Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd Eagles hosted the Kentucky Christian University Knights on Saturday, February 16th for Senior Day. In the final home game of the careers of Ryan House and Simon Christon, it was only fitting that the two seniors would spark the Eagles to a hard-fought 87-80 victory.
In the opening half, the game was tight throughout as the two squads took turns alternating slight leads. Alice Lloyd would get big minutes from House to keep the score tight.
However, sparked by the play of guard Conner Maddox, KCU would respond and hold a slim 35-34 advantage with 4:32 remaining.
Fortunately, fueled by ten points from their bench, ALC would close the half on a 14-3 run. They would take a 48-38 cushion at intermission.
In the second half, the visitors would chip away at the deficit. Finally, when Maddox drained a long bomb with 8:04 showing on the clock, the Knights had regained the lead at 71-68.
In need of some key plays, the two Eagle veterans stepped up. First, Christon would score six points during a key 8-2 burst that saw Alice Lloyd regain their edge and inch ahead, 78-73.
KCU scored to cut the game to one possession and then regained the ball back with 2:00 left to play. With Kentucky Christian looking for a chance to tie the game once again, it was House’s turn to shine.
First, the Manchester (KY) native would shoot the gap and steal a pass and race for a big bucket on the other end. On the ensuing possession, House then incredibly came up with another steal, which led to a bucket from junior forward Chance Cornett.
When the dust had settled, and with only .54 left in the contest, the Alice Lloyd lead was back to seven (82-75). Finally, the game could be chalked up in the victory column for the Caney Creek faithful.
For ALC (13-17), House led the way with 21 points, including 5-11 from deep. He also chipped in with 4 big steals. He was followed by his senior buddy Christon, who provided a huge double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. He added 2 steals of his own.
Sophomore guard Noah Young chipped in with 10 points and a game-high 5 assists.
Alice Lloyd connected on 46.1% (35-76) from the field and 33.3% (8-24) from long range. From the charity line, they sank 56.3% (9-16). Additionally, they registered 38 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 steals.
Kentucky Christian (5-24) was led by Maddox with 34 points. His club connected on 46.9% (30-64) from the field and 40.9% (9-22) from long range. From the foul line, they hit 57.9% (11-19). They also had 34 rebounds, 15 assists, and 4 steals.
The Eagles get a break until March 1st when they travel to Hiwassee (TN) for the NCCAA DI Mid-East Regional Tournament. Pairings will be released at a later date.