LINCOLN, ILLINOIS: The Royals traveled to Lincoln, Illinois, and played the Lincoln Christian University Red Lions on Saturday, December 2. After playing a close game and going into halftime with a 3-point lead, the Royals fell to the Red Lions 40-51. The Royals' record now stands at 4-7.
The Royals and the Red Lions went back and forth in scoring during the first quarter. Three and a half minutes into the game, the score was tied at 4; a 3-pointer from Alyssa Strickland gave the Royals a 7-4 advantage until the Red Lions tied the score with a 3-pointer of their own. With two minutes left in the quarter, the Royals regained the lead 14-13 with a lay-up from Marisa Brown only for the Red Lions to take back the lead at 14-15 with twelve seconds left in the quarter. A buzzer-beater three from Tschida Johnson gave the Royals a two-point advantage 17-15 going into the second quarter. In the second quarter, the Royals continued to build up their lead and gained a 10-point lead at 25-15 with five points from Majesty Pelletier and another 3-pointer from Tschida Johnson. The Red Lions responded with a run of their own, coming back to tie the score at 25 with a minute left in the half. Majesty Pelletier regained the lead for the Royals with her second three-pointer of the game, putting the Royals up 28-25.
In the third quarter, the Red Lions regained the lead at 28-30 in the first two and a half minutes; they built it up to as much as 4 points at 30-34 with four and a half minutes left in the quarter. The Royals came back and tied the game at 34 with a bucket from Alyssa Strickland with just over a minute left in the quarter; a 3-pointer from the Red Lions with thirty seconds left gave them a 3-point advantage at 34-37. The Red Lions continued to pull away from the Royals in the fourth quarter, increasing their lead up to 9 points at 34-43 within the first two minutes of the quarter. The Royals struggled to score, putting up 6 points to the Red Lions' 14 points in the fourth quarter and ended up losing the game 40-51.
The Royals shot well in the first half of the game, making 11 of 36 shots in the field (30.6%) and 6 of 15 from the 3-point line (40%), but struggled in the second half. Overall, the Royals made 16 of 67 from the field (23.9%) and 7 of 31 from the 3-point line (22.6%); they made 1 of 2 from the free throw line (50%). The Red Lions made 20 of 70 shots from the field (28.6%) and 5 of 19 from the 3-point line (26.3%); they made 6 of 9 free throws (66.7%). Grace had 50 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 steals, and 8 bench points to Lincoln Christian's 51 rebounds, 9 assists, 12 steals, and 15 bench points.
Alyssa Strickland led the Royals in scoring with 13 points; she also contributed 3 rebounds. Tschida Johnson had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists; Majesty Pelletier had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Jasmine White contributed 5 points and 10 rebounds, and Karen Orozco had 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Red Lions' highest scorer was Katie Dial with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Kenzie Schlipf had 8 points, and Mikayla Smith and Mikayla Greene each had 7 points.
UP NEXT: The Grace University Royals will play the Ecclesia College Royals on Friday, December 8, in Springdale, Arkansas. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff