LMS Tigerettes' season ends vs. Harpeth

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Zachuriya O'Neal (22), who was named to the All-Tournament Team, scored all seven of the Tigerettes' points in the first half and ended up with nine in the ballgame as LMS's season ended with a 32-16 loss to Harpeth. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The LMS Tigerettes' stellar post-season run ended Thursday night at E.O. Coffman Middle School in Lawrenceburg after a 32-16 loss to Harpeth Middle School in the first round of the Middle Tennessee Class AA Sectional tournament.

"We had a lot of good shots, we just couldn't get enough to drop," said LMS head coach Chris Coleman. "This result in no way takes away from the season and the wins that we have had. I am proud of the kids, tonight didn't turnout the way we wanted, but we have had a good, productive and solid season, especially with a tremendous finish."

The Tigerettes played without their leading scorer Leah Hollingsworth, who was bed-ridden with the flu.

"We wish we could have had her there for the shots on the perimeter, because she's been shooting the ball very well of late," said Coleman. "We were confident we had some other players to fill the void, but we just couldn't find a way to get the ball in the basket. We played hard and let's give credit to Harpeth, they are a good team."

Jordan Baldwin, who led all scorers in the ballgame with 11 points, nailed a three-pointer for Harpeth to start the contest.

LMS' Zachuriya O'Neal scored on a drive down the lane to make it 3-2 and moments later, O'Neal tied the game on one of two from the free throw line.

The Tigerettes went cold from field and the Lady Indians took advantage, taking an 11-6 lead deep into the second quarter when O'Neal broke the LMS drought with a steal and score with 1:25 remaining in the first half.

Harpeth led 15-7 at the end of the half and increased their margin to 19-7 on back-to-back baskets by Jordan Gracia and Hannah Cox to start the second half.

O'Neal would be the only Tigerette to score in the ballgame until Sydne Solomon hit of one of two from the free throw line with 4:42 left in the third quarter.

A Britni Davis three-pointer was the only other basket the Tigerettes would convert in the third quarter as LMS trailed 21-11, entering the final six minutes.

Harpeth won the fourth quarter 12-5 and advanced with the 16-point win, while the Tigerettes' season came to a close.

"We have a great core group of seventh-graders coming back next year and we look to build on this season next year and we are sending coach Junkins (David) a solid group of eighth-graders for high school," said Coleman. "All in all, the program took a major step forward in the right direction and I want to thank the girls for everything they accomplished this season."