LMS basketball teams split home openers

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Lewisburg Middle School basketball teams held their home openers Tuesday night, coming away with a split.

The Tigers moved to 2-1 on the season, thrashing their namesakes from Lincoln County 45-10.

The girls on the other hand remained winless in the early weeks of the season after dropping a 24-20 heartbreaker.

The Tigers took no prisoners from the outset, blitzkrieging Fayetteville with an incredible 23-0 run over the first nine minutes of the contest.

Fayetteville won the tip, but was shocked when Kevin Peterson swatted their first shot away, leading to a fast break bucket by Jalen Jones. Jesse Kilpatrick scored five straight to make it 7-0 and Peterson hit one of two from the line to make it 8-0, forcing a Fayetteville timeout.

A Barry Mayes hustle play that saved a ball from going out of bounds led to another Peterson free throw to make it 8-0. Three inside buckets by Vance Adgent stretched the margin 14-0 and Mayes hit the last two baskets of the first period for an 18-0 lead.

LMS scored the first five points in the second quarter before Blaze Harrell finally got the visitors on the board. The lead was twenty, 26-6 after the first half.

LMS kept pouring the points on in third period, running, gunning, and stealing to outscore Fayetteville 19-2 in the quarter for a 45-8 lead.

The only mercy in the fourth quarter was the beginning of the 'mercy rule', instituted by LMS's 35-point lead.

LMS head coach David Lovell emptied his bench for the entire fourth period and the Tigers cruised home to the 35-point win.

Kilpatrick led all scorers with 13 points, Mayes scored 10, Adgent had 8, Peterson dropped in 8 points, and Jones, Calvin Clack, and Cameron Bowers all scored 2 points.

The girls were hungry for a win and came out looking sharp to lead 6-1 after the first quarter. Madison "Mad Dog" Thomason, Austyn Whaley, and Marissa Lyttle all had two points in the period for the Tigerettes.

The low scoring affair continued into the second quarter with just six points combined being canned by both squads. Megan sanders scored all 4 points for Lewisburg, who led 10-3 at the half.

Fayetteville jumped all over the Tigerettes to open the second half, scoring eleven straight to lead 14-10. Thomason scored the only bucket for LMS in the period, putting the home team in a 15-12 hole after three quarters.

The game went back and forth in the last quarter with LMS cutting the lead to a single point on several occasions, the last on a sanders basket with 2:51 left in the game, but they could not get any closer and fell to 0-3 on the year with the loss.