LMS teams fall to Meridianville
Meridianville roughed up Lewisburg Middle School on the basketball court for the second time in four weeks, as the Lady Eagles defeated the Tigerettes 39-20 while the Eagles thumped the Tigers 61-30 on Tuesday night in Lewisburg.
After losing 37-11 to Meridianville in their previous meeting on Nov. 11, the Tigerettes (4-5) put up a fight early on in Tuesday's contest and trailed just 8-6 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second period, the Lady Eagles began to open up some breathing room and outscored Lewisburg 10-4 in the stanza to stretch their lead to 18-10 at the break.
Meridianville then delivered the knockout blow by putting together a 10-0 run in the third quarter to forge a 28-10 advantage before outscoring Lewisburg 11-10 in the fourth period to cruise to the 19-point victory.
"We hung tough in the first half, but we had some turnovers in the third quarter that hurt us and Meridianville was able to pull away. They're a talented team that is going to score some points and capitalize on your mistakes," said LMS coach Chris Coleman. "Overall, I was proud of our effort and I think we have some things that we can build on."
Aided by their strong third quarter performance, the Lady Eagles finished with a 13-8 advantage in field goals and a 5-4 edge in three-pointers, while outscoring the Tigerettes 8-0 at the foul line and committing 13 fewer turnovers (21-8) than Lewisburg.
Maggie Telaga drilled three treys and paced Meridianville with 11 points. Damayia Calvert followed Telaga with nine points, while Bernadia Berry and Tia Smith tallied seven and four points respectively.
Kelsey Keiler paced the Tigerettes with eight points, while Anna Claire Moses added six points. Demariae Ingram and Hannah Davis rounded out the scoring for Lewisburg with four and two points respectively.
Having defeated the Tigers 60-33 in their last encounter, Meridianville took charge early in Tuesday's matchup and bolted out to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter before outscoring LMS 16-8 in the second period to open up a 32-13 advantage at halftime.
After stretching their lead to 46-23 in the third quarter, the Eagles put together a 15-7 run in the fourth period to close out their 31-point triumph.
Meridianville burned LMS (6-3) from beyond the arc and held a 7-1 edge in three-pointers en route to finishing with a 21-9 edge in field goals. The Eagles also forced 20 Tigers turnovers while committing only six miscues themselves.
"We started out in a zone because they hurt us inside the last time, but they shot well from the outside and it kind of hurt our confidence. When they came out and started hitting threes, it was like what do we do now," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell. "They mixed up their full court pressure with a very aggressive trapping zone. Their length and athleticism gave us a lot of trouble."
Zavien Causey led Meridianville with 14 points and Kira Lewis notched 11 points. Jordan Beck tallied eight points for the Eagles as well, while Jimmy Panno, Deonte Beauchamp, Dakota Hill, and Clay Patterson added seven, six, five, and four points respectively.
Devon Wilson paced the Tigers with 10 points and K.J. Johnson notched nine points. Wesley Walker and Hunter Haurez also tallied three points apiece, while Keshun Gentry and Dagon Stacey both had two points. Andrew Gold rounded out the scoring for LMS with one point.