Lady Saints topple LMS Tigerettes
On Saturday, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (7-9) saw their season come to an end when they lost 37-25 to the DeKalb Lady Saints in the first round of the James C. Haile Invitational Tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School.
LMS held a 20-13 lead early in the third quarter and appeared poised to advance to the next round, but the Lady Saints played divinely down the stretch and outscored the Tigerettes 24-5 the rest of the way to claim the 12-point victory.
"They went on a run in the third quarter and grabbed the momentum. That knocked us back on our heels and we were never able to grab the momentum back," said Lewisburg coach Chris Coleman. "We grew a lot this year and I saw improvement in a lot of areas. This was a fun team to coach and this was the best group of eighth grade leaders that I've had. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do in high school."
After hitting just 3-of-18 field goal attempts in the first half, DeKalb knocked down 10-of-16 shots over the final two quarters to finish 13-of-34 from the floor overall, which included a 2-of-7 effort from three-point range. The Lady Saints also outscored LMS 9-5 at the foul line and committed just five turnovers.
Guard Joni Robinson spearheaded DeKalb's comeback by pouring in 10 of her game high 17 points in the fourth quarter. Julia Curtis followed Robinson with eight points, while Madison Parsley and Abby Evans tallied five points apiece. Macy Hedge rounded out the scoring for the Lady Saints with two points.
Shots don't fall
The Tigerettes, meanwhile, mustered just eight field goals on 26 percent shooting and made only 4-of-15 attempts from beyond the arc. Lewisburg did outrebound DeKalb 25-15, but offset that by committing 16 turnovers.
Point guard Leah Hollingsworth drilled three treys and led the Tigerettes with 12 points. Sydne Solomon notched six points as well, while Taylor Walls had three points. Demariae Ingram and Alli Hobbs also chipped in two points apiece for LMS with Ingram pulling down a game high seven rebounds.
The Lady Saints grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a jumper by Curtis before Lewisburg rattled off seven straight points thanks to three Hollingsworth free throws and a pair of baskets from Solomon and Ingram to pull ahead 7-2 late in the first quarter.
Parsley hit two foul shots to cut the deficit to 7-4 with :55 left in the first period, but Hollingsworth nailed consecutive threes to give the Tigerettes a 13-4 advantage early in the second quarter.
After DeKalb outscored LMS 7-2 over the final four minutes of the first half to narrow the gap to 15-11, Hedge hit a layup at the start of the third quarter to whittle the deficit to 15-13.
Lewisburg then tallied five straight points on a layup by Solomon and a Hollingsworth trey to stretch their lead to 20-13, but the Lady Saints responded with a 11-0 run to seize a 24-20 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
Walls drained a three to close the gap to 24-23 before DeKalb outscored the Tigerettes 8-0 over the next three minutes to push their lead to 32-23.
Solomon hit a short jumper to trim the deficit to 32-25 with 1:12 left, but Lewisburg failed to score again while Robinson notched the final five points of the contest on a layup and three free throws to seal the Lady Saints' 37-25 win.