ALC opened the game relying on their bread and butter. Sparked by senior forward Amber Shepherd, the visitors were firing from outside and led 21-19 after one quarter.
The second quarter was also close throughout and Alice Lloyd received solid play from junior forward Sara Robinson. However, a late bucket by the host Eagles gave them a 40-38 lead at intermission. The hosts outshot their foe 47% to 36% in the first twenty minutes.
In the second half, CCU elected to use their inside strength. They began to slow down the Alice Lloyd pace and pound the ball inside to their 6’1 twin towers, Aly Balser and Baylee Wallace. Sparked by their inside presence, the hosts took a 60- 51 lead into the last quarter.
In the final stanza, CCU point guard Brittany Wells joined her teammates as they scored the bulk of their clubs points. The visiting Eagles went ice cold, which allowed the home club to earn the victory.
For ALC (4-2; 0-1 RSC) Shepherd led the way tossing in 18 points on 7-17 field goals and 4-10 from beyond the arc. Robinson battled her taller opponents all night inside contributing a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She drained 7-12 field goals and led her squad with 3 assists. Sophomore Whitney Evans provided a spark off the bench with 9 points.
Alice Lloyd connected on a chilly 34.3% (24-70) from the field and 26.7% (8-30) from long range. They attempted 7 free throws, hitting 4 (57.1%) and also had 38 rebounds, 10 steals, 11 assists, and 3 blocks.
The host Eagles (3-6; 1-0 RSC) placed three players in double-figures, led by Wells with 22 points. Balser and Wallace each added a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds; 13 points, 13 rebounds)
They connected on a solid 47.6% (30-63) from the field and 33.3% (1-3) from long range. They attempted 28 free throws, hitting 19 (67.9%) and also had 49 big rebounds, 10 steals, 9 assists, and 4 blocks.
The Lady Eagles return to action this weekend when they travel to Kokomo, Indiana to face the challenging Indiana University Kokomo Lady Cougars in conference play. Tip-off is set for 1:00 pm.]]>
CCU has played a brutal schedule. Six of their first eight opponents are either ranked in the top 25 or receiving votes. Their hopes were the difficult schedule would prepare them for conference play.
In the opening half, the contest was tight as neither club was able to take control. The visiting Eagles shot 44% and went into the locker room for intermission tied at 27.
In the second half, Alice Lloyd would get a complete team effort. Both squads battled to the end, but ALC was able to sink the clutch free throws when they had to have them, and pulled out the huge victory.
For ALC (3-5; 1-0 RSC), they were led in scoring by junior guard Austin Crisp who led a balanced attack with 16 points on 5-12 field goals and a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe. He was followed in double figures by junior forward Jake Allen and freshman guard Blake Smith with 15 and 10 points apiece. Allen sank 7-11 field goals and completed a double-double as he hauled down 11 big rebounds. Smith was solid as he added 8 rebounds and game-highs of 5 assists and 2 steals. Sophomore Ryan House sank 4 important free throws and contributed 9 points and tied Smith with 2 steals.
CCU (2-7; 0-1 RSC) was led by guard Kobe Brown with a game-high 18 points.
Coach JR Hammond’s victorious Eagles connected on 48.1% (25-52) from the floor and an impressive 50% (4-8) from long range. They sank 81.3% (13-16) of their free throws, all coming in the second half. They added 35 rebounds, 12 assists, and 6 steals.
Cincinnati Christian connected on 35.8% (24-67) from the floor and 30% (9-30) from long range. They made all 5 of their free throws and had 37 rebounds, 13 assists, and 6 steals.
The Eagles return to action this weekend when they travel to Kokomo, Indiana to face the Indiana University Kokomo Cougars in conference play. Tip-off is set for 3:00 pm.]]>
We award the Female Athlete of the Week honor to Miranda Wilson. The junior guard from Corbin, Kentucky led the Lady Eagles to a convincing 82-59 road win at Welch University in Nashville, Tennessee. She scored 29 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and had 4 steals.]]>
We award the Male Athlete of the Week honor to Jake Allen. The junior forward from London, Kentucky was the Eagles leading scorer in their lone game last week. In Nashville, Tennessee, against Welch University, he tossed in 10 points in the 62-69 defeat.]]>
In the opening half, neither team was able to get into a solid offensive flow. Despite this, the visitors led 29-26 at intermission.
