PIPPA PASSES, KY – On Saturday, February 18, the home standing Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles battled the River States Western Division’s top team, the Indiana University Kokomo Lady Cougars on senior day. After putting up a tough challenge, the Eagles eventually succumbed 69-56.
Before the game started, Lady Eagle four-year players Amber Shepherd and Emily Clonce, three-year members Sara Robinson and Bailey O’Bryan, and former player Tailor Morgan (who graduated in December and did not play this season) were recognized for their valuable contributions to the school. Additionally, four-year manager Chris Dudley was honored as well.
In the opening period, Shepherd and Robinson would each hit two baskets, but the visitors led 17-13 at quarters end, sparked by eight points from talented Dejianna Butler.
In the second stanza, the girls from Caney Creek showed their determination as they clawed their way back into contention. Junior guard Kayla Wilson drilled two bombs as her 8 point spurt led the comeback. The host’s only trailed 33-31 at intermission.
In the third quarter, the home fans had more reason to cheer. Wilson opened up play by swishing her third trifecta and gave ALC their first lead of the night, 34-33. It would, unfortunately, be short-lived as the Lady Cougars would then demonstrate why they were the division’s top team. Over the next six minutes, they calmly went on a 15-4 run to leap ahead 48-38. The Lady Eagles would continue to battle, however, and they only trailed 48-43 at the horn.
With ten minutes remaining, IUK finally was able to put their stamp on the contest. The visitors opened on a decisive 14-5 run to jump ahead by double digits, and the deficit was simply too much to overcome.
For ALC (11-14; 6-12 RSC), K. Wilson led the way with 16 points and added 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Shepherd was right behind with 15 points and added 5 boards. Sophomore forward India Hairston-James added 8 points and 7 rebounds while junior guard Miranda Wilson handed off 4 assists.
After shooting 50% in the opening half, Alice Lloyd cooled off considerably (connecting on just 20%) in the second, and finished at 32.2% (19-59) from the field and 28 % (7-28) from long range. They were solid from the charity line, draining 84.6% (11-13). Additionally, they registered 32 rebounds, 7 steals, 9 assists, and 3 blocks.
Kokomo (19-11; 12-6 RSC) was led by Butler with 21 points. Her club connected on 46.6% (29-63) from the field and 20% (3-15) from long range. They attempted 12 free throws and sunk 8 (66.7%) and also had 41 big rebounds, 6 steals, and 9 assists.
The Lady Eagles receive some well-earned rest before they return to action in the NCCAA Mid-East Regional Tournament the week of March 6. The exact dates and locations will be announced as soon as they are released.