German Leads Lee Past Bethel 81-76

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Senior Hollie German scored seven of her game-high 35 points in the final minute and a half to help the Lady Flames edge NAIA-power Bethel (Tenn.), 81-76 on Saturday afternoon.

German sealed the victory as she calmly drained two free-throws with nine seconds remaining in the contest to give Lee an 80-76 lead. German was on fire from the field hitting 12-of-22 and 5-of-10 from behind the arc. She also dished off six assists.

The Lady Flames jumped out to a 48-41 advantage at the halftime break but the Wildcats would not go quietly on their home floor and battled back in the second period to knot things up at 64 on Jacklyinn Street's two-point basket.
From there both teams jostled back and forth before a Jenna Adams steal helped set up German's foul shots to close things out.

Adams delivered 11 points and nine rebounds but once again battled foul trouble for most of the afternoon. Karley Miller registered 13 points and nine boards before fouling out late in the contest. Madison Lee stepped up with nine points while Rachel Lockhart added eight points, six helpers and five rebounds before she exited the game with five fouls.

"Rachel (Lockhart) is that person that nobody knows, outside of the program, just how important she is to us." said head coach Marty Rowe. "Karley was great in the second half. She made some big 3's, ran the court and got us some big offensive rebounds.

"I thought KB (Kayla Beavers) came in and did a great job in the minutes she played and Swope (Alex) handled the pressure really well. Madison (Lee) made some big shots for us as well as she is battling through an injury."

As a team the Lady Flames shot 49 percent from the field (28-of-57) while hitting a sizzling 48 percent from 3-point distance (13-of-27). Bethel shot 37 percent from the field (27-of-72) while converting just 6-of-20 from behind the arc.

Lee held a commanding 41-32 advantage on the glass while the Wildcats took better care of the basketball turning it over just 12 times compared to 22 floor mistakes for the Lady Flames. The two clubs were nearly even from the charity stripe as Lee converted 12-of-16 freebies while Bethel finished 16-of-22 from the foul line.

Tayla Foster led Bethel with 30 points while dishing off four assists and grabbing four rebounds. Percia Glenn would be the only other Wildcat in double-figures with 11 markers to go along with six boards.

"They're (Bethel) really good, one of the eight best teams in the NAIA." noted Rowe. "This was a big win for us but we've got to figure out away to stay out of foul trouble early. We have to realize that were going to go through tough stretches with our schedule this year."

The victory moves the Lady Flames to 4-2 on the year and ends a difficult non-conference schedule that featured four straight road contests. Bethel falls to for 8-4 with the loss.

Rowe's club will now turn their attention to the Gulf South Conference as they open play with West Florida Monday at 6 p.m. inside Walker Arena. The Lady Flames will wrap up the pre-Christmas slate when they welcome Valdosta State to town on Thursday.

UTC is No.13 in This Week's Football Poll

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team moved up a spot in the national polls, despite dropping a tough 20-16 battle at Central Michigan last week.  The Mocs are No. 13 in the Sports Network Top-25 and No. 15 in the FCS Coaches Poll this week.  The No. 13 national mark ties the highest ranking for UTC in the Russ Huesman era (since ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Lookouts Celebrate Winning Second-Half Title

Four weeks ago, no one would have expected the Lookouts would be even close to winning the second-half title. An 11-game winning streak put them into the race and when they swept the Tennessee Smokies Sunday they had concluded an incredible comeback. The Smokies were still in a position to win before Chris O'Brien's pinch-hit triple plated Corey Seager and O'Koyea Dickson with ... (click for more)

16-Year-Old Shot Near Emma Wheeler Homes

A 16-year-old was shot near Emma Wheeler Homes on Sunday night. At approximately 7:40 p.m., Chattanooga Police received a call of a person shot from a local hospital. Officers spoke to the victim, a 16-year-old black male, who was transported to a local hospital in a personal vehicle. The victim’s injury is minor and non-life threatening. Investigators spoke to the victim ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)