LMS Tigerettes shut down E.A. Cox
Defense carried the day for the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (2-1) on Monday night, as they grinded out a 23-12 victory over the E.A. Cox Lady Cougars (0-1) at home.
After building a 14-4 lead in the first half, the Tigerettes never let E.A. Cox pull any closer than eight points over the final two quarters en route to claiming their second win of the year.
Lewisburg shot just 17 percent (9-of-52) from the field and made only 1-13 three-point attempts, but committed a season low seven turnovers and outrebounded the Lady Cougars 38-35, which included a 17-4 edge on the offensive glass.
"I thought all in all we played with good effort and took care of the basketball. We didn't score as much as I would like when we got the ball around the basket, but E.A. Cox had something to do with that because they had a lot of height upfront," said LMS coach Chris Coleman.
The Tigerettes, meanwhile, kept the Lady Cougars' offensive attack under wraps the entire evening, as E.A. Cox mustered a mere six field goals on 19 percent shooting and missed all nine attempts from beyond the arc. The Tigerettes also forced 29 Lady Cougar turnovers while recording 16 steals.
"We played well defensively and forced a lot of turnovers. It was a good all around team effort and we improved on some things that we talked about last week," said Coleman.
Point guard Demariae Ingram led Lewisburg on both ends of the floor, as she tallied 12 points and recorded a career high 12 steals. Hannah Davis and Kelsey Keiler notched four points apiece as well with Davis pulling down a game high 13 rebounds, while Anna Clair Moses chipped in three points. Lexi Cashion failed to score, but contributed to the Tigerettes' victory by registering seven rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot.
Forward Mikiya Edmunds paced E.A. Cox with eight points and 11 rebounds, while Nakoya Hayes and Jenice Bailey both had two points.
The Lady Cougars had trouble removing the lid from their basket early on, as the Tigerettes built a 6-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a couple of offensive put backs from Davis and an Ingram pull up jumper.
Ingram then sandwiched a jumper and a free throw around a Keiler layup to give Lewisburg an 11-0 advantage midway through the second period, before E.A. Cox finally got on the board with 2:28 left in the half when Hayes knocked down a jumper to trim the deficit to 11-2.
After Moses drained a trey from the left wing to stretch Lewisburg's lead to 14-2, Bailey hit a runner in the waning seconds of the half to narrow the gap to 14-4 at the break.
In the third quarter, Edmunds scored on an offensive put back to cut the deficit to 14-6 before the Tigerettes tallied four of the next six points thanks to two Ingram free throws and a bank shot by Keiler to stretch their lead to 18-8 at the end of the stanza.
The Lady Cougars closed the gap to 18-10 early in the fourth on a layup by Edmunds, but Ingram converted a three-point play and scored on layup to stake LMS to a 23-10 advantage midway through the quarter before Lewisburg coasted to the 23-12 victory.