LMS Tigers hand Whitthorne loss

Friday, December 12, 2014
LMS' (3) K.J. Johnson scored a career high 25 points to help lead the Tigers to a 59-39 win over Whitthorne. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Monday night, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (6-2) completed the sweep of the season series against Whitthorne Middle School when they defeated WMS 59-39 at home.

The Tigers steadily pulled away from Whitthorne, as they jumped out to a 29-19 lead through the first two quarters of play before outscoring WMS 30-20 in the second half to claim their sixth win of the season.

Bolstered by an 8-of-13 shooting performance in the second quarter, Lewisburg finished with a 23-16 advantage in field goals and a 6-2 edge in three-pointers. The Tigers also outrebounded Whitthorne 46-30, held a 23-12 edge on the offensive glass, and committed three fewer turnovers (11-8) than WMS.

Good game

"I was pleased with the way that we ran our transition game. We shared the ball and got really good shots," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell. "I was also really happy with the way we rebounded. It's something we've improved on this year and we're going to have to be good at it in order to be successful."

Shooting guard K.J. Johnson spearheaded the Tigers' offensive attack, as he knocked down 9-of-14 shots and 5-of-8 three-point attempts en route to scoring a career high 25 points.

"K.J. played as good as I've ever seen him play. He's got a knack for scoring and can score in a lot of different ways. He's really hard to stop," said Lovell.

Wesley Walker followed Johnson with 14 points, while Devon Wilson tallied five points and a game high 15 rebounds. Keshun Gentry added four points as well and Canelius Turner chipped in three points. Hunter Haurez, Andrew Gold, Dagon Stacey, and Miciah Greer rounded out the scoring for Lewisburg with two points apiece.

Jay Davis paced Whitthorne with 16 points and Bryce Mangrum notched seven points. Arcavious Goodman, Luke Lindsey, and Ronnie Eggleton added six, five, and four points respectively for WMS as well, while Christian Morrow had one point.

LMS' (5) Wesley Walker scores on a layup over Whitthorne's (30) Arcavious Goodman in the third quarter.

Whitthorne grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a layup by Davis, but the Tigers put together a 9-2 run behind five points from Johnson and four points from Walker to seize a 9-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Lead stretcher

Eggleton hit a baseline jumper at the start of the second period to narrow the gap to 9-4 before Lewisburg outscored WMS 12-6 over the next 2:28 with the help of 10 points from Johnson to stretch their lead to 21-10.

Whitthorne then tallied seven of the next nine points to slice the deficit to 23-17, but the Tigers closed the first half with a 6-2 spurt thanks to two Walker free throws and a pair of baskets from Haurez and Wilson to open up a 29-19 advantage.

Lewisburg continued to expand their lead at the start of the second half and outscored WMS 9-4 through the first 2:17 of the third period with the help of four points from Walker and a Johnson trey to make it 38-23.

After Whitthorne closed the gap to 38-27 on baskets by Mangrum and Goodman, the Tigers notched the final six points of the third quarter on four free throws and a Walker layup to push their lead to 44-27.

Following a foul shot by Davis, which trimmed the deficit to 44-28, Lewisburg went on a 12-4 run with the aid of five points from Johnson and baskets from Gold, Stacey, and Greer to forge a 56-32 advantage late in the fourth quarter before coasting to the 59-39 victory.