Spring Hill smothers LMS

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
LMS' (3) Mary Clayton Beech drives around Spring Hill's Destiny Oden in the second quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Spring Hill (11-4) handed the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (4-6) their second straight loss on Thursday night when they defeated LMS 34-13 in Lewisburg.

Having lost to the Lady Generals 33-17 in their previous encounter on Nov. 3, the Tigerettes actually got off to a promising start in Thursday's contest and held an 8-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Lead disappears

Spring Hill, however, dominated the game from that point on and outscored Lewisburg 28-5 over the final three periods to complete the sweep of the season series.

Although the Tigerettes held a 2-1 edge in three-pointers and committed eight fewer turnovers (17-9) than the Lady Generals, Spring Hill finished with a 14-4 advantage in field goals and outrebounded Lewisburg 46-26.

Kelsey Keiler led LMS with six points, while Hannah Davis tallied 4 points and a game high 13 rebounds. Lewisburg's leading scorer Demariae Ingram was held to a season low one point by Spring Hill. Marlee Woodward and Lexi Cashion chipped in one point apiece for the Tigerettes as well.

Strategy change

"Spring Hill switched defenses after the first quarter. They made sure that they covered Demariae and Kelsey and left other people open. We just weren't able to make open shots tonight," said LMS coach Chris Coleman. "I thought we played hard, but when you go long stretches without scoring it can be demoralizing."

LMS' (21) Kelsey Keiler shoots a jumper over Spring Hill's (22) Tamia Petway in the first quarter.

Reserve center Layne Andrews gave the Lady Generals a spark off the bench by pouring in a game high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Destiny Oden and Aria Cole also notched eight points apiece with Oden pulling down 12 rebounds. Alex Amos added three points for Spring Hill as well, while Kaylee Warwick and Ryan Prokof each had two points.

Spring Hill inched out to an early 3-2 lead before Keiler sandwiched a pair of treys around an Amos jumper to give Lewisburg an 8-5 advantage late in the first quarter.

Strong run

That proved to be the high point of the evening for the Tigerettes, as the Lady Generals put together a 13-0 run behind six points from Cole and four points from Oden to seize a 18-8 lead with 1:26 left in the second period.

After Davis scored on an offensive put back in the waning moments of the half to narrow the gap to 18-10 at the break, Spring Hill opened the third quarter with a 7-1 spurt to make it 25-11.

Ingram hit one-of-two free throws late in the third quarter to trim the deficit to 25-12 before the Lady Generals outscored Lewisburg 9-1 in the fourth period on the strength of five points from Andrews to cap their 34-13 victory.