The Lady Flames shot a sizzling 45.8 percent (11-of-24) from behind the arc to help grind out the road victory. Lee also made the most of 20 free-throw opportunities, hitting 16 (80 percent).
Rowe’s club came out firing in the first 20 minutes of action, shooting 52.9 percent from the field while hitting 7-of-13 from 3-point range to take a 30-28 advantage into the locker room.
The Lady Blazers responded in the early moments of the second half with a 9-3 run to take a 37-33 lead at the first media time out. The Lady Flames would respond with a 12-6 run of their own to jump back on top 45-44 with 9:44 remaining.
Senior Hollie German tallied a game-high 20 points for the Lady Flames. The guard was a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point distance and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. Madison Lee would also hit four treys and finished with 13 points in the contest. Jenna Adams scored 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field. The double-double machine would also pull down 10 boards.
German’s 20 points helped her reach another milestone in her illustrious career. The Benton native now has 2,014 points in her career. She is just the fourth Lee women’s basketball player to reach the elusive 2,000-point club.
Lee dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Lady Blazers 27-16. The Lady Flames were guilty of 18 floor mistakes while dishing off 14 assists. Valdosta State committed 11 turnovers to go along with 10 assists.
The Lady Blazers used a balance scoring attack. April Thomas and Maggie Davis led the way with nine points each. ReShaundra Owens and Kourtnee Williams followed with eight markers respectively. The home team would shoot just 32.7 percent (18-of-55) from the field and converted just 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) from behind the arc.
The victory keeps Lee in sole possession of second place in the GSC at 13-4 overall and 9-2 in conference play. The loss drops VSU to 9-8 on the year and 4-7 in GSC action.
The Lady Flames will look for some revenge on Thursday night when they welcome North Alabama to Walker Arena for a 6 p.m. tip. The Lions defeated Lee 82-77 in overtime on Jan. 4.
VALDOSTA, Ga.— Despite jumping out to a 41-26 halftime lead the Lee men’s basketball team dropped another tough road contest, 76-70 to Valdosta State on Saturday night in Gulf South Conference action.
The Flames trailed 73-70 with 36 seconds remaining but clutch free-throw shooting and defensive stops by the Blazers halted a late comeback effort.
Lee jumped out to the early advantage thanks in large part to freshman Jervon Johnson. The Ooltewah native finished with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, 16 of which came in the first half.
“This seems to be a recurring theme,” lamented head coach Tommy Brown. We just don’t play very good defense in the second half. We didn’t have an answer for Valdosta tonight and we couldn’t keep them off the glass in the early part of the second period, which really hurt us.”
Jalen Crawford and Blake Justice keyed the second half comeback effort for the home team. Crawford scored 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field while Justice added 21 points, hitting 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Jeremy McKay tallied 11 points to go along with five rebounds for the Blazers.
“We played really good for about 25-30 minutes in a very tough environment,” noted Brown. “We knew they were going to come out ready in the second half and we need to be better for the full 40 minutes moving forward.”
Cory Billingsley registered 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Flames. Jamal Worthington added 12 points and five rebounds. Tyquan Roberts chipped in 11 points to round out the double-figure scoring.
The two clubs were nearly identical in shooting percentage. The Flames hit 26-of-60 (43.3 percent) from the field while VSU converted 28-of-61 (45.9 percent). Lee hit 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from 3-point range but much of that damage came in the opening period.
Lee held a 40-34 rebounding edge in the contest. Brown got plenty of production from the bench bunch, as the Flames reserves outscored the Blazers 31-16.
The loss drops Lee to 7-10 overall and 3-8 in conference play. The Blazers move to 12-5 on the year and 6-5 in GSC competition.
The Flames will head home to host North Alabama on Thursday at 8 p.m. Lee fell to the Lions 76-69 in Florence, Ala., on Jan. 4.