LMS stops Spring Hill, Lewis Co. in semis
After pulling off a stunning upset against second seeded Bridgeforth six days earlier, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (5-10) earned a berth in the championship game of the TMSAA Area 2 Class AA tournament by defeating the Spring Hill Lady Generals 19-16 in the semifinals on Friday night at Lewis County Middle School.
The LMS Tigers also earned a spot in the title round when they crushed the fourth seeded Lewis County Panthers 65-28 later that night to remain undefeated on the season.
Having split the regular season series against Spring Hill, the Tigerettes held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to a Leah Hollingsworth trey, but the Lady Generals went on an 8-5 run in the second period to tie the game at 8-8 at the break.
Lewisburg then seized a 14-12 advantage in the third quarter with the help of a Hollingsworth three, a basket by Zachuriya O'Neal, and a Kendrah Ashby free throw, before outscoring Spring Hill 5-4 in the fourth period behind another trey from Hollingsworth and two O'Neal free throws to hang on for the three-point win.
Hollingsworth hit four threes overall and led the Tigerettes with 12 points, while O'Neal followed with four points. Sydne Solomon and Ashby rounded out the scoring for LMS with two and one point respectively.
Destiny Oden paced the Lady Generals with six points, while Jordyn Secrest and Gracyn Martin both notched three points. Emerald Ashley and Layne Andrews chipped in two points apiece for Spring Hill as well.
In the nightcap, the top seeded Tigers inched out to a 9-6 lead in the first quarter with the help of four points from Jay Howard and a J.Q. Haislip trey before outscoring Lewis County 19-9 in the second period behind two threes from Keevon Maxwell and six points apiece from Howard and Caleb Fields to open up a 28-15 advantage at halftime.
After pushing their lead to 40-24 at the end of the third quarter thanks to six points from D'Andre Brown and four points from Dayveonte Brown, Lewisburg turned the game into a rout in the fourth period by putting together a 25-4 run on the strength of nine points from D'Andre Brown and two Maxwell treys to cap their 37-point triumph.
Howard led three Tiger players in double figures with 16 points, while D'Andre Brown finished with 15 points. Maxwell also tallied 12 points and Crutcher added seven points. Caleb Fields and Dayveonte Brown notched six points apiece for LMS as well, while Haislip had three points.
Stone Selby paced the Panthers with eight points. Dresden Barnes and Dakota Crowell followed Selby with five points each, while Mason True and Will Owen both chipped in four points. Donavan Conner rounded out the scoring for Lewis County with two points.