Area sports notes: Lady Flames win GSC tournament

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Led by 19 points each from all-tournament guards Abby Bertram and Haley Schubert, Lee University defeated Valdosta State 81-73 in the Gulf South Conference women's basketball tournament championship game Sunday afternoon in Birmingham. Bertram, chosen the event's most outstanding player, also had nine rebounds and scored six points in the third-seeded Lady Flames' 14-3 surge beginning the second quarter. That wiped out a 17-10 deficit that included a 14-2 disparity in rebounds. Taylor Boggess and Nicky Widenski scored 12 points each for Lee (25-6), which made 31 of 44 free throws while the Blazers hit 16 of 22. Kayla Bonilla scored 22 points for fifth seed Valdosta State (21-10) after scoring 30 in the semifinal upset of Union University. The Lady Flames are going to the NCAA Division II tournament for the third year in a row, but this is their first GSC championship.