LMS Tigerettes fall to Tullahoma West

Friday, January 11, 2013
LMS' Zachuriya O'Neal fires up a jumper over a pair of Tullahoma defenders in the fourth quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Tuesday night, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (2-10) suffered their fourth straight narrow defeat when they dropped a 19-17 decision to the Tullahoma West Lady Bobcats at home.

LMS held a 10-9 lead early in the third quarter, but the Lady Bobcats outscored Lewisburg 10-7 the rest of the way to eke out the two-point victory.

Although the Tigerettes held a 2-1 edge in three-pointers, both teams finished with seven field goals apiece while Tullahoma outscored LMS 4-1 at the foul line.

Lewisburg did outrebound the Lady Bobcats and held a 14-8 advantage on the offensive glass, but Tullahoma negated the Tigerettes edge on the boards by recording 18 steals en route to forcing 23 LMS turnovers. The Lady Bobcats, meanwhile, turned the ball over just 10 times.

"I felt like we had opportunities to catch them or even take the lead late in the game, but we couldn't get some shots to drop and committed some key turnovers. We threw away some opportunities at the end of the game," said Lewisburg coach Chris Coleman. "Points wise the turnovers were the difference in the game because it gave Tullahoma some easy baskets after they made steals."

Britni Davis led the Tigerettes with five points, and Kendrah Ashby followed with four points and six rebounds. Zachuriya O'Neal and Leah Hollingsworth also chipped in three points apiece for LMS with O'Neal notching six rebounds, while Sydne Solomon added two points and grabbed a season high 16 rebounds.

Shyannne Sheffield had a major impact on both ends of the court for Tullahoma, as she poured in a game high 13 points and registered eight steals. Alasia Vaughn, Kaylee Spain, and Lila Saunders notched three, two, and one point for the Lady Bobcats as well.

Tullahoma grabbed a quick 2-0 lead on a layup by Sheffield before Davis hit a jumper and Hollingsworth drilled a trey to give Lewisburg a 5-2 advantage early in the second quarter.

After the Lady Bobcats tallied the next five points to pull ahead 7-5, LMS tied the game at 7-7 on an offensive put back by Solomon, before Sheffield scored on a layup in the closing seconds of the half to stake Tullahoma to a 9-7 lead at the break.

LMS' Britni Davis knocks down a three-pointer over Tullahoma's Kaylee Spain in the third quarter.

In the third period, Davis nailed a trey from the left wing to put the Tigerettes back in front 10-9, but the Lady Bobcats tallied the next five points to claim a 14-10 advantage midway through the stanza.

Ashby then sandwiched a pair of baskets around a Spain free throw to narrow the gap to 15-14 early in the fourth quarter, before Sheffield buried a trey with 2:25 left to stretch Tullahoma's lead to 18-14.

The Tigerettes cut the deficit to 19-17 with :26 remaining thanks to a runner and a foul shot by O'Neal, but were unable to tie the game after turning the ball over on their final two possessions.