Category: Junior College

Kirkwood Community College (13-3) jumped out early for a double-digit first half lead using a 16-0 run that spanned 8:42 and held on to defeat the hosts ICC (13-3) 59-41 in the championship game of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Cougar Holiday Tournament at Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium. The Eagles had a rebounding advantage (52-34) and shot 47.9 percent from the field, led by Kianna Jacobs’ game highs with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Helena Rodriguez led the Cougars in scoring with 12 points.

-Bob

Kirkwood Community College beat the Cincinnati State Technical & Community College 75-60 in a first round game of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Holiday Tournament. The Eagles wore down the Surge who only had seven healthy players during the game at Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium in East Peoria, IL. Kianna Jacobs led Kirkwood in scoring with 21 points and Whitney Henderson added 13. Desiree Ash scored 15 for Cincinnati State, Brandi Henschen added 14 and Hannah Stephenson had 12. The Eagles advance to face top seeded Lake Michigan College at 6 p.m. Saturday.

-Bob

Illinois Central College sophomore Victor Cardoso scored the game’s only goal in the 52nd minute off an assist from freshman Diego Valdez for a 1-0 victory. The Cougars (2-0-0) goalkeeper Omar Ramirez had six saves for his second shutout in the young season. Two Lincoln College players were issued red cards in the match, and the 10th ranked Lynx (1-1-0) played the final 15 minutes of the game with just nine players.

-Bob

The Illinois Central College Lady Cougars (28-23) swept a doubleheader with Heartland Community College (43-10), behind a two-run homer by first baseman Samantha Caldwell capping off a four run first inning for a 4-2 Game 1 victory. ICC received strong pitching from two freshman, Cori Maloney (starter) and McKensie Vissering shut down the Hawks. The Cougars took the nightcap 4-3 in eight innings. Amber Bottens had an RBI and picked up the win in relief of Dani Williams in Game 2.

-Bob

Monroe College (31-6) captured its second straight national championship on Saturday in the NJCAA Division II women’s basketball finals at Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium, with a 78-73 victory over Lake Michigan (30-5). Breauna Rivoli-Johnson finished with a game-high 27 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the field with five three point shots for the Lady Indians. Jasmine McRoy iced the game for the Mustangs, knocking down a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Monroe. Aivah Parham scored 22 and McRoy added 21 points for the Mustangs, who shot 43.1 percent from the field. “I think this year was tougher than last year,” said Monroe coach James Robinson. “I couldn’t have come to the national tournament with a better group of girls. I am so proud of them.”

-Bob

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