Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles returned home on January 29th to face the dangerous Indiana University Southeast Lady Grenadiers in a big River States Conference West Division showdown. ALC battled hard, but the third quarter proved to be the difference as they suffered a 78-67 defeat.
In the first period, the Lady Eagles got off to a quick start and would lead early. IUS countered back with the strong inside play of center Kelsi Scott. The visitors would eventually come back to hold an 18-15 advantage after one.
The hosts would find themselves trailing by eight (25-17) in the second stanza before they began to chip away at the deficit.
Lady Eagle sophomore Haley Hall helped spark a rally to tie things at 30 apiece with 3:12 remaining. Eventually, the Grenadiers would settle for a slim 35-34 lead at intermission.
The two teams continued their even play for the first half of the third stanza. When ALC senior Emilee Harrell connected with 5:14 on the clock, the deficit was still just one (48-47).
From that juncture, however, the Lady Grenadiers began to flex their muscle. The visitors would close the period on a 15-4 spurt, and they would enter the final quarter with a substantial 63-51 cushion.
In the final period, Alice Lloyd would try to answer. Early in the stanza, the home club would get eight consecutive points from Hall to get within 67-62 at the 7:19 mark. The question would be could they maintain that momentum.
Unfortunately, Southeast would deliver the knockout blow with two buckets from Scott sandwiched between two long bombs. That ten-point flurry would finally put the contest out of reach for the Lady Eagles.
For the squad from Caney Creek (12-8; 8-5 RSC) Hall sank half of her 14 attempts to finish with 21 points. She added 3 steals and 6 rebounds. Junior guard Katie Moore also reached double figures with 13 points.
Harrell added 9 points and 8 rebounds while sophomore center Alexandria Clifton chipped in with 9 points. Guard Courtney Vasquez handed off 5 assists to lead in that department.
ALC shot just 34.2% (25-73) from the floor and 28.6 % (6-21) from long range. They finished at 73.3% (11-15) from the charity stripe. They grabbed 35 rebounds and added 11 assists and 9 steals.
For the victors (13-11; 7-6 RSC), Scott led the way with 23 points. IUS shot 42% (29-69) from the floor, 37.5 % (6-16) from long range, and 87.5% (14-16) from the charity stripe. They snagged 42 rebounds and had 12 assists and 8 steals.
The Lady Eagles return to action on Saturday, February 2nd, for an important conference road matchup with the Brescia University Lady Bearcats. Tipoff is set for 1:00 pm CST in Owensboro (KY).