Women take care of Coe, men outplayed by Kohawks on senior day

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by Sports Staff - Brock Borgeson & Hunter Hillygus

The Simpson women were never behind on their way to a 77-68 win over Coe, but the second half of the day went to the Kohawk men who shot 50 percent from 3-point range (11 of 22) to win 87-66.

Women’s Game: Simpson (14-9, 7-5) 77, Coe (13-10, 4-8) 68

Coe closed in on Simpson with a run in the second quarter, making it 36-33 at the break, but Maddie Bosworth scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half and Britney Boland posted 13 points and nine boards on 3 of 3 from 3-point land as Simpson swept the season series with Coe.

Simpson held league-leading scorer, Aleena Hobbs, to 10 points, nine below her season average. The Storm cashed in at the line, going 19 of 21 from the stripe.

The Storm closed out the third quarter on a 13-4 run over the final 6:18 of the frame. Coe never got any closer than seven the rest of the way and were down by as many as 17 in the fourth quarter.

Seniors Maddie Bosworth, Morgan Mauro, Whitney Van Wyk, Mackenzie Haupt, Annie Gullickson, Kristin Riley and Megan Lankford were honored after the game for their time at Simpson.

The Storm are now tied for fourth in the IIAC with Wartburg and only one game behind both Loras and Buena Vista, both of which they’ll play next week.

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Men’s Game: Coe (9-14, 4-8) 87, Simpson (14-9, 7-5) 66

Some nights, you just don’t have it and Saturday evening, the Storm men were a perfect example of that, falling to last place Coe College and 87-66.

The Storm (14-9, 7-5) shot an uncharacteristic 31% from the floor (19-61) and just 28% from three (9-32) while the Kohawks (9-14, 4-9) shot a scorching 49% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.

Coe came out on fire early and never cooled off. Raining in three after three and tough shot after tough shot, the Kohawks led by as many as 17 after a technical foul by Dillon Gretzky. The Storm were able to cut the lead to twelve with just a few seconds left, until the Kohawks drove the length of the court and kicked the ball out to Lincoln Vorba for a deep, buzzer-beating two-pointer to give Coe a 48-34 lead at the half.

Playing from behind isn’t something the Storm have been accustomed to this season, leading at the half in more than half of their games and sporting an 11-1 record when leading at the break.

“We dug ourselves a hole again. We’ve been there before. We need to find a way to get us going early so we can play with the lead a little bit,” said head coach Brad Bjorkgren.

The second half gave way to a more energized Simpson team. The second place Storm made multiple runs, cutting the Coe lead to single digits for the first time with just under 13 minutes left and getting as close as six points of the lead at one point, but for every run the Storm had, the Kohawks had an answer. Whether it be a put back off an offensive rebound or a tough three in the face of a defender, Coe was there to put a stop to any momentum Simpson had built up, eventually stretching their lead to twenty and putting the Storm away for good.

“They hit some tough shots, but I think we gave them some shots to get them going,” said Bjorkgren. “We turned it over at inopportune times, we only turned it over nine times, but it seemed like they were at inopportune times. Why? Because we were down by twelve, so our turnovers are magnified.”

Sam Amsbaugh led the Storm with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Austin Turner led the way distributing the ball with four assists and was second on the team with eight points.

Matt Vonderhaar paced the Kohawks, pouring in 20 points to go along with eight rebounds. Marshall Shedeck put together a near double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Jacob Timm nearly recorded a triple-double with his 10 point, seven rebound and eight assist performance.

Despite the loss, the Storm clinched a spot in the conference tournament for the first time since 2013 and sit tied for second place in the conference with Loras.

Simpson is back in action Wednesday at home against Buena Vista. Tip is slated for 8 p.m. The Storm dropped the first meeting against the Beavers 89-77.