Lee Women Win Opener Over Tennessee Wesleyan

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Lee women's basketball team opened the regular season with a convincing 90-51 victory over old rival Tennessee Wesleyan College on Saturday evening at Walker Arena.

After playing in three exhibition games the Lady Flames struggled to find points early as they were held scoreless until converting a foul shot at the 17:48 mark. From there it was the play of a trio of seniors that got things going for the home team. Hollie German led all scorers with 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field.

The Old Fort native converted five 3-point baskets. Rachel Lockhart added 12 points, five rebounds and swiped three steals while Karley Miller stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

"Hollie shot the ball in the first half which we know she can." noted head coach Marty Rowe. (Tennessee) Wesleyan has a good team, I just thought we wore them down.

"We can't afford to get off to the starts like we had in the first half and at the beginning of the second half. Madison (Lee) and Rachel (Lockhart) really gave us a lift with their play on the defensive end and rebounding."

Lee began to pull away in the first half thanks to swarming defensive pressure. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to adjust to the press as the Lady Flames forced 24 turnovers and registered 15 steals in the contest. The stifling Lee defense held TWC to just 25.5 percent shooting. The Athens club converted just 12 field goals in the game.

Christina Johnson came off the bench to give Lee a spark. The sophomore finished with 10 markers and pulled down five rebounds. Jenna Adams scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds while Melanie Barker finished with nine points of her own. As a team the Lady Flames shot 43.3 percent (29-of-67) from the field. Rowe's club hit 11 treys in the 35 tries (31.4 percent). Lee got to the charity stripe 27 times, cashing in on 21 (77.8 percent).

The Lady Flames outscored TWC 34-18 on points in the paint and held a commanding 47-34 advantage in the rebounding department.

"We'll go look at the film and clean some things up." acknowledged Rowe. "We had too much slapping at the ball and at their players. I don't know where that came from."

The Lady Bulldogs were paced by Armeka Booker's 13 points. Courtney Gobble added 12 points and Cody Houck managed 10 markers and nine rebounds.

"It sure doesn't get any easier and we've got to get better against the schedule we have before the Christmas break." added Rowe.

The victory move Lee 1-0 on the season while the loss drops Tennessee Wesleyan to 3-1. Lee will play host to another familiar foe in Auburn-Montgomery on Nov. 26. The two teams battled as members of the Southern States Athletic Conference last season. Tip time is set for 6 p.m.


Wesley Cash, USA 55s Advance in Tennis Worlds

Wesley Cash and Sue Bartlett posted doubles wins Wednesday to lead their respective teams to victory in the 2014 ITF Seniors World Team Championships in Boca Raton, Fla. Cash teamed with Michael Tammen for a 6-1, 6-1 win as USA (2-0) defeated Switzerland (0-2), 3-0 ,in the Men's 55s. USA singles wins went to Dan Waldman and Mark Vines. ... (click for more)

Sherilyn Johnson A Driving Force Behind Track Club Success

Sherilyn Johnson probably prefers doing things behind the scenes where she doesn't have to be seen or heard. Such is the life of one of the hardest working members of the Chattanooga Track Club. Johnson is a Senior Program Analyst for Shaw Industries by day and has been in that position for almost 19 years. And she continues to run about 20 miles a week when time allows, ... (click for more)

Catoosa Man Convicted Of Sexual Abuse Of 5 Young Girls Gets Life Plus 250 Years

A Catoosa County man convicted of the sexual abuse of five young girls and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to life plus 250 years. James Martin Ferris, 34, was found guilty after a recent trial. The day after his conviction, Judge Ralph Van Pelt set the sentence. Ferris on June 5, 2013, was indicted by the Catoosa County Grand Jury on 46 counts.   ... (click for more)

Rev. Jesse Jackson To Be Guest Speaker At City-Wide Peace And Love Rally On Friday

Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the speaker at the City Wide Peace and Love Rally at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 East ML King Blvd.,  on Friday, from 5:15-7 p.m. Rev. Jackson is the founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Cedric Pendleton, actor and humanitarian with Have and Have Nots/House of Payne/Fantasia Story, will be the special guest. (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UAW Voices In Detroit

Today we are going to eavesdrop on somewhat of an open conversation that was held far to the north after the United Auto Workers surprisingly dropped a legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board in Chattanooga the first thing on Monday morning. The NLRB judge certified the VW workers’ February vote to turn away the UAW at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen manufacturing plant ... (click for more)