LMS Tigers tear apart Whitthorne
After passing a couple of tough tests earlier in the week, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (6-0) aced another exam on Thursday night when they hammered Whitthorne Middle School 65-19 in Columbia.
Aided by a dominant first quarter performance, the Tigers buried Whitthorne early and built a commanding 37-9 lead in the first half. Lewisburg then stretched their lead to 65-13 at the end of the third quarter before coasting to the 46-point victory.
LMS hit 10-of-12 field goal attempts in both the first and third quarters en route to shooting 61 percent (25-of-41) from the floor overall, which included a 7-of-15 effort from three-point range.
The Tigers also knocked down 8-of-9 free throws, outrebounded WMS 21-18, dished out 18 assists as a team, and committed only 13 turnovers.
Whitthorne, conversely, had trouble getting anything going offensively, as they mustered just six baskets on 21 percent shooting and committed 23 turnovers, while LMS recorded 19 steals.
"On Monday we played with a lot of intensity against Meridianville, but on Tuesday we didn't have a lot of energy. I challenged them to play with the same energy tonight that we had against Meridianville," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell.
Forward Jay Howard and point guard D'Andre Brown spearheaded the Tigers' offensive onslaught. Howard poured in a season high 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting to go along with five steals, four rebounds, and three blocked shots, while Brown hit 6-of-8 field goal attempts and finished with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
"Jay had the best game I've ever seen him play defensively and offensively. He scored every way possible and made a lot of good plays on defense," said Lovett. "D'Andre played well too and let the game come to him. He had some nice passes and drives and really played a complete game."
Caleb Fields and Tre Crutcher also tallied eight points apiece with Fields recording five assists. Dayveonte Brown chipped in five points and four steals for LMS as well, while Keevon Maxwell and J.Q. Haislip both had three points.
Drew Williamson paced Whitthorne with four points, and Cameron Harvey had three points.
The Tigers put the hammer down early and raced out to a 24-1 lead in the first quarter behind 12 points from Howard and eight points from Fields.
Harvey hit a three at the start of the second period to trim the deficit to 24-4, but LMS closed the first half with a 13-5 run behind five points from D'Andre Brown and four points apiece from Howard and Crutcher to open up a 37-9 advantage at the break.
Things quickly went from bad to worse for Whitthorne in the third quarter, as the Tigers outscored WMS 28-4 in the stanza with the help of 10 points from D'Andre Brown, seven points from Howard, a Haislip three-point play, and a pair of treys from Dayveonte Brown and Maxwell to push their lead to 65-13.
Whitthorne then tallied all six points in the fourth quarter for the 65-19 final.