Grayson, KY: Junior guard Miranda Wilson tossed in a game high 14 points to lead the visiting Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles to a 61-57 season-opening victory over the Kentucky Christian Knights.
In the first quarter, the game was tight between two evenly matched clubs. ALC took a slim 15-14 lead after the first.
In the second quarter, KCU opened with a quick burst as they took their largest lead of the game 21-17 on a bucket by Faith Conn.
The visitors then chipped away and managed to retake the lead. The Eagles led 29-25 at intermission.
In the second half, KCU settled down and started to find their range. However, Alice Lloyd refused to fold and actually increased their lead to 8 (52-44) by quarters end.
In the final quarter, the Knights battled hard but the Lady Eagles refused to be denied. When the buzzer sounded, they had earned the hard-fought victory.
For the victors (1-0), Wilson led the way with 14 points, connecting on 7-15 field goals and 5-8 free throws. She also added game-highs with 5 critical steals and 4 assists.
Senior forward Amber Shepherd tossed in 11 points while sophomore India Hairston-James added 10 points, 4 rebounds, and tied Wilson with 5 steals of her own. Junior forward Sara Robinson ripped down 11 big rebounds to lead in that department.
The Knights (0-1) were led by Conn with 13 points.
For the game, Alice Lloyd shot 36.4% from the field (24-66) and 30.8% (8-26) from long range. They hit 50% (5-10) from the charity line.
KCU shot 44.4% from the floor and 44.4 % (4-9) from long range. They hit 62.5% (5-8) from the charity line.
The Lady Eagles won two other important areas. They forced KCU into 26 turnovers and had 20 big steals compared to the Knights who forced 19 turnovers and had just 8 steals. Kentucky Christian won the rebounding battle 40-37.
Alice Lloyd returns to play on Saturday as they travel to Warren Wilson College to face the Owls.
Tip-off is set for 3:00 PM.