Pippa Passes, KY: The home-standing Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles put up a good battle, but eventually fell in the second half to the Asbury University Lady Eagles, 98-83. The matchup took place Thursday, February 20th.
In the opening period, Asbury drained four long bombs and used that momentum to lead 24-16 after ten minutes of action.
In the second quarter, the visitors would get another triple and pull out to a big 37-19 cushion at the 6:46 mark. The guests looked to be in the driver’s seat.
Fortunately, the host Eagles would turn then up the heat on the defensive end. On offense, senior guard Katie Moore and junior guard Haley Hall would combine to score sixteen big points and spark their club on a 23-8 burst. When the horn sounded for intermission, the home fans were tickled to see a deficit of just three (45-42).
Unfortunately, as the third period began, AU would quickly score five points (50-42). They would put up 31 big points over the ten-minute span and pull back ahead 76-66 at the end of the stanza.
The Caney Creek squad would get within eight points, but they could never get any closer as the Asbury club held on for the win.
For Alice Lloyd (12-14,4-11 RSC), Hall and Moore led the way with 22 and 18 points respectively. Hall completed the double-double with 12 rebounds.
Junior guard Ali May was right behind with 14 points while senior Makayla Akers chipped in with 5 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. Freshman guard Jasmine Eley dished out 4 assists.
The home club (12-14, 4-11 RSC) finished shooting 38.7% (29-75) from the field and 36.1% (13-32) from long range. They connected on 63.2%% (12-19) from the foul line. They also added 47 rebounds, 15 assists, and 4 steals.
AU (19-10, 7-8 RSC) was paced by Zaria Napier with 21 points. Her squad finished shooting 45.8% (45-83) from the field and 43.9% (18-41) from long range. They connected on 41.7%% (5-12) from the foul line. They also added 48 rebounds, 8 assists, and 11 steals.
Alice Lloyd will return to the hardwood Saturday in the final game of the regular season at Midway University. The showdown is set for 1:00 pm.
The Lady Eagles will then be off until the NCCAA Mideast Regional Tournament, which they are scheduled to host this year, the first week of March. Pairings and times will be announced when the field has been determined.