Amber Shepherd and Taylor Arthur combined for 41 points and 21 rebounds to spark the Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles to a 70-65 home victory over the Berea College Lady Mountaineers on Tuesday. Berea entered the match-up fresh off a convincing 80-60 victory over KIAC power Indiana University Southeast.
In the opening stanza, the hosts picked up their defensive intensity considerably from recent games to jump to a 16-13 lead. BC battled hard to keep the margin close as Alice Lloyd went into intermission nursing a 34-30 advantage.
In the second half, the two evenly matched squads battled tooth and nail as neither could gain an edge. The Eagles ended the quarter on top 46-43.
In the final quarter, the visitors battled back to take the lead, but the hosts, sparked by clutch free throw shooting from Arthur, pulled ahead in the final two minutes to earn the impressive win.
After the game, Coach John Mills spoke highly of his young squad’s effort. “Tuesday’s game really showed the level of ability our team has. We played to our full potential for ninety percent of the contest.” The pleased coach added, “We finally played aggressive which was a big key. Additionally, we played smart and with a sense of togetherness. “
For the victors (2-4) Shepherd led all scorers with 24 points, including connecting on 6-11 from behind the arc. She also added 8 rebounds. Arthur continued her impressive play as she pumped in 17 points, including 9-10 from the charity stripe. She also ripped down a game high 13 rebounds and added 2 blocks.
Sara Robinson contributed mightily as well as she finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds while Tailor Morgan handed out 4 assists.
Berea (1-1) was led by Erica Rogers with 20.
ALC outshot the Mountaineers 40-32% from the field and won the battle of the boards 44-31. They also hit 9 three pointers compared to BC’s 7.