Grayson, KY: The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles roared back from a huge eighteen point second quarter deficit to upend the home-standing Kentucky Christian University Lady Knights 85-71. The non-conference matchup took place on Tuesday, January 22nd.
The start of the game saw the home club come out hot while the Lady Eagles had trouble finding their range. KCU’s Lexie Gilliland bagged two bombs in the stanza. When the period was over, her club led 21-13.
In the second quarter, the Lady Knights would pick up their shooting even more. Over the first portion of the period, they would roll off a big 16-6 run. With 3:21 remaining on the clock, the score read 37-19. ALC was on the verge of being run out of the gym.
With their backs against the wall, Coach John Mills’ ladies went to work. Two buckets by Lady Eagle guard Haley Hall sparked an 11-4 mini-run. The hosts would still take a 41-30 lead into the dressing room.
The Knights had bagged 56.2% of their shots in the opening half compared to just 30.5% for Alice Lloyd. Something would have to change dramatically the rest of the way or the guests would have no chance.
Trailing 45-32 with 8:42 glaring on the clock, the ladies from Caney Creek went berserk. Over the remaining time, they would unleash a staggering 32-10 blitzkrieg before the stunned hometown fans. When the dust settled to end the period, ALC led 64-55.
During this critical period, the Lady Eagles sank 14-19 from the floor for 73.6% From the 3:21 mark of the second period until the horn ended the third stanza, ALC had unleashed an impressive 45-18 run.
In the final quarter, the visitors vowed to finish the job as they extended their cushion to as much as eighteen points (79-61). Both benches would enter the contest in the final minutes as the Lady Eagles earned the convincing victory.
For Alice Lloyd (12-6), Hall led the way with 21 points (9-17 FG). She played a complete game as she also led the team with 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Additionally, she tied senior guard Courtney Vasquez and freshman guard Hannah Kash in assists with 3.
Sophomore center Alex Clifton sank half of her attempts (6-12 FG) and finished with 14 points while senior center Emilie Harrell went 5-7 to add 10 points. She added 6 rebounds as well. Five different Lady Eagles scored 6 points apiece.
ALC shot 49.3% (35-71) from the field and 37.5 % (6-16) from long range. They would finish at 81.8% (9-11) from the charity stripe. Additionally, they registered 38 rebounds, 14 assists, and 3 steals.
The Lady Knights (5-18) were led by Gilliland with 21 points. Her club connected on 47.5% (29-61) from the field and 47.4 % (9-19) from long range. At the foul line, they went 4-6 for 66.7%. They also had 24 rebounds, 15 assists, and 4 steals.
The big difference was in the second half as the victorious squad sank a staggering 68.6% (24-35) from the floor while Kentucky Christian shot 37.9% (11-29).
The Lady Eagles return to action this weekend in an important River States Conference road trip.
Things kick off on Friday when they travel to Pittsburgh (PA) to face the Carlow Celtics at 6:00 pm. They remain in the big city for a showdown against Point Park University on Saturday at 1:00 pm.