LMS Tigerettes edge Lady Cougars in thriller

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Leah Hollingsworth (2) drains a three-pointer to start the game versus E.A. Cox and Hollingsworth would end the game the same way, burying the game clinching three-bomb with 4.6 seconds left in the 32-27 win. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The LMS Tigerettes ended the regular season on high note, outlasting E.A. Cox in a 32-27 thriller Thursday night in Lewisburg.

"It was a great way to end the regular season," said LMS head Coach Chris Coleman. "We hung tough, got some big rebounds down the stretch, our players stepped up and made big shots at crucial times, and we had made free throws in the second half that we haven't had a lot this so year, so it feels real good to put one of those away."

Leah Hollingsworth scored 10 points, including a three-pointer to start the contest and a resounding, game clinching, three-bomb with 4.6 seconds remaining in the contest.

The Tigerettes would score just seven points in the first quarter, while the Lady Cougars scored eleven, but a jumper by Britni Davis and two free throws by Sydne Solomon early in the second period brought LMS back to even.

An Ona Ferguson free throw with three minutes to play in the first half gave E.A. Cox a 12-11 lead and that would be the score at the half as both squads went ice cold for the final three minutes of the second period.

E.A. Cox's Taliyah Jones, who led all scorers in the contest with 12 points, opened up the third scoring with a short jumper.

Solomon made one of two from the free throw line, and moments later, Taianda Hutton stole the ball and Hollingsworth scored off the Lady Cougar turnover, tying the game at 14.

Solomon would put the Tigerettes in front with a single free throw at the 2:48 mark of the third period before E.A. Cox forged ahead again to an 18-15 lead.

Solomon scored in the post and after a Lady Cougar miscue, Hutton put LMS in front 19-18 with 40 seconds remaining in the stanza.

The Tigerettes took the 19-18 lead into the final period where E.A. Cox had a chance to move back in front early, but four misses from the free throw line set them back.

LMS seventh-grader Sydne Solomon (5) scores two her season high 10 points against E.A. Cox Thursday night in Lewisburg.

After a tie-up on the floor, the arrow pointed LMS' direction and the Tigerettes took advantage as Solomon scored to make it a 21-18 contest.

Brittany Webster and Hutton traded baskets before Webster went downtown, tying the game at 25.

Kendrah Ashby scored in the paint for Lewisburg with three minutes left in the regular season, and the Tigerettes would hold on until a steal and score by Jones tied the game at 27 with 1:40 remaining.

Solomon muscled in a basket at the other end as the seconds ticked away.

The Lady Cougars had the ball with 45 seconds left, but Zachuriya O'Neal won a scramble for the ball on the floor, gaining possession for Lewisburg.

E.A. Cox fouled twice to put Hollingsworth at the free throw for a one and one with 14.5 seconds left.

The first free throw attempt was off the mark, but Solomon grabbed the rebound and passed to Hollingsworth in the corner.

Coleman and the crowd was yelling, hold the ball, hold the ball, but instead, Hollingsworth raised up and drilled the three-pointer to put the game away.

"After the game, Leah told me that she heard me say hold it," said Coleman. "But, she said that instincts made her put it up and of course, after she made it, I said good shot."

Solomon would finish with a season high 10 points and also grabbed seven rebounds in the contest.

Hutton ended up with six points and six rebounds, Davis added four points and Ashby rounded out the scoring with a deuce.

The Tigerettes finished the season with a 2-10 record and Coleman said after the game, "I am very proud of the girls. We have a tough opponent in Bridgeforth on Saturday, but there is no better way to go in to a game like that than with momentum like this."

The momentum did carry over as LMS pulled off a huge upset, winning 22-19 in four overtimes over previously unbeaten and second seeded Bridgeforth in the first round of the TMSAA Area 2/Class AA Tournament at Lewis County Middle School on Saturday night.