Running their current winning streak to 10 straight games, the victory keeps the Lady Flames in first place in the Gulf South Conference with an impressive 13-2 record. Overall, coach Marty Rowe’s team improved to 17-4 on the year. Christian Brothers drops to 8-7 in league play and 12-9 for the year.
The Lady Flames led 30-22 at the halftime break and never trailed, although Christian Brothers cut the lead to only 50-48 late in the contest. Lee rebounded behind the clutch free-throw shooting by Hollie German, who made 12 straight from the line and Rachel Lockhart who converted four straight in the final two minutes.
For the game, German led Lee's balanced scoring with 21 points. Jenna Adams was 4-of-6 from 3-point range and also had seven rebounds, finishing with 18 points. Myriah Iles came off the bench and turned in a strong performance for the Lady Flames. She knocked down 4-of-5 shots from the field and converted 4-of-5 free throws for a 12 point total.
The story would not be complete without talking about the play of seniors Karley Miller and Rachel Lockhart. Miller had eight points and six key rebounds, while Lockhart added seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots in 36 minutes of action.
For the game, the Lady Flames shot 40 percent from the field but just 27 percent from 3-point range. Their tough defense held Christian Brothers to 37 percent shooting from the field and just 22 percent (2-of-9) from 3-point range. They did go to the line 19 times and converted 16.
Erica Burgess paced the balanced Christian Brothers attack with 18 points. Breanna Ridgell followed with 17 and Samantha Reeves tallied 11 and led her team with five rebounds.
CBU 78, FLAMES 59
Lee men’s coach Tommy Brown pointed at two important areas in the Flames’ 78-59 loss to host Christian Brothers University on Saturday afternoon. The Flames committed 16 costly turnovers and gave up 17 offensive rebounds as their record dropped to 8-13 on the year and 4-11 in Gulf South Conference play.
After playing the Bucs close for most of the first half, Christian Brothers exploded to gain a 43-24 lead at the break. The Flames fought back and cut the lead to 12 points midway of the second half but again turnovers and rebounds allowed the Bucs to pull away.
“You just can’t make mistakes against this type of basketball team,” said coach Brown. “They are going to make you pay for the mistakes. It seems like when we get behind, we start putting up quick shots or trying some NBA type passes.”
Tyquan Roberts had an excellent shooting night, hitting 7-of-10 shots from the field and finishing with 18 points. Cory Billingsley was the only other Flame in double figures. He scored 11 points. Jamal Worthington finished with nine, all coming in the first half.
For the game, the Flames shot 38 percent from the field and made just 3-of-13 3-point attempts. They went to the line 25 times and converted 18. The Bucs, paced by 23 points from Trey Casey and Drew Hildreth, shot 49 percent from the field (33-of-68). They were solid from behind the arc, hitting 9-of-21 (43 percent). Cory McArthy was the only other Buc in double figures. He netted 10 points.
Christian Brothers outscored Lee 38-30 in points in the paint. They tallied 22 points off turnovers and had a game-changing 23 second chance points. The Flames did lead in one department, outscoring the Bucs 25-15 in points off the bench.
Lee will return to action on Thursday and host West Alabama on an evening planned for White-Out Night. Lee tee-shirts will be given away and all fans are encouraged to wear white.