Lee Comeback Comes Up Short In 61-55 Loss

Friday, December 13, 2013
Early foul problems and turnovers helped stake host Bellarmine to a 35-23 halftime advantage and Lee's second half comeback came up short in a 61-55 loss on Thursday evening.

The Lady Flames were as cold as the freezing temperatures outside Knights Hall and allowed the host to dominate the majority of the first 20 minutes. In the first half, Bellarmine was awarded 20 free throws and sank 14. On the other hand, the Lady Flames went to the line only four times and converted all four.

Not only did free throws help the Knights garner their largest lead at the half 35-23, it also put Lee in serious foul trouble.


Coach Marty Rowe regrouped his club at the break and they came out and went on a 12-0 run that resulted in the only tie of the game, 35-35 on a pair of free throws by Hollie German. It was a quick turnaround in the free-throw department in the final 20 minutes as the Knights found themselves with foul problems.

The battle was close the remainder of the contest but the Lady Flames went cold over a three-minute period and allowed Bellarmine to pull out to a 57-51 lead. Again Lee found a way to come back and cut the lead to 57-55 on a layup by German with less than two minutes remaining. Free-throw shooting by Sarah Galvin and Destony Curry in the final 1:30 minutes helped salt the victory away.

Coach Rowe expressed his disappointment with the play of his club, especially in the first half. "My team does not trust me right now," said the coach after his club dropped to 3-2 on the year. "Give Bellarmine credit, they played with a lot more pride than we did. Our girls have to understand that we are no longer playing in the SSAC and every club on our schedule is going to be very good. We've got a lot to clean up and will go to work on that tomorrow."

Jenna Adams, despite playing only 24 minutes, paced the Lee scoring with 21 points before leaving with her fifth foul. "Jenna has to understand that we've got to have her in the game," pointed out Rowe. "She came on strong in the second half and you can see how quickly we were able to catch up. Then she picks up an unnecessary foul and we are in trouble again."

German was 8-of-9 from the free-throw stripe and totaled 20 points in 37 minutes. "We've got to have someone come on and give Hollie some breaks," added Rowe. "We've also got to get Karley (Miller) some help inside.

Miller had seven rebounds and Adams added six but Lee lost the battle of the boards 41-30. Rowe's unit made the best of 13 charity attempts by sinking 12. The Knights were awarded 29 freebies and connected on 19.

Galvin paced Bellarmine's scoring with 13. Guard Mariah Gador tallied 12 points and joined Galvin and Morgan Clemons with six rebounds apiece. Curry sank 4-of-6 charity attempts and countered with nine points.

Neither team shot well from the field (37 percent). The Lady Flames were able to convert only 5-of-18 3-pointers and Bellarmine canned 4-of-11 treys. Each club was guilty of 18 floor mistakes.

"We've got to find a way to get our bench players more involved in the games," explained Rowe as he looked at the score sheet. The Knights outscored the Lady Flames 20-4 in points off the bench in the first half and 7-0 in bench points in the final 20 minutes.

Lee will return after a round of practice on Friday at Murray State University and move on down to McKenzie, Tenn. on Saturday and test a strong NAIA squad, Bethel University at 3 p.m.

30th Anniversary Reception To Be Held For Georgia Northwestern's David Stephenson

A coaching career spanning 30 years will be celebrated on  Feb. 18  in Rossville. Georgia Northwestern’s men’s basketball team will close out the regular season that afternoon with a  3:30 p.m.  game against Warren Wilson (N.C.) College and a reception for head coach David Stephenson will follow immediately after the game. After graduating ... (click for more)

Coach Katie Galloway Burrows to Speak at QB Club

UTC women's assistant basketball coach Katie Galloway Burrows is the featured speaker at today's Chattanooga Quarterback Club at Finley Stadium at noon. Coach Burrows, who played four years for the Mocs,will give an update on the season as the Mocs are 11-8 overall and 5-0 in the Southern Conference. The price of the lunch is $10 or $4 without the meal and the meeting is open ... (click for more)

Couple Break Into East Ridge Home; Tie Wrists Of 73-Year-Old Man

East Ridge Police are looking for a couple who broke into the home of an elderly East Ridge man and tied his wrists while ransacking his home on Sunday morning. East Ridge Police responded to an address on Moseley Circle on a report of a home invasion at  10 a.m.   A white male and white female knocked on the door, then forced their way into the home. The man ... (click for more)

Alabama Man Faces Murder Charge In Shooting Death At Bradley County Landfill

An investigation by  s pecial agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of an Alabama man in a shooting death that occurred last fall at the Bradley County landfill.   At the request of 10 th  District Attorney General Steve Crump, last Sept. 8 TBI special agents began investigating a shooting death that occurred that ... (click for more)

Proud Of Chattanooga And The Women's March - And Response

I was very happy to participate in the Women’s March on Chattanooga yesterday afternoon. The diversity and the sheer numbers of women, men and children were incredible. One estimate was at least 3,000. Standing together with all of these like-minded souls was overwhelming and humbling.  I have rarely been so happy and so proud of my town.  One question is, why is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Washington’s Favorite

By the time darkness fell over Washington, D.C., on Sunday, it had clearly been a monumental weekend. On Friday Donald Trump had ben inaugurated as the 45 th President of the United States. On Saturday a fierce crowd of a half-million women who each are entitled to have the identical rights as men in the same United States, marched on The Mall. And then, the Washington Post printed ... (click for more)