The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 2, 2012

OCC splits with Grace


From staff reports

— Ozark Christian, powered by Kyle Wicklund, knocked off visiting Grace (Neb.) 76-74 on Saturday in men’s college basketball.

Grace entered the weekend — it lost to Barclay (Kan.) on Friday night — ranked 10th in NCCAA Division II.

The Grace women, despite a strong effort by Sarah Rhodes, posted an 87-49 victory in the first game of the doubleheader.

Said OCC men’s coach Chris Lahm: “It was a good win, of course, but it was a struggle throughout. Kyle (Wicklund) and Zac Hill hit big shots down the stretch.”

OCC, 6-2, was ahead 36-31 at the half.

Wicklund finished 12-for-12 from the field in scoring 27 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

Hill added 12 points.

“Wicklund established himself down low,” Lahm said. “He was a force for the second game in a row.”

Mike Lovercheek and Spencer Plank tallied 13 apiece for Grace.

OCC’s Rhodes, from Miami, scored 26 points and snared 14 boards in the opener.

But Hannah Schnell scored 17 and grabbed 16 boards and Erika Stubbendeck tallied 17 to pace Grace.

Anna Chandler added 15 points for the Ambassadors. They trailed 44-22 at the half.

Cottey visits the OCC women on Tuesday night. Union College is at OCC for a pair on Thursday starting at 5 p.m. with the women’s game.