The victory sealed the Gulf South Championship for Lee. Coach Marty Rowe’s club wrapped up the regular season with a 22-4 overall mark and improved to 18-2 in conference play.
“Because of our provisional status in NCAA Division II, the GSC will not recognize our accomplishment, but these young ladies can be very proud of what they have been able to achieve. We have proved that we are certainly one of the better teams in Division II basketball,” said Rowe.
The Lady Flames were down by seven points early in the second half and fought back to tie the game at 30 before dropping behind 41-34 at the 6:02 mark. Hollie German registered a 3-pointer at the 3:13 mark to draw the Lady Flames even at 44 and the hard-earned 53-46 victory.
Lee finally grabbed the lead when Jenna Adams stepped behind the arc and put the Lady Flames up for good at 47-44. Shorter came back and cut the lead to one with 1:29 left, but the Lady Flames sealed the win on free-throws by German and Madison Lee.
The Shorter defense held Lee to only 28 percent shooting from the field, a season low. The Lady Flames were 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in the second half and 13-of-15 overall.
“That is the mark of toughness that our girls have brought this season. When the chips were on the table, they have refused to lose,” explained the Lee coach.
German had to battle hard to finish with a team-leading 15 points. Adams followed with 10 points and led the Lady Flames with 12 rebounds.
Senior Rachel Lockhart, who has been the heart and soul of the team the entire season, hit a pair of key 3-pointers and tallied nine points to go along with four rebounds.
Madison Lee also had a trey down the stretch and added nine points and five rebounds. Karley Miller pitched in with four points and eight boards as Lee fought hard to win the rebounding battle 42-36.
Senior Kristin Nash sparked the Lady Hawks in their drive to pull off a major upset. She hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and five rebounds. Lynette Harris followed with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Karisma Boykin contributed nine points and eight boards.
“Vic Mitchell [Shorter’s coach] is one of the best coaches I have ever competed against,” noted Rowe. “It is always a challenge especially when we face them down here. In fact, it’s the first time our seniors have won on this court in three tries. I think that shows you how tough they always play us.”
The Lee win denied Mitchell of his 400th career coaching win.
The Lady Flames will take a couple of days off and then begin preparing for the NCCAA Regional Tournament. They will travel to Jackson and play on the home court of Union University, likely facing Tennessee Temple in the opening round on Friday, March 14. By finishing with an impressive 22-4 record, the Lady Flames will draw an at-large berth to the NCCAA National, which will be held the following week at Grace College [Ind.].
ROME, Ga. — It was a sweet way to close out the 2013-14 season for the Lee men’s basketball team. Not only did they score their first road victory of the season, but they were also able to pin a convincing defeat on rival Shorter University.
The Flames started slow but caught fire midway through the first half and led 51-35 at the break. They continued to pour on the coal in the opening 10 minutes of the second half and finished with a 90-81 triumph.
It was the 10th victory of the year against 16 defeats and their sixth victory in their first year as members of the Gulf South Conference.
The Flames threw a balanced scoring attack at the athletic Hawks. Five players scored in double figures, and overall Lee shot a blistering 51 percent from the field and made 10-of-21 3-pointers. They marched to the charity stripe 24 times and canned 20.
Tyquan Roberts turned in probably his best overall effort of the year. The junior made 8-of-9 free throws and grabbed nine rebounds en route to a 22 point performance. Cory Billingsley followed close behind. The junior was 3-of-5 behind the arc, 6-of-6 from the line and totaled 21 points.
Freshman Bryce Copeland continued to impress. He knocked down three treys, garnered four rebounds, dished off three assists and put 16 points on the board. Another freshman, Jamal Worthington, added 11 points and six rebounds as the Flames out-rebounded the Hawks 38-37.
However, it was senior Brice Sharp who helped will the Flames to the victory with his overall hustle and toughness. The senior concluded his career with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. The Hawks tried to battle back late, but the Flames got key free throws from Chad Lee, Copeland and Roberts down the stretch to salt the victory away.
Jordan Jacks set a torrid pace for Shorter. He poured in 24 points and grabbed 17 of his team’s 37 rebounds. Brock Rowan followed with 19 points and carded four treys. Brandon Pullman finished with 18 points and four assists, while Dedric Ware had 13 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists.