Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles Head Coach John Mills stated at the beginning of the season that he would give his girls a difficult pre-conference schedule to prepare them for KIAC play. Mills has definitely challenged his young squad so far, and this past weekend, his club traveled to Athens, Tennessee to play in the demanding Tennessee Wesleyan College Classic. Following are recaps of both games.
Tennessee Wesleyan 62
Alice Lloyd opened up play against the NAIA’s 9th–ranked team. The Lady Eagles battled the Bulldogs hard before falling by 10 points.
In the opening half, the hosts held ALC to only 28% shooting as they took a 29-19 lead into the locker room.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs hit a bucket on their next possession. Following an ALC turnover, Wesleyan drained a huge three–point basket and hit their free throws to keep the visitors at bay.
For ALC (0-4), Gray tossed in a game–high 18 points on 8-16 shooting. Sophomore Ariel Nickell (Tazwell, VA) added 14 points and a team high 7 rebounds. Freshman Taylor Hott (Betsy Layne) chipped in 10. Point guard Sara Burchell (Clay Co) led the team with 9 rebounds.
The Bulldogs (2-1) were paced by Heather Gibson with 15 points.
On the night, neither team shot well as ALC connected on 34.5% while TWC connected on 36%. The victors won the battle of the boards 40-28.
Union Bulldogs 75
In the first half, UC hit 10-36 field goals to ALC’s 8-25. However, seven of Union’s buckets were three–point goals compared to the Lady Eagles who misfired on all eight of their attempts. Consequently, Union led 33-23 at intermission.
In the second half, Alice Lloyd’s Nickell and Gemma Gray fought to keep the game close. However, Union sank 17-19 second half free throws to prevent the Eagles from making the comeback.
For Alice Lloyd (0-5) Nickell led all scorers with 26 points. Gray had her second consecutive solid game as she tossed in 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Lady Eagle freshman Carla McDaniel (Sneedville, TN — Hancock County High) made a nice showing as she ripped down a game high 10 rebounds.
Union (1-1) was led by 25 points from Kara Pile.