LMS Tigers trounce Cougars
On Monday night, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers improved their record to 4-3 on the season when they defeated the E.A. Cox Cougars 52-29 at home.
Lewisburg knocked the Cougars back on their heels early and led by as many as 19 points in the first half before taking a 30-18 advantage into the break. The Tigers then outscored E.A. Cox 22-11 over the final two quarters to pull away for the 23-point victory.
Bolstered by a 9-of-14 shooting performance in the first quarter, LMS finished with a 19-9 edge in field goals and a 6-2 advantage in three-pointers. The Tigers also outrebounded the Cougars 37-27, held a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass, and committed just 11 turnovers, compared to 17 miscues for E.A. Cox.
"I was very pleased with the way we started. Our effort was there and we finally played a whole game where we took care of the ball and made good passes," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell. "I feel like we're getting better every game. We improved against Dickson County and we improved tonight."
Guard D'Andre Brown spearheaded the Tigers' offensive attack by pouring in a game high 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go along with three assists and two steals. Darius McKenzie and Malek Sain tallied 11 points apiece as well with McKenzie pulling down seven rebounds, while J.Q. Haislip chipped in three points. Jay Howard, Curtis Keiler, Steven Dangerfield, and Zach Johnson each had two points to round out the scoring for LMS.
Paris Brown led the Cougars with 17 points, while Cameron Harvey and Cortez Fleming added five and four points respectively.
The Tigers broke out of the gates quickly and forged a 21-6 lead late in the first quarter with the help of seven points apiece from Sain and McKenzie.
Paris Brown converted a three-point play to trim the deficit to 21-9 with :35 left in the first period, before LMS went on a 9-2 run, highlighted by a Haislip trey, to open up a 30-11 advantage midway through the second.
After tallying the final seven points of the second quarter to narrow the gap to 30-18, E.A. Cox pulled within 32-21 early in the third, but Lewisburg responded with a 10-3 spurt thanks to four points apiece from D'Andre Brown and McKenzie to push their lead to 42-24 with 1:56 left in the stanza.
Harvey buried a three to cut the deficit to 42-27 late in the third period, but the Tigers outscored the Cougars 10-2 the rest of the way on the strength of two treys from D'Andre Brown to close out their 52-29 victory.