The Lady Flames improved to 17-1 overall and 8-1 in conference play. Lee will carry a half-game lead over Southern Polytechnic State University into Saturday’s SSAC showdown with the Hornets in Marietta, Ga.
“Southern Poly has an extremely talented top six,” said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. “Athletically and talentwise, they will possibly be the best we’ve seen all year. They’re going to be a load to handle.”
Lee held Truett-McConnell (1-19, 0-10 SSAC) to 25 percent (12-for-48) shooting from the field and allowed just two made 3-point attempts. While the Bears were cold, Lee scorched the nets, hitting 35-of-66 (53 percent) of the shots from the floor and 12-of-27 (44 percent) from beyond the arc.
Hollie German led the 3-point barrage with four makes. Jenna Adams and Julia Zimmerman each canned three attempts from distance, while Melanie Barker made good on her lone attempt.
German finished with 12 points, six assists, three rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
Adams recorded her second straight double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The sophomore added two assists, two blocked shots and four steals to lead the way.
“She (Jenna) is such a strong player,” said Rowe. “She runs down every rebound and can hit the open shot from outside.”
Zimmerman added two field goals to go with her four 3-pointers to finish with 16 points. Barker ended the game with nine markers and four assists.
“We did well, especially with Karley (Miller) out of the lineup,” added Rowe. “It messed our rotations up, but Myriah (Iles) did pretty well and stepped up to the challenge.”
Iles made 6-of-7 field goals to finish with 12 points and nine rebounds. Christina Johnson hit 4-of-4 shots in tallying 11 points and five rebounds.
The Lady Flames’ bench outscored the Bears, 44-16. Lee also held a 49-18 advantage on the boards.
Truett-McConnell had one player reach double-digits in scoring. Rhande Johnson recorded team highs with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Flames survive road test
CLEVELAND, Ga. — Thanks to several late free throws the Lee men's basketball team sneaked past Truett-McConnell College, 88-84 Tuesday evening.
The Flames finished 11-of-12 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes to finish off a pesky Bears squad looking to pull the upset in front of their home crowd.
The victory moves the sixth-ranked Flames to 18-1 overall and 9-1 in the Southern States Athletic Conference. With the loss TMC falls to 4-16 on the year and 2-9 in conference play.
"There's nothing easy about this trip. Absolutely nothing," admitted coach Tommy Brown.
Junior Chase Dunn paced the balance scoring attack for Lee, hitting 7-of-10 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line to finish with 23 points. Senior Will Barnes added 16 markers and dished off six assists. Junior Jamorris Gaines battled through injury to register 14 points, doing most of his damage in the second half.
Senior Duran Blue added 11 points, five boards and four assists while sophomore Cory Billingsley tallied 10 markers to go along with seven rebounds. Senior Steve Bennett made it six Flames in double-figures, finishing right at his season average with 10 points.
Brown, who prides himself on defense, was disappointed his club gave up 53 second half points after limiting the Bears to 31 points in the opening half.
"You know we won, but I don't feel very good about it. The first five minutes we hit everything and the guys could've thought it was going to be easy the whole night," noted Brown. "I think we let up a little and they have some guys who can score."
Both teams shot the ball well as Lee hit 54 percent from the field (32-of-59) while canning 18-of-19 from the free-throw line. The Bears shot 52 percent (28-of-54) from the field and 58 percent from behind the arc (11-of-19). The Flames won the battle on the glass, outrebounding TMC 27-20.
Brown's club finished with 13 assists compared to just 11 turnovers. TMC had 16 assists and turned the ball over 11 times.
Truett-McConnell was led by Anthony Dorsey and Andretti Lloyd. Dorsey, who leads the NAIA in scoring (28 ppg), finished with 29 points. Lloyd tallied 26 points, doing most of his damage from long distance in converting five 3-pointers for the Georgia-based club.
The Flames will face another difficult challenge on the road as they head for Marietta to tangle with SSAC rival Southern Polytechnic State University Saturday afternoon. Tip time is set for 4 p.m.