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Pippa Passes, KY: The homestanding Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles held St. Mary of the Woods (IL) to just 11 points in the opening half and rode that impressive defensive effort to knock off the Lady Pomeroy’s 67-43. The River States Conference matchup took place Tuesday, January 25th.

In the opening period, both teams came out cold. ALC only sank 4 buckets, but they clamped down to hold SMWC to just one field goal. The home squad led 11-5 after ten minutes of action. In the second quarter, Alice Lloyd freshman guard Katie Jo Moore came off the bench to serve up 7 big points, and lead her club on a solid 23-5 run. The score read 34-12 ALC at intermission, as St Marys’ would only connect on 3-27 total attempts. As the third period began, the visitors would finally heat up and take the stanza, 21-20. Regardless, the Lady Eagles would get 7 more points from Moore, and maintain a comfortable 54-33 cushion heading into the final quarter.

In the last ten minutes, the Pomeroy’s opened things on a 7-2 run to get within 16 (56-40) with 7:10 remaining, and had visions of a big comeback. Fortunately, their challenge was thwarted as senior center Alexandria Clifton sank back-to-back shots to squash the threat, and ALC closed the contest on an 11-3 to earn the important victory.

For Alice Lloyd (13-6; 6-4 RSC), Moore drained 6-10 field goals to lead all scorers with 16 points. She added 6 rebounds. Surprisingly, she was the only Lady Eagle to reach double digits. Senior guard Ali May added 9 points, 3 steals, and a game-high 4 assists. Freshman forward Madison Thompson contributed 6 points and 10 rebounds.

The Caney Club finished shooting 36% (27-75) from the field and 31.3% (45-16) from long range. They connected on 67% (8-12) from the charity line, while adding 55 rebounds, 21 assists, and 11 steals.

SM (10-5; 4-4 RSC) was paced by Allyson Hardick and Aliyah Williams, each with 11 points. Their squad finished shooting just 18.2% (10-55) from the field and 40% (4-10) from behind the arc. They sank 70.4% (19-27) 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 at Ohio Christian University.