By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
A solid performance off the bench from James Johnson lifted the Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team to a 76-71 Heart of America Athletic Conference victory over Avila Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.
Johnson scored 22 points for the Wildcats (17-6, 8-3) and was 4 of 10 from 3-point range. The C-SC bench outscored the Avila bench 29-13.
C-SC struggled from the field in the first half, making 12 of 36 attempts. Things heated up in the second half with the Wildcats shooting 45 percent (14 of 31).
The Wildcats shot a school-record 40 attempts from 3-point range and drained 14 attempts. Austin Keaton drilled five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points.
Alen Hadzimahovic added 15 points for the Wildcats. Marshawn Norris dished out 11 assists and scored nine points.
C-SC forced 14 turnovers that led to 14 points. Even though the Wildcats were outrebounded 45-37, they had 11 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second-chance points.
Missouri Baptist 77, Hannibal-LaGrange 70: Abraham Arinyakono led the Trojans with 21 points, but HLGU fell to the Spartans at home.
Missouri Baptist led 72-63 with just over a minute to play when HLGU (3-17, 0-8 American Midwest Conference) chipped away at the lead with baskets by Herold Montgomery and another by Alistair McCann pulled HLGU within 74-67 with 24 seconds remaining.
The Trojans couldn't cut the lead any closer as the Missouri Baptist held on for the win. Jay Jones added 13 points for HLGU.
Culver-Stockton 65, Avila 59: The Wildcats overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to rally past the Eagles in Kansas City, Mo.
It was Culver-Stockton's first victory over Avila since the 2006-2007 regular season.
Avila (4-15, 3-8) led 34-24 at halftime, but C-SC refused to give in.
Solid free-throw shooting and six less turnovers than the Eagles enabled C-SC to claw its way back into the contest.
The Eagles opened the second half on an 8-2 run and the Wildcats trailed 42-26 with 16 minutes, 56 seconds left in the game.
The Wildcats switched to a full-court press and outscored the Eagles 39-17 the rest of the way.
Mimi Reaves scored a game-high 25 points for C-SC (10-11, 5-6). Shelsey Stanley added 14 points.
John Wood 57, Parkland 54: The Lady Blazers let an eight-point lead slip away in the second half, but held on thanks to missed free throws by Parkland in the closing minutes.
Dakota Flesner led the Lady Blazers (11-9, 2-1) with 14 points and Lacorsica Metts added 12 points. Cheyenne Hedrington chipped in 10 for JWCC.
Missouri Baptist 58, Hannibal-LaGrange 39: Missouri Baptist built a 31-12 halftime lead and the Lady Trojans could never rally.
HLGU connected on 5 of 27 shots in the first half and finished at 25 percent (15 of 60) for the game. Maddy Cunningham had 14 points and Ashleigh Spencer added 13 for HLGU.
Park 3, Hannibal-LaGrange 0: The Trojans suffered a straight-set loss at home, falling 25-19, 25-13, 25-18.
Park hit at a .395 clip for the match, tallying 40 kills on 81 attempts. Meanwhile, HLGU (1-1) mustered just 24 kills in 74 attempts (.108).
David Manganiello led the Trojans with seven kills and Tom Burke added six.
Kristen Clero had 23 assists for HLGU.
HLGU qualifies two for nationals: The Trojans qualified two individuals and one relay team for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships while competing at the Indiana Relays.
Junior Breanna Newton qualified for nationals in the mile. She finished 17th in a new school-record time of 5:09.43.
Freshmen Kristen Garwood also broke a school record this weekend in the 5,000 meters. Her time of 17:55.24 not only set a Hannibal-LaGrange record but also gave her the second best 5,000 time in the NAIA.
Garwood's time was a 25-second improvement from her national qualifying race at the Bob Timmons Challenge on Dec. 6.
The women's team also qualified its distance medley relay team for the NAIA national championships, becoming the first-ever HLGU relay team to qualify for nationals. Newton, senior Holland McCoy, senior Mandi Riddle and Garwood finished the relay in sixth place with a new school-record time of 12:28.7.
On the men's side, freshmen Reid Echelmeier finished the 600 run in seventh place in a time of 1:22. It also qualified him for nationals and set a new Hannibal-LaGrange record.