Walsh leads Lee women; Tigers get best of Flames

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Posted 1/3/17

Livingston, Ala. — A strong finish propelled the Lee Lady Flames cagers to a 67-56 road victory over West Alabama on Monday evening.

Sharpshooting junior Erin Walsh canned four triples and went …

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Walsh leads Lee women; Tigers get best of Flames

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Livingston, Ala. — A strong finish propelled the Lee Lady Flames cagers to a 67-56 road victory over West Alabama on Monday evening.

Sharpshooting junior Erin Walsh canned four triples and went 7 of 15 from the floor to account for 18 points to lead the Lady Flames. Sophomore Anna Woodford registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lady Flames jumped out to a 10-point lead at the halftime break but saw the Tigers cut the margin to six in the third quarter after limiting Lee to just nine points in the period.

Coach Marty Rowe’s young squad bounced back to close the game, outscoring the Tigers 18-13.

The Lady Flames got a nice lift off the bench from Lindsey Roddy and Haley Cornellison as both players registered 11 points.

After struggling shooting the ball in a road loss to West Georgia on Saturday, Lee fired away from 3-point distance hitting 10 of 21 from long distance in the contest. The Lady Flames finished at 43.6 percent shooting overall.

Conversely, West Alabama made just one 3-point field goal and hit just 33 percent from the floor as the Lee defense forced 14 turnovers, blocked seven shots and swiped seven steals.

Veteran Ariel Wilson led the Tigers with a game-high 21 points. Sydney King followed with eight points and six rebounds.

“I’m just really proud of our effort and resiliency tonight,” said Rowe. “We really battled the entire contest and finished strong to earn the victory. Now we need to have the same focus and execution as we get back home on Saturday.”

The victory moves the Lady Flames to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the Gulf South Conference. Lee moves into a four-way tie atop the standings with West Florida, West Georgia and Valdosta State. West Alabama slips to 4-8 and 1-4.

Lee will get back home to duel with Valdosta State on Saturday at 2 p.m. Valdosta State topped Alabama Huntsville 76-66 Monday night.

Flames fall

to Tigers

LIVINGSTON, Ala. — The Lee University men’s hoopsters were outscored by 14 points in the second half of a 71-60 loss in a Gulf South Conference contest at the University of West Alabama Monday.

The Flames (6-5, 2-3 GSC) held a 33-30 halftime lead.

West Alabama (7-4, 2-3 GSC) scored the first nine points of the second half to take a six-point lead. Keevin Tyus ended the UWA run with a three-pointer to pull the Flames to within three with 16 minutes remaining. That was the closest Lee would get the rest of the way.

Tyus led the Flames with 19 points, including Lee’s first seven points of the second half. He added five rebounds and two steals. Cody Farley was the only other Flame to reach double-digits scoring with 13, while Cody Jones added nine markers, three boards and three assists.

The Flames made 39.3-percent (22-for-56) of their shots and 7-of-24 (.292) three-point attempts. The hosts were slightly more accurate at 44-percent (22-for-50), including 6-for-16 (.375) from distance.

UWA held an advantage at the free throw line, converting 21-of-30 (.700) trips. The Flames went to the line 14 times and made nine (.643).

UWA scored 16 points off 14 Lee turnovers, while the Flames cashed in West Alabama’s 12 floor mistakes for eight points.

Gavin Robinson was the leader for West Alabama with 19 points and eight rebounds. Jahmal Lane added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Johnny Stallworth rounded out UWA’s double-digit scoring with 12 points.

The Flames return home on Saturday for the first of two consecutive home dates. Lee hosts Valdosta State at 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed by West Florida at 6 p.m. Monday evening.

All Bradley County residents will receive free entry for the rest of the 2016-17 season.

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