With Mallory Hampton leading the way, the Lee women’s basketball team rebounded from a Thursday night loss to hand visiting Alabama Huntsville a 72-62 defeat on Saturday afternoon. The victory kept the Lady Flames in first place in the GSC standings with a 15-2 record. Overall, the 21st nationally ranked Lee club stands at 17-4. The Chargers dropped to 5-16, 5-12.
Hampton finished with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 3-pointers. She also added four rebounds and four assists. Overall, the Lady Flames had 21 assists to only seven turnovers, much to the delight of Lee head Coach Marty Rowe.
Five Lee players reached double-figure scoring. Haley Schubert and Macy Woodworth tallied 12 points apiece. Schubert dished off seven assists, while Woodworth was 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. Hannah Garrett added 11 points while Addison Smith chipped in with 10 points and garnered five rebounds in leading the Lady Flames.
Coach Rowe again praised the effort of Morgan Carbaugh who stepped up and made a key steal when the Chargers were making a comeback in the fourth quarter. “We competed on both ends today and that’s really the simple key for us,” said Rowe. “We talked about winning in the trenches today and I thought we did a good job of doing that.”
The Lady Flames led 19-14 after one period of play and 34-24 at halftime. The contest stood at 53-43 at the end of three periods of play. Behind the play of freshman Bellah Machen, who tallied all 16 of her points in the final period, the Chargers cut the Lee lead to only three points before the Lady Flames made the late run to salt the contest away.
Haley Nichols and Aliana Taylor finished with 13 points apiece in the loss while Haelim Adle pitched in with 11 points. The Chargers shot 42% from the field (21-of-49) but made 8-of-24 (33%) from beyond the arc. The visitors were solid from the charity stripe hitting 12-of-13 attempts.
The Lady Flames shot 49% overall (30-of-61) and made 6-of-19 triples (32%). They were awarded only eight freebies and canned six. In points in the paint, Lee owned a 42-22 margin and 15-3 points better in the turnover department.
The Lady Flames will hit the road and return to action next Saturday when they face Auburn Montgomery in a GSC contest slated for a 3 p.m. start.