LMS sweeps Page in regular season finale

Friday, January 22, 2010
The LMS eighth grade basketball players, cheerleaders, and managers stand at midcourt to be recognized by their school, families, and friends before the game on 8th Grade Appreciation night in Lewisburg on Thursday. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

The Lewisburg Middle School hoopsters celebrated eighth grade appreciation night in big way, sweeping Page.

The Tigerettes got 15 points and 15 rebounds from 2009-2010 Miss Basketball Jameka Braden as they doubled up the Lady Panthers 32-16.

In the boys' regular season finale, Mr. Basketball Aaron Hobbs led the way for the Tigers with 22 points in a 53-39 LMS win.

Page's Marissa Morren scored first in the girls contest before Madison Thomason went downtown with a three-pointer, giving LMS a 3-2 lead.

Allison Hargrove scored the only other field goal for the Tigerettes in the first quarter and the LMS defense held Page scoreless for a 5-2 lead after the first six minutes.

With 2:55 left in the first half Page's Emily Woak tied the game at 6 with a bucket in the low block.

The Tigerettes would have none of it, outscoring the Lady Panthers 8-1 the rest of half for a 14-7 lead.

The big blow was a last second three-bomb from deep in the corner by Mary Kate McGehee.

Braden went off in the third period, scoring all five of LMS's points and the defense firm, keeping the Tigerettes in the lead 19-10, going into the final period.

Braden also scored four points to begin the fourth quarter, opening up a 23-10 margin for the home squad.

Page called timeout after the second Braden bucket with 3:34 left.

The Lady Panthers scored out of the stoppage, but Mecia Reed put the nail in the coffin with a three-bomb that gave LMS a 25-12 and essentially ended the ballgame.

With the win, LMS ended the regular season with a 4-9 record, going into the Area 2 Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Small School Tournament over the weekend in Lewis County.

First year LMS head coach Carroll Cope said after the game, "It wasn't the best game we played by far. We were a little sloppy defensively, but again we pulled it out and we are hoping now to take what we have been doing and take it to the tournament on Saturday."

Cope also commented about her first season as Tigerette head coach saying, "We started out really good and then we went down for a while. It took us several games to get built back up and now we have turned it on and have become that ball team I knew we could be. Unfortunately, our record doesn't show it. We are going to turn it on at tournament time."

Tigers topple Page, state title defense begins

The LMS Tigers, coach by David Lovell will begin defense of their TMSAA title this weekend after defeating Page in the second game of the twin bill 53-39.

The Tigers take a 9-4 record into the Area 2 tournament and were the number two seed behind Bridgeforth from Pulaski.

Page led Thursday's ballgame in Lewisburg 6-5 early on before Hobbs showed why he was voted Mr. Basketball this year, raining down a go-ahead three-bomb.

Hobbs' long missile sparked the Tigers to a 14-10 lead when the first quarter ended.

The Tigers went out in front by ten points when Austin Stacey nailed a three-pointer on one possession and followed that with another bucket midway through the period.

Page fought back, cutting the LMS lead to six points before the Tigers pulled away again to lead 28-16 at the half.

LMS stayed out in front by at least ten points until just under three minutes to play in the period until the Panthers once again cut into the lead at 30-25.

Over the next minute and a half, Hobbs and Stacey combined for seven points as the Tigers went into the period ahead by eight at 37-29.

LMS never let off the pedal in the final period, outscoring Page 16-10 to win by the fourteen point margin.

Hobbs' 22 points was followed by Stacey with 15, Aaron Medley had all 13 of his points in the paint and at the free-throw line, and Grayson Wiles rounded out the LMS scorebook with 3 points.