Lee Women Win Gulf South Championship

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Showing the toughness and the will not to lose that they have displayed the entire season, the Lee women’s basketball team had to fight from behind on numerous occasions in the second half to defeat rival Shorter University on Saturday afternoon.

The victory sealed the Gulf South Championship for Lee. Coach Marty Rowe's club wrapped up the regular season with a 22-4 overall mark and improved to 18-2 in conference play.

"Because of our provisional status in NCAA Division II, the GSC will not recognize our accomplishment but these young ladies can be very proud of what they have been able to achieve. We have proved that we are certainly one of the better teams in Division II basketball," said coach Rowe.

The Lady Flames were down by seven points early in the second half and fought back to tie the game at 30 before dropping behind 41-34 at the 6:02 mark. Hollie German registered a 3-pointer at the 3:13 mark to draw the Lady Flames even at 44 and the hard-earned 53-46 victory.

Lee finally grabbed the lead when Jenna Adams stepped behind the arc and put the Lady Flames up for good at 47-44. Shorter came back and cut the lead to one with 1:29 left but the Lady Flames sealed the win on free-throws by German and Madison Lee.

The Shorter defense held Lee to only 28 percent shooting from the field, a season low. The Lady Flames were 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in the second half and 13-of-15 overall. "That is the mark of toughness that our girls have brought this season. When the chips were on the table, they have refused to lose," explained the Lee coach.

German had to battle hard to finish with a team-leading 15 points. Adams followed with 10 points and led the Lady Flames with 12 rebounds.

Senior Rachel Lockhart, who has been the heart and soul of the team the entire season, hit a pair of key 3-pointers and tallied nine points to go along with four rebounds.

Madison Lee also had a trey down the stretch and added nine points and five rebounds. Karley Miller pitched in with four points and eight boards as Lee fought hard to win the rebounding battle 42-36.

Senior Kristin Nash sparked the Lady Hawks in their drive to pull off a major upset. She hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and five rebounds. Lynette Harris followed with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Karisma Boykin contributed nine points and eight boards.

"Vic Mitchell (Shorter) is one of the best coaches I have ever competed against," noted Rowe. "It is always a challenge especially when we face them down here. In fact, it's the first time our seniors have won on this court in three tries. I think that shows you how tough they always play us." The Lee win denied Mitchell of his 400th career coaching win.

The Lady Flames will take a couple of days off and then begin preparing for the NCCAA Regional Tournament. They will travel to Jackson, Tenn. and play on the home court of Union University, likely facing Tennessee Temple in the opening round on Friday, March 14. By finishing with an impressive 22-4 record, the Lady Flames will draw an at-large berth to the NCCAA National which will be held the following week at Grace College (Ind.)


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)

Willerson, Georgia Northwestern Ready For 2014 Golf Season

Most second-year college golf programs are too busy laying a foundation to concern themselves too much with results. Jared Willerson isn’t thinking that way. In fact, the head coach of the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats is thinking in complete opposite terms when he talks about his team’s goals for the 2014-2015 season. “I don’t think I’m being unrealistic ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (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)