LMS sweeps Cox
The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (7-7) recorded their second straight win on Thursday night when they whipped E.A. Cox 29-10 to complete the season sweep of the Lady Cougars.
In the boys' game, E.A. Cox had a chance to even the season series with the Tigers (8-6), but LMS pulled out a hard fought 44-41 victory thanks to a frantic fourth quarter comeback.
Having defeated the Lady Cougars 25-13 in their previous encounter on Nov. 11, the Tigerettes trailed 5-2 at the end of the first quarter in Thursday's contest, but got their offense going in the second period and put together a 10-2 run on the strength of seven points from Leah Hollingsworth to take a 12-7 lead into halftime.
Lewisburg then outscored E.A. Cox 6-3 in the third quarter with the help of three points from Alli Hobbs and a Taylor Walls trey to open up a 18-10 advantage before closing the game with an 11-0 run in the fourth period behind six points from Hollingsworth and Kaylee Newcomb three to claim the 19-point victory.
"I thought our effort defensively was very strong throughout the game," said LMS coach Chris Coleman. "Our shots didn't fall early, but that didn't affect our effort defensively. We eventually got some rhythm offensively and were able to force some turnovers that led to some easy baskets for us. For it being our first game after Christmas break, I thought it was a pretty good outing."
Hollingsworth led the Tigerettes with 13 points and Sydne Solomon tallied six points. Hobbs also added four points for Lewisburg, while Newcomb and Walls chipped in three points apiece.
Essence Rice paced the Lady Cougars with seven points. Saleeyah Braden notched two points for E.A. Cox as well and Nikkia Cross had one point.
Although they had lost to LMS 46-34 in their last meeting, the Cougars gave the Tigers all they could handle in Thursday's contest and inched out to a 12-11 lead in the first quarter with the aid of two treys from Jazarious Zackery.
E.A. Cox then outscored Lewisburg 11-9 in the second period to open up a 23-20 lead at the break before stretching their lead to 28-23 in the third quarter.
The Tigers, however, saw their offense catch fire in the fourth period and engineered a 21-13 run on the strength of 11 points from Caleb Fields, five points from Kamron Liggett-Hightower, and four points from K.J. Johnson to escape with the three-point win.
"We started pressing in the fourth quarter and it gave us energy. We scored some easy baskets off turnovers and got the momentum," said LMS coach David Lovell.
Fields once again was the Tigers' main offensive catalyst and poured in a game high 27 points. Johnson and Liggett-Hightower tallied nine and seven points for Lewisburg as well, while Wesley Walker chipped in two points.
DeMonte Lyles paced the Cougars with seven points. Matthew Joslin and Zackery also notched six points apiece for E.A. Cox, while Dontavious Brown, Dre McAllister, Nathan Massey, and Hayden Dudson each had four points.