PIPPA PASSES – Amber Shepherd and Taylor Arthur combined for 41 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles over the Berea College Lady Mountaineers 70-65 on Tuesday.
Berea entered the matchup fresh off a convincing 80-60 victory over KIAC power Indiana University Southeast.
The lady Mountaineers, however, fell short in their latest outing
In the opening stanza, the host team picked up its defensive intensity considerably from recent games to jump to a 16-13 lead. Berea battled hard to keep the margin close as Alice Lloyd went into intermission nursing a 34-30 advantage.
In the second half, the two evenly matched squads battled tooth and nail as neither could gain an edge. The Eagles ended the quarter on top 46-43.
In the final quarter, the visiting team battled back to take the lead, but the hosts, sparked by clutch free throw shooting from Arthur, pulled ahead in the final two minutes to earn the impressive win.
After the game, Alice Lloyd College Coach John Mills spoke highly of his young squad’s effort.
“Tuesday’s game really showed the level of ability our team has,” Mills said. “We played to our full potential for ninety percent of the contest. We finally played aggressive which was a big key. Additionally, we played smart and with a sense of togetherness.”
For Alice Lloyd (2-4), Shepherd, a Floyd County native led all scorers with a game-high 24 points, including connecting on 6-11 from behind the arc. She also added eight rebounds. Arthur continued her impressive play as she pumped in 17 points, including 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. She also ripped down a game-high 13 rebounds and two blocks.
Sara Robinson contributed mightily as well as she finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
Tailor Morgan handed out four assists.
Erica Rogers paced Berea (1-1) with 20 points.
ALC outshot BC 40 percent-32 percent from the field and won the battle of the boards 44-31. The Lady Eagles also drained nine three-pointers.