LMS sweeps Fairview
Both Lewisburg Middle School basketball teams enjoyed lopsided road wins on Thursday night, as the Tigerettes picked up their first victory of the season by thumping Fairview 38-15, while the Tigers whipped the Yellow Jackets 60-36 in the nightcap.
The Tigerettes (1-1) got things rolling early and raced out to a 15-7 lead in the first quarter behind eight points from point guard Demariae Ingram and baskets from Alexia Udell, Lexi Cashion, and Hannah Davis.
After opening up a 20-7 advantage in the second period with the help of five points from Ingram, Lewisburg outscored the Lady Yellow Jackets 9-6 in the third quarter on the strength of five points from Kelsey Keiler to stretch their lead to 29-13.
LMS then closed the game with a 9-2 run in the fourth period thanks to four points from Ingram, three points from Udell, and a Jenna Hill field goal to wrap up their 23-point victory.
Aided by their strong first quarter performance, the Tigerettes finished with a 15-6 edge in field goals and a 3-2 advantage in three-pointers while outscoring Fairview 5-1 at the foul line.
After struggling against Spring Hill's full court press two days earlier, Lewisburg did a much better job of taking care of the ball and committed only eight turnovers. The Lady Yellow Jackets, conversely, turned the ball over 20 times.
"It's great to get the taste of that first game out of our mouths and bounce back from a poor overall performance. I was very proud of the girls for the way that they responded," said LMS coach Chris Coleman. "They improved in the areas that we worked on this week. We attacked the basket and took good shots when they were available."
Ingram spearheaded the Tigerettes' offensive attack by pouring in a career high 19 points to go along with eight steals. Keiler followed Ingram with six points and Udell tallied five points. Cashion chipped four points for Lewisburg as well, while Davis and Hill both had two points.
Maddy Simmons paced Fairview with seven points and Gracie Shelby notched six points. Kendall Spicer rounded out the scoring for the Lady Yellow Jackets with two points.
The Tigers (2-0) pounced on Fairview early in the boys game and jumped out to an 18-8 lead in the first quarter on the strength of six points from Wesley Walker, five points from Devontavious Wilson, and a K.J. Johnson trey.
Lewisburg then opened up a 33-16 advantage at the end of the second period behind eight points from Walker and five points from Johnson before putting together a 19-7 run in the third quarter with the help of eight points from Wilson to forge a 52-23 lead.
In the fourth period, the Yellow Jackets salvaged some pride and outscored LMS 13-8 for the 60-36 final.
Although Fairview outscored the Tigers 10-8 at the foul line, Lewisburg finished with a 24-12 edge in field goals and a 4-2 advantage in three-pointers.
"I felt like we did a better job of coming out and playing with intensity than we did against Spring Hill," said LMS coach David Lovell. "Our pressure defense worked out and our ball movement was much better. We got a bunch of easy shots."
Walker and Wilson both reached double digits for Lewisburg, as Walker tallied a team high 16 points, while Wilson poured in 13 points. Johnson also added eight points, while Keshun Gentry and Dagon Stacey each chipped in four points. Cornelius Turner (three points), Malik Thomison (2 points), Mitchell Ford (two points), and Kavares Tears (one point) rounded out the scoring for Lewisburg.
Kameron Harris-Lusk paced Fairview with 14 points, while Locke Hurd and Trey Bell notched seven and five points respectively.