Tigerettes win another heart stopper

Friday, November 11, 2011
LMS standout Makiya Morris (23) knocks in two of her game high 21 points as the Tigerettes came back to beat Spring Hill 28-26 in Lewisburg. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

Tigerette fans got their money's worth Tuesday night as they watched head coach Chris Coleman's squad trail for much of the night versus Spring Hill before competing another fourth quarter comeback to win 28-26.

"Close calls are our specialty right now," said Coleman. "It feels good though to come up on the winning end."

Once again, it was Makiya Morris leading the way for the LMS girls as she poured in 21 points, including eight in the decisive fourth period.

Morris scored three points in the first quarter and that was it for LMS, who trailed 5-3 after the first six minutes.

K. Harris scored four points and Asiah Oden had a basket for the Lady Raiders to begin the second quarter, putting the Tigerettes in a deep 11-3 hole before a Morris bucket, followed by a Lexie Allen jumper cut the margin to 11-7.

Martin rebounded and put in a missed Spring Hill shot to make it 13-7, but Morris kept the Tigerettes close with a jumper at the end of the first half and the Tigerettes trailed by just four points 13-9.

LMS came out of the locker room after the break and ripped off eight straight points to take a 17-13 lead.

Coleman said, "I told the kids at halftime that we are taking good shots that are not dropping, but defense is keeping us in the game and keep playing like that and the shots will drop."

Morris had two baskets and two free throws in the run and Katie Greer had a rebound and put-back.

LMS went cold after taking the four-point lead and Spring Hill heated up again as they scored seven points to end the third period and led 20-17, entering the final six minutes.

Quarter number four was a classic and Morris kicked it off with two consecutive buckets to give the Tigerettes a one-point lead early.

Oden scored for the Lady Raiders to seesaw the lead back to Spring Hill at 22-21, but Morris answered again to give LMS a one-point lead.

Harris and Martin went back-to-back to stretch Spring Hill's lead to 26-23 when Coleman called timeout with 2:15 remaining in the contest.

After the LMS stoppage, Morris scored off the set play to make it a one-point contest at 26-25.

Spring Hill missed two attempts at the other end, and with 1:09 remaining in the ballgame, Allen drilled an ice cold three-bomb from the left wing to give the Tigerettes a 28-26 lead.

The Lady Raiders would have a couple of chances to tie or go ahead, but could not convert after the Allen trey and the Tigerettes came away with their second win in a row to move to 2-1 on the young season.

"We are very pleased right now," said Coleman. "I know it is a long season and a long way to go. We are going to see all these teams again the next few weeks and our goal is to be playing our best basketball, come tournament time."