Fayetteville flies past Tigerettes

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Lewisburg's Zachuriya O'Neal shoots a short jumper over Fayetteville's Ashley Yatske in the fourth quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Thursday night, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes fell to 1-2 on the season when they suffered a 34-18 loss to Fayetteville Middle School at home.

Boasting an impressive 10-3 record coming into Thursday's contest, Fayetteville buried the Tigerettes early and forged a 23-3 lead midway through the second quarter.

After Leah Hollingsworth scored on an offensive put back late in the first half to trim the deficit to 23-5 at the break, Lewisburg put together a 9-2 run in the third quarter with the help of two treys from Hollingsworth and a Zachuriya O'Neal three to narrow the gap to 25-14 with :50 left in the stanza.

The Tigerettes, though, would pull no closer, as FMS outscored Lewisburg 9-4 the rest of the way to cap their 16-point victory.

Aided by a 9-of-14 shooting performance in the first half, Fayetteville shot 41 percent from the floor overall (14-of-34), which included a 3-of-14 effort from three-point range. FMS also outrebounded the Tigerettes 28-21 and committed three fewer turnovers (15-12) than Lewisburg.

The Tigerettes, conversely, had troubled finding the range for most of the contest and finished with just seven field goals on 17 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-12 performance from beyond the arc.

"The fast start that they got off to shell shocked us and impacted our effort some. When they got up by 10 points there in the first half, it surprised us and we stopped competing for a few minutes. They hurt us on some back door plays and on the boards. Plus they knocked down some threes," said Lewisburg coach Chris Coleman. "I loved our effort in the second half, but we didn't start playing like we're capable of playing until then. Fayetteville is a really good team though."

O'Neal and Hollingsworth both scored eight points to lead the Tigerettes offensively with O'Neal recording six rebounds and three assists. Taianda Hutton chipped in two points and four rebounds for Lewisburg as well.

Reserve guard D.J. Horton hit two treys and paced FMS with 13 points and five rebounds. Cady Fee also tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Amy Cobb tallied six points, nine rebounds, and two blocked shots. Sarah Lawson and O'Nesha Nelson rounded out the scoring for Fayetteville with two points apiece.