LMS Tigerettes hold off E.O. Coffman

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
LMS' Alexis Ford scores on a layup in the fourth quarter against E.O. Coffman. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After losing 39-31 to E.O. Coffman in their previous encounter on Dec. 5, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (8-7) turned the tables on the Lady Panthers when they pulled out a hard fought 25-20 victory at home on Thursday night.

LMS held an 11-9 lead at halftime before opening up a 19-13 advantage with 5:30 left in the fourth quarter. E.O. Coffman (9-8) sliced the deficit to 21-20 midway through the fourth, but would pull no closer, as the Tigerettes scored the final four points of the contest to claim their eighth win of the season.

"Tonight we got a big win. It's important for tournament positioning and we want to go into the postseason playing well," said Lewisburg coach Chris Coleman. "Coffman has a great program and it's always hard to beat them so we need to be proud of that. We might meet them again so we need to keep getting better."

LMS shot only 20 percent from the field (10-of-50), which included a 1-of-10 effort from three-point range, but held a 14-7 edge on the offensive glass and outrebounded the Lady Panthers 30-25 overall.

E.O. Coffman, meanwhile, mustered just nine baskets on 23 percent shooting and hit only 1-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc.

Point guard Makiya Morris led Lewisburg with 15 points and five steals, while center Alexis Ford added six points and seven rebounds. Karlasia Williams also tallied four points, five steals, and nine rebounds for the Tigerettes.

Alexis Fann paced the Lady Panthers with six points, while Kelsey Adkins and Cassandra Darnell both had four points. Maggie Holt, Anna Lanning, and Kamelia Wayne chipped in three, two, and one point for E.O. Coffman as well.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter, but the Tigerettes put together an 11-1 run behind seven points from Morris and four points from Ford to pull ahead 11-7 with :52 left in the second period.

E.O. Coffman closed the gap to 11-9 at halftime, before Williams scored the first two baskets of the third quarter to give LMS a 15-9 lead.

After the Lady Panthers cut the deficit to 15-13 midway through the third period, Lewisburg tallied the next four points on two free throws by Morris and a Ford layup to open up a 19-13 advantage early in the fourth.

E.O. Coffman used a 7-2 spurt to narrow the gap to 21-20, but Morris scored on layup with 1:04 remaining to push the Tigerettes' lead to 23-20.

The Lady Panthers then came up empty on their next three possessions before Morris sank two free throws with 19.7 seconds left to seal LMS' 25-20 win.