The Lady Flames stormed out to a 44-16 halftime lead and never looked back. “I was really pleased with the way our girls made the run in the first half. We were running the floor, our passes were sharp and we were playing good defense.” remarked Lee coach Marty Rowe. “It was a pretty good start by our girls. We needed to play and were tired of going at each other for the past two weeks.”
It was two familiar names pacing the Lee attack. Senior Hollie German tallied 22 points to lead all-scorers while grabbing seven boards. Junior Jenna Adams added 21 points of her own on 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.
The size of the Lady Flames proved to be a big advantage as Lee out-rebounded the Lady Lions by a 36-24 margin while holding a 34-14 scoring advantage in the paint.
Senior Karley Miller added nine points and six rebounds while another four-year player, Rachel Lockhart registered seven points and swiped three steals.
“We came out a little flat in the second half and I used a lot of different combinations. I got what I expected out of our returnees, but I really liked the effort put forth by Karley (Miller) and Rachel (Lockhart).” noted Rowe. “They do the little things that don’t often show up in the box score.”
The Lady Flames shot 41.3 percent (26-of-43) from the field and 30 percent (9-of-30) from behind the arc. The Lee defense limited the Lady Lions to just 33.3 percent shooting (14-of-42) from the field while forcing 27 turnovers. The Lady Flames were guilty of 20 floor mistakes.
Bryan was paced by former Bradley Central standout Keila Formont’s 12 points while Megan Billingsby added 11 markers and grabbed five rebounds.
The Lady Flames will continue their preseason schedule with an exhibition contest against the UT-Chattanooga Lady Mocs on Monday evening at 7 p.m. at UTC’s McKenzie Arena. The final exhibition contest will take place next Saturday as Lee welcomes Maryville College to town for a 6:30 p.m. tip.
“We’ll face a different challenge at UTC. But again, our goal is to continue to get better with each game,” Rowe said. “I hope our fans will follow us to Chattanooga. The Lady Mocs are ranked 16th in the country and there is a lot of excitement down there with new coach Jim Foster.”