In the second half, Flame junior forward Chris Simon began to take over inside the paint and led his team on a comeback. Once Welch took the lead, they were able to hang on for the win.
Alice Lloyd (2-5) was led by junior forward Jake Allen and freshman guard Conner Hoskins, each with 10 points.
Simon led Welch College with a game-high 30 points.]]>
In the opening quarter, Coach John Mills Lady Eagles played solid defense and jumped out to a 15-10 lead. However, in the second quarter, the Flames heated up and outscored their visitors 24-19. The game was knotted at 34 by intermission.
With the contest anyone’s for the taking, ALC was determined not to have the game go down to the wire. They came out of the locker room and rode the hot shooting of the Wilson twins to pull ahead 57-50 by quarters end.
The sisters continued their torrid pace in the final stanza on offense. They also saw their club dominate the defensive end in the last quarter and outscore their foes 25-9 to close out the game.
For the victorious Eagles (4-1), junior Miranda Wilson led all scorers with 29 points. She sank 10-17 field goals (4-5 three-pointers) and was a perfect 5-5 from the charity line. She added game-highs of 5 assists and 4 steals and pulled down 5 rebounds in a dominating performance.
Kayla Wilson was magnificent as well as the junior tossed in 19 points on 7-12 field goals and 5-7 long bombs. She added 3 steals.
Junior Sara Robinson was a workhorse inside as the rugged forward registered a double-double with 14 points (6-10 FG attempts) and ripped down a game high of 11 rebounds. Senior Amber Shepherd added to the rebounding haul by snatching 8 of her own.
The Eagles connected on 43.7% (31-71) from the floor and 37% (10-27) from long range. They had 52 huge rebounds, 15 assists, and 22 steals.
Johnson connected on just 32.7% (18-55) from the floor and 25% (4-16) from long range. They had 34rebounds, 7 assists, and 8 steals. They also committed 19 turnovers.]]>
The first morning the squad was given the opportunity to take part in the NCCAA‘s annual community service project. This year’s activity was to assist in feeding the homeless in Jackson, Mississippi. Junior John Driskill spoke about the project, “We were tasked with packing boxes with many different types of non-perishable foods. We worked alongside Emmanuel College and some local convicts that were serving for community service. A definite highlight of the project is when Coach Brandon Arnold got in a box taping competition with one of the convicts. We all got really hyped and cheered them on while packing, but in the end, Coach didn’t stand a chance against the veteran box taper! It was an honor to take part in a league that goes out of its way to help the less fortunate, and I think we definitely brightened the day of those convicts that were serving their time by laughing and working with them.”
That night, the team attended the annual NCCAA Cross Country Banquet, hosted by the NCCAA. Driskill spoke highly of the event, “We had the honor of being invited to the athletics banquet the night before the championship race. We were encouraged by the speaker, who talked about both his experience in athletics as well as his faith, and we were able to make friends with some of the other runners within our association. They closed out the night by singing together as a collection, and it was amazing sitting back and listening to all the combined voices of the athletes being lifted up in unison”. Additionally, both Driskill, as well as junior Lady Eagle runner Hayley Short, were recognized as NCCAA Scholar-Athletes during the banquet.
The Eagles arrived at the race site the following morning. The location was an entirely grass-covered course lined with rolling hills. The participants were greeted by the sun with temperatures in the 60’s, unlike last year’s meet in New York where the temperatures were in the upper 30’s with snow. Nerves were high when they arrived, but everything settled once the day began. The women’s 5K race started at 10:00 am, and the men’s 8K race followed at 11:00 am.
In the Women’s Division II meet, freshman Kacey Troutt picked the perfect time to smash her personal best as she broke the tape in an impressive 21:44. This topped her previous best by 55 seconds. Troutt has made incredible strides over the year and definitely has shown she can be a legitimate threat to crack the top ten next season. Her time placed her 19th in the 5k. Coming in behind Troutt was teammate Brittney Buttrey who crossed the line in 22:56 to finish 25th overall. Although Buttery’s time was 22 seconds off her pace from last year, the fleet-footed runner had suffered a major ankle sprain the week before Nationals that prevented her from training. When asked how she felt about the race, the sophomore said, “It was a very fast course and I was so excited to run it. Even though I was not able to perform at my best, I was able to push through because of the encouragement from my fellow runners.” She added, “Of all the athletes I have met through sports, cross country runners are the nicest and most inviting competitors I have ever met!” It was a testimony to her grit and toughness that she placed as high as she did and she has a serious opportunity to earn a top-ten finish next season as well if she remains healthy.
