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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

KCC women knock off Australians

Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl says the Eagles are still looking for their identity as a basketball team this season, but that was better than Kirsten Larson's predicament Tuesday night.

She was looking for part of a front tooth.

Larson popped in three 3-pointers and scored 13 points but was inured in the second half during Kirkwood's 79-59 victory over the South Australia Institute of Sports at Johnson Hall.

Larson banged heads with Sophie Houral of Australia, bit through her upper lip and lost part of a tooth in the collision. Her mouth was a bloody mess and she spent the rest of the game with an ice bag on her face.

"Don't kiss anyone tonight," teased Muhl after the game.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:50

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Kirkwood hits 19 triples in victory

COUNCIL BLUFFS - The red-hot Kirkwood Eagles torched the nets for nineteen 3-pointers Saturday night and dropped Iowa Western, 95-82, in a men's junior college game in Council Bluffs.

Ajay Lawton and Jordan Ashton made six 3-pointers and Matt Lassen hit five of them. Hunter Rhodes and Kareem Martin Jr. also made a 3-pointer as the Eagles shot a sizzling 19 of 31 from behind the arc for 61.3 percent overall.

Lawton was 6-for-11, Ashton was 6-for-8 and Lassen was 5-for-6 in the incredible display of shooting.

Ashton finished with 28 points and five rebounds. Lawton had 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds and no turnovers. Lassen scored all 15 of his points on 3-pointers.

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No.3 KCC women fall to 4-4

NORFOLK, Neb. - The third-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team sputtered on the offensive end of the floor Saturday and lost to Northeast (Neb.), 56-46, in a junior college game.

Nobody from Kirkwood scored in double figures and the Eagles made only one 3-pointer. Cassidy Clark led Kirkwood with nine points. Anna Martensen had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles (4-4).

Brooke Bauer scored 13 points for Northeast (8-1).

Tyra Polite did not play for Kirkwood due to a sprained ankle.

KIRKWOOD (46): Sneed 3 0-0 6, Miles 0 0-0 0, Downs 0 2-2 2, Isaac 1 1-2 3, Silva 1 0-0 2, Sudduth 1 0-0 2, Larson 2 0-0 5, Hutchins 1 0-0 2, Martensen 4 0-0 8, Bockholt 0 2-2 2, Kallenberger 0 0-0 0, Clark 4 1-1 9, Wood 2 1-1 5. Totals 19 7-8 46.

NORTHEAST (56): Bauer 5 0-0 13, Miller 5 0-1 10, Trinder 1 5-7 7, Millard 1 4-5 6, Koel 3 1-2 5, Viso 3 0-0 7. Totals 21 10-15 56.

Halftime - Kirkwood 23, Northeast 23. 3-point goals - Kirkwood 1 (Larson 1), Northeast 4 (Bauer 3, Viso 1).

   

KCC women top Columbus Central

OMAHA, Neb. - Kirsten Larson popped in five 3-pointers and scored 17 points Friday night as Kirkwood trimmed Central-Columbus, 80-75, in Omaha.

Tyra Polite hit four triples and scored 16 points for the Eagles (4-3). Anna Martesen contributed 12 points.

Ariel Sneed finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Polite collected seven assists. Aliyah Isaac and Taylor Silva had five assists.

Adrianna Beck made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points for Central-Columbus (5-3).

KIRKWOOD (80): Sneed 3 2-2 8, Miles 0 0-0 0, Downs 0 0-0 0, Isaac 0 2-2 2, Silva 1 0-0 3, Oberman 1 0-0 3, Sudduth 0 0-0 0, Polite 5 2-4 16, Larson 7 3-4 17, Hutchins 0 0-2 0, Martensen 4 4-8 12, Bockholt 2 0-0 5, Clark 3 0-0 6, Wood 1 1-2 3. Totals 27 14-24 80.

CENTRAL-COLUMBUS (75): Beck 9 0-0 24, Brewer 2 2-5 6, Bryant 0 0-0 0, Muhammad 4 0-0 10, Rossmeier 2 6-6 10, Washington-Carson 6 0-2 12, Weller 4 2-2 13. Totals 27 10-15 75.

Halftime - Central-Columbus 38, Kirkwood 37. 3-point goals - Kirkwood 12 (Larson 5, Polite 4, Silva 1, Oberman 1, Bockholt 1), Central-Columbus 11 (Beck 6, Weller 3, Muhammad 2).

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 November 2014 09:18
 

Ashton finds new home at Kirkwood

Jordan Ashton hasn't had this much fun playing basketball since he led Mount Pleasant High School to the Class 3A state title in 2012 and was named captain of the all-tournament team.

Ashton spent two years at Northwest Missouri State, an NCAA Division II school in Maryville, Mo., before transferring to Kirkwood Community College, where he's fit in comfortably this season and is leading the Eagles in scoring at 16.6 per game.

Ashton tossed in a game-high 18 points Wednesday night as the Eagles cruised past the Loras junior varsity team, 117-55, at Johnson Hall for their seventh straight victory to begin the season.

Ashton, a 6-foot-4 guard, was redshirted at Northwest Missouri State as a true freshman in 2012-13 and played sparingly last year, scoring 37 points in 15 games. He had an episode with an irregular heartbeat last season and the coaching staff wanted want him to take a medical redshirt this year, even though he was pronounced healthy and cleared to play.

Ashton decided to cast his lost somewhere else. Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen heard the news and acted quickly.

