LMS Tigers stymie Spring Hill
It appears that Lewisburg Middle School basketball coach David Lovell has assembled another strong team this year, as the Tigers opened their season by going on the road and whipping the Spring Hill Generals 41-20 on Monday night.
Despite getting off to a slow start offensively, LMS held a 14-9 lead at the break before putting their foot on the gas in the second half and outscoring Spring Hill 27-11 over the final two quarters to pull away for the 21-point win.
Although the Generals (1-2) outscored Lewisburg 7-5 at the foul line and held a 1-0 edge in three-pointers, the Tigers finished with an 18-6 advantage in field goals. LMS also held a 15-9 edge on the offensive glass, out-rebounded Spring Hill 29-27, and forced 23 General turnovers with the help of their full court press. The Tigers, meanwhile, turned the ball over only 10 times in the contest.
"I felt like we put pretty good pressure on the ball and wore them down in the second half. That's when we went on that run," said Lovell. "If you continually pressure someone you'll eventually break their will and win the game."
Guard Wesley Walker recorded a double-double and led a balanced Lewisburg offensive attack by tallying 12 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals. K.J. Johnson followed Walker with 10 points and five steals, while Devontavious Wilson and Keshun Gentry notched eight points apiece with Wilson grabbing six rebounds. Kavares Tears also chipped in two points for the Tigers and Andrew Gold had one point.
"If we can be more balanced this year, we'll be harder to prepare for and harder to defend," said Lovell. "If one guy has an off night, we can go to someone else."
Malachi Young paced Spring Hill with six points, while Stanley Worstell tallied five points. Carter Graves and Ashton Carter added three points apiece for the Generals as well.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 6-1 lead on the strength of four points from Johnson and a Wilson layup before Spring Hill reeled off five straight points to tie the game at 6-6 late in the first quarter.
After making a layup to give LMS an 8-6 lead at the end of the first period, Walker scored on an offensive put back at the start of the second quarter to make it 10-6.
Young hit a running bank shot to narrow the gap to 10-8, before Wilson tallied four straight points on a layup and an offensive put back to stretch Lewisburg's lead to 14-8 late in the second period.
The Generals trimmed the deficit to 14-9 at halftime on a free throw by Young, but the Tigers began to heat up offensively in the third quarter and opened the stanza with a 11-5 run behind four points from Walker and a pair of baskets from Johnson and Wilson to forge a 25-14 advantage.
Ahead for good
After Young hit a runner to close the gap to 25-16 late in the third quarter, Lewisburg delivered the knockout blow by outscoring Spring Hill 14-0 over the next four minutes thanks to six points from Gentry and four points apiece from Johnson and Walker to extend their lead to 39-16 midway through the fourth before coasting to the 41-20 victory.