Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles began their quest towards a 2019 River States Conference Championship by hosting the dangerous Rio Grande Lady Red Storm in quarterfinal action.
The hosts, (#1 West, East Division) roared to a stunning 30-8 lead after ten minutes of play and placed six players in double figures as they completely overwhelmed Rio (#4 Seed, East Division), 98-72. The dominating performance took place at the ALC Campus Center on February 20 before a large and excited crowd.
Alice Lloyd Coach John Mills had his charges ready to play from the tip-off. After Red Storm RSC conference player of the year Jaida Carter scored on the opening possession of the game, the Lady Eagles took off.
Over the next 5:13, five different ALC players combined to score sixteen consecutive points. When sophomore guard Shelby Davis drained her squad’s third long bomb of the run, ALC led 16-2 with 5:31 on the clock.
The home club then closed the period on a 14-6 blitz. When the horn sounded to end the period, the surprised, but happy home fans saw their squad with a twenty-two point lead (30-8).
In the second quarter, ALC saw leading scorer, and First Team All-Conference performer Haley Hall score five of her clubs first eight points in the first 2:35 as the Lady Eagles opened a 30 point margin (38-8). Amazingly, in a span just under twelve minutes, ALC had unleashed a staggering 38-6 blitzkrieg.
The Red Storm would answer with an 11-0 burst to get the margin below twenty (38-19) before Hall stopped the run with a deep bomb. When senior center Emilee Harrell swished a jumper 24 ticks before the buzzer, her club would take a 51-29 lead at intermission
The third period saw the visitors battle furiously to shrink the deficit, but Alice Lloyd kept the pressure on. The Red Storm would chip the lead to twenty-one (71-50) late in the stanza only to see the hosts close the quarter by getting both a deep trifecta and old fashioned three-point play, courtesy of sophomore guard Ali May. The ladies from Caney Creek entered the last ten minutes with a commanding 77-51 cushion.
In the final quarter, nine quick points from Second-Team All-Conference performer Katie Moore would help push the advantage to thirty-two (90-58), as the hometown fans would see their club coast to the impressive victory.
For the victors (19-8), winners of seven straight contests, Hall pumped in a game-high 21 points while sinking 5-8 from deep. The guard also led the club with 6 rebounds while adding 4 assists. Moore was steady on both ends of the floor all game long. The junior guard added 14 points (5-7 FG) while dishing off a game-high 7 assists and collecting 3 steals.
Four different Lady Eagles each netted 11 points in an incredibly balanced attack. Harrell, May, junior forward Jayla Spurlock, and sophomore center Alexandria Clifton combined to score 44 points while sinking 60% from the field. Harrell added 3 blocks while Spurlock tied Moore with 3 steals.
The victors blistered the nets all night as they finished the contest shooting 50% (34-68) from the field, and an impressive 52.2% (12-23) from behind the arc. They drained a staggering 94.7% (18-19) from the charity stripe. Additionally, they snared 29 rebounds and had 24 big assists as they displayed great teamwork from start to finish. They also registered 9 steals.
URG (16-15) closed their season led by Carter with 21 points. Her squad shot 37.3% (25-67) from the field and 29.4% (5-17) from deep. They finished at 77.3% (17-22) from the charity stripe and added 36 rebounds, 8 assists, and 8 steals.
ALC returns home on Saturday, February 23th in the semi-final round of the River States Conference Championship when they host the Indiana University East Lady Red Wolves (#2 Seed, East Division). Tipoff is set for 1:00 pm. The winner will advance to the conference championship game scheduled for Tuesday, February 26th.