The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles traveled to Berea College to face the Indiana University Southeast Lady Grenadiers on Monday with a berth in the KIAC Conference Championship game awaiting the winner. The three-time defending champions from Indiana broke open a tight contest in the second half to win 81-57.
In the opening half, ALC came out of the gates tight and IUS took advantage with several quick buckets. However, sparked by KIAC Player of the Year, Ariel Nickell, the Lady Eagles settled down and roared to a 14-10 lead at the 10:00 mark.
The Grenadiers showed their championship mettle as Megan Cureton came off the bench to score 14 first half points and boost her club to a 40-30 lead at intermission.
In the second half, Indiana came out determined to put the game out of reach, and they slowly extended their lead. Alice Lloyd fought till the end, but they were unable to make a serious run the rest of the night.
For ALC (11-21), Nickell closed out an outstanding season by pumping in 21 points. The sophomore standout also hauled down 10 rebounds. Both were game highs.
Burchell on the court versus the Grenadiers.
The lone player joining her in double figures was senior Sarah Burchell. Burchell played a solid last game as she tossed in 13 points and dished off a game high 6 assists. Fellow seniors Bailey Gabbard and Nikki Durman closed out their careers in the Eagle uniform as well. Gabbard finished with 4 points and 2 assists, while Durman added 2 points and 2 rebounds.
Freshman Carla McDaniel showed good promise as she scored 9 points and pulled down 5 rebounds.
IUS (25-7) had four players finish in double figures. They were led by Cureton with 18.
For the night IUS shot 45.8% (27-59) from the field and 65.4% (17-26) from the foul line. They also made an outstanding 43.5% (10-23) of their long range bombs.
The Eagles connected on 38.9% (21-54) from the field and 61.1% (11-18) from the charity stripe. They only connected on 33.3% (4-12) from beyond the arc.