With a 72-50 win over The University of Alabama in Huntsville Wednesday evening in Paul Dana Walker Arena, the Lee University women’s basketball claimed its 14th-straight 20-win season. The Lady Flames (20-6, 13-5 GSC) also earned the right to host one of the GSC Basketball Championships opening round games on Feb. 27 due to tonight’s losses by West Florida, West Georgia and West Alabama.
Erin Walsh made 5-of-8 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 17 points. Abby Bertram added 12 points, five rebounds and six assists. Former Sonoraville High standout Carrie Cheeks supplied nine points to go along with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Maddie Long, Lindsey Roddy and Taylor Boggess three in eight markers each. Long also had seven rebounds and two assists.
The Lady Flames jumped out to a 23-16 lead after the opening 10 minutes before UAH (12-13, 6-12 GSC) pulled back to within two to go into the halftime break 33-31. Lee quickly regained the upper hand, outscoring the Chargers 21-5 in the third period, and extending the lead to 54-36. Lee supplied the final 22 point margin with an 18-14 score in the fourth period.
“We stopped pushing the basketball and it allowed them to slow it down and get a little more comfortable in the offensive end,” said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. “We didn’t finish the first half really well. We talked about getting off to a great start in the second half and we did.”
Lee made 28-of-60 (.467) shots from the floor and were 10-for-23 (.435) from behind the arc. UAH was 17-for-52 (.327) overall and 7-for-20 (.350) from distance.
The Lady Flames made eight trips to the free throw line and converted six attempts, while the visitors were 9-of-15 (.600) at the charity stripe.
After being outrebounded 18-16 in the first half, the Lady Flames turned the tables in the final 20 minutes to win the battle of the boards 40-28. Lee turned 10 offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points, while UAH scored eight second-chance points off nine offensive rebounds.
The Lady Flames hit the road for the final two games of the regular season with their first stop being Cleveland, Miss., for a GSC showdown with Delta State on Saturday.
Cheeks scores in double figures in Reinhardt win
WALESKA, Ga. — The Reinhardt Eagles were able to make the plays when they mattered most against Truett-McConnell (Ga.) and hold off the Bears, 62-50, on Senior Day Wednesday evening despite shooting 28 percent from the floor.
A big boost for Reinhardt (22-8, 18-5 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) was the ability to hit 10 shots from deep – on 39 attempts – and work efficiently from the free throw line (10-for-12).
Havyn Wilson led the Eagles in points in the low-scoring affair, totaling 13, including a trio of 3-pointers. Sara Byers and former Sonoraville High Rebecca Cheeks also hit double-digits with 10 tallies apiece.
Cheeks had a double-double with 10 rebounds as well, as Byers grabbed eight boards in the triumph. Bria White also had eight rebounds to go along with her five points.
The visiting Bears held a one-point advantage after the opening quarter after opening the game on a 6-0 run. Senior Tess Wright hit a trey to get her squad on the board as the Eagles swooped out to a 12-6 lead with four minutes left in the first.
The momentum wouldn’t last long, however, as Reinhardt would put the clamps down on their visitors and pull away to a positive difference of seven points in the quarter to take a six-point lead to the break at 31-25.
The Eagles would double their lead in the final two periods after again allowing only 25 points in the second half.
A trip to Montreat (N.C.) on Saturday puts a bow on the regular season for Reinhardt as the team still has a chance to win the regular season AAC title. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
Rierson, Bobcats fall to Columbus State
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — Offense was hard to come by Wednesday night for Georgia College Men’s Basketball (11-14, 7-12 PBC), as the Bobcats fell 71-59 to Columbus State University (7-15, 7-12 PBC) on Senior Day in the Centennial Center.
Junior Isaac Thomas (Trion) provided a game-high 20 points, pulling in nine rebounds and blocking four shots. Sophomore Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) contributed a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double as a reserve. Freshman Jordan Thomas (Conyers) added 10 points.
GC Men’s Hoops started out well, an 11-5 run off the opening tip, capped by a three-pointer from freshman Justin Cave (Savannah). Columbus State whittled away at the lead, eventually taking over for the first time at 22-21 at the 6:02 mark in the first half. The Bobcats rebounded, with Chapin Rierson (Calhoun) hitting a three at the buzzer for a 29-26 halftime lead.
Columbus State grabbed a second-half advantage at 13:46 when JaCori Payne was fouled taking a three and made a trio of free-throws. CSU came out of that exchange up 39-37, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. hosting the University of North Georgia in Georgia College’s annual Homecoming game.