Circleville, OH: Senior guard Kayla Wilson rang the new year in right as she connected on 4-5 three-point baskets to help lead the visiting Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles to an impressive 78-67 conference victory over the Ohio Christian University Lady Trailblazers. The matchup took place Tuesday night.
In the opening quarter, ALC would receive good balance. Seven different players would score as the girls from Caney Creek sprinted ahead 18-8. The hosts would scrap back and close the period on a 10-2 run, but Alice Lloyd led 20-18 after ten minutes.
In the second quarter, the Lady Eagles would use solid defense to creep out to a ten point cushion once more, and they would enter the dressing room at the half leading 38-31.
As the third period began, ALC came out firing on all cylinders. On the defensive end, they would limit their opponents to just seven points over the first nine minutes. On offense, they rode the strength of 4-6 deep bombs to sprint out to a 20 point advantage. A last-second trifecta from OCU would still leave the home team trailing 60-43 entering the final stanza.
In the last quarter, Ohio mounted a last-ditch effort as they swiftly cut the deficit to just 12 (64-52) with 8:10 remaining, but two consecutive bombs from Kayla Wilson ended any threat of a comeback as Coach John Mills was able to play everyone.
For Alice Lloyd (10-1; 4-0 RSC), Kayla Wilson led the balanced effort with 17 points and 7 rebounds. She also added 5 assists and 2 steals. Sophomore forward Jayla Spurlock, freshman center Alexandria Clifton, and freshman guard Haley Hall each contributed 10 points. Senior guard Miranda Wilson added 9 points and a game-high 3 steals while junior center Emilie Harrell chipped in with 9 points of her own. Miranda Wilson, Hall, and Harrell all grabbed 6 rebounds.
OCU (7-8; 0-4 RSC) was led by forward Chloe Baird with 25 points.
Alice Lloyd finished shooting a solid 50.8% (30-59) from the field and 37% (10-27) from deep while connecting on 72.7% (8-11) from the foul line. They also added 35 rebounds, 13 assists, and 7 steals.
Ohio Christian finished shooting 40.4% (23-57) from the floor and 40.9% (9-22) from behind the arc. They shot 66.7% (12-18) from the foul line. They also added 22 rebound, 12 assists, and 10 steals.
ALC returns to action on Saturday, January 6th, when they travel to face the 12th ranked Indiana University East Lady Red Wolves in a major showdown at 1:00 pm.