Posted: Dec 5, 2013 7:58 PM by Anna Cole, KOMU 8 Digital Sports Producer
Updated: Dec 5, 2013 8:58 PM
FAYETTE, MO. - Central Methodist opened conference play with the 79-71 win against Missouri Valley. The two Heart of America Athletic Conference teams battled it out at the Burns Athletic Complex.
The Eagles had a strong performance from the free throw line as they finished the night 23-of-28. They also performed well on the other end of the hardwood as they held the Vikings to only 30 percent shooting overall.
Central Methodist came out strong as they took the commanding 12-0 lead in the first four minutes of the contest. Morgan Vetter made her presence felt as she sank three straight three pointers for the Eagles. She would finish the night with a team-high 19 points.
Missouri Valley felt the pressure and battled back to take the one point lead with 2:11 left in the first. The teams would trade a few more baskets and head into the break with the Vikings having the slim 39-38 lead.
The second half began much the same as the first half ended with both teams having back and forth scoring runs. With 8:20 left in the matchup the Eagles took the lead they would keep for the rest of the game. Kyra Williams' and Nakia Robinson helped make the difference as they went a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line.
Robinson finished with 15 points on the night while Williams added 14 of her own. TaLaya Earls was the points leader for Missouri Valley with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Central Methodist will take the floor again on Saturday as they face College of the Ozarks.