HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (goleeflames.com) -- Erin Walsh scored 24 points for the second consecutive game to help lead the Lee women's basketball team to a 79-52 road victory over Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday afternoon.
Walsh, a sophomore from Knoxville, was 10 of 16 from the field and was on fire, hitting 4 of 6 from behind the arc, to pace the offensive effort. Junior Christina Johnson posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, eight on the offensive end.
"Erin is starting to play with a lot of confidence," said head coach Marty Rowe. "We know she's a great player, everybody in our league knows she's a great player but she's so humble I think she just now is starting to see how good she can really be"
The Lady Flames stormed out to 10-point lead (20-10) after the first period of play. The second period was more the same as Lee held a commanding, 45-23 advantage at the halftime break.
For the contest Lee shot 45.2 percent (28 of 62) and hit eight triples. The Chargers were limited to just 35.2 percent shooting from the field and converted just 4 of 21 (19 percent) from the 3-point line.
"We played really good today. Give our girls credit they came ready to play," said Rowe. "We followed exactly what we wanted to get accomplished against Huntsville, because they are a really good team."
Sophomore Carrie Cheeks added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Flames. Freshman Haris Price continued to set things up for the offensive, dishing off 10 assists in the contest.
"We got into transition early and I think that really caught them off guard. We executed really well today. I thought Christina was awesome, Erin was unbelievable, Haris was did a nice job and we really got great production from everybody, added Rowe. "I thought Caroline (Smith) gave us a lift coming off the bench and KB (Kayla Beavers) hit some big shots as well."
The Chargers were led by Halle Jarnagin's 12 points and six rebounds. Baylee Johnson added 11 markers and Dina Saunders pitched in 10 points.
In what has become a custom this season, Rowe's club dominated on the glass, holding a 50-22 edge in the rebounding department.
"We got almost every loose ball on long rebounds and did a great job on the glass today," said Rowe. "When we play hard and execute the right way it's amazing how the ball goes in the hole."
The Lady Flames have now won four straight conference games and will head into the Christmas break with a share of the GSC lead at 5-1. They are 8-3 overall. The loss drops the Chargers to an even 3-3 in league play and 6-4 overall.
Lee will get back to work on Jan. 2 as they travel to Carrollton to tangle with West Georgia at 2 p.m.