Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles got off to a solid start, and rode that momentum to earn a convincing 85-74 victory over the Oakland City University Lady Oaks. The River States Conference matchup took place Saturday, February 6th.
In the opening period, ALC played solid ball. They would see senior guard Haley Hall come out of the gate on fire as she swished 12 early points. Her inspired play propelled the hosts to a 23-15 lead after ten minutes of action.
In the second quarter, the Lady Eagles would turn on the jets. Freshman forward Madison Thompson was a force in the paint, scoring 10 points and owning the glass. Outside, senior guard Ali May would drill two bombs for six more points. Suddenly the score read 49-25 at intermission.
As the third period began, ALC would keep their huge advantage. Seven different Caney Creek ladies would score, and the home club would take a commanding 65-48 into the final stanza.
In the last ten minutes, any hopes the Mighty Oaks had of a miraculous comeback were squashed by 18 combined points from Hall and May. Coach John Mills was able to get everyone in on the action as the Pippa Passes club was never threatened.
For Alice Lloyd (6-4), Hall performed brilliantly as she drained 7-17 field goals to lead all scorers with 25 points. She also led everyone with 7 assists and added 5 rebounds. May jammed in 5-9 field goals and 4-8 3FG to finish with 15 points and chipped in with 4 boards of her own.
Thompson played well as the freshman achieved her first career double-double, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds. She added 2 blocks and 6 assists. Additionally, the three ladies were joined by freshman guard Hanna Malcomson with 2 steals apiece
The Caney Club finished shooting 45.1% (32-71) from the field and 45% (9-20) from long range. They connected on 60% (12-20) from the charity line, while adding 41 rebounds, 21 assists, and 11 steals.
OCU (5-13) was paced by Tabby Clem with 19 points. Her squad finished shooting 46.4% (26-56) from the field and 30.8% (4-13) from behind the arc. They sank 81.8% (18-22) from the foul line., and added 31 rebounds, 10 assists, and 4 steals.
The Lady Eagles return to action next week for two conference matchups. First, on Tuesday, February 9th, they host the Indiana University-Southeast Lady Grenadiers at 5:30 pm. They then travel to Midway University on Saturday for a 1:00 pm showdown.