By Taylor Hodges
FHU Sports Information Director
After knocking off Lyon College (29-3) 74-60 to win their second straight AMC Tournament Championship, the Lady Lions (27-6) become the second team since the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Lady Lions to win back-to-back titles and their fifth overall AMC title.
It was a back-and-forth first quarter, but the champions flipped a switch in the second quarter, especially on the defensive end, when they out-scored the Scots 22-6 and took an 11-point lead into the halftime break after trailing by six points after one quarter. Haylee Croom took over from the start, scoring 25 points to lead all scorers and pulling down 11 rebounds for the double-double.
Big three-pointers down the stretch from Alyssa LeMay and Reagen Floyd were also the difference, as well as strong perimeter defense from Floyd and KJ White.
Floyd was massive for the Lady Lions on both ends, locking down on defense while scoring 18 points 5-of-8 shooting and 4-of-7 from behind the arc. LeMay finished with nine points and 13 rebounds.
The Lady Lions program is now 5-2 in the AMC Championship game, advancing to the game in every season since entering the conference. They are the first road team to win the title since 2012.
Croom was named the AMC Player of the Year, as well as being named to the First-Team All-AMC and the AMC All-Defensive Team. She is the fifth Lady Lion to win this award.
LeMay was named to the Second-Team All-AMC, and Chynia Brooks was added to the Third Team. White was placed on the AMC All-Freshman Team.
The Lady Lions would be playing in their 24th straight NAIA National Tournament, but, due to the Coronavirus, all NAIA winter championships were cancelled.