| Men Win, Women Fall Short in Home Doubleheader
Seabury Gym was crowded with excited Berea College basketball fans as the men's and women's basketball teams hit the court Tuesday night in a double header against the Alice Lloyd Eagles.
Melvin Brown sinks a foul shot, cementing the men's victory over Alice Lloyd.
The ladies were up first. Missing from the ladies' team was Sarah Hughes who is currently out of play with a stress fracture. "We hope to have her back in the very near future," commented Coach Harkleroad.
The women got off to a disappointing start as they went scoreless for four minutes. Alice Lloyd took an early 4-0 lead, while the BC ladies struggled to get on their feet. After back to back three-point shots, the Mountaineers slowly began to boost their score and energy level. The ladies came within an eight point range with a score of 13 - 21 with 8:44 left in the half, but slowly lost their momentum as the Eagles turned up the heat. BC again made a last ditch effort at the end of the half with a series of threes, resulting in a nine point deficit at the half: 30 to 39.
The Lady Mountaineers came back from halftime refreshed and ready to get on the floor. Candy Walls and Rebecca May scored back to back three-pointers, putting the ladies within close range at 36 - 39. BC kept up with the Eagles for much of the second half, and even managed to tie and the lead the Eagles 51 - 49 with a little more than 13:00 left in the game. That lead, however, was short lived as Alice Lloyd rattled off 5 points to regain control.
After the Eagles' scored seven points in less than one minute, BC fired off three-pointers, bringing the game once again into close range, 74 - 80 with 3:41 left in the game. The rally came too little too late, and Alice Lloyd pulled away a final time to win the game, 82 - 91.
"I thought our girls played hard in the second half, but not very smart," said Harkleroad. "Alice Lloyd is a good team and we have to be more focused to beat a team of that caliber if we continue to shoot so poorly."
After the Lady Mountaineers' disappointing loss, the men's teams took the floor against Alice Lloyd for more KIAC action. After a minute-and-a-half of running up and down the court, Alice Lloyd scored the first point of the game. BC quickly answered their point and then some, taking an early 4 - 2 lead. The score bounced back and forth between the two teams, much like the ball bounced up and down the court. Each team answered the other's efforts in baskets, and BC's lead was taken away, leaving the score 14 - 16 with 11:25 left in the first half. After trailing the Eagles for several minutes, the Mountaineers regained their lead by one point. The teams held each other off, upping their defenses and blocked shots. By halftime, the score was in favor of BC: 32 - 31.
The Mountaineers started the second half on fire, keeping a steady lead on the Eagles. The Mounties pulled away with slick passes into the paint. BC held the largest lead of the game, 51 - 37 with 12:55 left in the game. The crowd got wild and loud, shouting and stomping their feet as the Mountaineers continued to dominate the court. With 4:21 left in the game, BC was up 67-56, and still going strong. By the end of the game, Alice Lloyd began to tire, and the Mountaineers made up for the loss the women's loss, winning with a final score of 82 - 72.
Next up for the ladies is an away game against St. Louis College of Pharmacy on January 27 at 6 p.m. The men will be playing a rematch against Warren Wilson College at 2 p.m. on January 20 at home. They will also face off against Indiana Southeast in Seabury Arena at 7:30 pm on January 23.