Tritons meet Kirkwood at nationals

Tritons meet Kirkwood at nationals

HICKORY, N.C. - ICCAC rivals Iowa Central and Kirkwood will square off in the consolation round at the NJCAA Div. II Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday.

Tip is set for 3 p.m.

Each team suffered a tough loss in the quarterfinals on Thursday, as the Tritons dropped a 63-60 decision to Johnson County. Carley West scored 22 points and Jordan Engbrecht 18 to lead Iowa Central, who made a fourth-quarter rally by outscoring the Cavaliers 22-12 in the final 10 minutes.

Isabell West added eight points with 12 rebounds and two blocked shots while Taylor McKinney chipped in seven points off the bench. Nevaeh Galloway had seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists. 

Kirkwood was stunned by Illinois Central, who made the tournament as a replacement team after being ranked in the Top-10 during the regular season. The Eagles were outscored 10-2 in the second and forced to play from behind, shooting just 1-for-22 from the 3-point line. 

During the regular season, Kirkwood swept the two games, winning 79-36 on its home court and 68-59 in Fort Dodge earlier this month. 

The winner between Iowa Central and Kirkwood plays USC Salkehatchie on Saturday at 1 p.m. for fifth place. The loser is eliminated from the tournament.

-By Dana Becker