LMS Tigers trample Spring Hill

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
LMS' (3) K.J. Johnson hits a floater over Spring Hill's (23) Jayden Rucker in the second quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Coming off a lopsided loss to Meridianville two days earlier, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (7-3) vented their frustrations on Spring Hill this past Thursday night when they crushed the Generals 52-19 at home.

The Tigers forced the Generals to surrender early in the contest and built a commanding 33-8 lead in the first half. Lewisburg then opened up a 52-15 advantage at the end of the third quarter before cruising to their third straight win over Spring Hill.

Decent numbers

Despite missing all eight of their shots in the fourth quarter, Lewisburg still finished with 21 field goals on 41 percent shooting and knocked down 6-of-18 three-point attempts. The Tigers also committed just 10 turnovers and outrebounded the Generals 29-24 overall.

Spring Hill, conversely, mustered just seven field goals on 19 percent shooting, hit only 1-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc, and committed 21 turnovers.

"It was good to bounce back from our game on Tuesday night and put it to them right from the get go," said LMS coach David Lovell. "Our defense was the catalyst because it got us out in transition and got the game going faster than they wanted."

Hot shooter

After scoring a career high 25 points against Whitthorne earlier in the week, Tiger shooting guard K.J. Johnson scorched the nets again on Thursday, as he hit 8-of-12 shots and 5-of-6 three-pointers en route to finishing with 21 points and four steals.

LMS' (14) Malik Thomison fires up a runner in the second quarter against Spring Hill.

"K.J. is a scorer and when he gets into his rhythm he can shoot lights out. He played well tonight," said Lovell.

Keshun Gentry followed Johnson with a career high 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and Devon Wilson tallied seven points. Wesley Walker and Dagon Stacey added four points apiece for Lewisburg as well, while Mitchell Ford and Malik Thomison both chipped in two points.

"Keshun had a real good game too. This is his highest scoring game of his career, but he has always been a great passer and makes good decisions," said Lovell.

LaShaun Sparrow paced the Generals with six points, while CaVaughn Washington, Ashton Cromer, and Avery Wortsell notched three points apiece. Jacob Bartelle and Jayden Rucker rounded out the scoring for Spring Hill with two points each.

Strong beginning

The Tigers hit the Generals with a haymaker at the start of the game and forged a 17-2 lead early in the second quarter on the strength of eight points from Gentry and four points from Walker.

Cromer hit one-of-two free throws to trim the deficit to 17-3, but Lewisburg responded with a 9-0 spurt behind five points from Johnson to open up a 26-3 advantage.

After Spring Hill tallied five of the next eight points to narrow the gap to 29-8 late in the second period, Stacey scored on a layup and Ford knocked down a jumper to stake LMS to a 33-8 lead at the break.

Lewisburg continued to rapidly pull away in the third quarter and put together a 19-7 run with the help of 11 points from Johnson and four points from Gentry to push their lead 52-15.

The Generals then outscored the Tiger reserves 4-0 in the fourth period for the 52-19 final.