Lee's Carrie Cheeks

Lee’s Carrie Cheeks (32) goes up for a shot during last Thursday’s game at Shorter. She scored 27 in her team’s win. (Lee Athletics)

ROME, Ga. — The Lee University women’s basketball team put an exclamation point on the regular season with an 84-51 defeat of Shorter University Thursday evening at the Winthrop-King Centre. The Lady Flames (22-6, 15-5) finished tied with Valdosta State University for third, but will be seeded fourth in the upcoming GSC Basketball Championships.

The Lady Flames placed two players in double-digit scoring. Former Sonoraville High standout Carrie Cheeks made 12-of-14 shots from the field on her way to 27 points, tying her career high. The senior added nine rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots. Abby Bertram made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points.

Lindsey Roddy and Erin Walsh supplied eight points and four rebounds each. Roddy also had four assists, while Walsh was credited with three. Anna Woodford was 8-for-8 at the free throw line to record eight points. Shelby Brown added seven markers to go with six rebounds.

“We’ve been playing better and better,” said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. “We’ve gained confidence the last few weeks and we saw that tonight. We defended and rebounded with urgency, especially in the first half. It was a good overall performance. Great energy from our crowd. It felt like a home game.”

Lee was 32-for-50 (.640) from the field and was 8-for-17 (.471) from behind the arc. Shorter (7-19, 5-15 GSC) made 15-of-65 (.231) overall and 7-of-23 (.304) from distance. The Lady Hawks made 23 trips to the charity stripe and converted 14 (.609). The Lady Flames were 12-for-13 (.923) from the foul line.

The Lady Flames outrebounded their hosts by a 43-32 margin. Shorter turned 19 offensive rebounds into 12 second-chance points, while Lee made the most of its six offensive boards to tally 12 second-chance points of its own.

Shorter was led by Bianca Thornton with 17 points and five rebounds. Jasmine Gaines and Raven Fair added 14 and 10 points, respectively, to give the Lady Hawks three players in double-figures.

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Lee’s Cheeks named Gulf South Conference Player of the Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Lee women’s basketball forward Carrie Cheeks has been named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Week after leading the Lady Flames to a road victory over Shorter University on Thursday to wrap up the regular season.

Cheeks tied a career-high with 27 points and was a near perfect 12 of 14 from the field. The 6-foot-3 forward hauled in nine rebounds and rejected four shots as the Lady Flames buried the Hawks, 84-51 to improve to 22-6 and 15-5 in the GSC.

The Ranger, Ga. native is averaging 11.2 points per game in just 22 minutes per game and leads the team with 199 rebounds (7.1 per game).

Cheeks and the Lady Flames claimed the fourth-seed in the GSC Tournament and will host fifth-seed West Georgia in the quarterfinal round Tuesday at 6 p.m. Cheeks has led Lee to a GSC Tournament appearance in each of the last two seasons. The Lady Flames are 2-0 all-time in GSC quarterfinal games.

Cheeks, Reinhardt fall in conference tourney finals

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn., was witness to the fourth matchup on the hardwood this season between the Reinhardt Eagles and Bryan (Tenn.) Lions on Saturday night in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Championship finale.

Bryan, who recently lost the conference’s seeding game for the postseason tournament, was able to fend off Reinhardt through the final three quarters in route to a 75-58 win in the league’s championship final.

Conference-wide within the AAC, all three playoff losers in the league’s history have gone on to rebound and claim the postseason title.

“Unfortunately, tonight we just didn’t have the offensive firepower we needed,” head coach Lindsey Huffman said. “We struggled to chase Bryan off the 3-point line and then we had too many stretches without scoring.

“It was a tough one, especially for our seniors, but I’m super proud of this group. Now we have to get back to work and get ready for the first round of the national tournament.”

Reinhardt (26-9) was able to come out with a purpose in the first quarter on its way to a six-point advantage, but Bryan would then start to get rolling from the 3-point line and from the charity stripe. The Lions connected on 10-of-22 treys and hit 23-for-27 from the free throw line for the game.

In comparison, the top seed only hit seven shots from deep and were only 3-for-9 from the free throw line.

Jada Hubbard was again a force for her team in the battle with the Lions as she put up a team-high 22 points and eight rebounds. Joining her in double-figures was former Sonoraville High standout Rebecca Cheeks – who was the only other Reinhardt player to hit 10-plus points – as she pulled down a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards.

Jaleya Mosley was solid across the board with a half-dozen points to go along with four assists and four rebounds.

The Lions were able to hit timely shots to keep the Eagles on their heels defensively, which opened the door for more wide open looks.

Reinhardt was outscored in the second and fourth quarters by a combined 23 points.

The No. 1 seed was 24-of-69 from the floor and had 19 turnovers in the loss.

The Eagles now turn their eyes to the state of Iowa, as the 2018 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball is next up on the horizon. Find out who Reinhardt will play in the National Championship when the bracket reveal takes place on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Rierson scores 10 in Bobcats’ season finale

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Georgia College Men’s Basketball team (11-17, 7-15 PBC) concluded its 2017-18 season with a 102-69 road loss to Francis Marion University (19-8, 14-8 PBC) Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats fell behind early and couldn’t recover despite standout performances from senior Brice Booker (Atlanta, Georgia) as well as freshmen Justin Cave (Savannah, Georgia) and Jordan Thomas (Conyers, Georgia). Booker finished with 18 points, six rebounds and a pair of steals in his final game as a Bobcat. Cave put in a 15-point performance while also snagging six boards. Jordan Thomas led the Bobcats with a team-high 19 points on the night.

Four of the Bobcats’ five starters finished with double-digit point totals, as rookie Chapin Rierson (Calhoun, Georgia) finished the game with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

Georgia College finishes the year with the Peach Belt Conference’s (PBC) ninth-best record, just one spot away from making the conference tournament.

The offensive juggernaut that is Francis Marion continued Saturday, as the Patriots shot 55.7 percent (34-61) from the field, and 83 percent (24-29) from the free-throw line.

Jordan Thomas led the Bobcats in scoring in his first season as a Bobcat, averaging 13.7 points per game. Isaac Thomas (Trion, Georgia) finished just behind Jordan Thomas with 12.9 points per contest. Isaac Thomas also led the Bobcats in rebounds with 9.0 per game.

Georgia College loses just one player to graduation, as Booker completes his collegiate basketball career.

The senior scored 152 points this season, getting double-digit points on four occasions. His 18 tonight was a season-best.