By George Limbert
The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Grand View (Iowa) University in Heart of America Athletic Conference action Saturday at the Burns Athletic Complex. The women’s team pulled away in the fourth quarter to win, 74-68. In the men’s game, Brody Gronewold equalled the school record for points in a single game with 45 points as the Missouri Valley won in overtime, beating No.24 Grand View, 103-101.
The first quarter of the women’s game started with a three-pointer from Grand View, Missouri Valley came straight back with a two-point field goal from Senior Center Devan Swisegood (Salisbury, Mo.) followed by a three-point shot from Senior Guard Alexis-Boyd Lockett (St. Paul, Minn.) to put the Vikings into the lead. The two teams traded points but MVC closed the quarter with a three-pointer from Junior Forward Veronika Petkova (Montana, Bulgaria) to give Missouri Valley an 18-16 lead at the end of the first.
Missouri Valley opened the second quarter with a three-point shot from Freshman Guard Sierra Adams (Peoria, Ariz.), Petkova and Junior Forward Deidra McCoy (Hot Springs, Ark.) added field goals to stretch the lead to nine points.McCoy made a pair of free throws after the teams had traded points, to make the score 39-32, but Grand View were able to sink a free throw to end the quarter with the Vikings leading by six.
Grand View came out fast in the third quarter, tying the game after three straight baskets. GVU were able to take the lead despite points from Petkova and McCoy. A two-point shot from Swisegood saw Missouri Valley tie the game at 50-50 with just under two minutes remaining in the third. Swisegood made another bucket, and Senior Forward Ashley Ward (Springdale, Ark.) added another two-points to finish the third with Missouri Valley leading 54-50.
The fourth quarter began with another Swisegood basket, Grand View scored two straight field goals to shorten the deficit to just a point, before McCoy converted a three-point play after being fouled making a field goal. The teams trade points over the next couple of minutes, but Missouri Valley put the game out of Grand View’s reach with a three-pointer from Petkova with two minutes remaining, before Boyd-Lockett made a pair of free-throws. Ward scored five straight points to give Missouri Valley an 11 point lead with 15 seconds remaining, and MVC held out for the win as it finished 74-68.
Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Ward who finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points, and grabbing 10 rebounds. Petkova added 15 points and nine rebounds, while McCoy got 13 points and five rebounds. Swisegood equalled her season-high with 10 points.
The win moves Missouri Valley to 13-15 overall and 9-15 in the Heart, while Grand View drops to 13-15 on the season and 10-14 in conference play.
The men’s game opened with Grand View taking the lead after an early three-point shot, Sophomore Bobby Collins (St. Louis, Mo.) replied with a three-pointer of his own. Junior Chism Obineke (Rowlett, Texas) made a three-point shot less than a minute later. The teams traded points over the next couple of minutes, Missouri Valley got a field goal from Obineke to secure a five point lead, but Grand View came back to take the lead shortly after. The teams continued to trade points, with the lead changing numerous times, in the last minute of the period Missouri Valley got eight straight points from Senior Brody Gronewold (Carthage, Ill.), including back to back three-point shots, to give the Vikings an eight point lead over Grand View at 49-41. A Gronewold two-point shot with six seconds remaining ended the period, with Missouri Valley leading 51-44.
Junior Remy Price (Chicago, Ill.) opened the second half with a two-point shot, but Grand View were able to reply with a three-pointer. GVU continued scoring and shortened Missouri Valley’s lead to just a point, five minutes into the half. MVC restored their lead with back-to-back Gronewold baskets. Grand View again produced a comeback to tie the game at 68-68 with 10 minutes remaining. MVC had another six point lead a couple of minutes later after a pair of Gronewold free throws, but Grand View managed to tie the game for the eighth time of the night, at 78-78 with five minutes remaining. The teams traded points for the remainder of the quarter, and Missouri Valley lead by two with 25 seconds remaining, but Grand View were able to score a lay-up to send the game to overtime.
Grand View took a fast lead at the start of overtime and led until Junior Tim Washington (Bellwood, IL) hit a three-pointer to tie the game, approaching the final minute. Obineke scored a pair of free throws to tie the game once more, before scoring the winning basket moments later, with two seconds remaining. Missouri Valley won the match, 103-101.
Gronewold led the team, and equalled the school record with a career-high 45 points, and added five rebounds. The record was previously set by Reggie Palmer on Dec. 2, 1989 against Northeast Missouri State University. Collins added a double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Darryl Lemear scored 10 points, and added 5 rebounds.
The loss moves Missouri Valley to 13-14 on the season and 11-13 in the Heart. Grand View drops to 19-8 overall and 17-7 in conference play.
Next for the Viking basketball teams is a road doubleheader with Clarke (Iowa) University, set for Wednesday. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.