“They played hard and were well prepared,” said Lee coach Marty Rowe. “I’m not sure how prepared we were, but give coach Kenrick Liburd credit. He’s doing a much better job of turning the Temple program around.”
Rowe was not pleased with his club’s 12 turnovers in the first half. The Lady Flames only committed five in the second stanza.
Sophomore Jenna Adams turned in another double-double, 14 point, 10 rebounds to pace the balanced Lee attack. Julia Zimmerman ripped the nets for four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. Hollie German was held to 11 points, while Brooke Hamby added eight points and three assists.
The Lady Flames welcomed back Karley Miller, who has missed the past four games with an illness. She played 14 minutes and scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds. Mary Jackson went to the glass for six rebounds.
Amanda Rector had 15 points for the Lady Crusaders. Amber Charles added 12 and TaQuasha O’Neal added 11. Alexis McGhee pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Lady Flames can now turn their attention to a showdown with Southern Poly in a battle for the SSAC East title on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Hornets handed Lee one of its two defeats in an earlier meeting in Marietta.
“Poly is a really good basketball team and we know that we’re going to need to play awfully well to give ourselves a chance to win,” said Rowe. “They have two of the best players in the country, and obviously understand how to use their other players effectively.
“This game has all the qualities to be one of the best matchups we’ve had in this league in a long time,” he added.” I think both teams are going to be extremely excited to play and I think we’ll see a very high level of play.”
Hoops 4 Hope
The Lady Flames will play in the fourth Hoops 4 Hope basketball game against Southern Poly.
“We’re excited to be having our fourth Hoops 4 Hope game during such an exciting and important game this season,” Rowe pointed out. “Hoops 4 Hope continues to grow and we’re so excited to be able to help Dr. Tammy and LUDIC here at Lee.
“Everyone knows this event is close to our hearts because of Kade, son of Mindy, and Kelly Kiser, so we’re so thankful to everyone that helps and assists us in this event. Coach (Jan) Spangler and our players have done another great job promoting the game, and we’re looking forward to having a great crowd and raising money for LUDIC.”
to be retired
Former Lee All-American Brooke McKinnon-Evans will have her No. 30 jersey officially retired at halftime of the men’s game.
“Brooke is one of the best people you will ever meet and was so important to building our program on the national level,” noted Rowe. “She’s a great role model for our current players because she did things the right way, on and off the court. Brooke and her family deserve this recognition and I couldn’t be happier for all of them. She was a great player but, more importantly, she was a great representative of our basketball program!”