Grayson, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles, under the guidance of mentor John Mills, traveled to Grayson Kentucky on Thursday, January 18th, to battle the scrappy Kentucky Christian University Lady Knight in non-conference action. Sparked behind the long-range marksmanship from twin guards Miranda and Kayla Wilson, the visitors won in a precise fashion, 83-61.
In the opening period, the Lady Eagles gave a preview of things to come as their first four buckets all came from long range, courtesy of Miranda Wilson (2), Kayla Wilson (1), and Jayla Spurlock (1). Despite the early onslaught, the hosts battled hard and only trailed 19-15 after ten minutes.
In the second stanza, the visitors would tighten up on the defensive end and open the period on a 17-7 run. When freshman center Alexandria Clifton drained a jumper with 4:06 showing, ALC led 36-22. However, the Lady Knights took a page out of the Lady Eagle playbook and responded with 3 consecutive triples of their own to slice the score to 36-31. Fortunately, ALC scored the last four points of the half to lead 40-31 at intermission.
In the third period, much to the delight of their fans, KCU would continue to scrap and slowly shrink the deficit to just two (48-46) with 5:04 on the clock. Once again, Alice Lloyd responded as they closed out the period swishing 4 more three-point bombs to cap-off a 15-4 blitz. When the dust settled, the girls from Caney Creek suddenly led 63-50
In the last quarter, the Lady Eagles quickly extinguished any hope of a comeback. Alice Lloyd totally controlled the period and won the contest going away in fine fashion.
For Alice Lloyd (13-2), the Wilson sisters were up to their usual tricks once more. Miranda Wilson sank 6-10 field goals and all five of her 3pt shots to lead the way with 20 points. She added 6 assists, and 3 steals. Kayla drained 5-8 field goals, including 4-6 from long range, totaling to 19 points. She added 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals. Overall, the two combined to sink 11-18 (61.1%) from the field, including a scorching 9-11 (81.8%) from beyond the arc, and recorded 9 assists, 8 steals, and only 1 turnover between them.
Also playing well and reaching double figures was freshman center Alexandria Clifton, who finished with 10 points and added 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Additionally, freshman guard Haley Hall played a fine all-around game as well as she finished the contest with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals.
Alice Lloyd shot 42.4% (25-69) from the field and a blistering 60% (12-20) from long range. They sank 63.6% (23-31) from the foul line. They also added 36 rebounds, 15 assists, and 14 big steals.
KCU, (7-10) was led by guard Lexie Gilliland with 22 points. Her club finished shooting 45.8% (22-48) from the floor and 40% (10-25) from behind the arc. They shot 57.1% (8-14) from the foul line. They also added 31 rebounds and 15 assists. However, a major key was the Lady Knights were forced into 28 turnovers, compared to just 12 for ALC, and had only 2 steals.
ALC returns to conference action on Sunday, January 21 when they travel to Rio Grande, Ohio to face the to face the NAIA’s 21st ranked squad, the 20-1 Rio Grande Red Storm in a major matchup at 2:00 pm. The contest was postponed from an earlier date due to inclement weather.