Spring Hill stifles LMS Tigerettes

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
LMS' Zachuriya O'Neal goes up for a layup in the second quarter against Spring Hill. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Coming off a 35-23 defeat to Lewis County in the semifinals of the TMSAA Area 2 Class AA tournament two days earlier, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (8-10) had to settle for fourth place in the tourney after losing 28-16 at home to the Spring Hill Lady Generals in the consolation finals.

LMS had won both regular season encounters against Spring Hill, but the Lady Generals confounded the Tigerettes with a 1-3-1 zone and built a 16-10 lead in the first half before outscoring Lewisburg 12-6 over the final two quarters to claim the third place plaque.

Although LMS outscored Spring Hill 7-2 at the free throw line, the Lady Generals forced the Tigerettes to settle for perimeter jumpers for much of the evening and finished with a 13-4 advantage in field goals. Lewisburg also held a 16-5 edge on the offensive glass and outrebounded Spring Hill 36-18, but were hampered by 19 turnovers, while the Lady Generals had only five miscues.

"They didn't play zone the first two times we faced them and it threw us off tonight. It made us passive and we didn't attack the basket," said LMS coach Chris Coleman. "We played decent defense, but we had some turnovers that led to some easy baskets for them on run outs. We rebounded much better tonight, but we just couldn't convert our offensive rebounds into baskets."

Point guard Makiya Morris led the Tigerettes with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Karlasia Williams and Katie Greer chipped in two and one point respectively.

Asiah Oden paced Spring Hill with 11 points, and Shonye Webster and Karlie Harris tallied eight points apiece.

The Lady Generals set the tone early and built a 9-5 lead in the first quarter behind four points from Oden and baskets from Harris and Webster.

After Lewisburg narrowed the gap to 11-10 with 2:06 left in the second period thanks to a Morris three and a bank shot by Williams, Webster scored on consecutive layups to give Spring Hill a 16-10 advantage at halftime before Harris and Oden hit jumpers at the start of the third quarter to make it 20-10.

Morris knocked down four straight free throws to trim the deficit to 20-14 midway through the third period, but LMS couldn't get anything going offensively the rest of the way and Spring Hill closed the game with an 8-2 run to secure their 28-16 victory.