The Lady Flames basketball team put the cap on a successful SSAC crossover weekend with an 81-49 drubbing of Spring Hill College. Lee University began the weekend with a 73-66 win on Friday evening against Loyola University New Orleans.
Lee (7-1, 2-1 SSAC) put four players in double-digit scoring and were able to get everybody that dressed into the game.
“We had a lot of girls step up and play with a lot of energy today, especially our young players,” said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. “Myriah (Iles) had a remarkable first half. We needed a win like this. Our girls are working hard and getting better time out and that is what our goals are.”
Iles was 5-for-5 from the field and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe in recording 15 of her career-high 17 points in the first half. The junior added five rebounds.
Mary Jackson tallied 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the second half. Jackson also contributed four rebounds and three steals.
Hollie German scored 11 markers and Jenna Adams posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Brooke Hamby had seven points, while dishing out five assists. Karley Miller posted eight points, eight rebounds and three steals for the home team.
The Lady Flames’ bench outscored Spring Hill (3-6, 2-2 SSAC) 45-11. Lee grabbed 49 rebounds to 34 for the visitors.
Jamesha Watkins was the lone Badger to hit double-figures with 16 points in the loss. Tempey Hamilton was 7-for-9 at the free throw line and finished with nine points and two assists.
“We'll give the team a couple of days off to get ready for finals,” added Rowe. “We play Lindsey Wilson next and it'll be interesting to see how we play against a rated team with one of the best post players in the NAIA.”
LADY FLAMES 78, SPSU 57
Hollie German recorded a game-high 31 points and went over the 1,000-point mark in her Lee career to lead the Lady Flames to a 73-66 victory over SSAC West Division foe Loyola University New Orleans.
The Lady Flames (6-1. 1-1 SSAC) continue the crossover weekend on Saturday with a matchup against Spring Hill (Ala.) College. The Lady Badgers were soundly defeated by host Southern Polytechnic State University, 78-57, Friday evening.
German entered the game needing 11 points to reach the milestone and pulled to within one after a 10-point first half. The junior etched her name onto the 1,000-Point Club with a three-pointer one minute into the second half.
“I’m proud of Hollie for going over 1,000 points tonight,” said Lee assistant coach Jan Spangler. “It is special to see someone who is so unselfish and works so hard pass that mark.”
The Lady Flames built upon a 32-21 halftime lead and held an 18-point edge with 16 minutes remaining in the contest. The Wolf Pack chipped away at the lead, but could only pull within seven, the final margin.
“We have to find a way to stretch our lead throughout the course of the game,” added Spangler. “Tonight we were able to hang on but we have to take care of the basketball and eliminate these stretches where we allow teams to hang around when we have a chance to put the game away.”
Jenna Adams joined German in double-digit scoring with 14. Adams made it a double-double with 14 rebounds.
Julia Zimmerman hit three big three-point shots to finish with nine points. Karley Miller added seven points and four rebounds to the total, while Brooke Hamby tallied six points and four assists.
Loyola (3-4, 1-2 SSAC) was led by Jasmine Brewer’s 21 point performance. Brewer added eight boards and a steal in the loss.
Megen Berner and Janeicia Neely each poured in 12 points for Loyola. Berner also had nine rebounds and Neely dished out six assists.