The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles traveled to Ohio on Thursday, January 23rd for a River States Conference showdown with the powerful Lady Red Storm of the University of Rio Grande. In a contest filled with incredible runs, the Red Storm prevailed, 107-94.The Lady Eagles lost a few crucial players for the year do to injuries, such as guard Hannah Kash and starting center Bailee Brainard for the as well as sickness, such as center Alex Clifton who was home with the flu. The start of the game saw the visitors overcome these losses, and they put on an impressive display in the opening quarter. Sparked by 10 points from junior guard Haley Hall, the Lady Eagles jumped out to a 30-20 lead after ten minutes of action.
In the second quarter, the visitors would keep the pressure on. Hall and junior guard Ali May each scored three points in the first minute. Then, when freshman center Emma Maggard ripped down a shot on the offensive end thirty seconds later and scored on a strong move, ALC led 38-20 with 8:30 to play. The Lady Eagles were in total control at that point. At that moment, everything turned. The home club suddenly got hot while ALC went cold. When Rio guard Chyna Chambers scored with .06 left on the clock, it capped off a stunning 33-14 blitz, and enabled her club to take an 53-52 advantage going into the dressing room.
In the third quarter, the ladies from Caney Creek came out with a solid stretch of ball. When senior guard Katie Moore sank a jumper two minutes in, her team led 60-55. Once again, the Red Storm answered, as they finished the quarter on a 27-10 spurt. The Ohio squad led 82-70 at the end of the period.
In the final quarter, the Lady Eagles fought back. Hall and Moore scored their clubs first 14 points to help shrink the deficit to six (92-86). Then, when Moore connected with 2:20 showing, the lead was further reduced to just three (95-92). Unfortunately, Rio answered on their next possession to go up 97-92. Next, ALC got a great look on a three-point shot that would have cut the deficit to just two. Unfortunately, it rimmed out. The Red Storm then finished the game by sinking 10 consecutive free throws.
For ALC (9-11; 1-8 RSC), Hall sank 10-21 and 10-14 free throws to lead the way with 33 points. She added 5 rebounds. May finished 5-11 from the floor and 9-10 from the charity stripe for 22 points. Junior forward Shelby Davis played well as she contributed 17 big points and had 3 steals. Moore had her best game since returning from her month-long absence with 15 points and 5 assists. Senior forward Mckayla Akers grabbed 6 rebounds.
ALC shot 42% (29-69) from the field and 26.7% (8-30) from long range. They would finish at 77.8% (28-36) from the charity stripe. Additionally, they registered 21 rebounds, 12 assists, and 6 steals. RGU (14-8; 7-2 RSC) was led by Chambers with 27 points. Her club connected on 47.3% (34-72) from the field and 40 % (8-20) from long range. At the foul line, they went an impressive 93.9% (31-33). They also had 47 rebounds, 20 assists, and 9 steals.
The Lady Eagles return to action on Thursday, January 30th, when they return home to face Carlow University in an important conference tilt at 5:30pm.