Fairview edges LMS Tigerettes in overtime
On Monday night, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes suffered their third straight loss when they dropped a heartbreaking 25-23 decision to the Fairview Lady Falcons at home in overtime.
Having crushed Fairview 38-15 earlier in the season, the Tigerettes saw their offense go dormant on Monday and trailed 16-10 early in the fourth quarter.
Lewisburg made a late charge and rattled off nine straight points to seize a 19-16 lead, but Lady Falcon forward Maddy Simmons converted a three-point play in the waning seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 19-19. Fairview then outscored the Tigerettes 6-4 in the extra session to escape with the two-point win.
Although LMS outrebounded the Lady Falcons 33-28, held a 14-7 edge on the offensive glass, and committed five fewer turnovers (21-16) than Fairview, the Tigerettes were unable to take advantage of their extra scoring opportunities and shot only 19 percent (8-of-42) from the field, which included a 2-of-12 effort from three -point range.
"They ran a 2-3 zone the whole night and did a good job of keeping our guards contained. We passed the ball well and found some holes in the zone, but we just couldn't make enough shots," said Lewisburg coach Chris Coleman. "I'm proud of the way we fought back though. We just came up a little short in the end."
Kelsey Keiler led the Tigerettes with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Hannah Davis and Demariae Ingram both tallied six points with Davis grabbing 11 rebounds. Alexia Udell rounded out the scoring for Lewisburg with two points.
Fairview shot only 22 percent (8-of-36) from the floor, but knocked down five-three-pointers. Simmons and Gracie Shelby paced the Lady Falcons with 11 points apiece, while Victoria Pierce and Dani Tidwell chipped in two and one point respectively.
Shelby drained a trey to give Fairview an early 3-0 lead, but the Tigerettes held the Lady Falcons scoreless the rest of the half while tallying the final six points of the stanza on two free throws and a pair of jumpers from Udell and Ingram take a 6-3 advantage into the break.
Fairview began to pick up the pace offensively at the start of the second half and began the third quarter with an 8-2 run to pull ahead 11-8.
LMS narrowed the gap to 11-10 thanks to an Ingram layup, but Simmons scored on a layup as time expired in the third quarter before drilling a three at the start of the fourth to stretch the Lady Falcons lead to 16-10.
The Tigerettes then sliced the deficit to 16-14 on a Keiler bank shot and two free throws by Ingram, before Keiler buried a trey from the left corner to put Lewisburg up 17-16 with 1:00 left in the fourth period.
Tying it up
Following a Fairview turnover, Davis scored a layup to extend LMS' lead to 19-16, but Simmons converted a three-point play with :11 remaining in regulation to knot the game at 19-19 after being fouled on a layup.
After Lewisburg grabbed a brief 20-19 lead in overtime on a Davis free throw, the Lady Falcons notched five straight points on two free throws by Pierce and a Shelby trey to seize a 24-20 advantage.
Keiler then knocked down a three to close the gap to 24-23 before Tidwell hit one-of-two free throws with :08 left to push Fairview's lead to 25-23.
The Tigerettes went for the win on their final possession, but Keiler missed a three-pointer before Lady Falcon guard Andrea Jones secured the rebound to seal the victory for Fairview.