FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The No. 15 Lee women’s basketball team bounced back in a big way on Saturday afternoon after suffering its first loss of the season the day before in winning 71-49 over Nova Southeastern.
Former Sonoraville High standout Carrie Cheeks pulled down 16 rebounds and had 13 points and Erin Walsh canned four triples and scored 18 points to lead the way for the Lady Flames.
Lee bulldozed its way to a dominating 42-12 advantage at the halftime break on 56.6 percent shooting (17 of 30). For the game the Lady Flames hit 29 of 55, good for 52.7 percent.
Led by Cheeks the Lady Flames drilled the Sharks on the boards by a staggering 45-18 margin and scored 42 points in the paint compared to just 22 for the home team.
All totaled Lee had five players reach double-figures in scoring on the night. Shelby Brown joined Cheeks and Walsh with 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Sophomore guards Taylor Boggess and Lindsey Roddy also added 10 points each.
The stingy Lady Flame defense swiped seven steals and blocked five shots in limiting Nova Southeastern to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field (16 of 48).
Cheray Saunders led the Sharks with 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field while Taylor Smith added 10.
The win improves the Lady Flames to 5-1 on the young season while the loss drops Nova Southeastern to 4-2 overall.
Lee will return home to open up conference play on Thursday with a visit from Auburn Montgomery. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
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Cheeks’ 20-point performance leads Reinhardt in victory
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A game-best 20 points and 10 rebounds from former Sonoraville High standout Rebecca Cheeks highlighted the 19th-ranked Reinhardt Eagles’ road victory over the Koalas of Columbia (S.C.), 68-57, Tuesday night in South Carolina.
Cheeks shot 10-of-15 in the win as she paced a trio of scorers who hit double-digits on the night - Ashton Sutton (14) and Sara Byers (10).
Bria White also collected 10 boards to go along with her seven points, while Jaleya Mosley netted a half-dozen and a game-high five assists.
“Glad we could pull out the road win because Columbia is a hard place to play and any road win is a good win right now,” head coach Lindsey Huffman said. “We weren’t as sharp offensively tonight and we’ve got to remedy that. Thankful that we have a couple of days where our girls can spend time with family and come back refreshed and ready to fix some things in practice.”
The teams played even much of the final three quarters, but it was the opening stanza in which Reinhardt (6-1, 3-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) made its mark against Columbia. The Eagles were able to fly out to a 22-14 advantage and hold on the rest of the way as the Koalas made things tough on their visitors.
Reinhardt outrebounded the opposition, 37-28, and forced 21 Koala miscues in the victory.
Defensively, both Cheeks and Sutton earned a trio of steals.
Rierson starts in Bobcats’ loss
ATLANTA — A late rally came up short for Georgia College Men’s Basketball (2-2) Saturday as the Bobcats fell 63-54 at undefeated Clark Atlanta University (5-0) as part of the Clark Atlanta Classic.
The Bobcats trailed by as much as 12 with just under 5:30 left in the game and scrambled to get it down to two possessions at 58-54 after a Justin Cave (Savannah) three with 28 seconds left. Needing the Panthers to miss some free throws down the stretch they wouldn’t oblige, instead going 5-for-6 in the final 28 seconds.
Sophomore Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) led the Bobcats with 13 points and eight boards off the bench, his second double-digit effort this season. Junior Isaac Thomas (Trion) joined him in double-digits, scoring 12 and pulling in eight boards of his own.
Freshman and former Calhoun High standout Chapin Rierson started and scored seven points to go with three assists and three steals.
The Bobcats were out-shot slightly 38 percent (21-55) to 34 percent (19-56) from the floor. The edge came at the free-throw line, where Clark Atlanta had 18 freebies made to 13 for the Bobcats.