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Ottawa graduate and IVCC freshman Kara Kistenfeger (No. 11) goes up for a basket as Black Hawk’s Kara Schutters defends Thursday during the Lady Eagles’ 84-67 victory in a NJCAA Region IV Distrcit L quarterfinal in Oglesby. NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
They say it’s never easy to beat a team three times in the same season, but don’t tell that to the IVCC women’s basketball team.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they cruised to an 84-67 victory over Black Hawk in a NJCAA Division II Region IV District L quarterfinal Thursday in Oglesby.
No. 2-seeded IVCC advances to the semifinals face No. 3 Elgin at 6 p.m. Saturday in Oglesby.
The Lady Eagles scored the first seven points Thursday.
Brytney Bennett hit a short jumper in the lane and IVCC followed with a 3-pointer by Ottawa graduate Kara Kistenfeger.
Arnisha Thomas, who verbally committed to Eastern Illinois earlier this week, kept the Lady Eagles’ strong start going with a 12-foot jump shot and then a pass to Sydonia Daniels for an easy bucket.
Shortly after that, Kistenfeger hit her second and third long-range shots for a 19-4 IVCC lead.
“Kara Kistenfeger played her best game of the year by far,” IVCC coach Pat Cinotte said. “She took care of the ball, got it to her teammates and shot lights out in the first half. I think she had five 3-pointers in the first half, which was one the things that got us out to that big early lead.”
Emily McVietty decided to get in on the 3-point barrage as her basket for the Braves made it a 19-7 Lady Eagles’ lead.
The next time down the floor it was more outstanding passing from Thomas to Ottawa alumna Asya Williams, who was back after sitting out a game with a concussion.
Moments later, Ella Teel hit a long-range shot, but it did little to slow down IVCC in the first half.
Thomas finished off a fast-break with a layup and then Kistenfeger hit her fourth shot from beyond the arc for a 34-18 lead.
Williams came back into the game and quickly picked up an offensive rebound and then an assist as she fired over to Kistenfeger for her fifth 3-pointer of the half as the Lady Eagles led 57-32.
IVCC started the second half a little sloppy with errant passes and a couple of turnovers, which Black Hawk took advantage of as the Lady Braves trimmed the deficit to 57-42.
“I think sometimes we all lose focus a little bit at halftime when you are up 25 points,” Cinotte said. “The first six minutes of the second half were a little rough, but after that we settled down and came away with the win.”
Shortly there after, the Lady Eagles got rolling once again as Daniels got three points the old-fashioned way and Kistenfeger got a layup.
IVCC was led by Daniels and Thomas with 22 points each, while Kistenfeger had 20 and Williams added 10.