LMS Tigerettes stop Whitthorne

Friday, December 12, 2014
LMS' (15) Demariae Ingram scores on a layup in the third quarter against Whitthorne after making a steal. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (4-4) snapped a two-game losing streak on Monday night when they defeated Whitthorne Middle School 31-9 at home to complete the sweep of the season series.

Having defeated WMS 29-8 in their previous meeting on Nov. 20, the Tigerettes once again had little trouble dispatching of their long time rival, as they built a 17-6 lead in the first half before outscoring Whitthorne 14-3 over the final two quarters to cruise to the22-point victory.

With Thursday's triumph, Lewisburg extended their winning streak over WMS to five games.

Advantages

Led by point guard Demariae Ingram, the Tigerettes finished with a 13-3 advantage in field goals and outscored Whitthorne 5-3 at the foul line. WMS did outrebound Lewisburg 31-24, but the Tigerettes offset that by forcing 36 Whitthorne turnovers. Lewisburg, conversely, turned the ball over only seven times.

"Overall, I thought it was a good team performance defensively. Our defense was key because our shots weren't falling early," said LMS coach Chris Coleman. "We were able to extend our pressure and get some steals, which allowed us to score some easy transition baskets."

Ingram tormented Whitthorne on both ends of the court, as she poured in a game high 14 points, recorded 12 steals, and dished out three assists. Hannah Davis followed Ingram with eight points and six rebounds, while Kelsey Keiler added seven points and five steals. Jenna Grace Hill rounded out the scoring for the Tigerettes with two points.

"I was pleased that we had some other people score tonight. We are going to need to be more balanced offensively as the season goes on," said Coleman.

Rolanda Edwards paced WMS with seven points, while Haniyah Baugh and Zaria Hall each had one point.

Smothering lead

LMS' (12) Alexia Udell fires up a jumper in the fourth quarter against Whitthorne

Lewisburg smothered Whitthorne's offense at the start of the game, as they built a 6-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to three layups from Davis before Keiler hit a bank shot at the start of the second quarter to give LMS an 8-0 advantage.

WMS reeled off six straight points on three jumpers by Edwards to whittle the deficit to 8-6, but the Tigerettes closed the half with a 9-0 spurt behind six points from Ingram and a Keiler three-point play to stretch their lead to 17-6 at the break.

After Edwards hit one-of-two free throws to narrow the gap to 17-7 early in the third quarter, Lewisburg put together a 7-0 run on the strength of five points from Ingram and a Davis bank shot to forge a 24-7 advantage at the end of the stanza.

Whitthorne then trimmed the deficit to 24-8 early in the fourth quarter on a free throw by Hall before the Tigerettes outscored WMS 7-1 the rest of the way with the help of three points from Ingram and baskets from Keiler and Hill to cap their 31-9 win.