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11/7/2012 10:43:00 AM
Women's Basketball: IVCC salts away win over Morton

Brad Martin
NewsTribune Sports Writer

The IVCC women’s basketball team has 10 girls on its roster and the bad news for opponents is it doesn’t miss a step when it goes to any of those five girls on the bench.

Morton College found that out Tuesday night as it fell to the Lady Eagles 97-56 in non-conference action in Oglesby.

“I was very pleased with all the girls tonight and the intensity they had,” Lady Eagles coach Pat Cinotte said. “I’m pretty sure all the girls scored tonight, and our pressure defense forced a lot of turnovers.”

The Lady Eagles (3-0) were aggressive right of the gates as Shareita Patton and Ottawa graduate Kara Kistenfeger made a number of tough passes look easy to help IVCC jump out to a 14-7 lead.

Then it was Marquette graduate Jessica Jessen’s turn to get in on the fun as she grabbed a rebound and completed the old-fashioned three-point play for a 24-12 lead.

During that stretch Kistenfeger helped by draining a pair of 3-pointers.

“We just got Jessica (Jessen) back from volleyball,” Cinotte said. “It’s nice having her around because she does anything you ask her to do. She’s not afraid to throw her body around out there and dive for loose balls.”

Asya Willams, another former Ottawa Lady Pirates star, took advantage of her size and strength in the post and was the recipient of some nice passing that helped the Lady Eagles to a 53-26 lead heading into halftime.
Patton was all over the court for the Lady Eagles early as she collected four first-half rebounds and 13 points.

Then in the second half it was more of the same.

Britney Bennett left the game with 18 points in the game and 10 rebounds as the lead grew to 63-38.

Then the Lady Panthers got the offense going. Jaelle Beauchamp draining a pair of 3-pointers and shrinking the lead to a 16 point deficit.

But it was too little too late and way too big of a deficit against the Lady Pirates to mount a big comeback as the Lady Eagles cruised to a 97-56 victory.

IVCC had six girls in double figures. Bennett led the way with 18 points followed by Patton (15),Kistenfeger (13), Williams (10) and Jessen (10).

“I also wanted to say thanks to Mike Cooper and the Lady Pirates for coming to the game tonight,” Cinotte said. “I’m sure they were proud of the way Kara and Asya played tonight. I know Jessica went to Marquettte, but she’s from Ottawa and she represented the city well tonight also.”

Brad Martin Sr. can be reached at 220-6939, or at

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