by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles were out on the road over the weekend to take on the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Lady Eutectics and the IU Southeast Lady Grenadiers. What follows is a recap of each game.
Alice Lloyd’s matchup with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy was played at nearby Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. The Lady Eagles came into this game brimming with confidence after defeating Berea in overwhelming fashion.
ALC got off to a fast and furious start and clearly had the talent advantage over their conference counterparts, which showed almost immediately. When the first half ended, Alice Lloyd had a massive 45-14 cushion.
The second half was a repeat of the first for the Lady Eagles. The Lady Eutectics had no answers, and Alice Lloyd steamrolled their opposition, outscoring them 50-19 in the final stanza. It was an opportunity for Alice Lloyd to empty their bench and get everyone into the scoring column.
For the Lady Eagles (10-6, 5-2 KIAC), Ariel Nickell had 20 points to go along with 15 rebounds, while Morgan Chestnut claimed a double-double of her own with 14 points and 10 boards. Every player on ALC’s team got some big minutes and contributed to the final score.
SLCOP’s (2-6, 0-1 KIAC) co-leaders in scoring were Emily Nickels and Jordan Ivey with 8 points.
The following day, ALC ventured to New Albany, Indiana for the weekend’s second conference test. Alice Lloyd was looking to go 3-0 against a much more formidable foe in IU Southeast.
The score remained tight for the first seven minutes of the opening half with the two teams tied at 13. Alice Lloyd would go on an 11-2 run over the course of the next five minutes to make it 24-15. Later in the half, the Lady Grenadiers made a spurt of their own to cut ALC’s lead down to three, 29-26. Alice Lloyd would maintain that slim lead (31-28) as they headed into the locker room.
Going into the second half, the Lady Eagles knew they were going to have to earn this win, and they did just that.
At the 16:30 mark, ALC increased their lead to seven (40-33). The lead would stay within a six to eight-point range over the next ten minutes until IU Southeast generated a small scoring run. The Lady Grenadiers’ streak culminated with a three to pull them to within one with 5:53 to go.
From this point forward, the Lady Eagles had to grind it out. Senior Courtney Crowder came up big twice in the final ten seconds. With ALC up one with seven seconds remaining, the Harrogate, Tennessee native prevented IU Southeast from taking the lead by making a steal. Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd’s go-to player, also came through in the clutch. The senior drained two free throws in a tense one-and-one situation to make it 68-65.
The Lady Grenadiers’ final shot was blocked by Crowder, allowing ALC to escape with the three-point victory.
For the visiting ALC Lady Eagles (11-6, 6-2 KIAC), Nickell finished with 28 points and hauled in 13 big rebounds. Carla Booth overcame 6 turnovers to put up 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Impressive freshman Taylor Arthur flirted with a triple-double as she had 7 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocks.
For IU Southeast (8-9, 4-3 KIAC), Megan Cureton had 23 points.
The story of the game came down to shooting. Alice Lloyd shot 46% from the floor and a respectable 42% from the beyond the arc. IUS was a chilly 39% from the floor on the day and an even colder 32% from long range. The Lady Grenadiers lost this one on the free throw line, however, visiting the stripe 23 times but only connecting on 16.
The Lady Eagles were scheduled to face Asbury on January 21st, but the flu has unfortunately taken its toll on the team, forcing them to postpone. Alice Lloyd will return to action on Saturday, January 25th, at Midway College. Tip time is set for 2 PM.