From staff reports
Kyle Wicklund scored 28 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as Ozark Christian College rolled past Hillsdale Free Will Baptist 94-66 Friday night in a men’s basketball season opener at OCC gymnasium.
Wicklund, who played 26 minutes, hit 10-of-12 field goals and all eight free throws for his 28 points. Fifteen of his 17 rebounds came off the defensive glass.
Darrin Chitwood sanke 5-of-6 field goals and 4-of-5 charities for 14 points for the Ambassadors. Zac Hill and Brandon Rodgers contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Ambassadors, who led 49-36 at halftime, shot 63 percent from the field (37-of-59) while Hillsdale hit 35 percent (24-of-68). The Saints shot a higher percentage from 3-point range (10-of-22 for 46 percent).
Marguis Burden scored 14 points to lead four Saints in double figures.
The Ambassadors return to action Monday night against Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.
Lady ’Riders win
CHANUTE, Kan. — Crowder never trailed in the second half in opening its campaign with an 80-67 win against Independence (Kan.) in the Neosho County Community College Classic.
Crowder, which expanded a 41-31 halftime, received a strong effort from 5-11 sophomore Terai Sadler, according to coach Tina Robbins.
Sadler, who sank 16 of 18 free throws, scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out four assists and had four steals in 40 minutes.
“We played hard and played really, really well,” Robbins said. “We made the needed adjustments. We did a good job on the boards. We were undersized but held a 42-39 rebound advantage. I was satisfied with our 16 turnovers and we committed only 11 fouls.”
Crowder, which made 26 of 29 free throws, received 14 points from Sarah Sagely, 11 points and seven assists from Camila Lacerda, 10 points from Caprese Marshall and 10 rebounds from Dorian Briggs.
Crowder faces Neosho County at 4 p.m. today.
Truman State 3, MSSU 0
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Allie Brak made 15 kills as Truman State beat Missouri Southern 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-14).
Nai Montano had five kills for the Lions (0-27, 0-15 MIAA), one more than Katie Politte and Cheyanne Crandall. Sydney Potts had 10 assists, and Danielle Severns made 12 digs.
The Bulldogs (25-4, 13-2) also received 34 assists from Meghan Zimmerman and 14 digs from Abby Moser.
The Lions have another road match at 6 p.m. today at Southwest Baptist.