by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles returned to action on Tuesday, January 14th, against Berea College. The home team was able to get out to a great start and never looked back as they ran the Lady Mountaineers out of the gym, 99-63.
Alice Lloyd was coming off a tough loss to Point Park and was looking to get back into the win column. The Lady Eagles came out on fire as junior point guard Carla Booth drained the first two three-point shots she attempted. By the mid-point of the first half, the Lady Eagles were up 39-18. ALC continued to keep the good times rolling and ended up taking a thirty-seven point lead into halftime (57-20).
In the second half, Alice Lloyd completely backed off the throttle, and head coach John Mills played the entire team. Since Alice Lloyd was not going full tilt, Berea outscored the Lady Eagles in the second half (43-42). It would not be enough, though, as ALC’s advantage was simply too much for the visitors to overcome. It was an impressive victory for one of the KIAC championship contenders — Point Park, the league’s #1 team, suffered its only defeat of the season at the hands of Berea last week.
Alice Lloyd’s (9-6, 4-2 KIAC) Ariel Nickell had another sensational outing. The forward had 36 points and 13 rebounds. The other half of ALC’s dynamic duo, Carla Booth, played a cleaner game in comparison to her last outing, recording 16 points and 12 assists. Freshman Taylor Arthur continued to impress, picking up 10 points and 13 rebounds, while her classmate Amber Shepherd was another big help on the boards with 10 rebounds to go with 9 points.
Berea (7-6, 3-2 KIAC) was led by Johnesha Warren with 16 points.
It was one of those magical nights for ALC — most of their shots seemed to find the bottom of the basket. The Lady Eagles were 38 for 67 (56.7%) from the field, including 11 for 24 from long range (45.8%) while holding the visitors to 30.1% shooting.
The Lady Eagles will get a short rest before heading out on a long road stretch beginning with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (SLCOP) on Friday, January 17th. That game will be played at Asbury University at 6 PM. The team will then have to make a quick turnaround as they head to New Albany, IN to face Indiana University Southeast on January 18th at 2 PM.