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PIPPA PASSES, KY: The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles led until the final two minutes before faltering and dropped an 80-76 decision to the visiting Kentucky Christian University Lady Knights Tuesday, January 10.

The start of the game was delayed by an hour due to an area wide power outage. Once the lights came on, the two squads went toe-to-toe.

The evenly matched competitors traded hoops during the first nine minutes with neither leading by more than two points. This did not change until the last twenty-eight seconds when ALC scored the final 5 points to lead 22-17 after one period.

In the second quarter, Lady Eagle juniors Sara Robinson and Miranda Wilson combined to score 15 of their clubs 19 points and spark their team. When the dust settled, Alice Lloyd would take a 41-31 lead into the dressing room.

In the third quarter, the hosts would hang on to their lead and increase it to fourteen (53-39) following a hoop from junior guard Kayla Wilson at the 5:39 mark. KCU would slice into the deficit somewhat, but the Lady Eagles still led 60-52 after three quarters.

In the final stanza, the Lady Knights would tighten up their defense and begin to creep back into contention. ALC refused to crack and hit enough shots to maintain a slim lead at 70-66 with 3:07 remaining.

On their next possession, KCU found guard Lexie Gilliland for a corner triple that made the score 70-69 with 2:40 remaining. Then, after an Eagle miss, Kentucky Christian took their first lead since the 2:07 mark of the first quarter when guard Jordan Holt sank a big 22-foot bomb from the right wing. Suddenly, the visitors led 72-70 with only 1:50 remaining.

Finding themselves now behind after the surprising turn of events, the Lady Eagles would get three good looks on their next possession because they kept grabbing the offensive rebounds. Unfortunately for the home crowd, they would come up empty-handed on each attempt.

Forced to foul KCU to stop the clock and get the ball back, ALC would get no closer as the Knights slammed the door shut by sinking 8 consecutive free throws.

For Alice Lloyd (6-6), Robinson connected on half of her seven field goal attempts and led the way with 16 points and 5 rebounds. She was followed by the Wilson sisters as Miranda and Kayla scored 14 and 13 points respectively. Miranda sank 4-6 from long distance while her twin connected on 5-9 from the floor overall. Additionally, Kayla led the club with 3 assists while junior guard Bailey O’Bryan came off the bench to contribute 5 nice steals.

ALC shot 42.9% (27-63) from the field and hit an impressive 45.8 % (11-24) from long range. However, they were betrayed from the charity line, draining only 50% (11-22). Additionally, they registered 22 rebounds, 12 steals, 10 assists, and 2 blocks.

The Lady Knights (10-8) placed five players in double figures. They were led by the backcourt duo of Gilliland and Holt as each had 14 points.  Overall, their club connected on 35.7% (5-14) from the field and 22.7 % (5-22) from long range. They won the contest at the foul line going 25-31 for 80.6%.  They also had 46 big rebounds, 2 steals, 11 assists, and 4 blocks.

The Lady Eagles return back to action this week in two important River States Conference games. On Thursday the 12th, they travel to Wilmore to face the Asbury University Eagles at 6:00 pm. They then return home on Saturday the 14th to battle the Midway University Eagles at 2:00 pm.