MIDWAY, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles hosted the Midway University Lady Eagles on February 12th in an important River States Conference West Division showdown. The visitors hung tough for three quarters before an ALC blitz put the contest out of reach, 77-66.
In the first period, neither squad shot particularly well before the hosts closed the half on a 9-2 run to lead after ten minutes, 18-11.
In the second quarter, Midway would battle and reduce the deficit to just one (25-21) at the 2:42 mark, only to watch sophomore guard Haley Hall and senior center Emilee Harrell score five late points. Alice Lloyd would lead 30-26 at intermission.
The third period saw ALC have their hands full as MU battled until the finish. Neither squad was able to lead by more than four points, and only a late bucket from sophomore forward Bailee Brainard permitted the home club to enter the final ten minutes with a 52-50 lead.
In the last quarter, the prayers of the Caney faithful were finally answered. Fueled by two long bombs courtesy of senior guard Courtney Vasquez, Alice Lloyd opened up the last stanza with a stunning run.
When junior guard Katie Moore scored on a drive to the hoop with 2:35 remaining in the contest, her bucket capped off and incredible 21-3 blitzkrieg. Suddenly, ALC led 73-53, and Coach John Mills would clear his bench to finish out the night.
For the winners from Caney Creek (16-8; 12-5 RSC), Hall led the way with 17 points on a perfect 3-3 from deep and 4-4 from the foul line; she also led with 7 rebounds. Moore finished with 13 points (5-5 FT) while adding 4 rebounds and 2 steals of her own.
Vasquez sank 4-5 from deep to finish with 12 points while sophomore center Alexandria Clifton chipped in with 10 points and 6 boards.
Harrell contributed 9 points and 4 rebounds, while sophomore guard Shelby Davis led the way with 3 assists.
The victors shot 39.7% (25-63) from the floor and 31.8% (7-22) from downtown. They sank 80% (20-25) from the foul line and dominated the glass with 48 huge rebounds. They added 8 assists, and 6 steals.
Midway (15-13; 8-9 RSC) was led on the night by Haleigh Yazell with 17 points. Her squad shot 34.3% (23-67) from the field and 15.8% (3-19) from deep. They finished at 70.8% (17-24) from the charity stripe. They added 31 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals.
ALC returns to the hardwood on Thursday, January 14th, for an extremely critical conference showdown with Asbury University. The Lady Eagles will be attempting to close out the conference portion of the season and hold on to their top spot in the RSC Western Division. Tipoff is set for 5:30 pm.