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December 18, 2013

Next up for Lady Blazer Basketball: Lee

VALDOSTA — The Lady Blazers are geared up for their second road trip of the season this week and the team's third matchup away from the friendly confines of The Complex.

Valdosta State has only suffered one loss this season, which did indeed come on the road against a tough St. Leo team.

The schedule doesn't get any easier this week, as Valdosta State prepares to enter Paul Dana Walker Arena on Thursday night, December 19, to take on the Lady Flames of Lee, who currently hold a 5-2 record overall and a 1-0 record in league play. The matchup will be the first ever for the two squads.

Both teams will enter the game with 1-0 GSC records, with both teams recently coming off of a win over the West Florida Argonauts.

The Lady Blazers defeated UWF 51-48 on Saturday at The Complex, and on the following Monday, Lee overtook the Argonauts 58-53 on the Lady Flames' home court in Cleveland, Tenn..The two teams vary in their offensive approach, as the Lady Flames feature two key players who tend to deal a majority of the damage. Lee is led this season by Hollie German, a senior from Benton, Tenn. who is averaging an impressive 25.4 points per game.

Twice this season German has scored 35 points or more in a single game.

Not to be overlooked is the junior from Englewood, Tenn., Jenna Adams. The 6'-1" forward has put in some strong minutes for Lee this season, and is currently averaging 14.1 points per game.

In addition, Adams has proven to be quite the disruptor on defense with 11 steals this year to go along with her nine blocks.

The Lady Blazers, on the other hand, have managed to deliver a balanced attack on offense with four different players serving as leading scorers in six games played.

April Thomas and Amy Duke have done it twice, while Kamyia Smith and Maylisa Johnson have each delivered season high nights of their own against Georgia Southwestern and Webber International, respectively.

Smith came just shy of notching her first double-double of the season against West Florida this past weekend, as the senior tallied 13 points and pulled in a team high nine rebounds.

Courtney Sprague, who earned her first start of the season in the conference opener last Saturday against UWF has provided some quality minutes as well. Sprague's shooting numbers from the field indicate her efficiency, as the sophomore guard holds a 50.0 shooting percentage from the field and has posted a 44.4 percentage from long distance thus far.

The game will be carried live on the Blazer Radio Network (Talk 92.1 FM in Valdosta). In addition, Blazer Nation can listen to live audio and access live stats at


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