Lady Flames Hold On To Beat Union 68-66

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
It was everything you would expect it to be when two great women's basketball programs get together as Lee and Union renewed its rivalry on Monday evening.

The Lady Flames topped Union 68-66 on an old fashion 3-point play by Jenna Adams with three seconds remaining in the contest. After a miss of her own and a failed put back by Karley Miller, Adams finally found the basket while drawing the foul.
The junior finished her double-double performance with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

"We needed to keep our post players out of foul trouble and tonight we were able to keep them on the court at the end." said head coach Marty Rowe. "Karley (Miller) grabbed a huge rebound at the end and we challenged her late in the game to be more aggressive. We wanted to make a statement to the league that we are a physical team and are going to play with a lot of pride."

Kayla Beavers provided a huge spark off the bench for Rowe's club. Beavers poured in 14 points in just 17 minutes of action. The sophomore was a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc. Led by Beavers the Lady Flames held a commanding 18-3 advantage in bench scoring.

"We knew KB (Kayla Beavers) was going to be very important for us tonight. I decided earlier today that we were going to go with KB early today and she stretched the defense and shot the ball very well." said Rowe. "She did her job tonight and I'm really proud of her."We got big minutes from Melanie (Barker) and several other people off our bench as well."

Both teams shot 41 percent from the field in the game. Most of the Union damage came from the 3-point line as the Bulldogs hit 13-of-24. Lee settled for seven treys while attempting 24 shots as well.

"Union is a great team and they have the best coach in the league. We're very similar to them in style and play and we got a big victory tonight." noted Rowe. " Winning the battle of the boards was a huge for us tonight."

They Lady Flames held the advantage on the glass as they outrebounded the Bulldogs, 37-26 including two huge offensive rebounds to set up the game-winner by Adams in the final seconds. Both teams took care of the basketball committing just 11 floor mistakes each.

Lee's leading scorer Hollie German added 16 points while playing the full 40 minutes. Scrappy guard Rachel Lockhart added nine points and eight rebounds.

Astrid Hutteman led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Shelby Ashcraft tallied 15 points while LaTessa McLaughlin added 13 markers while dishing off seven assists.

Lee moves to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the Gulf South Conference. The loss drops Union to 8-2 on the year and 3-1 in conference play.

"We're going to have to compete every night in this league but wins will take care of themselves if we continue to stick to the process and play with a sense of urgency every night." concluded Rowe.

The road doesn't get any easier for the Lady Flames as they welcome No. 11 Delta State to Walker Arena on Thursday evening. Tip time is set for 6 p.m.

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