With sophomore Jenna Adams and juniors Karley Miller and Hollie German leading the charge, Lee's women opened the 2012-13 basketball season with a solid 88-58 victory over Milligan College.
After leading 43-29 at halftime, the Lady Flames were cheered on by a large Homecoming crowd and turned back an early second-half challenge by the Buffaloes and then proceeded to coast to the non-conference win. Adams posted a double-double, 22 points,10 rebounds and converted eight of her 11 shots from the field including four 3-pointers.
Miller made 7-of-11 shots from the floor and hit 6-of-7 free throws in her 20-point effort.
"Karley was just awesome today," said Lee coach Marty Rowe after the win. "She works so hard in practice and it's good to see her come out and play so well in the game."
German got off to a slow start but picked up the pace in the second half and also tallied 20 points.
"We are trying to take some scoring pressure off Hollie this season," pointed out Rowe. "We've got a lot of girls capable of scoring and I really liked the play of all our post players today."
Rowe also singled out the performance of senior point guard Brooke Hamby. "Brooke has kind of played behind a lot of good guards over the last three years, but now she realizes it is her time to step forward." The former Walker Valley standout carded 11 assists to go along with six rebounds.
The Lady Flames shot consistently from the field, making 33-of-68 attempts (49 percent). They also shot above average from behind the arc (5-of-15, 36 percent). At the free-throw stripe, they were awarded 17 tries and converted 13.
The taller Lee team completely dominated the glass, winning the battle of the boards 50-21. They had 17 offensive rebounds. If coach Rowe could find one fault in his club's performance, it was 19 floor mistakes.
The Lady Flames keep the pressure on the visiting Buffaloes the entire afternoon, holding them to only 36 percent shooting from the field. Milligan also attempted 24 3-pointers and converted just five. They also struggled from the free-throw stripe, hitting 11-of-20.
Kayla Kelly turned in a superior performance for the losing team, finishing with 19 points, while Tracy Hardiman was the only other Milligan player in double-figure scoring (11).
The Lady Flames will take a short break and head for Cookeville and an exhibition game with Tennessee Tech on Monday evening at 8 p.m.