Pippa Passes, KY: The homestanding Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles received a combined 52 points from junior guard Hannah Kash and senior guard Haley Hall and used their marksmanship to help defeat the West Virginia Tech Lady Golden Bears, 86-78. The River States Conference matchup took place Thursday, February 20th.
In the opening period, ALC played solid ball. They would see Hall come out and knock down 8 points to propel her squad to a 25-12 advantage after ten minutes of action. In the second quarter, despite Hall adding 9 more points to her tally, Tech would heat up to the tune of 27 points. Still, the score read 47-39 ALC at intermission. As the third period began, the two clubs would match buckets. Kash would pump in half of her team’s 18 points and the Lady Eagles would maintain a 65-56 cushion heading into the final stanza.
In the last ten minutes, any hopes the Golden Bears had of a big comeback were thwarted. Forced to foul, they witnessed a perfect 12-12 free throw shooting from the home team as Coach John Mills was able to see his club hold on for the important victory.
For Alice Lloyd (12-5; 5-3 RSC), Kash drained 9-10 free throws and 4-10 bombs to lead all scorers with 27 points. 22 came in the decisive second half. She added 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 assists as well. Hall performed brilliantly also as she drained 5-8 trifectas and 8-11 free throws to finish with 25 points. She also led everyone with 5 assists and added 5 rebounds. Freshman forward Madison Thompson contributed 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks while senior center Alexandria Clifton chipped in with 10 points and 8 boards.
The Caney Club finished shooting 41.7% (25-60) from the field and 35.7% (10-28) from long range. They connected on 81.3% (26-32) from the charity line, while adding 43 rebounds, 19 assists, and 2 steals.
WVT (8-13; 6-4 RSC) was paced by Brianna Ball with 22 points. Her squad finished shooting 36.8% (27-71) from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from behind the arc. They sank 73.1% (19-26) from the foul line., and added 42 rebounds, 12 assists, and 6 steals.
The Lady Eagles return to action on Saturday for a huge 3:00 pm conference showdown against the NAIA’s 18th ranked squad, Rio Grande University (19-1).