Lady Eagles let lead slip away late

Hayden Boudreaux

In the first of five straight home games for the Lady Eagles they took on long-time rival Appalachian State. Despite leading most of the game, the Eagles couldn’t hold on and lost, 77-74

App State started the game strong with a 6-2 run. The Lady Eagles did not let themselves fall behind, answering with two quick baskets, and were able to keep the game knotted up, 10-10.  A fast break and a set play pulled the Eagles ahead by four.

The run continued and the home team was able to extend their lead to 24-20 with just under four minutes in the half.  Junior Alexis Sams pulled up and drained a three with time running out in the first half, and the Lady Eagles went up 30-24.

The second half opened with a pair of three pointers from sophomore Angel McGowan and junior Patrice Butler.  App State answerd with a three of their own to pull back within two. With thirteen minutes remaining in the game, the Eagles were holding on to a 42-40 lead.

Both teams would trade baskets, including Sams draining another three, and the Eagles led 57-53 with under nine minutes to play. Senior Anna Claire Knight caught fire and grabbed two consecutive buckets, but App followed with a three. App State rallied and tied up the contest at 61 and took the lead with a free throw.  

Both teams went back and forth to try and secure a lead. Fouls were trouble for the Eagles late, as they were given their tenth foul with three minutes still left to play. App began to pull away with a four point lead.  The Mountaineers took a six point lead, but McGowan rallied her squad with two free throws.  The Lady Eagles ran out of time and fell to the Mountaineers, 77-74.