in double figures. The hosts hit 43 of 68 shots for 63.2 percent.

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KCC volleyball claims 9th at nationals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Kirkwood Eagles got off to a slow start at the national volleyball tournament in West Virginia this past week, but there was no stopping them once they got rolling.

The Eagles claimed a 3-2 victory over Gulf Coast State Saturday morning to finish ninth in the NJCAA Division II tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.

Kirkwood won 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13. The Eagles were seeded No. 9 in the tournament and Gulf Coast State was seeded No. 6, so it was a mild upset.

Kirkwood lost to top-ranked Parkland in the opening round, but the Eagles bounced back with three straight victories in the consolation bracket to finish with a 3-1 record with triumphs over two higher-seeded clubs.

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Short-handed Eagles fall short

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The ninth-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball team lost to Illinois Central, 72-66, in a non-conference game Saturday in Illinois.

Devonte Thedford and Seybian Sims, two normal starters for the Eagles, did not play in Saturday's game for unspecified reasons. Luke Appel and Connor Kasperbauer, who helped Kirkwood win the national title last season, did not play due to injuries.

Kirkwood defeated Illinois Central, 87-68, in the season opener Nov. 1 at the SCC tournament in West Burlington.

Jamal Stephenson and DJ Purnell led Kirkwood (5-3) with 16 points. Purnell grabbed 13 rebounds. Niko Gosnell blocked four shots.

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No. 9 Benedictine tops Mount Mercy

The Mount Mercy men's basketball team lost to ninth-ranked Benedictine, 76-64, in a Heart of America Conference game Saturday at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Benedictine raised its records to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the league. Mount Mercy fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

Davion Watson collected a double-double for the Mustangs with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists. Bailey Basala also scored 14 points and Dennis McKinney had 12.

Jayden Temme popped in 20 points for Benedictine. The visitors outscored Mount Mercy by 11 points at the foul line, 16-5, in the 12-point victory.

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