Pippa Passes, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles fought a good fight, but came up short against the River States Conferences defending champions, and this season’s top squad, the West Virginia Tech University Lady Golden Bears. The visitors took the match up by a score of 67-58. The contest was played Tuesday, January 21st.
In the opening quarter, ALC would get off to a nice start and lead 14-8 with 4:27 showing, following a bucket from freshman center Emma Maggard. However, that would be the last time they scored in the period, which enabled Tech to slice the score to 14-13 after one. In the second quarter, the host club would control the tempo and hold the defending conference champs to just 11 points. Due to this factor, the Golden Bears would trail 26-24 at intermission.
As the third period began, WVT would rely on the play of twins Whitney and Brittany Justice. They would spark their squad to 26 points over the next ten minutes, and they would lead 50-47 heading into the final stanza. In the last quarter, Lady Eagle junior guard Haley Hall would score five points early and propel her team to a 54-51 advantage with 5:21 remaining in the contest. Unfortunately, Golden Bear Brittany Justice would score nine points, including a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe, and lift her team to the comeback victory.
For Alice Lloyd (9-10;1-7 RSC), senior forward Jayla Spurlock would lead the team with 13 points. She added 6 rebounds. Junior guard Ali May tossed in 12 points and led the squad with 5 assists. Hall and senior guard Katie Moore chipped in with 9 points apiece. Hall led with 3 steals while senior forward Makayla Akers grabbed 7 rebounds.
Alice Lloyd finished shooting 33.8% (23-68) from the field and 25% (8-32) from long range. They connected on 83.3% from the foul line., but only got 6 attempts (5-6). They also added 43 rebounds, 21 assists, and 9 steals.
WV Tech (15-6; 8-0 RSC) was led by the Justice twins, each with 15 points. Their club finished shooting 30.3% (20-66) from the floor and 38.9 % (7-18) from behind the arc. They shot 71.4% (20-28) from the foul line. They also added 47 rebound, 18 assists, and 11 steals.
ALC returns to conference action this week on Thursday, January 23rd with a 5:30 match up at the University of Rio Grande at 5:30 pm.