Next up was the Men’s Division II race. Based on their strong season showing, the entire squad qualified for this important meet. Coming in first on the Eagles team was freshman Ryan Morris who finished 19th overall with a new personal record of 30:24. This annihilated and lowered his previous best time by 1:01. If Morris can take an additional minute off his time over the next year, he will be a serious top 10 threat.
Finishing second was fellow freshman Dustin Blair, who also ran a season-best time of 31:33. His previous record was lowered by a whopping 1:08 and his finish was good for 28th place. When asked about his record run, Blair said, “It was a fast course with incredibly fast competition to motivate us. It was a great environment to run in. To top it off, all of this happened with God and my teammates by my side!”
Driskill was the third Eagle to cross the line coming in 36th place with a new personal best of 32:11. This was 35 seconds better than his finish at last year’s nationals. When asked what helped him improve his time, Driskill stated, “Our strategy was to pace our first mile as a pack, and we nearly cleared it at a 5:30 pace. About 2 miles into the race we split up a little, but we kept running strong. This led to our top times for the year.”
Next for the Eagles was freshman Noah Stevenson who placed 40th with a solid time of 33:01. Stevenson showed consistent improvement this year himself and has a solid future ahead of him. Close behind Stevenson in 44th and 45th place were freshman Nick Galloway and sophomore Zach Templeton. The duo crossed the line in nearly identical times of 35:04 and 35:05. Unfortunately, Galloway ran with a painful foot injury which hampered his time. The youngster, who entering the meet possessed the season’s fastest time of 31:01, had a legitimate shot at breaking 30 minutes on the fast course. Never-the-less, he refused to sit and was a major motivator to his teammates. Templeton also set a personal best with his time as he surpassed it by 39 seconds. Overall, as a squad, this finish was good enough for fifth place.
Coach Arnold stated after the race and season came to an end, “To say that this year has been a good one is an understatement. Seeing the steady improvement from our first practice to nationals has been phenomenal. Our veterans were excellent leaders and these kids are as close as brothers and sisters. Watching a young and inexperienced team succeed on the national stage really goes to show what they’re capable of doing. This club has a lot of success ahead of them and they are hungry to have the opportunity to return next year and improve their placements!”
The Alice Lloyd Cross Country program is definitely a program on the rise. The roster will remain the same going into next year as they won’t graduate any runners. Coach Arnold also plans to bring in a strong recruiting class to help build on the success. The Eagles are taking a short break from running to recover, and then they will start work on the road to the 2017 Nationals!]]>
Junior guard Kayla Wilson tossed in a game high 16 points to spark ALC to the home opener decision.
In the opening quarter, Lady Eagle senior forward Amber Shepherd came out strong, pumping in 8 points to lead the hosts to a 15-13 lead.
In the second stanza, JU would battle back to take the lead, but ALC senior forward Emily Clonce drained a triple at the buzzer, giving her club a slim 27-26 advantage at intermission.
In the third quarter, Wilson scored 7 consecutive points to lift the hosts to an 8 point advantage. They would lead 43-36 by quarters end.
In the last period, Alice Lloyd would open the first five minutes on a 15-4 run to sprint ahead 58-40. The girls from Caney Creek would coast to victory from there.
For the victors (2-1), Wilson’s 16 points came on 7-10 field goals. She added 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Shepherd added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Sophomore forward India Hairston-James came off the bench to contribute a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Royals (2-4) were led by Taylor Baham with 12 points.
The Eagles connected on 38.1% (28-63) from the floor and 31.3% (10-16) from long range. They had 38 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 steals.
Johnson connected on just 29.2% (14-42) from the floor and 28.6% (4-14) from long range. They had 32 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. They also committed 19 turnovers.
