LMS Tigers trounce Generals
Having won the TMSAA Class AA Middle Tennessee Sectional tournament three out of the last four years, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers appear to have reloaded once again after going on the road and crushing Big South Conference rival Spring Hill 51-25 in their season opener on Monday night.
The Tigers took command of the game early and built a 27-8 lead in the first half before opening up a 50-15 cushion at the end of the third quarter en route to claiming the 26-point victory.
Aided by a combined 15-of-27 shooting performance in the second and third periods, LMS finished with a 19-8 advantage in field goals and a 2-1 edge in the three-pointers, while outscoring the Generals 11-8 at the foul line.
Lewisburg also committed just six turnovers, outrebounded Spring Hill 26-23 overall, and held a 10-6 advantage on the offensive boards. Spring Hill, meanwhile, wilted under the Tigers suffocating full court press and turned the ball over 26 times.
"Our defensive intensity picked up throughout the game and I think our pressure wore them down, which led to turnovers and some easy baskets for us," said LMS coach David Lovell. "I think this could be a special season if the guys keep on working hard to improve and play unselfishly as a team."
Point guard D'Andre Brown led three Tiger players in double figures by pouring in 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and seven steals.
Shooting guard Caleb Fields tallied 11 points and six steals as well, while forward Jay Howard added 10 points, nine rebounds, and five steals. Keevon Maxwell, Dayveonte Brown, and Grant Agnew rounded out the scoring for Lewisburg with five, three, and one point respectively.
"We've got about six guys on this team that can score," said Lovell. "It makes us that much harder to defend because if one guy is off we've still got five other guys who can score."
Justin Oden paced the Generals with seven points, while Alex Harrison, Demontay Dixon, and Trent Wiltfong notched six, five, and three points respectively. Malik Wyatt and Terrell Nunn chipped in two points apiece for Spring Hill as well.
LMS jumped out to a 9-2 lead with 1:48 left in the first quarter on the strength of five points from Brown before the Generals used a 6-2 spurt to narrow the gap to 11-8 early in the second period.
The Tigers then put down the hammer and closed the first half with a 16-0 run behind six points from Brown and five points from Fields to take a 27-8 advantage into the break.
Harrison knocked down a three at the start of the third quarter to trim the deficit to 27-11, but Lewisburg dominated the rest of the stanza and outscored Spring Hill 23-4 over the next 5:30 with the help of 10 points from Brown, six points from Howard, a pair of baskets from Fields, and a Maxwell trey to forge a 50-15 lead.
In the fourth, the Tigers cleared their bench and the Generals outscored LMS 10-1 in the period for the 51-25 final.