published Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Lee teams win and fall in SSAC play

ROME, Ga. -- The Lee University basketball teams had different results Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament. Lee's Lady Flames, tied for No. 5 in the NAIA Division I national rankings, beat William Carey 62-42 at the Forum behind Hollie German's 27 points and are 29-2. The 15th-ranked Lee men later lost 68-54 at Darlington School to Faulkner, which was the No. 2 seed from the West Division. Chris Palmore had 19 points and nine rebounds and Jake Mitchell scored 17 points for Faulkner (17-12), while Steve Bennett led the Flames (20-8) with 14 points and nine rebounds. They shot just 36.5 percent from the field, compared to 47.4 percent for the Montgomery, Ala., school. Lee's Ryan Westbrooks was an All-SSAC selection and the league's honoree as sixth man of the year, while Tyrone Caldwell and Alex Wells made the All-SSAC East team, Chad Lee was an all-freshman selection and Brice Sharp was the Flames' Champion of Character choice. Angela Spann, the Lady Flames' No. 2 scorer for the season behind German, scored only four points but made four steals, and Karley Miller grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots.

• Carson-Newman College guard Ishmael Sanders from Cleveland High School and fellow sophomore Antoine Davis made the All-South Atlantic Conference second team for men's basketball, the league announced Thursday. The two tied for team scoring honors at 16.8 points per game, sharing fifth place in the SAC.

Baseball

• The Tennessee Temple University baseball team improved to 6-13 for the season with a 9-6 win Thursday over Maryville College at Signal Mountain High School. Signal Mountain graduate Gunner Barton was 2-for-3 and scored a run and Chris Altman was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the freshman-laden Crusaders. Taylor Wilson and Luke Daniel each had two hits and an RBI, and senior Josh Daniel raised his pitching record to 3-1 with a 14-hit complete game.

Softball

• Catcher Meghan Macias from Orange County, Calif., and Midland Junior College in Texas has signed to continue her softball career next year at Lee University. Macias, who also can play infield, was all-conference and all-region as a Midland freshman, when she batted .400 with 10 home runs and 12 doubles. She considered Cal State Bakersfield before deciding to come to the Cleveland, Tenn., school. "I love the campus and what it has to offer," she said in a Lee release. "The coaches and the girls are really great."

• KNOXVILLE -- Usual slap-hitting University of Tennessee softball center fielder Tory Lewis from GPS slapped a home run over the fence in an 8-7 win over the Dutch national team as the Tennessee Classic began Thursday.

• DAYTON, Tenn. -- Amber Love got both pitching wins Thursday as Bryan College defeated the University of the Cumberlands 10-4 and 5-2 in softball. She won in relief in the first game, when Beka James was 3-for-4 and scored three runs and Rachel Kirby and Britney Hurst each drove in three. Kirby was 3-for-4 and scored twice, Hurst had a two-run home run and Taylor Yates homered and singled. Love allowed six hits in game two, and Shanna Chappell pitched the last two outs with the tying run at the plate for the save. James again was 3-for-4, Yates was 2-for-3 with a tying two-run single in the fifth inning and Erica Winfrey was 2-for-3 with a three-run double.

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