MOUNT VERNON, Ga. — The No.11-ranked Lee University Lady Flames (20-4, 10-1 SSAC) jumped out to a 44-14 halftime lead and cruised through the second half to record a 78-43 victory over host Brewton-Parker College (4-19, 0-10 SSAC).
Brooke McKinnon made 7-of-9 shots from the field to lead all scorers with 19 points and four assists, while Kayla Carlisle tallied three points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
“I thought Brooke and Kayla were really good tonight,” said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. “Kayla is the only consistent rebounder we have at the forward position. We know she will go hard after every rebound.”
Kally Eldridge made three three-pointers and finished with 11 markers to join McKinnon as the only Lady Flames to score in double-digits.
Freshman Hollie German tallied nine points and five rebounds. Angela Spann threw in eight points and grabbed four boards.
The Lady Flames were able to empty the bench and every player that dressed saw action.
“We really need to get into a game where we need to extend our playing minutes to get us ready for the postseason,” concluded Rowe.
The Lady Flames hit 45 percent of their shots from the field and 46 percent (10-of-23) from beyond the arc. Lee’s defense held Brewton-Parker to 25 percent from the field and just 22 percent from three-point territory.
Lee returns to Paul Dana Walker Arena on Saturday for a matchup against Truett-McConnell College. The game is set to tip-off at 5 p.m.
The Lee University Flames basketball team traveled to Brewton-Parker College and picked up win number 20 on the season, a 72-60 victory over the host Barons.
The Flames (20-5) jumped out to a 37-26 lead at the half, and led the rest of the way, to finish the 12 point win. Their 8-1 conference record is good for the top spot in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) East division.
The Barons were able to keep the Flames main contributers quiet the majority of the night, as Jerel Blocker, Antonio Haymon, and Stephen McClellan each scored in single digits.
Rico Cunningham and Johnny Godette each mustered 10 points and five rebounds, but it was Teddrick Hardy who carried the Flames to the win. The senior forward was named the Domino’s Player of the Game scoring 15 points, grabbing four rebounds, and playing shut down defense.
“Ted Hardy was the player of the game,” said Lee head coach Tommy Brown. “I thought he was far and away our best player. He guarded their best player (Andrew Dikas) and has really embraced his role as defensive stopper. He played a complete game.”
As a team, the Flames shot 50-percent from the field, holding the Barons to just 29-percent shooting.
“This was one of our better defensive games this year,” added Brown. “The guys did a much better job of executing our game plan.”
Truett-McConnell was led by a 22-point performance by Gerald Kohn. Covered by Hardy, Dikas pitched in 13 points in the loss.
Brown continued to praise his players in the win. “Brice (Sharp) got better through the night as they pressured us with tough play. Roy McFadgon had a great week of practice and was good on the boards for us.”
The Flames won the battle of the boards, 43-29, thanks in large part to the play of McFadgon.
The Lee men will spend the end of the week in preparation for a home contest Saturday night against Truett-McConnell College. The Bears visit Walker Arena for a 7:00 p.m. matchup immediately following the Lady Flames contest at 5 p.m.