Bertram scores 1,000th point; Lady Flames get road win

LEE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
Posted 2/15/19

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Abby Bertram scored her 1,000th career point to help lead the Lee women's basketball team to a 73-71 overtime victory at Alabama Huntsville Thursday.Bertram bounced back from a …

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Bertram scores 1,000th point; Lady Flames get road win

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Abby Bertram scored her 1,000th career point to help lead the Lee women's basketball team to a 73-71 overtime victory at Alabama Huntsville Thursday.

Bertram bounced back from a knee injury suffered last week at Montevallo to lead the Lady Flames in scoring with 21 points.

Bertram had a chance to give the Lady Flames the win in regulation, but saw her baseline shot rim off to send the game to OT. UAH missed two foul shots – and likely a golden opportunity to grab a victory – with the score tied with only 2.2 seconds left on the clock.

Haley Schubert played 40 minutes and scored 19 points. Kayla Tillie registered nine points and five rebounds.

"We made some big plays down the stretch tonight," said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. "We got fortunate they missed a pair of foul shots, but we did a nice job of executing late in regulation and in the overtime to come away with the victory."

The Lady Flames hit 40.7 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from the 3-point line. Lee was 18 of 23 from the foul line. The Chargers shot 37.7 percent but kept things close with 11 triples.

Rowe's club held a 42-35 advantage on the glass and held a 32-18 lead on points in the paint.

Baylee Johnson led the Chargers with 24 points and six rebounds. Holly Harris added 19 points on 5 of 9 shooting from beyond the arc.

Lee improved to 19-5 and 13-3 in the GSC. The loss dropped the Chargers to 11-11 and 9-7 in league play.

Chargers get
comeback win

The Alabama Huntsville Chargers put together a furious second half comeback to erase an 11-point half time deficit and defeat the Lee men  66-60.

The Flames held a 35-24 advantage at halftime after shooting 50 percent from the field and 7 of 8 from the 3-point line. The hot shooting faded, however, as Lee managed to connect on just 1 of 12 from beyond the arc in the second half.

After shooting just 37 percent in the first half, the Chargers hit six triples and were 13 of 27 from the field to outscore the Flames by 17 in the second half.

"I thought defensively we were really good in the first half, and played with a lot of freedom offensively and made some shots and were attacking," said Lee head coach Bubba Smith. "In the second half they didn't do much different but we made some mental mistakes and they capitalized on that. It really was a tale of two halves, and that's been the story of this team this year. We're really good at times and really inconsistent at times, and that's frustrating. You can't win close games on the road when you're good one possession and the next one you're not." 

Colton Blevins and Ryan Montgomery scored 14 points each to pace the Flames.

Seth Swalve hit 3 of 6 from beyond the arc and finished with 22 for the home team. JJ Kaplan turned in a double-double with 17 rebounds to go along with 15 points while Sam Orf and Tanner Finley delivered 10 points each.

The loss dropped the Flames to 12-12 on the year and 9-7 in the GSC. Lee is currently eighth in the GSC standings while the win slid the Chargers into the fourth spot at 18-6, 11-5.

Lee will get back to work Saturday at 5 p.m. hosting Auburn-Montgomery in the annual 'Hoops for Hope' game to benefit and raise awareness for families affected by autism. The men's game tipoff is set for 7.

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