Sophomore forward India Hairston-James pumped in 20 points and saw four teammates join her in double figures as the Eagles held on down the stretch to defeat a talented Warren Wilson squad.
The two foes battled earlier this season in a game that saw the Owls win on a buzzer beater at home, and this contest started out in a similar fashion.
Led by star guard Danasia Dumas, the visitors came out of the gates determined to sweep the season series. They led 25-22 after one quarter of action.
In the second quarter, James took over for the hosts as she combined with junior guard Kayla Wilson and senior forward Amber Shepherd to drain numerous long range bombs. When the dust settled, ALC led 48-32.
The third quarter started beautifully for Coach John Mills’ squad as his girls continued their dead-eye shooting. They led by 29 points with just over five minutes remaining in the quarter and looked poised to completely put the Owls away.
To their credit, the visitors responded. Led by Dumas, who averages 26 points per game on the season, and backcourt mate Jada McCrimmon, the Owls begin to chip away at the lead. They trailed 69-53 by quarters end.
In the crucial last quarter, fouls on the hosts slowed the tempo down and allowed WW to slice further into the deficit. Incredibly, Warren Wilson was able to shrink the margin to only 3 (78-75) with 1:58 remaining and the home fans began to get nervous.
Fortunately for the Lady Eagles, senior forward Sara Robinson stepped up and hit three clutch three throws while junior guard Miranda Wilson drained two more to end the threat.
For the victors (3-1), Hairston-James 20 points included 5-10 long range field goals. She added 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Kayla Wilson added 18 points on 7-10 field goals and 3-4 triples. She added 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Shepherd added 18 points while swishing 4-5 from behind the arc while Miranda Wilson did her part, adding 12 points, 6 rebounds, and a team-high 3 steals. Robinson cracked double figures as well with 11 points and a game-high 4 assists.
The Owls (4-4) were led by Dumas and McCrimmon, with 32 and 21 points respectively.
The Eagles connected on 42.6% (29-68) from the floor and a solid 48.3% (14-29) from long range. They had 41 rebounds, 14 assists, and 9 steals.
Warren Wilson connected on just 32.8% (22-67) from the floor and 30% (9-30) from long range. They had 44 rebounds, 6 assists, and 10 steals. They also committed 19 turnovers.
The Lady Eagles return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Nashville, Tennessee to battle Welch College. Tip-off is set for 5pm.
In the opening half, the visitors roared out of the gates on fire connecting on four straight long-range bombs. When MU guard Ben Evans sank yet another bomb at the 9:00 mark, the hosts trailed 30-14 and were in danger of getting run out of their own gym.
With their backs against the wall, Eagle junior guard Austin Crisp went to work, scoring 9 points over the remaining time to spark his club on a run. At the half, ALC trailed by a much more manageable 6 points (35-29).
In the second half, Alice Lloyd would continue to battle and slowly whittle away at the deficit. After two free throws by sophomore guard Ryan House with 6:43 remaining, the Pioneer lead had shrunk to just 1 (60-59).
The Eagles would knot things at 64 on two clutch free throws by Crisp with just 3:31 remaining and the crowd believed the fantastic comeback was possible.
However, on their next three possessions, the hosts would misfire. This allowed MU’s Mitchell Spotleson to connect on back-to-back jumpers and give his squad a valuable cushion. Patriot guard Ty Jordan then slammed the door shut with 4 consecutive foul shots
For ALC (2-4), they were led in scoring by Crisp with 20 points on 7-14 field goals, including 4-5 from long distance. He added 6 rebounds. Freshman Blake Smith added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Senior Mason Pack added 9 points and a team-high 7 boards while sophomore Alex Sergent led in assists with 3.
Malone (1-2) was led by the game-high 24 points from Spotleson.
The Eagles connected on just 33.3% (19-57) from the field and 29.6% (8-27) from long range. They were a solid 84% (21-24) from the charity stripe and had 39 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.
MU connected on 37.9% (22-58) from the floor and 29.4% (10-34) from long range. They were 73.9% (17-23) from the charity line and had 36 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals.
ALC returns to action this week on Tuesday when they travel to Nashville, Tennessee to face Welch College. Tip-off is set for 8pm EST.]]>