Williamsburg, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles journeyed to Williamsburg, Kentucky over the weekend to participate in the University of the Cumberlands Classic. After the two challenging contests had ended, the Lady Eagles walked away with a split.
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In the opening period, Coastal controlled the tempo. Pippa Passes senior guard Haley Hall and senior center Alexandria Clifton each sank two jumpers, but because CG were successful at dictating the pace, they would lead 13-12 after one period.
In the second quarter, sophomore forward Madison Thompson fired in six points to lead the blue and white club. Both teams would net eighteen apiece, and Coastal would enter the dressing room with a slim 31-30 advantage.
As the third period began, ALC would clamp down on the defensive side, holding their Georgia foes to just ten points. On the offensive side, senior forward Bailee Brainard pumped in half of her squads 14 points. This lifted ALC to a slim 44-41 cushion entering the final stanza.
In the closing ten minutes, senior guard Hannah Kash would provide five important points, and the Lady Eagle defense held tight once more. A 14-11advantage chalked up the win in the victory column for. Coach John Mills and his squad.
For Alice Lloyd (3-1), Brainard was steady all night as she connected on 6-7 shots to lead all scorers with 13 points. In the low scoring affair, Thompson was the only other Lady Eagle to reach double digits, as she finished with 10 points, and grabbed 6 boards. Hall finished the game with 9 points and a team- high 7 rebounds, while Kash led with 3 steals.
The Caney Creek Club won despite shooting 35.1% (26-74) from the field and 8.7% (2-23) from long range. They connected on 71.4% (5-7) from the charity line while adding 42 rebounds, 12 assists, and 8 steals.
CG (0-3) was paced by Ca’Vashia Johnson who was the only player to hit double figures, with 10 points. Her squad finished shooting just 30% (18-60) from the field and 16.7% (5-30) from behind the arc. From the foul line, they finished 8-10 for 80%. They also added 39 rebounds, 10 assists, and 8 steals.
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In the second quarter, UC toughened up on their defense. Lady Eagle Haley Hall would score eight points, but the rest of the club only produced four. This permitted the scoreboard to read 34-34 at intermission.
As the third period began, the two squads battled toe-to-toe. Hall and classmate Alexandria Clifton would combine for fourteen big points and the Lady Eagles would hold a slim 54-52 advantage entering the last period.
In the final ten minutes, the clubs continued to trade buckets. When ALC senior guard Ali May drilled a jumper with 4:44 remaining, the score stood at 63-63.
However, on their next possession, Cumberlands leading scorer Abbi Douglas sank a huge trifecta. Then following an Eagle miss, they connected on another bomb (69-63). The back-to-back triples completely changed the momentum and UC held on from there for the homecourt victory.
For Alice Lloyd (3-2), Hall would lead all players with 24 points and 8 rebounds. She also led her team with 2 steals. She was followed in double digits by Clifton with 16 points, and she tied with 8 boards of her own. May and Moore chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively.
On the night, the Caney Creek Club shot 36.2% (25-69) from the field and 29.4% (5-17) from long range. They connected on 88.2% (15-17) from the charity line while adding 37 rebounds, 10 assists, and 6 steals.
UC (4-0) was paced by Douglas with 21 points. Her squad finished shooting 44.4% (24-54) from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from behind the arc. From the foul line, they finished at 63.6% (21-33) and added 32 rebounds, 14 assists, and 11 steals.
The Lady Eagles return to action on Wednesday, November 17th, when they open RSC Conference play on the road at Indiana University Southeast in a 5:30 pm tipoff.