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Madison Sickles and Maddie Westergard (Photos: Doug Wells)
Women's Basketball - Mon, Feb. 27, 2017

Having just played Mount Mercy five days ago, the Grand View women's basketball team had the 72-64 win fresh in their mind heading into Monday's first round Heart game. The Vikings started quick and strong getting out to a 17-4 lead before Mount Mercy settled in partly due to foul trouble. Grand View found themselves with three starters on the bench with two fouls before the end of the first quarter. Still, the Vikings kept the lead and took a 12 point advantage into the break. The home team did not let up in the third out-scoring the Mustangs 19-9 before closing the contest 72-45.

Sophomore Madison Sickles (Crestwood, Iowa) had a team-high 18 points while senior Maddie Westergard (Crestwood, Iowa) added 12. Senior Kirsten Larson (Belevidiere, Ill.) chipped in nine points and shot a perfect 4-4 at the free-throw line and sophomore Jaci Stumpf (Fort Dodge, Iowa) went 3 of 5 for eight points. Sickles and Westergard both grabbed seven rebounds in the win.

The Vikings out-shot Mustangs 43%-28% overall and 39%-7% from behind the arc. However, the Vikings struggled at the free-throw line hitting only 60% (15-25) compared to the opponents 74% (14-19). Grand View also out-rebounded Mount Mercy pulling down 47 boards to the Mustang's 32 and finished the game with 15 offensive rebounds.

Grand View (15-16), will now travel to number 1 seed and #8 ranked Baker (26-4). The two teams most recently played each other in the final regular season Heart game last Saturday (Feb 25). Baker, who won both regular season matchups, had a Heart Tournament first-round bye. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 in Baldwin City, Kan.

 
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