NEW ALBANY, IN - Ashmere Woods had 22 points and 17 rebounds and Heather Wheat had 21 points and nine assists to lead the Grenadiers to a hard-fought 80-78 win over first-place Alice Lloyd on Saturday.
The game was close throughout. Ashmere Woods and Kortney Woods sparked the offense in the first half. Ashmere had 14 first-half points and Kortney had nine.
IU Southeast (10-7, 3-3 KIAC) trailed by five at halftime but went on an 18-5 run to take control of the game to start the second half.
Heather Wheat exploded for 16 points in the second half and was the offensive catalyst to gain the lead in the final frame.
With IU Southeast clinging to an 80-78 lead with 4.5 seconds to play, Wheat missed her second free throw but she was able to grab the rebound and burn time off the clock before Ariel Nickell stole the ball, but she could not get a shot off before time expired.
Nickell had 29 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Eagles. Carla Booth had a game-high 24 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles but only eight of those points came in the second half. Nickell, the league's leading scorer at 24.4 points per game, took over from there, scoring 20 points in the second half to keep Alice Lloyd in the game.
The Eagles (11-7, 4-2 KIAC) were stymied by the Grenadiers' defense. They shot just 31 percent from the field in the game, and only 21 percent in the second half. They stayed in the game by shooting 24-40 from the free throw line.
IU Southeast hosts Midway on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
(Source: Indiana University Southeast Sports Information Department.)