Lady Eagles edge LMS Tigerettes

Friday, November 4, 2011
LMS point guard Makiya Morris shoots a baseline jumper over a pair of Meridianville defenders in the third quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes had a chance to pick up a victory in their season opener on Tuesday night, but were unable to hold off a late charge by Meridianville, AL and dropped a 29-26 decision to the Lady Eagles at home.

After trailing 14-10 at halftime, the Tigerettes turned in a strong third quarter performance and rallied to take a 20-18 lead. Meridianville, though, stepped up their play down the stretch and outscored LMS 11-6 in the fourth period to escape with the three-point victory.

Aided by a 5-of-11 shooting performance in the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles finished with a 13-11 edge in field goals and held a 2-1 advantage in three-pointers.

"I was proud of our effort tonight and thought we competed great. We played hard and defended for four quarters. The only thing we didn't do tonight was get the win," said LMS coach Chris Coleman. "We've just got to build on this. We had some chances to win the game, but Meridianville made some plays late."

Point guard Makiya Morris led the Tigerettes with a game high 14 points, nine rebounds, and two steals, while center Alexis Ford added five points, five rebounds, and three steals. Katie Greer, Taiandra Hutton, and Karlasia Williams rounded out the scoring for Lewisburg with four, two, and one point respectively.

Heather Trease paced the Lady Eagles with seven points, while Lara Tanner and Anita Bates both had five points. Sidney Stillman, Courtney Hill, and Kelsie Robinson also chipped in four points apiece for Meridianville.

Lewisburg jumped out to an early 6-2 lead thanks to a pair of baskets from Greer and a runner by Morris, before the Lady Eagles rattled off seven straight points to grab a 9-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

After Morris hit a layup to trim the deficit to 9-8, Meridianville outscored LMS 5-2 over the final four minutes of the second quarter to take a 14-10 lead into the break.

In the third, the Tigerettes went on a 10-4 run behind five points from Morris, three points from Ford, and a basket from Hutton to seize a 20-18 at the end of the period.

Lewisburg was unable to carry that momentum into the fourth, as the Lady Eagles countered with a 9-2 spurt to pull ahead 27-22 with 1:10 left in the quarter.

LMS whittled the deficit to 27-26 on a trey by Morris and a Ford free throw, but Hill scored on a layup with :08 left to give Meridianville a 29-26 advantage before Morris missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer.