LMS Tigerettes take down Whitthorne again

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
LMS' (15) Demariae Ingram hits a runner while being fouled by Whitthorne's (20) Haniyah Baugh in the first quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Thursday night, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (3-2) defeated Whitthorne (0-7) for the fourth straight time when they traveled to Columbia and whipped WMS 29-8 behind a strong performance from point guard Demariae Ingram.

The Tigerettes blew the game open early and built a 25-0 lead through the first two quarters of play before calling off the dogs in the second half and cruising to the 21-point victory.

Bolstered by an 8-of-8 shooting performance from Ingram, Lewisburg finished with a 11-4 advantage in field goals and a 1-0 edge in three-pointers while outscoring Whitthorne 6-0 at the foul line. The Tigerettes also outrebounded WMS 32-21, held a 15-3 edge on the offensive glass, and committed 13 fewer turnovers (27-14) than Whitthorne.

"I liked the way we came out and attacked early. I was very pleased with our overall performance. We played good defense as well and scored some easy baskets off steals by getting into the passing lanes," said Lewisburg coach Chris Coleman. "Getting out to a big lead also gave us a good opportunity to play our seventh graders in the second half and get them some experience. We need to get them prepared for down the road."

Top scorer

Despite sitting out the entire second half, Ingram still poured in a game high 17 points and recorded seven steals for the Tigerettes.

"Offensively, Demariae certainly led the charge. She was attacking the basket and playing with confidence," said Coleman.

Kelsey Keiler followed Ingram with four points and four steals, while Anna Claire Moses tallied three points. Mary Clayton Beech and Jenna Grace Hill chipped in two points apiece for Lewisburg as well, and Lexi Cashion had one point.

Kaliyah McCoy paced Whitthorne with four points, while Gretta Hammond and Haniyah Baugh notched two points apiece.

LMS' (21) Kelsey Keiler fires up a jumper in the second quarter against Whitthorne.

The Tigerettes moved in for the kill at the start of the game, as they built a 16-0 lead in the first quarter behind 11 points from Ingram and four points from Keiler.

Ingram then scored the first six points of the second period on a layup, a pull up jumper, and a short bank shot before Moses buried a trey from the left wing to give Lewisburg a 25-0 advantage at halftime.

After hitting a jumper with 4:20 left in the third quarter to finally get Whitthorne on the board, McCoy scored on a layup to trim the deficit to 25-4 at the end of the stanza.

In the fourth period, the Tigerettes stretched their lead to 29-4 thanks to a Hill jumper and a pair of free throws from Beech before taking home the 29-8 victory.