PIPPA PASSES, KY -
Alice Lloyd (5-0) defeated the Pioneers (1-1) Thursday night in Pippa Passes in the Pioneer's second appearance of the season 91-70.
The Pioneers jumped to an early lead in the opening moments of the game with junior guard Kereion Douglas stealing the first posession of the game, leading to a free throw. Baskets from Douglas and Tyron Duncan would push the tempo early. The Eagles would connect from deep to tie things up at the halfway point of the first 15-15. CU Harrodsburg would trail 39-23 at the half after a run from the Eagles. The second half would be a back and forth battle to begin with each team trading baskets, however the Eagles would pull away with 52 second half points. CU Harrodsburg would find an offensive spark from Aamaj Platt in the post late in the second half.
"I think that we showed that we won't back down from adversity," Platt said.
Head Coach Austin Sparrow saw plenty of positives to take away from the evening.
"We've been talking about energy, enthusiasm and authenticity," Sparrow said. "We have to improve on our ability to finish games and make shots down the stretch."
The Pioneers shot 42% from the field, connecting on 29-69 shot attempts. CU Harrodsburg struggled from deep after a strong performance behind the arc against Bob Jones. The Pioneers connected on 4-16 attempts from three.
"We just have to have more confidence in our shooting right now," said junior guard Tyrese Duncan. "We have to come out and compete."
Junior forward Chris Rawlins led the way again for the Pioneers on the offensive end, contributing 21 points, but was in foul trouble early in the first half.
"I think I could have contributed more but I got into foul trouble," Rawlins said. "We just have to fight through adversity and keep playing."
Coach Sparrow said he was impressed with the continued aggressive play from Tyron Duncan.
"I really like how Tyron is being more assertive this year and taking the role of running the show," Sparrow said.
Duncan said the defensive effort will be a focus going forward.
"I think we could have come out with more effort and intensity on the defensive end," said Duncan. "We look forward to getting another opportunity to compete."
Junior guard Douglas believes the veterans of the team have to set the tone early each time the Pioneers take the floor.
"We plan to come out with a lot of energy Saturday," said Douglas. "Our underclassmen showed up ready to play. As a team we could have brought more intensity on the defensive end."
Coach Sparrow said that the goal for Saturday will be to put together a full 40 minute effort.
"We competed and had multiple freshmen playing heavy minutes," Sparrow said. "Now we have to put ourselves in a better position to win the game for 40 minutes."
The Pioneers will have a quick opportunity to bounce back as they travel to the University of Rio Grande Saturday for a match up with the Redstorm. Saturday will feature the return of senior forward Devin Baker to the line-up. The Pioneers look to improve to 2-1 on the season when the ball tips at 5:00 p.m.