LMS Tigers pull away from Fairview
The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (8-3) completed the season sweep of Fairview on Monday night when they defeated the Falcons 47-31 at home.
LMS had beaten Fairview 60-36 in their previous encounter on Nov. 6, but had trouble putting the Falcons (8-7) away on Monday and held just a 27-23 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Tigers finally began to assert themselves after that point and dashed Fairview's upset hopes by outscoring the Falcons 20-8 the rest of the way to claim their second straight victory.
"I think we felt like that if we just showed up and went through the motions they would lay down, but that wasn't the case," said LMS coach David Lovell. "Our defensive intensity finally picked up in the third quarter. We got some steals and that allowed us to get out on the break. We also ran our offense better and got some good shots by moving the ball around."
The Tigers shot only 29 percent (17-of-58) from the field overall, but knocked down 7-of-19 three-point attempts. Lewisburg also outrebounded Fairview 37-34, held a 14-11 edge on the offensive glass, and committed six fewer turnovers (23-17) than the Falcons.
Seventh grade forward Devon Wilson had a major impact on both ends of the court for the Tigers, as he poured in a career high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds and six steals.
"Devon is a special athlete and he just keeps getting better and better every day. He's one of the best rebounders I've ever coached," said Lovell.
K.J. Johnson knocked down four three-pointers and followed Wilson with 14 points. Keshun Gentry tallied nine points as well, while Hunter Haurez added three points. Wesley Walker and Dagon Stacey also chipped in two points apiece with Walker dishing out five assists.
The Falcons, meanwhile, finished with only 11 field goals on 25 percent shooting and made only 2-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc. Kameron Harris-Lusk paced Fairview with seven points, while Lock Hord notched five points. Will Hyche, Jacob Brewer, and Max Cole-Staley chipped in four points apiece for the Falcons as well.
Fairview took the fight to LMS at the start of the game and raced out to an early 7-0 lead, but LMS quickly regrouped and put together an 11-0 run on the strength of five points from Wilson and a Johnson three to seize an 11-7 advantage late in the first quarter.
After the Falcons cut the deficit to 11-9 at the end of the first period on an offensive put back by Jorby Kimble, Johnson knocked down a pair of treys and a short runner in the first two minutes of the second quarter to stake Lewisburg to a 19-11 lead.
Fairview tallied five straight points to narrow the gap to 19-16, but Gentry and Johnson buried consecutive threes late in the second period to give LMS a 25-16 advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Falcons notched seven of the first nine points in the third quarter to slice the deficit to 27-23, but the Tigers promptly brought down the hammer and hit Fairview with a 16-0 run behind eight points from Wilson and a couple of Gentry treys to forge a 43-23 lead with 3:46 left in the fourth period.
The Falcons then outscored Lewisburg 8-4 the rest of the way for the 47-31 final.