Lady Flames win 5th straight; Lee men falter

From LEE AC
Posted 1/11/19

The Lee women’s basketball team continued its winning ways in Walker Arena on Thursday, defeating visiting West Georgia, 66-49. The Lady Flames winning streak now stands at five. They improved …

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Lady Flames win 5th straight; Lee men falter

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The Lee women’s basketball team continued its winning ways in Walker Arena on Thursday, defeating visiting West Georgia, 66-49.
 
The Lady Flames winning streak now stands at five. They improved to 12-3 overall and more importantly 6-1 in the GSC as they continue to lead Gulf South Conference play. The Wolves dropped to 9-4 and 4-3.
 
The Lady Flames will seek to keep the winning streak alive Saturday when they host Alabama Huntsville. The tip is scheduled for 2 p.m., in Walker Arena.
 
Lee led from start to finish holding a 10-8 margin at the end of the first quarter then improved to 32-23 at halftime. The margin grew in the third quarter to 55-38 at the third stop.
 
Rowe praised the overall effort of junior Abby Bertram who finished with 10 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. “Abby is taking a leadership role on this club and you can see her getting our team in position to put points on the board.”
 
One of those players was Nicky Widenski who knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds. “Nicky can step out and shoot the three-ball,” pointed out the Lee coach. The junior post player led the Lady Flames in scoring with 16 points.
 
Kayla Tillie continued her fine play with 13 points while Haley Schubert tallied nine and Becca Cheeks pitched in with seven points and garnered six rebounds as the Lady Flames had 36 boards compared to 37 for the Wolves.
 
Jessica Brown poured in 14 points and finished with a double-double, while pulling down 11 rebounds for the Wolves. Edley Drawhorn totaled nine points and seven rebounds while Ashley Lee came off the bench to score seven.
 
The Lady Flames were solid from the field hitting 23- of 51) shots. They converted 9 of 18 shots from beyond the arc and went to the line 16 times and canned 11.
 
The defense held the Wolves to 30 percent shooting from the field and just 13 percent from 3-point range. West Georgia only converted 13 of 22 free throws.

Flames' streak ends
against West Georgia
 
The Lee men’s basketball team suffered its first loss since Nov. 26 squanding a 12-point second half lead to fall to West Georgia 70-66 Thursday.
 
The Flames were seemingly cruising to a ninth straight win pulling ahead by 12 with just under 10 minutes to play. From there it was all Wolves as they jump started a 9-0 run with a steal and an emphatic dunk by Gerald Blount. The very next possession West Georgia forced Lee into another turnover resulting in another slam that turned momentum.
 
Lee had a chance to tie the game down two points with just 30 seconds remaining, but  split a pair of free throws before an untimely intentional foul call allowed the visitors to ice the game at the foul line.
 
After shooting the ball well in the first half behind 11 points and five assists from Kentrell Evans, the Flames struggled to make shots and deal with the West Georgia pressure in the final 20 minutes. The Flames and converted 22 of 52 shots from the field. The Flames drilled five triples in the first half but hit just one in the second half.
 
Evans led the Flames with 14 points and was 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. Leander Ridgeway Jr. also provided a spark of the bench with 10 points. Colton Blevins added 10 points and nine rebounds.
 
The Flames were guilty of 18 turnovers while West Georgia made 17 floor mistakes. The opportunistic Wolves swiped 12 steals in the contest. Both teams finished with 29 rebounds.
 
UWG was led by Tajah Fraley with 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field. Zabatakis added 13 points and had five steals while big man Gerald Blount tallied 11 to go with six boards. The Wolves got inside and converted 14 of 21 shots in the second half and finished with 44 points in the paint.
 
Lee dropped to 9-6 overall and 6-1 in the GSC while the Wolves improved to 10-5 and are now 5-2 in league play.
 
The Flames will look to start a new streak Saturday against Huntsville.

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