Eagles ride strong first quarter to win over Celtics

Kristin Seamon -


The Carlow women’s basketball team fell to Alice Lloyd, 78-66, on Thursday, Jan. 25, in Pippa Passes, Ky.

The Eagles (15-3/9-2) roared out to a 25-7 lead behind eight points by Alex Clifton.

However, the Celtics (4-12/1-8/3-2), playing with just eight players as three did not make the trip, weathered the early run. They responded with six straight points to end the quarter trailing, 25-13.

From there, Carlow played three of its best quarters of basketball this season. The Celtics matched the Eagles’ 53 points across the rest of the contest before falling short against the No. 1 team in the West Division of the River States Conference.

Emma Stille (SO/Columbus, Ohio) led Carlow with her 10th double double of the season, with 24 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks.

Ashlyn Jonczak (FR/Natrona Heights, Pa.) and Chanel Sparks (SR/Columbia, Pa.) each posted a career-high in scoring. Jonczak scored 14 points, while Sparks finished with 12 points, along with a team-high five assists and two steals.

Clifton led Alice Lloyd with 21 points and six rebounds, and Hayley Hall added 13 points.

The Celtics finished shooting 40.4 percent (23-of-57) from the field, 20 percent (3-of-15) from 3, and 89.5 percent (17-of-19) from the free-throw line.

Alice Lloyd shot 37.8 percent (28-of-74) from the field, 43.6 percent (17-of-39) from 3, and 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from the foul line.

Carlow out-rebounded Alice Lloyd, 35-33, but had 13 turnovers while the Eagles had eight.

The Celtics remain in Kentucky to take on Asbury (5-17/2-9) in another RCS divisional crossover matchup Saturday. 

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