Spring Hill ends LMS Tigerettes' win streak
The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes saw their three-game winning streak against Spring Hill go by the wayside on Monday night when they lost 33-17 to the Lady Generals on the road in their season opener.
Spring Hill (3-0) dominated the game in the first half and led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter before taking an 18-6 lead into the break.
Having pulled out a pair of comeback victories against the Lady Generals last year, the Tigerettes put together another rally in the third quarter and whittled the deficit to 20-13. Spring Hill, though, kept their composure this time around and outscored Lewisburg 13-4 the rest of the way to remain undefeated on the season.
"We stole two games against them last year so I knew we would have to play well to beat them. They have a good team," said LMS coach Chris Coleman. "For our first game of the season I saw some positives and felt like we kept competing."
Bolstered by a 5-of-8 shooting performance in the fourth quarter, the Lady Generals finished with a 15-7 advantage in field goals. Spring Hill outrebounded Lewisburg 23-21 as well and forced 19 Tigerette turnovers with the help of their full court press, including nine in the second quarter alone. The Lady Generals, conversely, committed only 14 turnovers.
"I thought we did a decent job of handling their pressure for a quarter and a half, but after that we committed a series of turnovers in the second quarter that led to some easy points for them and put us in a hole," said Coleman. "We also didn't convert on enough scoring opportunities when we did break their press."
Forward Destiny Oden led Spring Hill with 12 points, while Layne Andrews and Alex Amos tallied seven and six points respectively. Tia Holmes and Aria Cole chipped in four points apiece for the Lady Generals as well.
Demariae Ingram paced the Tigerettes with seven points, while Kelsey Keiler and Hannah Davis both notched four points and six rebounds. Lexi Cashion rounded out the scoring for LMS with two points.
Spring Hill took control of the game right from the start and built an 8-2 lead in the first quarter behind four points from Oden and baskets from Amos and Andrews.
Davis hit a short bank shot early in the second period to narrow the gap to 8-4, but the Lady Generals rattled off 10 straight points to forge a 18-4 advantage with :27 left in the stanza.
After Keiler scored on offensive put back in the waning moments of the second quarter to trim the deficit to 18-6, the Tigerettes opened the second half with a 7-2 run behind five points from Ingram to close the gap to 20-13 midway through the third quarter.
LMS then missed several opportunities to draw closer before fouling Cole on a desperation three-pointer as time expired in the third quarter.
After Cole hit two-of-three free throws to make it 22-13, Spring Hill seemed to settle down and outscored Lewisburg 11-4 in the fourth period to pull away for the 33-17 win.