Beckley, WV- The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles battled the home-standing West Virginia Tech Lady Golden Bears in a big RSC matchup Tuesday in Beckley, West Virginia. The Lady Eagles led by one at the half before eventually falling, 81-71.
In the opening quarter, the two squads would play relatively even ball before the home team pulled out to a 22-18 advantage after ten minutes of action.
In the second quarter, the visitors would find themselves trailing 28-20 with just over seven minutes showing. At this point, ALC would get a huge shot in the arm from their bench.
With WVT ahead 30-25, Lady Eagle sophomore guard Ali May provided a huge spark. First, she drained a triple and then followed that up with a two-point hoop to tie the score at 30-30.
After a defensive stop by the girls from Caney Creek, May gave her club the lead (33-32) when she swished another bomb. She would later close out the half with another deep shot.
When the dust had settled, the smooth-shooting guard had scored 11 points in four minutes. As a result, Alice Lloyd entered the locker room nursing a 38-37 lead.
As the third period began, Alice Lloyd would give their fans hope when junior guard Katie Moore swished back-to-back bombs of her own to increase the lead to seven (44-37). Unfortunately, at that juncture, the tide turned dramatically.
Tech would turn to the inside-outside duo of Laura Requena and Savannah Shamblin; it would pay immediate dividends.
The twosome would help their club close the period on a 25-8 blitz and WVT would lead 62-52 heading into the final stanza.
In the last quarter, the Golden Bears would extend their advantage to 18 points (76-58) before the Lady Eagles made their move. Sophomore forward Shelby Davis would provide six points in a 13-2 burst that sliced the score to 78-71, but that was as close as the visiting club could get.
For Alice Lloyd (9-6; 6-3 RSC), May led with her 15 point effort. The only other player to reach double figures was freshman guard Hanna Kash with 10 points.
Moore, Davis, and sophomore forward Haley Hall each chipped in with 8 points. Hall had 6 rebounds and Kash provided 3 assists. Junior forward Jayla Spurlock recorded 2 steals.
The visitors finished shooting 39.7% (25-63) from the field and 24.1% (7-29) from long range. They connected on 87.5% (14-16) from the foul line. They also added 34 rebounds, 14 assists, and 5 steals.
First place WV Tech (12-8; 7-1 RSC) was led by Requena and Shamblin with 24 and 21 points respectively. Their club shot 45.6% (31-68) from the field and 52.9% (9-17) from long range. They connected on 90.9% (10-11) from the foul line. They also added 43 rebounds, 19 assists, and 4 steals.
ALC returns to conference action this week on Saturday, January 19th with a huge 1:00 pm matchup against #25 University of Rio Grande.