"We got mostly what we wanted from the three exhibition games and now we feel like we are ready to move on to regular season play," said coach Marty Rowe. "Maryville College was a good basketball team but I think our depth eventually wore them down."
The Lady Flames, thanks to a late first half surge, led 41-25 at the break. Rowe gave a couple of his reserves, Jordan Neuharth and Alex Swope credit for a strong effort on the defensive end in helping his team pull away in the first 20 minutes.
The second half was all Lee as they out-scored the Lady Scots 42-24 and gave the Lee coaching staff an opportunity to go even deeper into their bench. Rowe also singled out the play of his two post players. Karley Miller and Mariah Isles combined for 32 points and 17 rebounds in 39 minutes of playing time. "That is something we have really worked hard on," noted the coach. "It is important that we get that kind of play inside to get open shots for Hollie (German) and Jenna (Adams)."
German led the Lee scoring with 22 points, making 8-of-15 shots from the field and 5-of-12 3-pointers. Miller had 19 points and six rebounds. She was 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. Isles followed with a double-double, 13 points and 11 rebounds. Adams also contributed a double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Flames shot 45 percent from the field, 34 percent from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the line. For Maryville College, Mindy Brackins and Alex Bond had 10 points apiece. Lee out-rebounded the visitors 47-26 and held the Lady Scots to only 37 percent shooting from the field.
"We look forward to entering the regular season against Tennessee Wesleyan next Saturday," said Rowe. "I understand they a have a couple of Division I transfers and they always play us tough. Our non-conference schedule is loaded down with tough opponents and we really need to win the home games with Tennessee Wesleyan and Auburn Montgomery before we go on the road."
The Lee men open their regular season on Monday night against Johnson University and the Flames and Lady Flames will be a part of next Saturday's doubleheader.