E.A. Cox defeats LMS Tigerettes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Lewisburg's Taianda Hutton fires up a jumper in the third quarter against E.A. Cox. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (1-1) were dealt their first loss of the season on Monday night when they dropped a 28-22 decision on the road to an athletic E.A. Cox Lady Cougar squad.

E.A. Cox (2-3) held LMS' offense in check for much of the contest and built a 15-11 lead in the first half before opening up a 21-13 advantage late in the third quarter en route to claiming the six-point victory.

Although the Tigerettes outscored the Lady Cougars 6-4 at the foul line, E.A. Cox finished with an 11-8 edge in field goals and held a 2-0 advantage in three pointers.

Lewisburg's Zachuriya O'Neal shoots a layup over E.A. Cox's Ona Ferguson and Amanda Whitson in the fourth quarter.

Lewisburg did outrebound the Lady Cougars 31-29, but E.A. Cox held a 16-10 edge on the offensive boards and forced 26 Tigerette turnovers while committing only 14 miscues themselves.

"Their quickness and size hurt us. They got the ball into the lane too easily and we gave up too many offensive rebounds. We also had entirely too many turnovers. They were long and athletic so we needed to make good passes and take care of the ball, but we didn't do that," said LMS coach Chris Coleman. "We fought hard and I'm proud of our effort, but we didn't cash in on enough of our scoring chances."

Point guard Zachuriya O'Neal led Lewisburg with nine points and six rebounds, while Taianda Hutton added six points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Britni Davis and Leah Hollingsworth chipped in four and three points respectively for the Tigerettes as well.

Guard Taliyah Jones paced the Lady Cougars with 13 points and nine steals, while Kjiia Pillow tallied seven points. Ona Ferguson and Tnajh Pillow also notched three points apiece for E.A. Cox, and Amanda Whitson had two points.

LMS inched out to a 3-2 lead late in the first quarter thanks to a Hollingsworth free throw and a short bank shot by Hutton, but E.A. Cox went on an 8-2 run to pull ahead 10-5 midway through the second period.

After the Tigerettes narrowed the gap to 10-9 on jumpers by Hutton and Davis, the Lady Cougars scored the next five points to push their lead to 15-9 late in the second quarter before Davis knocked down another jumper at the first half buzzer to trim the deficit to 15-11.

Lewisburg found points hard to come by in the third, as E.A. Cox outscored LMS 6-2 through the first five and a half minutes of the quarter to forge a 21-13 advantage.

The Tigerettes tried to mount a comeback and put together an 8-3 run behind six points from Hutton to close the gap to 24-21 early in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Cougars stretched their lead to 28-21 with 2:31 left on the strength of two baskets from Jones before taking home the 28-22 victory.