Rockvale takes 2 from LMS
Both Lewisburg Middle School basketball teams were dealt losses on Thursday night, as the Tigerettes dropped a 26-12 decision to the Rockvale Lady Ravens on the road, while the Tigers were defeated 58-39 by the Ravens in the nightcap.
Having beaten the Tigerettes 29-20 in the Chargers Christmas Invitational at Oakland last year, Rockvale jumped on Lewisburg early in Thursday's contest and built an 8-2 lead in the first quarter.
LMS point guard Demariae Ingram singlehandedly outscored the Lady Ravens 5-4 in the second period to help the Tigerettes trim the deficit to 12-7 at halftime, but Rockvale put together an 8-0 run in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 20-7.
The Lady Ravens then outscored Lewisburg 6-5 in the fourth period to cap their 15-point victory.
After struggling offensively in their last outing against Tullahoma, the Tigerettes (3-4) had trouble putting the ball in the basket for the second straight game, as Rockvale finished with a 14-7 advantage in field goals and a 4-2 edge in three-pointers while committing 13 fewer turnovers (17-4) than LMS.
"They did a good job of pressuring our guards. We tried driving to the basket, but had trouble finishing on a number of the high percentage looks that we got," said Lewisburg coach Chris Coleman. "We did a pretty good job defensively. Our defense kept us within striking distance for most of the game, but we just didn't make enough shots to win."
Ingram led the Tigerettes with seven points, while Mary Clayton Beech and Hannah Davis added three and two points respectively.
Despite being at a major size disadvantage along the front court, the Tigers (5-2) hung tough early and trailed just 23-19 at halftime.
The Ravens, though, began to pull away in the second half and outscored Lewisburg 17-11 in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 40-30 before putting together an 18-9 run in the fourth period en route to handing LMS just their second loss of the season.
Although the Tigers held a 3-1 edge in three-pointers, Rockvale finished with a 23-18 advantage in field goals and outscored LMS 13-6 at the foul line.
"They wore us down inside. They had three big guys that were very athletic and skilled. We had a tough time stopping them from scoring and rebounding the ball," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell. "We played really hard and I was proud of the team, but we couldn't overcome the size disadvantage."
K.J. Johnson buried three treys and led the Tigers with 13 points. Devon Wilson followed Johnson with 10 points and Wesley Walker tallied seven points. Hunter Haurez, Malik Thomison, Mitchell Ford, and Andrew Gold chipped in two points apiece for Lewisburg as well, while Keshun Gentry had one point.