Reinhardt's Rebecca Cheeks

Reinhardt's Rebecca Cheeks (Reinhardt Athletics)

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – A 26-point second quarter was the difference for the 19th-ranked Reinhardt women’s basketball team in the road conference opener, as the Eagles stormed past Brenau (Ga.), 70-42, in Gainesville on Tuesday night.

The win pushes Reinhardt to 4-0 on the young season as the team notched its initial victory within the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) thanks to the 26-8 second period.

“Excited to get a good conference win on the road, and I thought our team played tough and executed the game plan,” head coach Lindsey Huffman said. “We were able to win the battle on the boards, which was a key focus for us. I’m very pleased with our team’s commitment and execution of those game goals.”

The Eagles were able to double up on the Golden Tigers on total rebounds, and in turn, get extra chances to score with a 51-26 advantage on the boards (including 17 offensive rebounds). Forward Rebecca Cheeks was a force down-low all game as she led all scorers with 17 points and pulled down a game-best 10 boards for a double-double.

Cheeks was joined in double-digits by two additional teammates – Ashton Sutton and Jaleya Mosley – who netted 12 points and 10, respectively.

Bria White also had a productive outing with eight points and nine rebounds.

Turnovers both kept the matchup close early and helped Reinhardt pull away as the Eagles forced 24 Brenau miscues, but also gave the ball up 19 times. The second quarter was key in this area as well, as the Reinhardt defense forced nine Golden Tiger turnovers en route to a 19-point cushion at the half (43-24).

The visitors would then put the contest on cruise control as they held off any comeback attempt with more efficient offense and hard-nosed defense and rebounding.

The Eagles shot 41.5 percent from the floor for the game and nearly the same from 3-point land (40 percent), all while holding their opposition to just 16 made field goals – just five made shots in the final 20 minutes.

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Cheeks records double-double in Lee victory

The Lee University women’s basketball team ran its season-opening win streak to three games with a 96-38 defeat of Life University Wednesday evening in Paul Dana Walker Arena. The Lady Flames (3-0) scored at least 20 points each period, while allowing no more than 11 in each on its way to the 58-point victory.

Life (4-4) jumped out 2-0 with a jumper by Kennesha Nichols 1:07 into the game, but the Lady Flames scored the next seven to hold a 7-2 lead with 7:26 left in the opening period. Lee stretched its lead to 12 at 20-8 following the first 10 minutes and led the Running Eagles 47-17 at halftime.

“I thought our execution in the second half, at times, was really good,” admitted head coach Marty Rowe. “They got tired, our depth was really starting to pay off and that’s kind of what we thought might happen is our depth paying off.”

All 15 Lady Flames on the roster saw time on the floor with 14 of those posting at least two points.

Former Sonoraville High standout Carrie Cheeks was the offensive leader for Lee. The senior tallied 16 points and completed the double-double with 14 rebounds. She also registered a four steals in the win.

Abby Bertram added 12 points and Erin Walsh made three 3-pointers on her way to 11 points. Maddie Long and Shelby Brown gave the Lady Flames five players in double digits with 10 points each.

The Lady Flames combined to dish out 28 assists with Bertram and Lindsey Roddy recording a game-high six assists each. Roddy added three rebounds, two points and three steals.

Lee made 34-of-72 (.472) shots from the field, including 15-of-37 (.405) from behind the arc. Life was held to 22-percent (13-for-58) from the floor and 5-for-21 (.238) from distance. The Lady Flames posted a plus-24 rebound margin (55-31) and turned 17 offensive rebounds into 23 second-chance points. Life scored 11 second-chance points from eight offensive boards.

“Our goal is to outrebound every team,” added Rowe. “To be able to do it in a convincing way, especially with a big lead, is really good.”

The Lady Flames outscored Life 38-6 in the paint and 45-20 in points off the bench. Lee forced 21 turnovers and were guilty of just 13 floor mistakes of their own.

“The best thing for us is to have quality depth all the way through and we do, but I want it to be even better,” Rowe finished. “We learned we are really deep, have a lot of people that can make some shots and we want them to continue competing.”

Lee returns to action on Saturday against North Greenville University. The non-conference matchup is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip-off as part of the Jack Souther Classic.

Rierson scores 11 in Bobcats’ win

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men’s Basketball team (1-1) picked up their first win of the young season Saturday, out-lasting Emmanuel College (0-2) 95-86 in day two of the Bobcat Crossover Classic at the Centennial Center.

The Georgia College defense was strong in the first half, holding Emmanuel to just 26 points and seven field goals en route to a 24-point advantage at the break, 50-26.

As they did yesterday against the University of North Georgia, Emmanuel made some halftime adjustments and actually won the second frame 60-45. While the Lions forced overtime in yesterday’s loss, Georgia College did just enough to close out the win.

Junior Isaac Thomas (Trion) had a monster game of 22 points and 12 rebounds, adding four assists and a pair of blocks. Twelve of his 22 came in the first half. The effort matches Thomas’ career scoring high, set against the University of Montevallo last season.

Senior guard Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) had 17 points, seven boards and five assists, while classmate Brice Booker (Atlanta) came off the bench to score 16, including 6-for-7 from the line to help ice the game late. Freshman and former Calhoun High standout Chapin Rierson tallied 11 points, while sophomore Garrick DeBowles (Marietta) added 10.

The Bobcats out-shot the Lions 57 percent (35-62) to 44 percent (23-52) from the field. Emmanuel got back in the game with advantages in threes made (10-6) and free-throws made (30-19).

Waters leads GNTC with 12 points

For a little more than a half, the young, freshman-dominated Georgia Northwestern Bobcats were standing to toe-to-toe with an older, more experienced and very athletic West Georgia Tech squad.

But a cold-shooting second half, including one long dry spell in particular, would prove to be their undoing on Saturday.

The Bobcats managed just 22 points in the final 20 minutes and the visiting Golden Knights pulled away to win the game against former region rivals, 73-51, at the Rossville Athletic Center.

Georgia Northwestern (2-3) led early on by a small margin, but the Knights would battle back to gain the 36-29 lead at halftime.

Their lead was down to a five at 38-33 three minutes into the second half when the drought began. Save for three free throws, Georgia Northwestern would not get a basket to drop until there was 9:27 left in the game when Jay Wideman hit a three.

In between, the Knights would get back-to-back 3-pointers from Justin Brown and Isaiah Greer to jump-start a decisive 16-3 run. Wideman’s triple finally broke the drought, but not before the visitors from Carrollton had mushroomed the lead to 54-36.

Two straight baskets by former Sonoraville High standout Bryce Waters would whittle the gap down to a dozen points, but the Bobcats would get no closer as the Knights slowed pulled away down the stretch.

Three players scored in double figures for West Georgia Tech (3-2), led by San Rozier’s 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Joe Boyer went for 14 points, while Greer came off the bench to score 12.

Waters had 12 points and seven rebounds to pace the Bobcats, while Tyler Phillips collected 11 points. Micah Wheeler was next on the list with six, followed by Deontae Jackson with five.

“We just don’t have the guys yet with the experience to have the mental discipline to carry out the game plan for 40 minutes,” head coach David Stephenson said. “Against a team like (West Georgia Tech), you have to that for 40 minutes. Tonight, we did what we had to do for about 25 of those 40 minutes. But until we grow up and do better at that, it’s going to be tough in games against teams like this one.”