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No.5 Illinois Central tops No.3 KCC

PEORIA, Ill. April Gebke and Destiny Ramsey scored 19 points apiece Saturday as No. 5 Illinois Central trimmed No. 3 Kirkwood, 74-68, in a junior college women's basketball game in Peoria, Ill.

Ariel Sneed led Kirkwood (3-3) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Cassidy Clark collected 13 points and seven rebounds. Tyra Polite had seven assists.

Kirkwood and Illinois Central have both won six national titles and have two of the top NJCAA Division II programs in the country.

KIRKWOOD (68): Sneed 7 1-2 16, Isaac 2 0-0 4, Silva 3 0-0 6, Sudduth 3 1-3 8, Polite 2 2-2 7, Larson 3 0-0 8, Martensen 2 0-0 4, Bockholt 1 0-0 2, Clark 4 4-4 13. Totals 27 8-11 68.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL (74): Carpenter 1 2-3 4, Gebke 7 2-3 19, Jones 1 10-12 12, Kumer 2 0-0 5, Ramsey 6 7-8 19, Robinson 4 0-0 11, Stubblefield 2 0-0 4. Totals 23 21-26 74.

Halftime - Illinois Central 31, Coe 26. 3-point goals - Kirkwood 6 (Larson 2, Sneed 1, Sudduth 1, Polite 1, Clark 1), Illinois Central 7 (Gebke 3, Robinson 3, Kumer 1).

 

Lassen, Tagarelli lift Kirkwood

By his own admission, Matt Lassen was having a subpar game.

The Kirkwood sharpshooter spent a good portion of Saturday's men's  basketball game with Southeastern at Johnson Hall on the bench with foul trouble.

Scoreless through the game's first 36 minutes, Lassen converted a pair of clutch 3-point baskets, the second one with 1:51 remaining with the Eagles clinging to a one-point lead.

Lassen's second trey gave Kirkwood the cushion it needed. Hunter Rhodes' six free throws in the final minute sealed a hard-fought 72-63 victory in a battle of unbeatens.

"I had a tough time getting going," Lassen said. "It was just one of those games. I was in foul trouble. I wasn't guarding very well, but I always have confidence in my shot.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 November 2014 20:09

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No.3 Eagles fall to No.10 Parkland

PEORIA, Ill. - The third-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team lost to No. 10 Parkland, 62-59, Friday night in the opening round of the Illinois

Centrasl tournament.

Kirsten Larson hit four 3-pointers and led the Eagles (3-2) with 14 points. Cassidy Clark scored 11 points for Kirkwood. Kassidy Alderman led Parkland with 19 points.

KIRKWOOD (59): Sneed 1 0-0 2, Miles 2 0-0 5, Isaac 0 5-7 5, Silva 2 3-4 8, Sudduth 0 1-2 1, Polite 2 0-0 4, Larson 4 2-2 14, Hutchins 1 0-0 2, Martensen 2 1-2 5, Kallenberger 1 0-0 2, Clark 4 1-2 11. Totals 19 13-19 59.

PARKLAND (62): Hartman 1 0-0 2, Alderman 7 0-1 19, Moses 1 0-0 2, Wascher 7 0-4 14, Vaughn 1 2-2 4, Litchfield 1 7-8 9, Zerrusen 2 1-2 5, Cross 1 2-4 4, Mitton 0 3-4 3. Totals 21 15-25 62.

Halftime - Parkland 30, Kirkwood 23. 3-point goals - Kirkwood 8 (Larson 4, Clark 2, Miles 1, Silva 1), Parkland 4 (Alderman 4).

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:05
 

No. 3 Eagles fall to No. 10 Parkland

PEORIA, Ill. - The third-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team lost to No. 10 Parkland, 62-59, Friday night in the opening round of the Illinois Central tournament.

Kirsten Larson hit four 3-pointers and led the Eagles (3-2) with 14 points. Cassidy Clark scored 11 points for Kirkwood.

Kassidy Alderman led Parkland with 19 points.

KIRKWOOD (59): Sneed 1 0-0 2, Miles 2 0-0 5, Isaac 0 5-7 5, Silva 2 3-4 8, Sudduth 0 1-2 1, Polite 2 0-0 4, Larson 4 2-2 14, Hutchins 1 0-0 2, Martensen 2 1-2 5, Kallenberger 1 0-0 2, Clark 4 1-2 11. Totals 19 13-19 59.

PARKLAND (62): Hartman 1 0-0 2, Alderman 7 0-1 19, Moses 1 0-0 2, Wascher 7 0-4 14, Vaughn 1 2-2 4, Litchfield 1 7-8 9, Zerrusen 2 1-2 5, Cross 1 2-4 4, Mitton 0 3-4 3. Totals 21 15-25 62.

Halftime - Parkland 30, Kirkwood 23. 3-point goals - Kirkwood 8 (Larson 4, Clark 2, Miles 1, Silva 1), Parkland 4 (Alderman 4).

   

KCC's Sneed signs with Southern Miss

Ariel Sneed of Kirkwood Community College has signed a national letter-of-intent to play basketball at Southern Mississippi University next season.

Sneed, a 6-foot sophomore from Harvey, Ill., was named a third team NJCAA Division II All-American last season after averaging 10 points and six rebounds for Kirkwood.

"I chose Southern Miss because as soon as I touched ground on its campus, I felt a sense of belonging," she said in a story posted on the Southern Mississippi website. "I received nothing but positive vibes while there the entire time, and it was just a feeling that was right.

"Spending time with the coaching staff and players just reassured me that this was where I was meant to be! I couldn't be happier with my decision."

   
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