Rachel Lockhart had a solid effort in Lee’s win over AUM.
Showing little effects from a 10-day layoff, the Lee women’s basketball team defeated an old Southern States Athletic Conference rival, Auburn Montgomery, 82-56 on Tuesday evening in Walker Arena.
The Lady Flames rode the early 3-point shooting of Jenna Adams and a solid defensive effort to claim a quick 14-1 lead and never looked back in posting their second straight victory of the new season.
Adams nailed six 3-pointers in the first half and finished the evening with 23 points. She had plenty of help as four of her teammates also scored in double digits. Despite being saddled with two early fouls in the first half, Hollie German still managed to tally 16 points. Rachel Lockhart had a solid effort with 12 points, while Karley Miller and Mryiah Isles did their part inside and finished with 10 points apiece.
Lee held a 33-20 halftime advantage but struggled with 16 turnovers. “All I did at halftime was write 16 turnovers on the board,” explained coach Marty Rowe. “Our girls responded and did a much better job of taking care of the basketball in the second half.”
That was an understatement as the Lady Flames only committed three floor mistakes the entire second half and finished the evening with 27 assists to 19 turnovers. “I tell my team every day that if we take care of the basketball, make our layups and hit our free throws, we are going to win more than our share of games,” Rowe pointed out. “In the second half, we did all of that well except missing some free throws.”
While Madison Lee had only six points, she contributed eight assists and came up with two steals as Lee forced AUM into 23 turnovers. German had four assists and reserve Alex Swope dished off three assists.
The Lady Flames outrebounded the taller Lady Senators 37-26. Adams had her second straight double-double, 12 rebounds to go with her 23 points. Lee and Miller carded five boards each.
The Lady Flames shot 49 percent from the field and canned 15-of-36 treys (42 percent). AUM made just 19 field goals but eight were from behind the arc, resulting in a 43 percent field goal percentage. The Lady Senators struggled mightily at the line, converting just 10-of-27 attempts.
“Overall, I was pleased with our performance,” said Rowe. “We just needed to get back out and play someone. Ten days is a long time to go without a game.”
The Lady Flames move into tough NCAA Division II competition after the short Thanksgiving break. They will travel to Carson-Newman on Dec. 3 and then face North Georgia and Bellarmine University before moving back down to Bethel to challenge the NAIA power. All four contests are on the road and will lead up to Gulf South home openers on Dec. 16 and 19 against West Florida and Valdosta State.