Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles battled hard, but fell to a tall and talented Rio Grande Lady Red Storm team, 90-77. The River States Conference matchup was played Saturday, January 22nd.
In the opening period, the NAIA’s 18th ranked club would have a fight on their hands as ALC rode the 9 points of senior guard Haley Hall to stay close. The visitors led by just two (17-15) but their fine player Haley Jordan would drain a perfect 6-6 from the floor. Due to her impressive play, RGU would lead 29-19 after ten minutes of action.
In the second quarter, Alice Lloyd fought hard and was only outscored 18-16. By the time the buzzer sounded for intermission, the Lady Eagles would still trail 47-35.
As the third period began, the Bluegrass ladies would try their best to slow down the Ohio squad with their defense, but a late run would see the visitors take the period 22-20. The Buckeye team was still in charge, 69-55 entering the last quarter.
In the final ten minutes, the Caney Creek crew would attack and slice into the deficit. When freshman guard Katie Jo Moore hit a lay-in at 5:55, the score read 75-68, and the crowd was sensing a great comeback,
ALC would actually swipe the ball on the ensuing possession, and look to do even more damage, but, unfortunately, the hosts would turn over the roundball and then watch Rio score on an offensive rebound their next trip (77-68). From that juncture, the Lady Red Storm would pull ahead for the win.
For the Lady Eagles (12-6; 5-4 RSC), Hall led the team with 23 points and 2 steals. Moore finished with 12 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Junior guard Hanna Kash also reached double-figures as she added 10 points.
Senior center Alex Clifton chipped in with 9 points, 8 boards, 6 blocks, and 2 steals while freshman forward Madison Thompson grabbed 8 rebounds of her own.
The Caney Club finished shooting 35.4% (38-79) from the field and 28% (7-25) from long range. They connected on 73.7% from the charity line (14-19), while adding 42 rebounds, 20 assists, 4 steals, and 16 big blocks.
Rio (20-1; 8-0 RSC) was paced by Jordan with 24 points. Her squad finished shooting 41.3% (33-80) from the field and 30% (3-10) from behind the arc. From the foul line, they finished 67.7% (21-31). They also dominated the glass with 63 rebounds and added 17 assists and 6 steals.
The Lady Eagles return to action this week for two big conference tilts. On Tuesday, January 25th they will face Saint Mary of the Woods College (in a contest postponed from December 14th) at 5:00 pm. They then travel to the Buckeye state to face the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers on Saturday, January 29th, at 3:00 pm.