by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
Coming into the contest, ALC looked to continue its momentum after an impressive victory over Asbury. However, right from the beginning, it was tough for Alice Lloyd as Kokomo came out of the gates firing. The visitors took a 16-8 lead with 13:39 to go in the opening half. Over the next nine minutes, the Cougars would stretch their lead to 34-23. Even though IUK’s Zach Meyer received a technical foul for attempting to kick Tyler Rogers, Kokomo still took a nine-point lead with them into the locker room (48-39). The Cougars stroked nine three-pointers in the first stanza.
Coming out for the second half, the Eagles made a run. The home team opened with six quick points to reduce IU Kokomo’s lead down to three (48-45). The Cougars decided to kick it into high gear after ALC’s scoring spurt, extending their lead back out to ten (59-49) with 14:28 to play.
Alice Lloyd could not make the critically timed basket they needed to stay in the game as the hosts faded down the stretch. With six minutes left in the game, IUK had their biggest lead at 77-61. Alice Lloyd was able to get within seven points with a minute to go, but ultimately, it was too little, too late.
ALC (12-13, 7-7 KIAC) was led by Stuart Stamper with 22 points. Cody Malicoat had another good game in the scoring column with 19 points to go along with 5 rebounds, while Tyler Rogers scored 18 points and grabbed 7 boards. Cody Stumbo chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds.
IU Kokomo’s (7-18, 4-11 KIAC) Spencer Khrin had 21 points to lead his club.
Despite shooting an amazing 87% from the free throw line (21-for-24), Alice Lloyd was outshot from the field: the hosts made 25 field goals out of 54 attempts (46%), while IUK connected on 30 field goals out of 58 tries (51%). Kokomo went 14-for-25 from downtown (56%), while ALC shot 5-for-16 (31%).
The Eagles will try to right the ship on Tuesday, February 18th, at Berea. The game will tip at 7:30 PM. You can watch live coverage of the game here.