LMS trounces Whitthorne
The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (4-1) snapped a two-game losing streak against Whitthorne by defeating WMS 48-25 in Columbia on Thursday night.
Despite missing a number of easy shots underneath the basket early in the contest, the Tigers held a 14-9 lead at intermission before breaking the game open in the second half and outscoring Whitthorne 33-16 over the final two quarters to pull away for the 23-point victory.
After hitting only 6-of-39 field goal attempts through the first two quarters of play, Lewisburg shot 48 percent (15-of-31) in the second half to finish 21-of-60 from the field overall, which included a 3-of-18 effort from three-point range. The Tigers also outrebounded Whitthorne 51-27, held a 25-8 edge on the offensive glass, and committed only 14 turnovers.
Shots didn't fall
"I thought we were attacking the basket and getting to the rim well the entire night. We got the shots we wanted in the first half, but they just weren't falling," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell.
Point guard Wesley Walker recorded a double-double and spearheaded the Tigers' second half surge by pouring in 15 of his career high 22 points over the final two quarters to go along 19 rebounds and three assists.
"I thought Wesley played an outstanding game. It was a complete game because he was scoring, rebounding, and passing the ball well. It was a great effort by him," said Lovell.
K.J. Johnson followed Walker with seven points, while Andrew Gold added six points. Mitchell Ford also tallied five points and Kavares Tears notched four points. Devon Wilson chipped in two points as well, while Hunter Haurez and Miciah Greer both had one point.
Whitthorne, conversely, finished with only nine field goals on 21 percent shooting and made just 2-of-17 attempts from beyond the arc while turning the ball over 19 times.
Jay Davis paced WMS with seven points and Christian Morrow tallied six points. Jawain Frierson and Dee James also notched four points apiece for Whitthorne, while Eric Velasquez and Tre'Sean Hopkins chipped in three and one point respectively.
Lewisburg got off to a solid start and built a 9-4 lead in the first quarter with the help of five points from Johnson and three points from Walker.
Tigers turn loose
WMS tallied five of the first seven points in the second period to whittle the deficit to 11-9, before Walker scored two straight layups to give the Tigers a 15-9 advantage at the break.
Whitthorne closed the gap to 15-12 early in the third quarter on a Velasquez trey, but Lewisburg responded with an 11-2 run behind eight points from Walker to extend their lead to 26-14 midway through the stanza.
Morrow and Davis each made one-of-two free throws to trim the deficit to 26-16, before the Tigers put their foot on the gas and outscored WMS 14-0 over the next 2:50 on the strength of six points from Walker and four points from Gold to forge a 40-16 advantage early in the fourth period.
After WMS closed the gap to 40-20 on baskets by Frierson and James, Lewisburg went on an 8-3 run, highlighted by a Ford three, to push their lead to 48-23 prior to claiming the 48-25 win.